Help Deciding on First Cruise

My husband and I are planning to take a cruise with another couple to celebrate both of our 10 year anniversaries. However, none of us has ever been on a cruise before. Our friends want to keep the trip to around 5 days and are interested in visiting Cozumel/Belize on the Royal Caribbean. However, I am a bit claustrophobic, prefer fewer people, and a more mature setting, and just looking at pictures of the RC boats makes my blood pressure rise. Would I be making a huge mistake to take a RC cruise? Any other suggestions? Thanks for any input!

3 Answers

Both the Liberty and the Navigator of the Seas go to those 2 ports. They are both large ships over 3,200+ passengers with the Liberty being the larger of the two [3,600+] and newly renovated. Personally I feel a lot safer on these large ships. I would get claustrophobia on a small ship. I know however, that we are all different. Both ships leave from Galveston, TX. If going on these ships would ruin your cruise for you, then I suggest you travel separately from your friends and choose a smaller ship. I think that the RRCL cruises to these ports are 6-7 nights. The final decision is yours. If these two ports are only important to your friends and not you, then your choices are great. A good travel agent could help you pick one depending on where you live.

If your afraid of being claustrophobic on a ship a few suggestions. 1. Get a balcony cabin so you can get fresh air. 2. Try and get a cabin near the elevators so you do not have to walk down the long narrow hallways to get to your cabin. 3. I would look into Celebrity Cruise lines, the ship can be the same size but have less passengers on it so more room per person and the ship does not feel so crowded. I divide the gross tonnage of the ship by the # of guest when comparing ships.

Being on a ship is like being at a crowded resort. The better resorts have more room.

As a first time cruiser I would suggest This has some great advice in it. Also try and book mid ship and lower floor so your cabin will be a smoother ride then the front or back of the ship.

​Most of all, relax, have fun and a great 10 year anniversary.

I know I'm really late to the game, but my boyfriend has the claustrophobia and hates crowds. We were on the Liberty last year and yes, there are a lot of people, but never felt like we were on top of each other. We did have a cabin, and I have been on an inside cabin before. If you are a mover and a shaker, and like to do activities, lay by the pool, excursions, etc, you wont be in the room a lot. He likes to nap, and the sound of the ocean is soothing, so he enjoys the balcony. I can't speak to other cruise lines, be it I've only been on RCCL, but I have never been disappointed. There will be a few moments where you can "feel the amount of people" but keep the eye on the prize, and enjoy the experience of the cruise.


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