planning a cruise for myself and 3 friends turning 50

Myself and 3 of my girlfriends will turn 50 in the next year. We would like to do something big to celebrate. any sugestions for cruises. we are thinking grand turk or nassau. we have a budget of 1000.00 a piece. we live in the midwest. Is this doable? 2 inside cabins or one ocean view( would only consider this if there is no bunks involved)

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The simplest answer is yes you can, with sufficient research, book a cruise vacation for you budget and sleeping arrangement preference. As to the sleeping arrangements you most likely would need 2 cabins to have 4 "on the floor" berths, as cabins that sleep more than 3 tend to have the 4th berth as a pullman bunk, the 3rd being a love seat that converts to a single day bed.

But before any of us can recommend a specific ship or itinerary we need just a little more info. Like ...

Available or prefered travel timing? Season, holidays, and school holidays strongly affect cruise pricing.

Is there a preference on departure city? There are some really inexpensive cruises from San Juan but the airfare to/from there can be very expensive depending on your closest airport.

How long would you like the cruise to be? There are many cruises that the booking fare plus port fees and other "hidden fees" like auto-gratuities &/or travel insurance could run less than $500 per person. But the cruise itself is only 2-4 days long.

Is there certain activities or experiences you are looking for while on board? Certain cruise lines are known for certain things, but not every ship of their line may offer that feature, entertainment venue, or amenity on board. Like recent ads for Norwegian showcases a go-cart track leading you to believe all ships from them have it when in fact only the Bliss currently (and soon to launch Joy) has that feature.

And as touchy as this might be is $1000 a piece your total vacation budget or just the amount willing to spend on the cruise part of your celebration? There are other financial factors to mention if you have never cruised before. Cruising is not an all inclusive vacation, things on board from sodas to certain experiences or services, even room service is now charged for on many cruise lines.Then you have what expenses you incur while in port, not to mention pre and post cruise travel arrangements including hotel and parking (or transport to port) expenses

I agree with most of what Maryred says but, you could definitely do this if, you do your homework. I use a travel agent (you don't pay her, she gets paid through the cruise line), if you want her number , I can give it to you. You pick a cruise line, how many days you want to go and how many rooms you need and how many people, you tell her and she could look on that cruise line or if you're flexable she could look at other cruise lines and see what your options are for your price. You can make this cruise as cheap as you want or add to it. You don't have to pay for anything extra but, tips and taxes. You ladies can get off at the ports for free and just enjoy the ports and not buy any excursions. Each person over 21 can bring a bottle of wine (small bottles) and 12 pack of soda in cans (This info is for Carnival). Good luck and have a Great time, you only turn 50 once.

What a fun way to celebrate your birthdays! You can definitely cruise and stay within your budget by planning and booking your flights and cruise as early as possible. My suggestion is to contact Carnival cruiseline directly - they are the most budget friendly and fun cruiseline who offers shorter cruises to locations such as you mentioned. We absolutely love the beach at Grand Turk! The PVP (professional vacation planner) at Carnival will be able to make suggestions and book your trip according to the dates, ship and itinerary for you ladies.

Planning is half the fun, so enjoy the steps to booking your cruise, flights, hotels pre and post together.

Awesome. Enjoy. We started cruising at 50- wish we had started sooner.

happy 50,,,enjoy,,,let your hair down,,,,do a split on dance floor,,,,dancing is really the key to a great cruise,,,,if you can dance then that sets the tone,,,,,but ya gotta have that boogie fever,,,,,i like to show off my dance skills and my karaoke skills its always fun ,,going on cruise #13 in may n sept

Wink have fun enjoy the 5oth ,,,

Sounds like you already have some great advice form the above posts. A cruise is a fun way to celebrate any birthday, but especially a milestone. Since we have mostly cruised Carnival and it is usually the most cost effective, I also recommend them. But do a little research on your own by using this site to narrow your possible choices. Go to the main page: and type in the destination, dates, cruise lengths and if you have a preference departure port(s). ()We prefer departure ports that are easy to reach by Southwest Airlines and that are not too far from the airport. However, we often ignore our own advice. Wink) You'll get a good idea of what's out there and what you can afford. I agree that two cabins would probably be better than trying to get all four of you into one. Good hunting. Let us know which cruise you decide to take. Happy 50th!

I can tell you that my upcoming cruise on Majesty I booked in a Junior Suite, for $602/person for a 5 day cruise for 3 people. with airfare, and drink package, im sitting at $1300/per person. Depending on the ship, itenerary, and whether or not you will require a drink package will dictate what is possible!

Great advice preceded me. Have a great cruise and Happy Birthday to all!

You should easily be able to find a 7 day Caribbean cruise in a balcony cabin for 1000 each, with money left over.

I would suggest, though, that you get two cabins -- 4 would be very crowded regardless of how friendly you and your friends are. The cabins are a bit tight.

RCCL and Carnival would have the best rates.

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