judgment
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Please help me pick a ship :)

I am planning to take my wife on her first cruise this year to coincide (more or less) with our anniversary, November 30th.  As this is my wife's first cruise, I am planning on taking her to the Caribbean.  Originally I was looking at this sailing with Princess cruises:  

http://cruiseline.com/cruise/6-night-western-caribbean-ft-lauderdale-roundtrip-46708?saildate=2016-11-27

 

Originally I had thought to get a balcony cabin.  But now I'm thinking that if we can handle an inside cabin I could afford to go on a longer trip like this one:

 

http://cruiseline.com/cruise/11-night-ultimate-caribbean-ft-lauderdale-roundtrip-24640?saildate=2016-11-28

 

What do you think?  Any thoughts and suggestions are welcome. 

 

Some more information about what we are looking for.  


We have three kids, but they aren't coming with us on this trip.  We are in our mid- to late-thirties, and my wife in particular is interested in a relaxing trip as opposed to exiting/chaotic.  I think things like robot bartenders and skydiving wind tunnels are cool, but my wife isn't really into it.  Thus I am looking at at cruise lines that skew away from a younger crowd, whether that be kids or just adults who act like kids.  ;)

 

The last time I was on a cruise ship there were no "specialty restaurants".  We are looking forward to trying some, and I hope the ship we choose makes this worthwhile.  

 

On-board entertainment is important, shows, music, etc. We will probably do some dancing.  Jenn will probably want to take advantage of the spa services.  

 

Hmmm...  I can't think of anything else to add at the moment.  If anyone has any questions I will be happy to answer them. 

 

Thanks in advance.  

 

 

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JusMe
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Contributor Level: Captain

I would ask a couple questions,  1)  will you be spending a lot of time in the cabin ?   If not no need to pay extra for the balcony.   I tend to just use the cabin to sleep and shower in on short cruises.  On long cruises with lots of sea days then I use the balcony for room service breakfast.  2) do you know that you and your wife do not get sea sick ?  if not I may suggest a short cruise for your first one to be sure you both enjoy being on a ship.  3) do you prefer a line that has less kids on it ?  The floating resorts with amusement parks are full of kids.

 

Now my personal opinion.   If your going to relax,  nothing like Celebrity.  The Equinox is my favorite ship.  Modern elegant ship with outstanding service,  I have been on her twice for 14 and 10 night cruises.  Also on Celebrity you get good food in the MDR where you do not need to pay extra for a great meal.  Princes seams to cater more to family's with kids and Celebrity seams to cater more to adults.  Also the longer the cruise the less chance of kids on board.  

 

I'd go for the longer cruise on Celebrity even if an inside cabin.  Once you do a balcony your spoiled and always want one.   If you never had it,  then you don't miss it.

 

P.S.  Hurricane season runs June 1 to Nov 30 in the Caribbean.   so your at the end of the storm season.

judgment
Contributor Level: Third Mate

 

Thanks for the info. :)  Celebrity is sounding pretty good at the moment. :)

 

Ckmoss
Contributor Level: Cruise Director

I like a mid to large ship. We last sailed on Royal Carribean Independence of the seas. They had the rock climbing and surfing. We do not do these things but loved watching others do it. We love people watching so this ship was perfect.  Big enough that you could explore and all different activities. The ice skating show is great, as well as all the other shows. We didn't do any specially restaurants as the food was great in the main dining and the buffet. I'm toying with the idea of trying Norwegian because of their freestyle dining and dinner shows. I'm not crazy about sitting with people we don't know for dinner, though we have met some great people. 

Ckmoss
Contributor Level: Cruise Director

I like a mid to large ship. We last sailed on Royal Carribean Independence of the seas. They had the rock climbing and surfing. We do not do these things but loved watching others do it. We love people watching so this ship was perfect.  Big enough that you could explore and all different activities. The ice skating show is great, as well as all the other shows. We didn't do any specially restaurants as the food was great in the main dining and the buffet. I'm toying with the idea of trying Norwegian because of their freestyle dining and dinner shows. I'm not crazy about sitting with people we don't know for dinner, though we have met some great people. 

meghad23
Contributor Level: Captain

I have not been on either celebrity or princess, but I did cruise with a first timer last year. We had a balcony and he loved just sitting out and listening to the water. We did a 5 day, and it was too short for me, but for him, he was nervous about being sick and such. Needless to say, he was hooked after his first cruise (We were on the Liberty of the Seas for RC). We did a 7 on the Allure in April, with another balcony and he still said it was too short.  

My first 2 cruises were 9 nights and I had an inside cabin, and an inside promenade cabin. All in all, the cruise is what you make it. From what I've heard from the two brands.... Celebrity might be a better fit for what you are looking at and the itinerary you chose is making me jealous! 

Balconies can be pricey especially if you are not going to spend much time in your cabin. Mid ships are better...less people on deck which equates to less noise when soaking in the sun. 

MrChocoholic
Contributor Level: Captain

Okay, if you want to travel with a larger older travel population (elderly) go with Princess, Holland-American, Celebrity. You won't see long lines to use the giant water slide at their pools. Also, consider MSC cruises that has a very interesting concept: they have a yacht within a ship. Entire of the ship is is private and restricted for "members" which means "kids prohibited" and your own dining areas. It's like cruising on a small ship but surrounded a very elegant huge cruise ship. 

 

Wow, I'm not looking for a cruise but you've helped me for my future bookings.Wink

Ejan
Contributor Level: Cruise Director

I'd select Celebrity.  They give excellent value for the dollar.  Good food and decent items--not just a lot of starch.  Excellent service.  No nickel and diming. The atmosphere is sedate and more conducive for a romantic anniversary cruise than skydiving wind tunnels.  I noticed that you have concentrated on the Western Caribbean.  Any particular reason?

Yeah, What made you go for the Western Caribbean?

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