Its hard to give general advice without some details on what type of information you're wanting. Best time to travel for great deals? Best itineraries? Favorite ships or cruiselines? Cruising ingeneral? Some things I find help narrow down a search when someone is looking to cruise for the first time are as follows...
1. What is your budget expectation for your cruise?
2. How long do you want your cruise to be? (The nicest ships and itineraries will be on 7 day or longer itins. There are quickies that run 3-5 days that are very budget oriented but are not generally the same experience as a 7 day. Different demographics, usually older ships and over before you get comfortable with the layout of the ship and get comfortable with the routines of cruising that make it so relaxing and enjoyable.)
3. Were do you want to go? Common cruise locations that are affordabe are typically sailings from Florida (more ships and more competition than from other ports) to Bahamas and Caribbean. If you live on or near the left coast sailings from LA or San Diego to Mexico are also a great choice for fisrt time or budget minded cruisers.
4. What type of accommodations are you hoping for? Inside (no window), Oceanview (be careful of selection, the lowest cost cabins on many ships start at either obstructed view, behind a lifeboat or porthole cabins, little 12" round window instead of full sized window.) Balcony (very few ships have obstructed balconies but some Carnival and Cunard ships do so ask.) Suites (think balcony but bigger)
5. When do you have available vacation? Flexible schedule or set dates you can go?
Once you go through these steps, finding a cruise that is right for you becomes really easy. At least it gives you a starting point so you're not looking at 15,000 cruises. Narrowing down the choices that you're focusing on is the key to finding the right one.
Are you referring to the cruise line Island Cruises a UK company? If so, not many of us would know anything about it. However; Raoul might know them. Hopefully he will see your post and answer.
Welcome to cruise chat.
no, unfortunately I have no first-hand experience with Island Cruises as the cruise line is marketed almost exclusively in the UK. Island Cruises operates the former Celebrity "Horizon" and the former RCI "Viking Serenade".
Looking at their website and the pricing in pounds, if you do the conversion to dollars the pricing doesn't look all the attractive compared to comparable mainstream choices. Perhaps there is something that sets them apart that would make it a better value than it appears on the surface. Hopefully someone on here has had 1st had experience with them. I hadn't even heard of them before this thread.