Yes -- I'd rather be on a cruise ship for 5 days than at home for 5 days. We took a 5-nighter on Carnival last year and it was fine. We had two ports of call and two full sea days, which was a nice balance. Our past cruises ranged from 2 to 10 nights, and we're doing one for 12 nights this coming summer. I found our 5-night cruise a good length as it made for a great getaway, and wouldn't hesitate to do it again.
A five day cruise for a first timer is perfect. Our first cruise was 10 years ago on RCCL, Sovereign of the Seas, to Bahamas and Coco Cay. It was a 4 day out of Miami, Fri. thru Mon. It's just enough time to give you a taste of whether you are going to like cruising or not without the full commitment of a week. Naturally, as soon as we stepped foot off of the ship we were hooked to cruising. To us, it's the only way to travel. Have a good time !
Anrealovescruising: You mean it took you until THE MINUTE you stepped OFF the ship to realize you were hooked? The cruise line had me the moment we started to leave the port on day 1!
I agree that a 4 or 5 night cruise is a great way to see if cruising is for you. It's not a huge money commitment and you get more than enough sea and port time to make your decision as to whether cruising is "yo thang" or not. I'd imagine that 7 or 8 out of 10 return for more.
goin cruisin... silly me ! I meant from the moment we stepped ONTO the ship. It was RCCL and at dinner EVERY night ,our waiter cut my meat for me. Who wanted to go back home and make bologna sandwiches for the kids again ?????LOL
I agree with 29dawgs; five days is a nice getaway as long as it dosen't require a long flight; also good for a first cruise. Three or four days, to me, isin't worth packing for.
And ten days is my minimum if it involves a trans-atlantic or trans-pacific flight.