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Old 01-10-2007, 09:21 PM
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Hey guys.

New here, i found this via google, looking for information on cruises as ive never been, and myself and the g/f have thought about going to Europe.

I see allot of ppl asking what "you" think is the best ship to be on, and all the answers seem the same. there for searching forums doesn't seem to get me an answer for what IM looking for.

First little info here i guess would help all.

- Never Cruised before, (never even flown!)
- Don't smoke, don't really drink either
- Like to go out, we are 25 years young.
- Dress more casual
- Would like to go Sight Seeing (i gather most cruise's offer a travel 'guide' of some sort when you stop?)

Looking to go to the Mediterranean sea. What im interested in seeing, is Italy, Spain, France, if Greece can squeeze in there its a Bonus. For Italy, Rome is a must, id love to see Venice also but i gather that would be a long trip around the boot right? Also since im just looking at a 7-9 day trip, i've noticed its either Greece/Turkey/Italy or Italy/France Spain, and i rather see France being of French descent, and Spain.

Now i guess what im asking is, what cruise line should i be looking into with a travel agent? Id like to look up most of the info i can before hand, and search online for prices, however there's so many ships with different cruise paterns.
Ive looked at some websites of some major Cruise lines, and they got like 10 ships. So just wondering if anyone that has been out there, has an idea at wich lines & ships i should look into.

Im looking for a younger crowd, with a good entertainment on ship, it doesn't need to be the best by any means but something nice to keep ya busy on the "at sea" days.

I myself am Canadian, (seen someone elses post and someone asked if they wanted a cruise with more american's or europeans, but no one replied there after so...) i wouldn't mind being around either, so again open to suggestions there.

This trip would not be till next year, due to saving money, and making sure we can get our passports and all that other fun stuff!

Anyways.

Thanks much.
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Old 01-11-2007, 09:52 AM
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The crowd for the med cruises will typically be an older crowd, but there will be people in your age group. We've only sailed on RCL, NCL, HAL,Carnival, Costa, and Princess. To me, in my opinion, Princess does it best. The voyager class in RCL offers more on board toys. Princess ships (some of them) have Movies Under the Stars, which I think is really fun. They give you headsets for the day and then at night give you blankets and popcorn with full surround sound. We've only sailed on the sun class ships on Princess, the Sea, Sun and Dawn. I love the size, only 1950 passengers, plenty of areas to have a quiet moment, and it's easy to get on and off the ships. Lots of people prefer the Mega cruisers, we were on the Magica in December, 3500 passengers. It was very crowded at times, and took a while to get on and off. Costa made you feel quite welcome and I enjoyed the Italian flair. Costa made all announcements in 5 languages, English, Italian, French, German, and Spanish. Most of the staff spoke some English. We've enjoyed the entertainment on all of the cruise lines we've been on. I spend most of my evenings donating to their casinos, but have enjoyed the shows. Princess has the muster drill down, it's orderly and you don't have to stand in a line by your lifeboat (tender). All of the other lines we've been on makes you stand in line while they go over the instructions. You will encounter more of an international group on Costa and more of a brittish group on Princess. Costa still does Toga night, and I think it's a fun way to spend the evening. These are just a few tidbits from one person, however, a cruise specialist can really make a difference in the right choice. Have a wonderful cruise!
 
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