Just two years ago, just like you, I was new to cruising. My very first cruise was onboard Royal Caribbean's Sovereign of the Seas
. It was a 4-day Bahamian Cruise. It sailed out of Port Canaveral (within eye sight of the Space Shuttle launch pads...or at least the collosal Vehicle Assembly Building).
My second cruise was onboard Carnival's Inspiration
. It was a 5-day Western Caribbean Cruise.
With any luck, later this year in November, I will set sail on my third cruise. This time it will be onboard Carnival's Carnival Glory
. It will be a 7-day Eastern Caribbean Cruise.
So, with all that in mind:
- I have decided to start my cruising expieriences with a short cruise (to see if I like the expierience; of course I did) . Then progressivly work my way up to longer cruises.
I think that was a good desicion of mine, but may not necessarly hold true in your situation.
- I had a wonderful time on both ships. However, I liked, as a personal opinion, my Carnival cruise a little better than R.C. That is why my next cruise will be onboard Carnival.
- That brings to mind that everything in cruising is subjective, and can vary in opinion by each individual. What I liked on my cruise, you might not, and visa versa.
That all is all the reason why you should continue researching cruising and find what is right for you and your spouse.
The previous respondants of this posting said you should seek the advice of a good travel agent. I would agree. But also you should continue to visit this website (and it's parent website www.cruisereviews.com)
and learn from everyone that contributes to it. I too, have looked around at different cruise related websites and these two websites I would consider near the top, in terms which is best.
Good luck on your first cruise. If all goes well (and most of the time it does) you will have a wonderful time and will be hooked on taking cruises.