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Kristle 01-20-2007 09:31 AM

My college friends and I are looking into cruising over our spring break this year. We are all around 20 years old and I was wondering which cruise line would have the most people around our age? We found some good deals on Celebrity, Carnival and RCC and I'm just wondering if there is any you guys would recommend or warn against out of those 3? Thank you!

Raoul Fiebig 01-20-2007 11:16 AM


for a spring break cruise, I would probably not choose Celebrity Cruises. Both Royal Caribbean and Carnival are excellent choices.

Celebrity is a great line, but it is a premium line that is more formal and less suited for a spring break cruise.

Dave 01-20-2007 11:22 AM


You say you are all "around 20 years old". Most cruise lines require that anyone under the age of 21 be staying in a cabin with someone who is 25 or older. In other words, people under 21 cannot make a booking - at least with Carnival, RCI, and Celebrity.

Svein 01-20-2007 12:11 PM

Choose NCL. I have been onboard during dozens of spring break cruises and the youth had a blast.

Dave 01-20-2007 12:17 PM


Originally posted by Svein:
Choose NCL. I have been onboard during dozens of spring break cruises and the youth had a blast.
NCL Age Requirements also require that those under 21 be accompanied by someone older - albeit 21 and not 25.

f-mattox 01-20-2007 09:28 PM

MMMmmmmmm. . . . . .
A 21-year-old chaperoning a 20-year-old........mmmmm!

Kristle 01-21-2007 05:52 PM

Thanks guys! About the age requirements- RC must have changed their policies recently- they now only require a 21 year old in each room. I think that's who we are going to go through as no on in our party has reached 25 yet

Sandy 01-22-2007 07:45 PM

Kristie, you're right that Royal Caribbean changed its policy several months ago. You now need to have one person in each cabin who is at least 21 years old.

The only exception is with families traveling with kids. If the kids are in a connecting or even a nearby cabin, Royal Caribbean lets them book as is.


nomorecosta 01-23-2007 11:46 AM

not tried one in the carabian n just got back from one in the canary islands /spain etc
Warning, this cruise line does not like or take care of its American guests.

This is the second time that me and my wife tried costa...once on a larger ship, the costa magica and once on the europa. Both times our hosts were noticibly rude and not very helpful. We have done some cruising before so we were able to get around the lack of help. The rudeness only gets worse as you get closer to Italy. And the europa has a smell that is noticeable all over the smells like sewers. They really tend to cut all types of corners on this cruise line, for instance the pool on the outside deck was only open once on our eleven day cruise. Each stop was either too short or when you went ashore you found that most of the stores were closed because it was on a weekend and it was after 1pm. It just goes on and on...This goes for our so called english speaking hosts also..for some unknown reason the english speaking host doesnt tell you about the shuttles that will take you into town only the expensive excursions..(.but even those shuttles end up to be about the same cost as getting a taxi on your own.)

We received no information booklet from costa and even after many attempts to contact costa via phone e-mails we never received any information. Then costa told our travel agent that the no longer send out any booklets....and costa was right in a way...all the european gusets showed up with booklets ,just not the American guests. (actually not being able to access thier website or getting information actually saved us lots of cash. We ended up going ashore at each stop and saw there was easy access to many types of tours not just the ones offered on ship...the best of which was those double decker tour buses that you can get on and off all day for about 10-20 euros. We used those like taxis and got off at or near where we wanted...spent as much time as we wanted then just got on them when they came by again.)

Don't get me wrong, the upper class italians were the rude unhelpful ones...your cabin stewards etc were more than is just a shame that their bosses are not. (if you are not european or better yet an italian from Italy be warned. )
The food was not up to standard either. This was the first cruise where we actually ordered room service...(where there is also a small charge...they do get you everytime you turn have to pay for water...they even turn off the hot water for the tea machines!!!)
The food is the same day after day for breakfast and for lunch/dinner/midnight buffets ,I am so sick of the same sandwiches they served which had the same two types of meat slices and the same two types of cheese. This is also the first cruise where I saw guests getting off just to eat! and that also included some of the europeans!...I figured that at least the fish would be fresh being that almost every day we docked at places that had large fish markets, but yet every time I ordered any type of fish/seafood I just sent it could smell it before it hit the table....please do yourself a favor and don't pick the costa europa

penny3333 01-23-2007 12:38 PM

Sorry to hear you had such a bad experience. We cruised the Costa Magica at Christmas and had a wonderful time. The food was good, Princess is better, but no one went hungry. Every person we came in contact with that worked on board was very friendly, their English was not great, but they tried. Maybe it was because we did the Caribbean itinerary, but I would cruise with them again. Try Princess for your next Med cruise, we've had great luck with them. Most of their staff are British and they have the best muster drill procedures. Best wishes!

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