Some buddies and I are interested in booking a cruise for Mexico in early January, hopefully leaving from Los Angeles. We're looking for a younger crowd, and vibrant party atmosphere. Being "starving college students" our budget is very limited.
I'm completely new to the whole cruise thing. I would really appreciate it if someone could point me the direction of a cruise line that would suite these needs.
I'd check out Royal Caribbean or Carnival. Go to a site like cruise.com or orbitz and plug in your destination and available dates. That will give you a ballpark idea of what things cost and where the ships go.
You might not be spending a great deal of time in your room and you can save money by taking an interior room. They're exactly the same as a regular stateroom but without the view. The food, entertainment, etc. is the same as well.
If you find a price and destination you like, come back here and read the reviews or ask questions.
One disclaimer...I've never been on Carnival but it sounds like the kind of cruise I'd have enjoyed in my college years. I will vouch for Royal Caribbean.
If you are looking for a vibrant party atmosphere than Carnival would probably be your best choice. BUT, if any of you are under 21 than you must be booked in a stateroom with an adult who is 25 years or older on Carnival. The same rule applies with Royal Caribbean. NCL is the only cruise line I know that has less stringent rules.
Marian, those were Dane's words - not mine. I just responded. BUT if I were a college student that is exactly what I would mean by "vibrant party atmosphere". (VBG) Hmmmm, come to think about it, I think it still means the same thing to me (guess I'll never grow up)
Nancy, I believe Royal Caribbean changed its minimum age policy this summer. One person in the cabin needs to be 21 now, not 25. The exceptions are if a couple under age 21 is married, or if they are kids whose parents are in a connecting cabin.
I am 29. I have been on 2 cruises. Alaska this past summer (not many young people at all) and the Western Caribbean during the winter of 2004. Both with Royal Carib. There were quite a few college and mid-20's people on the winter cruise. I went the first week of February. Like other said, go with an interior room. I was on the 2nd floor. The worst floor possible. Who cares. All I did was sleep and shower (barely on both accounts sometimes) in the cabin. Used those savings at the bar, casino, and shore excursions. I am now going back to the Caribbean on Saturday (with Carnival) for a solo trip. There better be a good young and single contigent this time!