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Old 03-22-2011, 01:58 PM
 
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Default Which Cruise For Us?
Looking for help from experienced folks!

Want to go in January
Leave from Ft. Lauderdale
7 Days
We are both 50 and want an older, quieter crowd
Port stops not that important, but would like Carribean
Smaller ship but not too small, newer ship would be good
Room with balcony, at least 200 sq ft(want sofa in seperate seating area)
various dining options,a casino
Looking to spend up to 4k total for everything for the 2 of us(airfare extra of course).

Could you list some lines and particular ships we can start checking out? Thanks!
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Old 03-22-2011, 02:10 PM
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Give Holland America a look. I think it fits your requirements.
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Old 03-22-2011, 02:16 PM
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Welcome cdcdguy. I think you'll find that Holland America, Princess and Celebrity tend to have fewer kids aboard. They don't have rock walls, water slides or skating rinks. But if you can do without those, you should be OK.
Have you considered seeking out a travel agent? They can help you refine your searches.
Enjoy your search. The planning and anticipation are a big part of the adventure. And make sure you come back to cruise-chat often when you know your itinerary. There's a wealth of information here about ports and excusions.
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Old 03-23-2011, 08:10 AM
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Hi cdcdguy, welcome to CruiseReviews! Royal Caribbean sails larger ships now, Princess, Holland America and Celebrity are a good place to start. Although some of the newer ships are over 2000 passenger. I totally agree with Marsha, a good travel agent that is CLIA certified can be invaluable. They do not charge extra and in some cases can actually get you a better price. I'd throw in Costa, but they are usually loaded with children. However, I do really enjoy sailing on them. Please let us know what you decide to book!
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Old 03-23-2011, 01:58 PM
 
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Avoid any holiday school breaks and that will be a plus with regard to youngers on board.
Celebrity, RCI, and Princess for the most part are slightly older I believe. These three fit our needs very nicely and we are older than 50..

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Old 03-23-2011, 03:05 PM
 
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Thumbs up Try Regent and Seabourn...smaller AND
considered "luxury lines" but when you consider ALL inclusive,,,no nickel and diming for drinks,extra restaurants,excursions,,,etc...really comes almost equal...airfare inc...or drive and save even more...to Ft.Lauderdale...we took 9 day Regent to western carib...and loved it..booked next yr.for eastern,,,,check online travel sites for best deals and onboard credits...can also get referrrals...for $400...from past cruisers..not many kids onboard,,and was over Thanksgiving...large rooms 300sq.ft,,with big bathrooms,and balconies...check them out..and let me know if you have questions...NO ,,,not a spokesman,,haha,,,,just "former" big ship cruiser....
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Old 03-23-2011, 05:14 PM
 
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We are picking the week after New Years because most kids, at least in the US will be back in school. We are worried about getting a cabin with someone next door playing loud music all night. This is a main reason why we want an older cruiser age. We will try a travel agent, but would like help frrom you all that have actually been out there.
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Old 03-24-2011, 07:15 AM
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Ok, my two cents, Princess is my favorite line. However, most of their ships do not have a sofa in the balcony cabins, only the mini-suites and above. I have not had a balcony cabin on HAL, so not sure if a sofa is included or not. The Royal Princess did have a sofa in the balcony cabin, but I don't think she's doing the Caribbean any longer. RCI and NCL do have sofas in their balcony cabins, but you will run the risk of children, even after the first. Costa also has sofas, but is usually packed with children. So far we've never run into loud music on any cruise line we've sailed on, so I guess we've been lucky.

We normally cruise in late October through mid-December. We have done a few Christmas cruises and even then, there weren't that many children on board Princess. Once we cruised on the Dawn Princess at Christmas for a 7 day and it really didn't have that many children. The other times have been longer itineraries, which normally means less children.

However, just because I like Princess doesn't mean you would. We're in our 50s, too. We started sailing Princess when we were in our 30s. The feeling I get when I board a Princess ship is like I'm going home. I still prefer their smaller ships, the Sea Princess is my favorite. They have 3 ships in that class, the Sea, Sun and Dawn. Now, they're going with the rest of the industry and building larger ships. The Caribbean, Emerald, Ruby, and a couple of others are their largest ships. I still loved being on board the Emerald and Caribbean, but it's not the same as the smaller ships.

Sonny has over 50 cruises on RCI, he's never gone on any other line because he loves RCI. Dave has been on almost every line and I think he prefers RCI, not sure. Lisa, Sandy, and CruiseFanatic have been on almost every line, too. I think Lisa's favorite is NCL, Sandy and CF, not sure. Dwayne and Jim prefer Carnival. So, as you can see, just among the few moderators, there's a vast difference is preference. That's why it's so hard to answer your question
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Ok, my two cents, Princess is my favorite line. However, most of their ships do not have a sofa in the balcony cabins, only the mini-suites and above. I have not had a balcony cabin on HAL, so not sure if a sofa is included or not. The Royal Princess did have a sofa in the balcony cabin, but I don't think she's doing the Caribbean any longer. RCI and NCL do have sofas in their balcony cabins, but you will run the risk of children, even after the first. Costa also has sofas, but is usually packed with children. So far we've never run into loud music on any cruise line we've sailed on, so I guess we've been lucky.

We normally cruise in late October through mid-December. We have done a few Christmas cruises and even then, there weren't that many children on board Princess. Once we cruised on the Dawn Princess at Christmas for a 7 day and it really didn't have that many children. The other times have been longer itineraries, which normally means less children.

However, just because I like Princess doesn't mean you would. We're in our 50s, too. We started sailing Princess when we were in our 30s. The feeling I get when I board a Princess ship is like I'm going home. I still prefer their smaller ships, the Sea Princess is my favorite. They have 3 ships in that class, the Sea, Sun and Dawn. Now, they're going with the rest of the industry and building larger ships. The Caribbean, Emerald, Ruby, and a couple of others are their largest ships. I still loved being on board the Emerald and Caribbean, but it's not the same as the smaller ships.

Sonny has over 50 cruises on RCI, he's never gone on any other line because he loves RCI. Dave has been on almost every line and I think he prefers RCI, not sure. Lisa, Sandy, and CruiseFanatic have been on almost every line, too. I think Lisa's favorite is NCL, Sandy and CF, not sure. Dwayne and Jim prefer Carnival. So, as you can see, just among the few moderators, there's a vast difference is preference. That's why it's so hard to answer your question
There's also a vast price difference because some of the cruise lines are more upscale than others, meaning more personalized service, better food, entertainment that ranges from interesting lectures to classical music concerts to ensemble musical revues.

In general, the longer or more expensive the cruise is, the fewer children. Upscale cruise lines like Seabourn, Crystal, Silversea and Regent have fewer children and offer a much more personalized and upscale experience. Celebrity, Holland America and Oceania are a little more upscale than Royal Caribbean, Princess and Carnival, but not as upscale as the first few cruise lines I mentioned. You'll find that the price coordinates with how upscale and inclusive a cruise line is.

Traditionally, Holland America has attracted an older demographic, although they've spent a lot of money in the last many years trying to change that image. Celebrity used to also attract an older cruiser, but has become more "Royal Caribbeanized" in the last several years. It still does, I think, have a quieter, more elegant atmosphere.

An experienced cruise selling travel agent should be able to talk to you to determine exactly what you have in mind, what kind of budget you have, what your wish list is for the perfect vacation, and then match this up with the right cruise line and the right ship on that cruise line to fit your needs.
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Old 03-27-2011, 02:15 PM
 
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As we have researched more, we have settled on Mid January. To the Car., east or west, but more choices in the eastern part, though as mentioned this is not critical at all. So far got it down to 4

Holland A, N Amsterdam, Eurodam
Celebrity Solstice
Princess Ruby
From our earlier crteria would you all like to chime in a bit more?

We looked at all the balcony cabins, and they all appear to have a sofa seating area. We got good looks from videos on you tube. I looked at many cabins and saw one that had a shower on one side of the hall, and the toliet on the other side of the hall, with ONLY curtains concealing them. I don't think any of our 4 have this, but that would be a dealbreaker. Need a real door to the bathroom!
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