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Old 11-02-2008, 09:06 AM
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I'm planning our first cruise, it will be myself, my husband and another couple all around 45 - 50. I've been told look at Royal Caribbean or Celebrity from friends of my parents. Ok here's my question, not sure which ship to pick, the new Oasis looks really nice but maybe to large for our first cruise. I'm confused not sure how to pick the right ship, can anyone help by giving suggestions. We can depart from New Jersey, Baltimore or fly into Florida. Looking at 5 - 9 day cruises for the Jan, Feb 2010 time period. We have been to several islands so we are really looking for that great cruise ship experience. Not sure where to began. HELP!! Thanks.
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I'm planning our first cruise, it will be myself, my husband and another couple all around 45 - 50. I've been told look at Royal Caribbean or Celebrity from friends of my parents. Ok here's my question, not sure which ship to pick, the new Oasis looks really nice but maybe to large for our first cruise. I'm confused not sure how to pick the right ship, can anyone help by giving suggestions. We can depart from New Jersey, Baltimore or fly into Florida. Looking at 5 - 9 day cruises for the Jan, Feb 2010 time period. We have been to several islands so we are really looking for that great cruise ship experience. Not sure where to began. HELP!! Thanks.
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Old 11-02-2008, 10:48 AM
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Sounds like you really need to talk with a cruise oriented Travel Agent that can ask you questions and get a feel for which cruise line best suits your needs and lifestyle. I'm in my 50's and I like both Royal Caribbean and Celebrity, but my preference of the two is Celebrity. I think a great first time cruise would be on Celebrity Century. It's not too big, not too small. However; the reason I like Celebrity is because they are more refined. The ships are quieter and less "busy" than Royal Caribbean. Celebrity has eloquence and sophistication. They have wonderful martini bars and lounges with various entertainment. You will find fewer families traveling with children.

If you want a more active night life scene with pubs, and discos, then Royal Caribbean would be your choice. Their Voyager and Freedom class ships, and soon Oasis have lots of bells and whistles and lots of wow factor. Along with that comes more families and children, and more crowds of people in general. I do think the Oasis would be over whelming for a first cruise choice.

A cruise oriented Travel Agent can help you sort it out and go into more detail than I have here.
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Old 11-03-2008, 08:05 AM
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Hi jalit77, welcome to Cruise-Chat. Congratulations on your upcoming cruise. Let me warn you, cruising is addictive . There are so many wonderful cruise lines, with different offerings. Princess is our favorite. Cruise Fantatic is right, a cruise specialist can be an invaluable asset. They should be able to match the perfect ship to your requirements. We've sailed on HAL, Costa, Carnival, NCL, RCL, and Princess. They each are unique and to me, they're all great. There are still plenty I want to experience, and hope to be able to. Look at the itineraries, sea days to port days, price, size of ship, and ammenities offered. Be sure to let us know what you select. Best wishes and once again, welcome aboard!
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What you really have to do is just pick a ship, and then another, and another and so on and on...when you have sailed most of them, you will know what one is the best for you:-)...RCL Voyager class is a very nice ship for fun and action....mini golf, Johnny Rockets, Ice Skating, rock climbing, promanade shopping....but then again...any ship is good, some are just better than others...I'm havingmy next cruise fix in January...just got back from my Alaska cruise....but had to book another...it gets to cold in Minnesota in January......and the Caribbean is so WARM:-)...

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Old 11-03-2008, 06:40 PM
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jalit77 - For a first cruise the Explorer of the Seas out of Port Liberty offers some very nice itineraries with the convenience of not having to fly. NCL out of NYC has some great ships with similarly great cruises on some real beauties too! You have a lot of great choices without having to fly! There are all great cruiselines sailing out of the list of port options you have given us-perhaps you might share with us a wee bit more as to where you would like to travel to!

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Old 11-04-2008, 05:59 AM
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Our first cruise was Dec. 2006. We left it in the hands of a travel agent and she served us well. It was a week on Mariner of The Seas (wonderful ship). This past December we did the same cruise but took our daughters and except for running into a tropical storm things again were great. Since then we have traveled across the Atlantic (Navigator of the Seas), Mediterranean cruise with Princess and then Alaska on the Radiance of the Seas this Sept. I would say the Voyager class ship is a great place to start, It's big enough with most amenities and yet not over whelming. What ever ship you choose I'm sure you will be looking for another once the cruise is completed.
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Our first cruise was on a ship that had 500 passengers. The size of the ship was perfect for a first cruise. We were able to meet most of the other passengers, had more personal contact with the ship's crew and enjoyed ports that were to small for larger ships.

Our next cruise was on a larger ship that offered more amenities and a greater variety of experiences. The next few cruises were on ever larger ships that continuted to offer new wrinkles to the cruising experience.

It retrospect, we were pleased that it worked out that way. We often wonder what our cruise on the 500 passenger ship would have been if our first few sailings had been on the megaships.Probably not as exciting as we would have been a little jaded.

Everyone has offered good advice, but I thought I would share our experience by starting off on a smaller ship and working our way up.

While there are amenities galore on the current generation of ships, we will probably hold off on sailing on RCI's next ship "Subdivision of the Seas"
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Our first cruise was also on a smaller ship and we loved it for a variety of reasons. My children's first cruise was on a Voyager class ship. They cannot imagine anything less than what they have experienced, and do not desire to try the concept out. Nothing matches the magic of the first cruise for those of us how have found our perfect vacation at sea no matter what ship you choose. But, like my kids, whatever ship you choose will become a standard by which you will compare all others. I say utilize that travel expert for this all important first choice.
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My first cruise was on the Costa Daphne. I have no clue how many people were on board or the size of the ship, but it was small. I remember tripping on the doorways, too. Every place you had to step up through a doorway. I do know that ships have become gigantic. Our up-coming Princess cruise is on a small ship again. The Royal holds under 900 passengers. I can't wait!
 
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