Welcome to Cruise Critic. And, more importantly, welcome to Cruising! Planning your first cruise can be a daunting task. Since this is your first one, using a travel agent might be the best route. He/she can make recommendations that could take you hours to research yourself. As far as prices go, most Travel Agents won't be able to get you a better price, but you'll likely receive an on-board credit or a gift.

The general rule of thumb is book early.... the prices tend to be the lowest the farther away the cruise is in time.

Also, keep reading these boards. I learned more about cruising reading and posting here than I did on actual cruises!

Once you have chosen your cruise, go to that cruiseline's forum for some real insider tips... Good luck!
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Proud to have sailed:
RCCL Majesty of The Seas ~ 02/2001 *Very First Cruise*
Pacific Princess ~ 10/2001 * Got Engaged Cruise *
NCL Norway ~ 05/2002 * Honeymoon Cruise *
NCL Dawn ~ 06/2005 * Best Cruise of our Lives ! ! ! ! *
CCL Fascination ~ 09/2005 * Best party, didn't sleep a wink cruise *
NCL Dawn ~ 06/2007 *Better than Ever!!*
CCL Victory ~ 10/2007 *40th BDay Cruise!!*
NCL Dawn ~ 06/2008 * 3rd time's a charm! * Review HERE
CCL Victory ~ 10/2008 * went tooooooo fast!!*
NCL Dawn ~ 06/2009*A different Experience*
NCL Sky ~ 02/2010 *Snow-mageddon Cruise!*
NCL Dawn ~ 06/2010 *3rd time is NOT a charm... 5th time is!*
NCL Gem CTN ~ 2/2011 *One day is NOT enough*
NCL Jewel CTN ~ 2/2011 *Big A^# Cruise! with 11 of our closest friends!*
NCL Jewel ~ 6/2011 *AWESOME once again!!!*
NCL Jewel ~ 4/2012 *10th Anniversary Cruise!!*
NCL Jewel ~ 1/2013 *CTN-Get outta here for a weekend cruise!*
NCL Breakaway ~ 2/2014 *CTN-Just need some time for us cruise!*

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