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First time cruiser :: it will be me and my dw. We r 55 and 58 . 7day carnival glory out of Miami in jan 2014. Or 5 day carnival paradise out of Tampa jan 2014 . Just worried. Being a first timer that 7 days would be to long for the first time . Any feed back would be great
Last edited by Johnny fish; January 23rd, 2013 at 01:25 PM.
First time cruiser :: 7day carnival glory out of Miami in jan 2014. Or 5 day carnival paradise out of Tampa jan 2014 . Just worried. Being a first timer that 7 days would be to long for the first time . Any feed back would be great
Either cruise is good, or rather "All cruises are great!"
Research the ships and the ports, and choose the one you like better. All found here in the Cruise Critic site.
Only comment is Paradise is a much older ship with fewer activities and dining choices, so it really depends on what you are looking for.
Have fun researching and whichever you choose, you will have fun.
Best of all, choose one for then, and later on, go on the other one.
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My first cruise was a 5-day on Carnival. It was just barely enough to get a taste. Have since taken another 5-day. My advice to make sure you hit at LEAST two ports. While sea days are fun, just cruising out to ONE place and cruising back doesn't really give you the cruise experience.
The information that shorter cruises tend to draw a younger party crowd or families with young children is pretty accurate. That might also enter into your decision.
As people have said, time passes VERY quickly on a cruise. Whichever one you choose, it will likely be over too fast!!
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Last edited by printingchick; January 23rd, 2013 at 03:46 PM.
Seven days for sure. We are now at the stage where we want at least two weeks.
I have done a 5-day when we took our grandkids, on RCI, and it was just fine, not a party cruise at all; howerver, it was in January.
Remember, of those seven days, the first is half a day or less and the last is barely a few hours before you have to get off. I don't know exactly how the cruises you are looking at work, but often it's by nights.
Although I have done them - have to agree. The perfect cruise length is 14 days.
Some of our Past Cruises:
NCL Epic 3/28/2016 - Haven-Canary Islands / Morocco
NCL Sky 11/27/2015 - Owners
RCI Legend of the Seas 5/24/2015 - Royal - HI to Australia
NCL Sky 1/2/2015 - Owners
RCI Brilliance of the Seas - 11/27/2014 - Owners
NCL Getaway 8/30/2014 - Aft Penthouse
RCI Spendour of the Seas 4/4/2014 - South America - Royal Suite
NCL Gem 8/31/2013 - NYC/Caribbean - Deluxe Owners Suite
NCL Dawn 4/14/2013 - Garden Villa
Carnival Breeze 2/2/2013- Junior Suite
Carnival Imagination 12/21/2012 - End of the World Cruise - Grand Suite
RCI Splendour of the Seas 11/10/2012 - Greece - Royal Suite
NCL Dawn 8/31/2012 - Bermuda - Owner's Suite
Carnival Inspiration 5/25/2012 - Mexico
Carnival Dream 12/3/2011
NCL Sky 9/2/2011- Penthouse Suite
Carnival Imagination 5/13/2011
Carnival Destiny 5/7/2011
Carnival Elation 3/3/2011
NCL Star 09/25/2010 - Alaska - Garden Villa
Carnival Sensation 8/26/2010 - Owner's Suite - S1
Carnival Elation 5/27/2010
NCL Jewel 3/21/2010 - Central America - 2 Bedroom Family Suite
NCL Pearl 12/26/2009 - Penthouse Suite
RCI Majesty 11/30/2009 - Royal Suite
NCL Jade 3/29/2009 - Mediterranean - Courtyard Penthouse
RCI Majesty 11/24/2008 - Junior Suite
Carnival Fascination 7/18/2008
RCI Jewel 3/30/2008 - Transatlantic - Royal Suite
RCI Monarch 2/22/2008 - Junior Suite
RCI Freedom 9/9/2007- Grand Suite
RCI Navigator 9/2/2006 - Grand Suite
RCI Monarch 2004
Carnival Ecstasy 2004
RCI Monarch 11/14/2003
Carnival Imagination 6/10/1999
Carnival Paradise 5/16/1999
RCI Sovereign 1991
Crown Del Mar 1990
Admiral Emerald 1990
I have done one 3, and several 4,5 and 7 night cruises. Twelve cruises in all. We just did a 7 night with 3 sea days which was one too many sea days for us. I like 7 nights the best with 1 or 2 sea days. I probably wouldn't do 3 nights ever again and 4 nights only if that was what i could afford or couldn't get the time off. I will say I didn't like being away fr. my kids for 7 nights esp. when they were young or when my elderly parents had health problems 7 nights felt so long to not be in touch by phone even though we would call fr. the ports
Johnny...I am 60 and my DH is 64. We have done 7 day cruises, 6 days, 5, 4, and 3 day cruises. What I look for in a cruise is the itinerary of the cruise. Go ahead and go on the 7 day cruise...you will love it. Our first cruise was a 7 day and it was fantastic. We did the Eastern Caribbean, St. Thomas, St. Maarten, and Nassau. It was great!!
We are getting ready to board our 10th cruise on the Carnival Victory out of Miami. It's a 5 day cruise. It goes to Grand Turk, Half Moon Cay, and Nassau, Bahamas. We booked this one solely for the itinerary. I have just as much a relaxing time and fun time on a 5 day as I do the 7 day cruise, and I do not agree that the shorter cruises are the party cruises. We love to cruise out of Jacksonville, FL on the Fascination which is an older and smaller ship. I will jump on a 3 day cruise if it is going to Half Moon Cay in a heart beat!!! In my opinion, that island has one of the most beautiful beaches in all of the Caribbean!!! And a cruise on the Fascination is just perfect for us...relaxing if you want...dancing if you want...deck party if you want.... shows if you like them... A cruise is what you make it!!!
I can promise you one thing...after you cruise one time you will be hooked!!! Mike and I have only been cruising since Aug of 2011 and this cruise coming up is our 10th!! Of course all of our children are grown... we are both now retired...and we love to cruise!!! Have fun!!! I really think you will love it!!!
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Carnival Destiny - 3/29/12 - Key West/Cozumel ..39th Anniversary
Carnival Dream - 5/26/12 - Western Caribbean
Carnival Ecstacy - 6/28/12 - Nassau/Half Moon Cay
Carnival Fascination - 9/1/12 - Half Moon Cay/Nassau
Carnival Sensation - 11/1/12 - Nassau, Bahamas
Carnival Freedom - 11/25/12 - Key West/Grand Cayman/Jamaica
Carnival Victory - 2/4/13 - Nassau, Half Moon Cay, Grand Turk
Carnival Fascination - 4/27/13 - Nassau, Half Moon Cay
Carnival Breeze - 11/9/13 - Aruba, Curaçao, Dominican Republic, Grand Turk
Carnival Fascination - 5/24/14 - Half Moon Cay, Nassau
Carnival Sunshine - 11/29/14 - St. Thomas. San Juan, Puerto Rico, Nassau, Grand Turk