Hey all, John's wife here.
Me and my son - 14 - are considering going on a cruise by ourselves during a week he has off in April. My husband's birthday is Friday, so we'd want to be back by then (he wouldn't want to celebrate his birthday onboard). I've found 4 that fit the schedule:
4 day Majesty of the Seas (Mon-Fri)
4 day Empress of the Seas (Sat-Wed)
5 day Carnival Paradise (Sat-Thu)
6 day Norwegian Escape (Sat-Fri)
Obviously I know that none of these cruises will be a repeat of the Celebrity Silhouette, but I'm hoping to find the best of this bunch. The quality of food is fairly important, even if none will be as good as a higher-end line, and we'd like to avoid a too-crowded/loud/rambunctious/"booze cruise" atmosphere -- my son's an introvert and we both prefer to sit and read than go to a deck party.
I like the age and amenities of the Escape but worry about the food and potential crowding. Majesty/Empress are older but could be a nice experience especially with the large windows I've seen in images -- here I'm concerned about the age (30 years!) and also that it's only 4 days so could take on a "booze cruise" feel (though it is during the week). And then there's the Paradise. It's another older ship, my son doesn't like that there is seemingly no promenade deck to be outside away from the pool crowds, Carnival's decor is... ugh, and I don't know how Carnival's food is nowadays.
Thanks for any help ;)