Hello! Forgive me as this is a little long....I am looking to plan a 5-7 night Eastern Caribbean cruise for 2021. I’ve been on 2 cruises before, but I will be traveling with my mom and aunt who have never cruised before. They are in their early 60s and I am In my early 30s. My previous trips were Royal Caribbean to Bermuda and Celebrity to Cozumel/Key West). On my previous cruises I traveled with a family friend and the other family did all the booking, planning etc. I just packed my bag and followed along. Therefore I have limited knowledge about planning and booking.
I'm strongly considering Royal Caribbean. Although I have never been on Carnival, it seems to be aimed at younger, adventurous families. We are not super adventurous, so I think Royal Caribbean would be a better choice. Destinations of interest include St Thomas, St Kitts and St Maarten.
Price is another important factor for me. My mother is on a fixed income, so I will have to pay her way almost completely. My aunt is able to pay her own way. For cost purposes, I would like all 3 of us to share a single cabin. We don’t mind it being a little “cozy”.
My big questions are:
Any other destination suggestions besides St Thomas, St Kitts and St Maarten?
When would be a good time to book so I can score the best deals? Is booking now too far in advance?
From my previous experience, if one member of a cabin wants a drink package, all members of that cabin must purchase the same drink package. My mother doesn’t drink alcohol for personal/medical reasons. Will she still be required to purchase this package?
Any other tips or suggestions?