I am new to the board and this is my first post ::waves hi::.
I am hoping to go on my first cruise vacation sometime in 2009, and was looking for some advice from those of you who have cruised before.
My big question is where should I go?
I live near the East Coast (closest port: Charleston), so i am within a day's drive of most of the East Coast and Eastern Gulf ports (though the less driving the better because I am on a budget). I love photography, beautiful beaches, and snorkeling...basically anywhere with beautiful scenery above and below the water :). What is your favorite port call for scenery/beaches/snorkeling?
My second question is, what cruise line do you recommend for someone on a budget, and are there any that I should avoid? Any particular ships you recommend? I'm young (mid-20's) but more of the mellow want-to-relax type than the partying/drinking/gambling type.
Finally, what about cabins? I know the interior cabins are the cheapest, but are they miserable being so small with no view of the outside world? Just wondering if the extra price for an ocean view or balcony is worth it.
Any feedback anyone has would be very greatly appreciated!!