Posted January 3rd, 2018, 03:41 PM
I don't have a recommendation, but I feel the need to present an opposing viewpoint.
I like short cruises. They are usually cheaper than 7 days. I can usually go on two 4 or 5 day cruises for the price of one 7 day cruise. I cruise solo or with my mom.
My first cruise was on the Jubilee. I was 13. It was my mom, dad, and me. We were on a group cruise with some of my dad's Knights of Columbus friends. I had fun, and that ship didn't have all the bells and whistles of the current classes. I loved that the slide went into the main pool(there were three) because it meant a big splash at the end. I have been on the Holiday class, Fantasy class, Triumph class, and Spirit class(hated it).
I have never been on a 4 or 5 day cruise that felt like a booze cruise. I wouldn't be bothered if it was. It would give me interesting stories to tell. I have cruised in February(4 day Bahamas and 4 day Cozumel), May(8 day Alaska), June(5 day Grand Cayman and Cozumel), August(4 day Baja Mexico), and December(5 day Progreso and Cozumel).
I don't need 5 days to get comfortable. I feel at home immediately after boarding.
I have never thought short cruises were exhausting. I have always found that I have plenty of time and energy between getting back on the ship and early assigned dining, even after an all day excursion.
Carnival Jubilee 6/15/02
Carnival Sensation 2/7/16
Carnival Inspiration 8/15/16
Carnival Fantasy 12/26/16
Carnival Triumph 2/9/17
Carnival Legend 5/8/17
Carnival Triumph 1/20/18
Carnival Dream 1/28/18