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first time cruisers help

essex
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first time cruisers help

we are 4 ladies looking to book a Caribbean cruise for a 60th birthday celebration next September,

and we don't have a clue were to start.Can anyone help?( sorry, we have a lot of questions)

1- we want adult only if possible on a well recomended ship with good entertainment

2- approx 10 days

3- dress for dinner on some occasions

4- cabins with balconies/ mixture of single and double rooms

5- good amount of time to visit islands off the ship

6- is September not a good time to go to the Caribbean?

7- mid price

as you can see we need a lot off help

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1. Re: first time cruisers help

P & O are the only cruiseline I know of with adult only ships

Sept is during hurricane season I would book Dec to May ...you may get lucky & have no issues with the the weather but then again you may be at sea for more days than you bargined for

What is your idea of mid price??

essex
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2. Re: first time cruisers help

£2,000.00 approx but if September is not a good option we may need to look at other options for the birthday celebration as my friend wants to be away for it

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3. Re: first time cruisers help

Is that PP & include airfare??

Maybe the Med or Greek Islands ..it is nice there in Sept

essex
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4. Re: first time cruisers help

Yes including airfare, I will have a look at the med , thanks. I am not a great sea traveller so I am taking a chance for my friend as a cruise is what she really wants to try.

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5. Re: first time cruisers help

I would check with a local TA

They can give you ideas on prices & cruise lines that would fit your budget

Most of the time the seas are calm ..just take something with you incase the motion bothers you

Green apples or ginger work for some & easy to get on the ship

enjoy

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6. Re: first time cruisers help

I highly second lht28 - check in woth a brick & morter travel agency and discuss the various options as far as lines and destinations. each cruise line has a distinctive "personality" and atmosphere and is better at some things than others. A good TA can help sort through them to find the best fit for you and your group.

Sept in the Caribbean is great, however there are very few ships sailing that time as it is still hurricane season, and most ships are finishing up Europe/Med, Alaska, and South Pacific/Asia routes before heading to Caribbean, South American, etc.

Also, very few cruises have "single" rooms. Pretty much all of them (except a few cabins on NCL) are double rooms, and priced accordingly. So, even though one may be sailing solo, they are still responsible for double rates; occasionally lines will have discounts for solo cruisers, but not often. So, plan to double up in the cabins or be prepared to pay the full 2 person cost.

Cruising can be a great way to see a lot of places and relax and only unpack once - but it helps if you find a cruise line that suits your "personality" best! Have a wonderful time!

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7. Re: first time cruisers help

Yes you do need a lot of help. Forget the Caribbean-you can't do fly/cruises from UK with balconies for anywhere near £2,000.Or single cabins-they cost a small fortune.Don't forget that cruising costs a lot even after you have paid the cruise cost.

As previously suggested you need to look at Europe with your budget and list of wants. For 10/11 nights would be a cruise to Canary islands possibly taking in Madeira even The Azores.Probably sailing from Southampton.For 14 nights Mediterranean cruising is ideal in September.

P&O Arcadia is an adults-only ship but quite frankly I was disappointed. I don't necessarily like having loads of kids on my cruise but to escape them I would not go on Arcadia again.Nowhere near P&O's best ship.

You need to consult a travel agent who specialises in cruises.And I don't mean ReaderOffers who are based in Essex. They are not a F2F travel agent and you need one.

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8. Re: first time cruisers help

Thank you everyone we are going back to the drawing board for this celebration trip, We only plan to go for 9-11 days so we will keep looking.

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