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3 hours ago, clmsnskr said:

The first one you find that meets the following criteria.

1) Is in your budget
2) Is in the time range that you can travel
3) Has a voyage that lasts for as many nights as you want to travel.
4) Name ends with "of the Seas"
5) Floats.

Perfect for picking a cruise.

Our first cruise was on Majesty of the Seas and it was a wonderful experience. Not all the bells and whistles of other ships but it was still a great ship. Was a short 4 days to the Bahamas. We will be going on Freedom Class, Voyager Class, and Oasis Class for the next three cruises. Looking forward to seeing the differences in all the different classes. Quantum Class (Anthem) will hopefully be the next cruise we book.

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I joked with my wife last night, that I hoped we loved our first cruise, because the thought of losing 7 months of my life planning for something that we wound up hating would just be too much to acce

The first one you find that meets the following criteria. 1) Is in your budget 2) Is in the time range that you can travel 3) Has a voyage that lasts for as many nights as you want to travel.

There's definitely nothing wrong with the small ships and Royal has done a great job revitalizing them. As long as you realize that they don't offering everything that is advertised on the bigger ship

On Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 7:41 AM, JLMoran said:

Maybe Newark could become your new "home port". We do offer Canada and New England cruises along with those Bermuda and Bahamas/Caribbean trips. ;)

It would have to be warm lol!  Our biggest issue if we went spring break would be time.   My husband and I both teach and our youngest will be in high school.   So we might save money but then have time issues.    If we go in summer,  then we have more time in between summer school and the school year,  but then we could drive wherever.   I have considered texas too...those flights from chicago seem a bit lower.   Jane

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On ‎4‎/‎10‎/‎2017 at 11:14 AM, Spiegeje said:

Personally, I am very new to cruising, and am extremely happy with our selection of Enchantment of the Seas on a 4 night Bahamas itinerary a few years ago. The overall cost was low, the ship is wonderful, and I went in knowing that I was on a steep learning curve as to how to approach it. Many will say longer itineraries on much larger ships are better. For us, this did not apply. Approaching it the way we did gave us a thirst for more, and our focus now is not to break the bank booking as much as we can.  I guess, if you are asking on behalf of a first timer, find out what the expectation is... Ours was sitting by the pool and enjoying a couple ports...but I knew I would enjoy cruising, so I positioned it so my wife would get hooked too...and, she did...even though she still wants to book a land vacation every now and then.

Yay! I'm glad Enchantment made it on this list! :) Total newb here and I'm just going on my very first cruise ever with my husband this September. We didn't really get a chance to be picky with ships because the sailing date is what drove our decision. And then itinerary. So our first cruise is 3 nights to the Bahamas on Enchantment. I've done an embarrassing amount of research so I know it's a much smaller ship without bells and whistles. We also wanted to splurge more on excursions and dining (and maybe a little spa treatment if time permits) so we opted for an inside cabin. With it being our first cruise, figured there wouldn't be anything to compare and we'd be happy just to be away on our own without the kids. :)

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45 minutes ago, Spiegeje said:

I find the research to be cathartic...it also helps with imagining being there, and then seeing if the reality matches.

I joked with my wife last night, that I hoped we loved our first cruise, because the thought of losing 7 months of my life planning for something that we wound up hating would just be too much to accept. :14_relaxed:

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2 hours ago, fmanke said:

I joked with my wife last night, that I hoped we loved our first cruise, because the thought of losing 7 months of my life planning for something that we wound up hating would just be too much to accept. :14_relaxed:

I don't know what I'm gonna do after we get off the ship in September! Right now, I spend my days scouring message forums like this, stalking cruise planner, looking for recent compass for my sailing, and calling RC when there are price drops. I'm really hoping we enjoy cruising!

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16 hours ago, chiboo9 said:

I don't know what I'm gonna do after we get off the ship in September! Right now, I spend my days scouring message forums like this, stalking cruise planner, looking for recent compass for my sailing, and calling RC when there are price drops. I'm really hoping we enjoy cruising!

I know exactly how you feel. My wife says I'm obsessed! I call it planning! :10_wink:

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On Friday, April 28, 2017 at 2:30 PM, chiboo9 said:

I don't know what I'm gonna do after we get off the ship in September! Right now, I spend my days scouring message forums like this, stalking cruise planner, looking for recent compass for my sailing, and calling RC when there are price drops. I'm really hoping we enjoy cruising!

Yes...this is my life!  Went back to disney  world last month and planned that trip to death,  but had to book a cruise for the next year's trip because i need something to get me through next winter!   The planning makes the trip longer...feels like im almost on that boat drinking a lava flow! And hey, if i do the next cruise booking on the ship, i can just keep planning lol!  Jane

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There's definitely nothing wrong with the small ships and Royal has done a great job revitalizing them. As long as you realize that they don't offering everything that is advertised on the bigger ships, you'll be fine. I started on one of Royal's smallest ships and wouldn't change it even now. 

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On ‎4‎/‎30‎/‎2017 at 0:39 AM, mom2mybugs said:

Yes...this is my life!  Went back to disney  world last month and planned that trip to death,  but had to book a cruise for the next year's trip because i need something to get me through next winter!   The planning makes the trip longer...feels like im almost on that boat drinking a lava flow! And hey, if i do the next cruise booking on the ship, i can just keep planning lol!  Jane

Ha! Disneyworld is in our radar in 2020. I will be full planning mode when I get back from the cruise. :)

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On 4/28/2017 at 11:57 AM, Spiegeje said:

I find the research to be cathartic...it also helps with imagining being there, and then seeing if the reality matches.

I honestly keep finding myself swapping to "honeymoon cruise planning" as soon as the "wedding planning" mode gets too stressful. 

I need to ground myself from booking things on the cruise planner. :2_grimacing:

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1 hour ago, klaconqueso said:

I honestly keep finding myself swapping to "honeymoon cruise planning" as soon as the "wedding planning" mode gets too stressful. 

I need to ground myself from booking things on the cruise planner. :2_grimacing:

I can relate. Once all of my planning is done, I keep wanting to do it, so I go to the cruise planner 20 times a week when I should only check it once or twice for sales.

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43 minutes ago, Spiegeje said:

I can relate. Once all of my planning is done, I keep wanting to do it, so I go to the cruise planner 20 times a week when I should only check it once or twice for sales.

Well now it's become "I really want to book that cabana but I know I shouldn't so maybe if I keep checking it'll magically become half price"

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On 5/1/2017 at 11:48 AM, klaconqueso said:

Well now it's become "I really want to book that cabana but I know I shouldn't so maybe if I keep checking it'll magically become half price"

Remember you only (hopefully) have one honeymoon, so splurge a little bit.

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Our first cruise on RC was waaaaaayyyyyyy back in 1990 on Song of America. Gorgeous old ship with teak decks. It was our first cruise and was a reward trip with our franchiser.

We were hooked after that. Did Monarch of the Seas her inaugural year (first ship in the Sovereign class) in 1992, then again in 1994. She was the newest at the time. Funny how tiny Sovereign class is now. 

Took a break from cruising because of a little one at home, but decided to have a blow out cruise before we tried for baby #2. Did a 4 nighter on Sovereign in 1998.

all these ships were at the time the "newest' and greatest.  We like to sail on the newer ships.

Took a VERY long break from cruising and booked Oasis in Spring of 2011 with our then 17 and 11 year old. They LOVED it! We LOVED it! So much to do especially with 3 days at sea. 

'Just got off Oasis again this past Sunday with no kids and 2 other couples.  Had a blast! Celebrated my 50th and almost 9 months cancer free.  We booked Oasis again with same itinerary because it was a known quantity and we knew we'd have fun. 

Booked Oasis this past Tuesday for spring break this coming year as a back up plan if trip to NYC for the US Open falls through end of summer. It's a graduation trip for our youngest and she wants to go to the Open and a Broadway show.

The port was our main qualification. We're 2 hours from Canaveral and Oasisis the only thing sailing out of there. Itinerary is slightly different, so that will be nice. 

We love the Oasis class. So much to do or not to do! 

'Really want to get on Anthem class but they're in Asia. ☹️

Hubby and I are still in active mode and want a ship that has all the bells and whistles. However, I am wanting to return to the southern Caribbean and I'll have to do that on a smaller ship and fly to PR to get the ship. 

 

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6 minutes ago, Jill said:

'Really want to get on Anthem class but they're in Asia. ☹️

Hubby and I are still in active mode and want a ship that has all the bells and whistles. However, I am wanting to return to the southern Caribbean and I'll have to do that on a smaller ship and fly to PR to get the ship. 

 

You're thinking Quantum Class being in Asia ..... however, there's hope.... Anthem of the Seas, which IS Quantum Class sails out of Bayonne, NJ (NYC Metro Area) --- so, you still have a shot at it ...

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Freedom OTS will be sailing the Southern Caribbean route in summer of 2018, I have a Grand Suite booked for the first of June-2018, Freedom is by no means small, at their time the Freedom class where the largest ships in  the world. Freedom has had some refurbishment done but may still be showing her age, but should have all of the "Bells and whistles" except for maybe the water slides.

Agree with coneyraven, Anthem is sailing out of NJ, but does not go to the Southern route. Had a coworker that just went on it and loved it.

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13 minutes ago, tiny260 said:

Agree with coneyraven, Anthem is sailing out of NJ, but does not go to the Southern route. Had a coworker that just went on it and loved it.

Anthem does have what they're at least calling a "Southern Caribbean" itinerary, although the ports of call definitely strike me as more Eastern than Southern Caribbean.

12 nights, with stops in San Juan, PR; St. Maarten; St. Johns, Antigua; Castries, St. Lucia; Bridgetown, Barbados; and St. Kitts

     12 Night Southern Caribbean Cruise

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Thanks, JLMoran, I limited my search to 7 days so that is why I didn't see it, that basically mimics my 2018 Freedom cruise except I won't have the sea days.

7 nights, San Juan, St Maarten, St Kitts, Antigua, St Lucia, Barbados, sea day, this also is called a Southern Caribbean.

My last Southern Caribbean from San Juan on Adventure had St Thomas, St Kitts, Aruba, Curacao, when you include the ABC islands is when I (IMO) officially call it a Southern...

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