New to cruising and looking for a summer cruise

Discussion in 'Royal Caribbean' started by luvsvacation, Sep 9, 2018.

  1. luvsvacation

    luvsvacation Mouseketeer

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    We’ve never cruised before. I’m just beginning research for a cruise for summer of 2020. My daughter is graduating high school and I always said I’d take her on a cruise for her graduation, just the two of us. To get an idea of available cruises I looked up iteneries on several lines. I didn’t put in dates. I saw several inteneries I liked at first. I would love to try one of the Panama Canal ones that leaves from the west coast and arrives in Florida. I also saw several Carribean ones that included both the west and east. I was wanting a cruise that was between 14-20ish days and stopped in multiple countries. My goal is to see as many different places as we can. Then I started to notice none of these were offered during the summer. When I plugged in May, June, July of 19 (20 wasnt available yet) as a filter none of these longer cruises were listed.

    Unfortunately we are firm on our dates as she will be graduating high school and then going off to college, we only have the end of May-July. Do all major cruise lines just not operate the longer cruises during those months? Are they just not all listed yet? Do they typically run similar iteneries the same time each year, or could I expect summer 20 to be different than summer 19?
     
  2. starvenger

    starvenger DIS Veteran

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    Since it’s early I’d recommend going to a travel agent (or contacting an online one like Dreams Unlimited) to outline what you want to do.

    As for travel, you can do “back-to-back” cruises on the same ship. In the Caribbean, ships usually alternate itineraries so that they do the Eastern side one week and Western side the next week.

    And don’t limit yourself to looking at Royal. With your time restrictions you should look at other lines as well.
     
  3. -_Stitch-Up-Scrump_-

    -_Stitch-Up-Scrump_- Earning My Ears

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    To be completely honest, I would start out with Eastern or Southern Caribbean, as those are a little nicer. Also, I would not start out with a big ship like Harmony of the Seas, that would be very stressful for a first time cruiser (in my opinion).
     

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