What's The Right Cruise Length for
First Time Cruiser
Most people start with a short cruise
We can safely assume that your first cruise will be substantially shorter than 109 days, unless you have your heart set on seeing the entire World on your first cruise. Typically, a first time cruiser wants to see if they like cruising before booking a longer cruise. That is a wise decision.
Let's explore some possibilities.
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The typical first cruise is 3 to 5 nights in length. This is long enough to give you a taste of sea days as well as days in port. From the image above, you can see that there are still many choices in that range.
Itineraries include The Bahamas, Eastern and Western Caribbean from the east coast, with west coast destinations including Baja California and Pacific coastal cruises.
The length of cruise will impact the departure city and the destinations that can be reached from there. You'll find that most of the 3-night East Coast cruises will depart from Florida and go to the Bahamas. As you increase the number of days, you'll open up more possible destinations and also departure ports.
Don't feel that you are restricted to 3-5 days in length. When we began cruising 30 years ago, our first big ship cruise was 7 nights in length.
FACT - Cruises have a higher percentage of satisfied customers than any other vacation experience. Ask your CLIA-affiliated travel agent about cruising. Chances are, he or she will recommend a cruise vacation from personal experience. SUGGESTION - Take their advice!
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So far we have talked about several decisions that narrow the cruise sailing selection: type of cabin, departure ports, destinations, and length of the cruise. There are still more questions to be answered in order to determine the Best Cruise for You.
We cannot emphasize enough that planning the first cruise properly will determine if this is your first and only cruise, or if you'll fall in love with the best vacation around and continue to plan many more cruises in the years to come.
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