I have plenty of friends who have yet to go on a cruise vacation. Not surprising due to the fact that about 70% of the US still has not been on a cruise vacation.
They each have their own reasons for not trying it out yet from thinking there is not enough to do on a cruise ship to concerns about motion sickness.
Plus, many of my friends have stuck with their childhood family vacation traditions like renting a beach house for a week in the summer.
Thanks to social media, my friends who have never cruised before are getting exposed to their friends cruise experiences. Then my cruise rookie friends start asking me questions about what would be a good cruise for them to “test-out” to see if cruising is for them.
When they say “test-out”, they are saying “what is a short 3 to 4 day cruise that we can go on to see what this whole cruising thing is all about.”
The issue is that most 3 to 5 night cruises are on slightly older ships that are not a true representation of what cruising is all about in 2013. The cruise lines have pushed the envelope over the last 5 years with innovative new ships that are engineering masterpieces.
The cruise lines deploy their newest, most innovative ships on 7+ night cruise vacation, with the exception of Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas. Making the Liberty of the Seas my top recommendation for 1st time cruisers. [Help spread the word to first-time cruisers]
The Liberty of the Seas for first-time cruisers
The Liberty of the Seas was launched in 2007. Although 6 years old, there are only a few cruise ships larger than the Liberty of the Seas. The Liberty of the Seas offers:
- Rock-climbing wall
- Ice-skating rink
- Mini-golf course
- Full-sized basketball court
- Full-sized boxing ring
- 4 pools
- 10 Whirlpools, with 2 of them overlooking the ocean
- State of the Art Fitness facility offering Yoga and Tai Chi classes.
The Liberty of the Seas is the largest, most innovative cruise ship offering 4 – 5 night cruises. From November 2013 – April 2014, the Liberty of the Seas will be sailing from Ft Lauderdale on 4 and 5 night Caribbean Voyages.
90% of the time, I try to get my first time cruising friends on the Liberty of the Seas. For some families with a bigger budget, I find the 3 – 4 nt. Disney Dream Cruise to be great place to start.
Click Liberty of the Seas photos below to enlarge: