I am planning my first cruise. I have decided to go with Carnival as they seem to have the most activities and laid-back , fun astmosphere for adult couple.
My timeline is limited - I have to leave in mid-February and would like to go on a 7-day cruise. My choices are limited by this timeline to:
West Caribbean: Carnival Glory, Carnival Victory, Carnival Conquest
East Caribbean: Carnival Valor, Carnival Triumph
1. For a young 20-something aged couple, what cruise line would offer the best entertainment, nightlife (discos/bars, shows), and ports with adventure-type excursions (best catamaran, island adventure, 4x4, snorkelling)? I am leaning towards the East Caribbean as I have been to Cazumel, Mexico already (most of the West boats dock there a day),and Montego Bay seems to be criticized for many beggars etc. The East ports of St.Maartan, San Juan, and St.Thomas seem to have good Carnival-excursions. offered. How would the Carnival Triumph fit my preferences -- there have been some bad reviewes which worry be. How about the Carnival Valor - no reviews yet??
2. Being a newbie who gets car-sick at times, which room location would be the most stable? Lower decks vs upper? Front vs middle vs rear? I will bring Gravol or Bonamine antinauseants
3. Is there a charge for non-alcooholic drinks with meals or buffets?