Yes. I agree. There is a big difference between 3* and 4*. In Cancun (we used the Palace resorts) we were close to all the excursions we wanted to take and there was ample transportation around. Jamaica (Ocho Rios) was not a problem with transportation either. Dominican Republic was 'in the middle of no where', but we had plenty of beach, volleyball, pool, aerobics etc to keep us busy for 6 days (but I was ready to go home). I generally don't feel that way on cruises. For me, there has to be alot of draw to the LOCATION of the AI for activities beyond the resort itself. But if you are going to hang out with friends anyway, you're a mobile-party.