I've been on both itineraries, more Western than Eastern. However, I would say that the Eastern is better. I really like St. Thomas. This will be our first Carnival cruise in November and we will be going on a Southern Caribbean, that will also hit Barbados and Martinique. We've been Princess Cruisers up until now, with one Holland American thrown in when we went with some of my co-workers. To me, the journey is the cruise rather than the destination, and is what you make of it, regardless of the ship. Have a great time!!