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Old July 7th, 2008, 12:06 AM
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Is it smarter to book a cruise on a ship that you LOVE and an itinerary your okay with.. OR a ship you are just okay with but an itinerary you LOVE..
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Ship we love, Carnival Splendor going to the mexican riviera
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Wow Those are quite different. What is the airfare difference? When you say Mexican Riveria are you talking Cabo, Puerto Vallarta, and Mazatlán or Ixtapa, Acapulco, and Manzanillo? Have you ever cruised on the Freedom or Glory before? Freedom is a big ship I cruise on her in April but we had no tender ports so no long lines to hop in tenders. I could see that be an issue on a big ship. I would make a pro con list and go from there. For me budget is always an important part of my decision process is it important to you?
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If the ports are more important to you, then book for itinerary. If the ship is more important to you, go with that.

For me, I like cruising in the Caribbean, for fun in the sun. Itineraries are secondary, and the ship is more important.
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It goes to Cabo, Puerto, and Mazatlan.. Not on those two but I have cruised on the Elation and Conquest.. We for sure enjoy the larger ships.. We live in Texas so air is about the same to both Fl and CA.. Freedo is a little more $$$ b/c its an 8 day vs. the 7 day on Splendor.. And idk if either tender.. But I kind of like it when you get to ride in the little boats lol.. And I try not to look into reviews too too much.. Because when it comes to cruises.. The staff change often.. And you never know what ppl like/dont like.. But I have noticed a lot of ppl noting that the decor on Freedom was a little too wild.. And Glory is a little odd too. Valor was another option but idk if I could handle all of that red, white, and blue..

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You see I agree with you on ship being no. 1.. But I am going with my family so i cant speak for all of them
But maybe I should just go with that.. I picked our last cruise on Conquest.. I just didnt know if that was a dumb reason to pick one cruise over the othe (the ship that is)
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At this point I cruise for the ship. I love staying onboard a wonderful ship. If I do venture out then it is only for an hour or two then I go running back to the ship!
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It goes to Cabo, Puerto, and Mazatlan.. Not on those two but I have cruised on the Elation and Conquest.. We for sure enjoy the larger ships.. We live in Texas so air is about the same to both Fl and CA.. Freedo is a little more $$$ b/c its an 8 day vs. the 7 day on Splendor.. And idk if either tender.. But I kind of like it when you get to ride in the little boats lol.. And I try not to look into reviews too too much.. Because when it comes to cruises.. The staff change often.. And you never know what ppl like/dont like.. But I have noticed a lot of ppl noting that the decor on Freedom was a little too wild.. And Glory is a little odd too. Valor was another option but idk if I could handle all of that red, white, and blue..
I hear Freedom has wild decor to but I got on board and found it wasn't that wild. However, I think I need to say I was a hairstylist in the bay area for 14 years. So places like Berekely have much more wild decor then Freedom. Have you ever cruised The Mexican Riviera before? I do beleive that Cabo is the only tender port. If you are a beach person there are some nice beaches. However, the ocean is not the pretty blue of the Carribean. If you book at the right time of year you can whale watch from cabo. Whale watching season is from late January through March. Just another thing to think about.
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Is it smarter to book a cruise on a ship that you LOVE and an itinerary your okay with.. OR a ship you are just okay with but an itinerary you LOVE..
We are looking at:
Ship we love, Carnival Splendor going to the Mexican Riviera
Or itinerary we love, Eastern Caribbean on Carnival Glory/Freedom
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It is really a matter of priorities. What is important to you and what other the determining factors will make or break your cruise:

Budget:
Length of Travel:
Currency conversion:
etc.

For me the itinerary is the number one factor with ship perhaps third or even fourth. I've sailed many ships but I really cruise to see new places.

My philosophy is that while each ship is unique, the things that interest me are basically the same, so the ship really isn't a major factor. There are certain ships and lines that I prefer over others but I will "not" consider any line or ship if an itinerary interests me.

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I'm exactly 180 degrees out from Mike. The ship is the whole thing to me. I rarely leave the ship, so the ports don't make a bit of difference to me, with very very rare exception. ie: Med cruise. As far as any cruise from the U.S. goes,,,the ship is everything.

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I believe that there needs to be some minimum level of "quality" to the ship; after that, itinerary has priority.

As for the ship being the destination, to me that doesn't make sense. If I am just going to stay in one place (i.e., the ship), I might as well have traveled to a land based resort where the casinos and shops don't close during the day and I never have rough seas. To me, the ship is a destination AND transportation for port to port.
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For me the intinerary is important, but the ship would be my no. 1 priority.

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I can go either way. I do like to book a ship with an itinerary I like. However, sometimes the itinerary draws me and I go with it.

I am booked on the Valor for January, and this is a case where the ship does not interesting me as much as the itinerary. I am Canadian and having american patriotism decor is not to my liking. I do want to see Belize and Honduras. My solution is to go with it and I'll likely take 50% less pictures of the ships interior. On the other hand, I'm booking the Splendor for next year because I want to be on the ship, and NOT see Mexico. The chances I'll stay on the ship are greater because I really have no desire to see Mexico, other than to find me a cool Pinata!!!!!

Sometimes the ship/itinerary work out, sometimes it doesn't. Make your choice based on what you want to do/see on your trip!...
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It's not 'either or' -- both are of equal importance.
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The ship is obviously important but! I so love some islands better than others so that weighs into my planning. I mean, seriously, nothing like a frosty cold one in St. Martin. And it's a drag to be in Nassau or Jamaica. So, the happy ports are important. I usually judge a ship by the comfort of the accomodations and the quality of the dining. I daresay that I have yet to be on a ship that I've disliked. It's all good.
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For me, itinerary first, but ship has to be a certain size. The huge ones are just too much for me and I like feeling like I am at sea, not in a hotel.
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You are really going to be happy when you finally break out of the Caribbean
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If I must choose between the two, I would pick the ship, then look for a time & itinerary that I liked.
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Since there are so many ships doing those itineraries, I would go with the itinerary you love as the first indicator. Then, take the ship you love for the next cruise (assuming you don't want to do the same itinerary over and over).
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depends..if you cruise Europe, then the "itin" is the most important and then you select the ship

if you cruise the caribbean, since there are so many options, I would do the ship I love and then find the "itin"..since there are "classes" of ships, you should be able to find your match
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If we are talking the standard Caribbean cruise at this point in my life I'd say the ship is more important (as all the islands look the same after a while). If it is a european or alaska cruise the itin.
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