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Old September 7th, 2010, 11:19 AM
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Default What came 1st? The chicken, or the egg?

Or in cruise terms, your selection of the ship, or, the destination first? Back in the olden days, [1990] when I first cruised, first of all, there were not, that many cruise line ads that made it to tv, so, it was Carnival for us. But I knew I wanted to see St Maarten, so what ships had that itinerary, were the only ones I looked at.

During the selection process, my daughter,said, "I'm not going on those ships! She meant those"old" looking ships..the Festivale, Mardi Gras, etc. We ended up on the Celebration,and guess what, we never made St Maarten Stabalizer issues made it impossible,we went to Nassau instead.


So, fast forward, soooo, many years... cruisers have so much more to consider, that I ever did. What comes first, for you, your destination,and, then the ship to sail there, or, pick the ship,and the heck where it goes?
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Old September 7th, 2010, 11:33 AM
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I suppose a combination really, dates, destination & number of days I suppose, unless the ship is a real "shed" it doesn't matter that much, but I would consider anything that was a cheap offer on a decent ship wherever it went.
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As a newbie:
expense
embarkation port
cruise line
itinerary
ship
date
(young son starts school next year, so that may influence the order in which date falls)
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Our first cruise was in 1973 to Bermuda. We wanted to go there and had no particular cruise line in mind .Our TA suggested the Amerikanis ,a greek ship and we said fine .However ,it had problems on a voyage prior to our cruise we we were offered to sail on the Cunard line .A great cruise .
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Good point, vital to us embarkation port, so vital I overlooked it !! We are only interested in Southampton UK departures. After the next one no more flying for us, I don't mind but my wife hates it.
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For me it is all about the destination. The order is this:

Destination
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Destination is definitely first. Then the best price. Don't really care what cruise line or ship. Of course I've only been on one cruise and have one planned. Maybe after I've been cruising longer & seen what I want to see, the ship will be more important to me. I would like to try out a different cruise line but the price would have to be right.
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Another good point.... if all there was were cabins that did not appeal it would be a factor too.
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I would say that the biggest factor is itinerary, going some place we haven't been before. Then cruise lines and prices come into play.
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There are those who think the ship comes first, these are usually very experienced cruisers who have been almost everywhere & getting off the ship is not a priority. Cruising in the manner of their choice is paramount.
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our first step is a phone call to our TA with a general idea of where and when we want to cruise she then picks out our top 3 according to our likes and dislikes- she knows them so well and we go from there
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The price, the embarkation port, then the ship. I don't care where it goes or if I get off at the ports. I want to relax, eat food I don't have to prepare, play dress up and go dancing and enjoy the company of some very friendly people.
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The price, the embarkation port, then the ship. I don't care where it goes or if I get off at the ports. I want to relax, eat food I don't have to prepare, play dress up and go dancing and enjoy the company of some very friendly people.
EXACTLY the way the lovely Mrs. Jones (Vita) and I feel. We couldn't care less where the ship goes (at least in the Caribbean), as long as we get aboard to enjoy the shows, food, and relaxation.

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For me it's the Ship/destination. I like to be entertained onboard; so I look for a ship that has plenty for me to do. So, the newer larger ships are going to be my first choice. Next, I will look for an itinerary that looks good. My past two cruises have been thru Europe and the Med. Since I am landlocked in Ohio; departure ports do not come into play. On our upcoming cruise on Allure; we are going to see the ship; we don't plan on booking any shore excursions, since we have been to all the ports of call before. Thats it.
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Our next cruise is all about the ship. We are going on the Allure OTS. After a fabulous cruise on it's sister ship, ( Oasis OTS ), we picked the ship. The intinerary does not matter.

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