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Old January 2nd, 2011, 10:18 AM
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When looking to book a cruise, are you a preferred new ship cruiser... or do you look for an itinerary first, no matter what ship is going there?
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Old January 2nd, 2011, 10:35 AM
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My youngest and her husband will do their first ever cruise this year .They chose the location before looking for a cruise ship .It was only after booking their cruise that they called my wife and I with cruising questions.
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Old January 2nd, 2011, 10:45 AM
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The first 3 cruises my wife and I went on was for itineraries. Our 4th was Liberty OTS when it was brand new and now booked on Allure OTS for next year. The islands really don't make a difference to me any more, so I guess I'm a "New Ship" chaser. I would like to go back to Southern Caribbean someday regardless of which ship is there. I'll have to wait and see how my little one responds to a 3 hour flight to Florida before flying to San Juan.
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Old January 2nd, 2011, 10:46 AM
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The closest we ever got to sailing a new ship was on the Splendour OTS in 1997-I think it was 1 year old then. We tend to avoid brand new ships-prefer to wait until the kinks are ironed out. Itinerary is always our first priority-that's why we're back on the Connie in 3 weeks. It's going to all 3 ABC islands plus St. Maarten, not to mention Antigua AND Barbados! Can't wait.
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Old January 2nd, 2011, 11:17 AM
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I'm not about the itinerarie as it relates to the ports of call. I find you don't really have enough time to get to know the island, after a while, you can't tell one port from the other. It's a constant stream of diamonds international, etc. etc. But we're also CHEAP and we have young kids, so we arent about pricey excrusions .... if it can't be done within a quick cab ride of the port, we don't do it.

The only real attention that we pay to the itineraries is that we like to spend more time on the ship. i prefer sailigns with fewer ports of call, and I prefer to have the ports of call alternated with days at sea.

I do prefer a newer ship to an older ship.

My decisions works in this order:
-Ship (age of ship/features of ship)

Regrettably, when I booked Eurodam, I didn't look at activities on board like making sure they had things like mini-golf. I'm sure we will still have a great time.

I'm looking forward to trying Disney. Maybe one day, Disney will put casinos on their ships, and then they will be the perfect cruise line for us! (well, except for the fact that they never go on sale!)

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Old January 2nd, 2011, 11:29 AM
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My first cruise was on a ship over 50 years old. My second and third were on ships over 10 years old. Then I switched to newer ships. As I continue to cruise the same ships, the once new ships are now eleven, nine, and seven years old. As these ships have only gotten better with age, I see no need to switch to newer ships.

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Old January 2nd, 2011, 05:21 PM
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Itinerary first.

I stay away from "brand new" ships until they've had a few months to work out the kinks.

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It depends on the situation. Something truly new and innovative like the Oasis class or the Epic, then I go based on the ship and itinerary isn't important - especially if it is in the Caribbean where every stop looks the same these days. A place with more interesting ports such as Alaska or Europe...that is where the ship is less important and itinerary rules my decisions.
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I couldn't care less where the ship goes, as we rarely leave the ship anyway, and the only times we've tried "new ships" we've been disappointed, so I tend to sail ships I've done before, and liked before. The exception, of course, is when we do a Med Cruise, and we DO want to visit certain ports. (I even leave the ship then!)
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Itinerary first.

I stay away from "brand new" ships until they've had a few months to work out the kinks.

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Old January 4th, 2011, 06:49 AM
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Depends on definition of NEW!

Brand spanking new ships...give them time to work the bugs out.

Ships I've never sailed on thats NEW to me....Yes, don't have a desire to sail the same ship twice, especially with so many ships I haven't sailed on yet.

Itinerary is just as important because I want at least half the Ports I visit to be ones I haven't been to before.

The only way that wouldn't apply would be a B2B, which we are considering for our next cruise.
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