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Old February 11th, 2011, 04:56 PM
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How do you choose your cruise... you decide what ship you want, and what date, and then just call and book?
... you decide what itinerary you'd like to do and check out all the ships and lines doing it, and then decide?
... you shop for the best price regardless of ship or cruise line?
.... you have a favorite line and check for deals that suit you?
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Old February 11th, 2011, 05:29 PM
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In the beginning I cruised by itinerary, to see the places I always dreamed of...and so many more I want to get to see but, now, if I can do a Cruisemate group cruise, I want to go...A new ship I want to sail, I will try to book....and when I am lucky enough to host our group cruises, I don't care what ship, or where it goes...basically, i'll go anywhere!!
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Old February 11th, 2011, 05:46 PM
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Our last one was everything.. the ship, the time of year, the destinations, length of cruise, the only downside was flying & even that was OK. Now in the future we must watch our spending, we are getting on a bit & only work part time so we will look primarily for bargains, then think ''is it somewhere we want to go?'' I doubt if we will fly long haul again, it will be some time before we do a decent cruise or even have a holiday as my dear wife has demanded another (not new) car.
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Old February 11th, 2011, 05:53 PM
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We wait with anticipation for announcement of next year's Regent schedule. Then, we collaborate with our friends as to which itinerary we are interested in. When there is enough interest, our TA will escort a group. We had 110 for our cruise last month and around 120 for our Canadian cruise this coming October. I think there are around 30 of us flying to Sydney next week.

She escorts four to six cruises a year so we have always been able to find at least one that fits are schedule and interest. This year, we will be cruising with her three times. In 2009, we also did a river cruise and we have a Silversea Antarctica cruise next year.

We do have our bucket list of cruise itineraries. So far, we haven't really repeated any itinerary although some Med ports we have been to a couple of times.
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We decide where we want to cruise . I will then research every cruise line/ship doing the particular cruise .My research consists of the internet ,books and first hand communication .
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It really depends.

Most of the time I look for an itinerary that goes where we haven't been before and then I see if the price is within the budget and time constraints.

Then there are times when I just see "a deal" and take it. If I find "a deal" on an itinerary to somewhere we've never been, and want to go, then that's as good as it gets.

Also, cruise line and ship play contributing factors.

I "almost" jumped on a Norwegian Jewel cruise that would have left last week. It was a great deal on an AB suite. I wanted to do three days pre-cruise in New York and then take the cruise and just vegetate in the suite. However, "doctor stuff" got in the way and we didn't know if we would be able to go at that time. Oh well, there will be another "deal" one of these days.

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Primary consideration is Itinerary.Then Cruise Line and price.

Great price and vessel alone would not tempt me if itinerary was not of interest.

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If I didn't fancy the ship or cabin we wouldn't go, if it was beyond our means we wouldn't go, if it was really cheap but on a ship we liked we may go wherever it was going. It's all a compromise unless you have unlimited time & money with no "ties".
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In order of importance:

1. Must start and end in the US and/or Canada

2. Itinerary

3. Cruise line
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A bit over the map with us. First it depends what kind of holiday we want, sometimes it's just something close to home and cheap so it might be a Mexican Riviera, Alaska, Repositioning. We usually know the destination we want to go to before the itineraries come out, so we just wait until our favourite lines release their's and see what's interesting. Time wise, we prefer to cruise around our B-Days (April/May) or our Wedding Anniversary (September) so we're always trying to spot something around those dates.
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1. Decide there is a need for a holiday and start looking
2. Shop available cruisese based on price - create a short list
3. Check airfare from port - based on short list from step 2, and weed out any cruises for which the airfare is to $$$
4. Make a decision based on intinerary
4.1 Are these ports we like from before?
4.2 Are these ports we want to visit for the first time?
4.3 Are these ports we want to avoid (like Mexico?)
4.3 Are there too many ports of call? We prefer to be at sea
5. Make a decision based on ship (prefer newer ships) and cruiseline.
6. DECIDE AND BOOK!

We show some allegiance based on loyalty programs but it is rarely a deciding factor for us, as we haven't really accrued significant status at this time. Gold with Royal is as good as it gets for us (although I am 1 night from Platinum!).
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Well, I haven't actually cruised yet, but as a newbie with kid considerations, here's how we landed on the PLAN (as yet not officially set in motion) to be on the Allure in May 2012. (Forgive me if you've heard this story before!)

We're going to Disney this year. One kid wanted to re-do Disney, but on a cruise. Other kid didn't want to re-do Disney. Disney cruise was too high anyway. Searched for other lines with characters. Found RCI-Dreamworks. Looked for ships. Found none out of Galveston, close to home. Looked for other ships at other times. Decided wanted to cruise in May right after kids got out. Found Allure. Discovered other perks like carousels, cupcakes and Chicago. Got heart set on Allure. Will hopefully book Allure by the end of this week! (SQUEEEEE! )

So I guess you could say we look for ship features, then pick a port, then decide on a date. Itinerary really didn't come into play much for us, although if it weren't for the fact that I preferred Chicago to Hairspray, we could have just as easily ended up on Oasis over Allure.

On the next one, I don't remember exactly how I ended up deciding. I think I decided a)I wanted to go to Alaska, b)when it was potentially cheapest (Sept.) then decided, 'Hey, why not spend my birthday on a ship?' and then 'Which line do I want?' and then 'Oh, hey, there's a ship whose name is my birthstone, which goes where I want to go, when I want to go! Let's pick that one!"

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Although the cruise lines always focus on "ship, ship, ship," they do know that most people choose a cruise based on the itinerary.

Now, those of us who have cruised more know that specific itinerary cam be somewhat meaningless at times, especially in the Caribbean where most of the islands are very similar.

But in Europe I would certainly pick a cruise based on itinerary first.

There are many people - luxury cruisers, who cruise for the vessel and really don't that much where it goes. They will fly 3000 miles and never get off the ship.
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There are many people - luxury cruisers, who cruise for the vessel and really don't that much where it goes. They will fly 3000 miles and never get off the ship.
Paul, I really haven't seen this. It seems that even those that are mobility impaired made the effort to get ashore in most all pots; even tender ports. I am sure, though, that there are some; however, most of the people that don't get out don't fly, either.
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I'd have to say we research our dreams than look at our bank account then go back to dreams and decide on a length of time away and why.
Once we have decided on length then it is destination and as the Cruisemates Top ones have said we narrow by prices which will either be Outside cabin or balcony depending on weather,
In our case its always been a Balcony so far.
We then select cruise line and how we get to the port , problem for us is we have to fly and if we pick a cruise that does not return to same port then we might have extra costs for flying one way
Add in hotels and we are ready to go , we ignore onboard expense as that is a natural and we do not use the casino nor buy art so left to liquor, tip's and small purchases plus the biggie, as in excursions and a few photos
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My Dh and I just booked our cruise on the Veendam NYC to Bermuda for April 22, 2012.
Our decision was based on pricing above all. We looked at a RCCL cruise out of Port Canaveral but it would be too expensive when you throw in airfare, hotel, etc.
After deciding on cruising out of NYC, we looked at Bermuda vs Caribbean vs Canada. I enjoy sea days where hubby doesnt. Canada is too cold for me to cruise to. Too many sea days to Caribbean for DH. So we decided on Bermuda. Since we were there in 2001 on old Pacific Princess, we knew what ports we liked. HAL goes to 2. NCL to 1.
We went with HAL as we will get almost a full day longer in Bermuda.
Now it is time to start the countdown, saving money, etc.......Karen
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Paul, I really haven't seen this. It seems that even those that are mobility impaired made the effort to get ashore in most all pots; even tender ports. I am sure, though, that there are some; however, most of the people that don't get out don't fly, either.
I have seen it on cruise lines like Crystal - they have long itineraries in foreign far away pl;aces with many days at sea, because their clients don't care that much about ports.
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