Okay, so the husband and I are looking to cruise in December. We have our eye on two very different cruises, but similar itineraries. You might laugh, but let's see what you think. First, I'll tell you about the cruises, then I'll tell you about us and considerations.
Cruise 1: Celebrity Eclipse/Eastern Caribbean 3 ports (Charlotte Amelie, San Juan and St. Maarten) Balcony 859, gratuities prepaid
Cruise 2: Holland America Nieuw Amsterdam/ Eastern Caribbean 4 ports (San Juan, St. Maarten, Grand Turk, Private Island) Oceanview 659, plus we would get a cabana for the week for 299
We host a cruising podcast and want to report about a ship and itinerary people want to hear about, but we are, of course, paying with our own money and it is our vacation. On Celebrity, we could probably only afford 1 specialty restaurant, but could afford to try them all on HAL. We love trivia and ship activities, and it looks like Celebrity has more of that, but would rent the cabana on HAL, which could be really nice. (But different for us, who are not normally loungers. Still, it would give us a nice place to hang out and read.) Cruising with an older demographic doesn't bother us at all, but since we don't have to get up as early in the Caribbean, we might want to stay up late and do activities. We like the idea of a dedicated movie theatre on HAL, as well as the full walk-around promenade deck. Both staterooms seem spacious enough and nice.
So, what do you think? We obviously hit an extra port with HAL, which would give us more to report on, but people might prefer to hear about Celebrity, as it is a bit more "hip" (as opposed to broken hips
) Thanks in advance.