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Old April 3rd, 2014, 09:35 AM
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Question Spring Break out of Puerto Rico, good or bad???

We have to change our cruise from Feb 2015 due to vacation issues and evil bosses. Years ago we went on the Crown Princess over spring break and we swore we would never do spring again. Easter is April 4th. We want to cruise out of Puerto Rico. Does that help cut down on spring breakers???

Our only options appear to be Celebrity Summit the last week of March 21-28th - When we were on Silhouette & there were only 62 passengers under the age of 18. So we figured Celebrity might not have the same spring break issues that other cruise lines have?????

Or March 15, 2015 - 22nd Royal Caribbean's Adventure of the Seas. I noticed that some colleges have spring break this week. Anyone had issues on RCCL out of PR during spring break? Over crowded?
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Old April 3rd, 2014, 01:10 PM
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We once made a mistake in calculating the different Spring Break times around the country. (Seems some places do it one week and others do it another week.) Anyway, we thought we were doing the week after Spring Break, which it was here, but turned out to be Spring Break in the upper Mid-West and we ended up with a ship FULL of high school teenagers.

Another time, we were doing a cruise out of San Juan and thought we had picked a good time to go. Turned out school was out that week there and we ended up with a ship FULL of Puerto Rican families with lots of kids.

Sometimes the best laid plans.....

Now, I do a little bit more research because we have come to the conclusion we hate sailing when school is out. This is also why we prefer longer cruises on Holland America or Celebrity when school is in session because they have a reputation for attracting an older crowd, which works very well for us.

But then we're seniors, so it makes sense that's what we'd want. On the other hand, for the families, dealing with the mega ships with crowds of kids when school is out is just a fact of life. And of course the cruise lines know this, so the prices go up exponentially.

Often, when you look at the prices during a several week period, when you see an increase, it means you'll also see an increase in families.

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I love kids but!, On that Princess cruise it was teenagers and college students running wild. No respect. If you were lucky enough to find one or two lounge chairs you couldn't leave them unguarded! You go in the pool & come back and your stuff would be on the deck and the chairs would be gone. And I don't need to hearing none stop cursing. I get that at work. And coming back on the ship from the ports was liking walking in to a Jimmy Buffett concert. Kids so drunk they could hardly walk. I could go on but you get the picture....

God I sound old!!! Just not the way I want to spend my vacation!
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Let me toss this out to you, as it happened to us one Easter cruise, sailing out of SJ. I don't know if these sales are still being offered, but, when the ship is not full, cabins are advertised locally at very reduced prices, so on our sailing the percentage of non English speaking cruisemates was quite high.

We so missed the abilty to interact with much of the ship, due to the language barrier.. Not sure if this is done with every cruise sailing from SJ. Spring breakers usually don't sail from SJ, the added flight expense cuts into their entertainment budget.
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Yes, Trip, they still do advertise reduced rates to locals in San Juan and we don't see those prices up here. Had that happen to us one time and as you stated, there were alot of non-English speaking people onboard.

Another time, we were inundated with a huge crowd from England. They made an announcement to let us know that 55% of the ship was full on Brits. Turns out, they were offering a special for airfare from England and a 14-night back-to-back cruise that was cheaper than what we could get a 7-night cruise without airfare!

Europeans love the So. Carib more than the Eastern or Western, so it's not unusual to see many on a sailing.

But I do agree, that you won't see too many Spring breakers from the U.S. on a So. Carib cruise. As you said, airfare is too much and they seem to prefer to drive to port.

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God I sound old!!!

Yep, but no more than the rest of us!!

Funny how we all love children until it comes time for vacation.

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Feb. March and the first two weeks or so in April are heavy duty spring break cruises. Loads and Loads of kids March is when many colleges have break so you can have the little ones, Teens and College kids onboard.

I don't mind the little ones they are kept pretty busy in the kids program it's the teens that hang out and block the staircases like they own the ship that is annoying.

Spring Break cruises = lots of kids and higher rates....

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DW and I cruised during spring break one year and we also swore we would never do it again. When we booked the cruise we didn't consider spring break. We like kids too, we even have some of our own. Cruising during spring break, not for us.
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I have had to go then, when taking the kids. Someone mentioned, checking the prices, as soon as you see a decrease, the spring breakers will be petty much done, good rule of thumb.
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