I've been designated the unofficial social chairman, and thus in charge of booking a Carnival Cruise for eight of my friends. We are all single 30somethings who like to have a good time. My question is this: Would you recommend we take the Eastern Caribbean Cruise the 3rd week of March or the Western Caribbean Cruise the 2nd week of April? Lurking around the forums I've seen some folks advise others to avoid the spring break crowd, so which would be the better option? Thanks in advance
Avoiding the spreng break crowd is always a plus for us as you have a more rowdy crowd as well as more young kids onboard. The main thing you need to figure out is what your friends would like to do. The Eastern is more for shopping and staying within the comfortable "American style" ports such as St Thomas and San Juan. The Western is for the more outgoing, especially in the watersports areas and differant cultures such as Mexican and Jamacian and G Caymans or maybe even Belize.
This being my first cruise looks like I will pick the Western Caribbean with Belize City, Cozumel, and Grand Cayman as ports. I have a feeling we will like cruising so much we will take annual cruises from now on!
I would steer clear of the sprink break time on Carnival - have heard more than my share of "spring-breakers horror stories" I love the Western Caribbean - great ports, awesome snorkeling (Cozumel), the StingRays of Grand Caymen are a "must-do".