Can anyone tell me ...without saying it's all my preference...which is nicer...more fun...etc...the eastern or western Carr? I can't decide on which one...I'm active in all areas...love the water and scuba and you name it...Help
It pretty much depends on the itineraries. The W. Carib. 7-day frequently includes a Mexican port plus Grand Cayman and Jamaica, while a similar E. Carib. cruise might hit San Juan, St. Thomas and either St. Maarten or the Bahamas.
If you've never cruised on either itinerary, I'd recommend the W. Carib. for your first exposure to the Caribbean. This is especially true if you enjoy snorkeling, rafting or other water sports. Most people like Cozumel for such activities, plus you get a chance to visit Mayan ruins. And there's plenty of activity in Jamaica and Cayman as well.
On the other hand, if you're in the mood for really great shopping and sight-seeing you might prefer the Eastern route if the Saints (Thomas & Maarten) are on the itinerary. You will enjoy yourself no matter which way you decide to go, I'm certain. Enjoy your cruise!
I'm partial to the Eastern itinerary! I don't particularly enjoy Mexico... I find it dirty, dusty and dry. I like warm, moist and tropical. I also like that the Eastern trips (depending on islands visited) can include French (St. Martinique), Dutch (St. Marten) and Spanish (Puerto Rico) experiences. I also prefer snorkeling and shopping in St. Thomas over Cozumel. I've done Western three times and won't do it again. I've done Eastern 4 times and would do it every winter to come!
But that's just me. I thought I'd throw in my 2 cents worth in favor of Eastern.
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I had the same decision and heard repeatedly that Western is more for those of us who are active, outdoors types. It sounds as though you fall into that category. I was also told that Eastern is more for shopping and sightseeing, but I'm sure there is plenty of beautiful snorkeling there, too.
We decided that we really wanted to experience Mexico and Central America more directly, not the Americanized versions. After lots and lots of extensive reading, we decided on the Western.
Isn't it great there is something for everybody??
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I agree with the others that a Western would be the better choice. As "Merm" stated-- "Ahh Palencar Reef in Coz!" its an amazing snorkel, better than St. John/St. Thomas-imo. and an encounter with the Sting Rays in Grand Caymen is a must-do.
I'm going West...I booked the cruise this evening...I'm so excited...never cruised before and we'll be celebrating our 20th...actually it'll be the 1st time we've celebrated it...our son was born right on our 1st ann...we always did his birthday...so this will be the 1st time alone in 20 yrs. I can't wait. Now I"ve got to find a flight...should I use a T/A for that or what?
what ship and dates did you book? Check flights on your own and have your TA do it also, sometimes they can come up with a better price, sometimes not. Check the cruise lines air packages - sometimes they are good, sometimes they are not.
"correction for maine cruiser puerto rico is acommonwealth of the U.S. and all it's people are american citizens and speak both english and spanish just fyi"
Frank, of course it is, I know that. But, if you've been there you know that the Spanish influence is strong. My point was that PR can give a cruiser a "Spanish experience." I didn't say it was Spanish.