Hey..we are going on the Valor on the 21st of Jan '07. Would welcome you. Already have a group that has met on the boards and is chatting...I have done the Valor western before and the ports offer alot of variety. I am hearing rumors of Cozumel being replace by Costa Maya...and with another hurricane season to get through.....best bet might be to just close your eyes and pick one. I have not been eastern so cant advise you there.
Ports depend...what are your interests?
CruiserKaren - we have done all three in either Jan/Feb - we are New Englanders looking for a warm weather getaway. The only chilly part of was Ft. Lauderdale at night, our first day at sea - a bit breezy but not enough to keep us out of the pool, Nassau was on the cool side, but not cold enough to stop us from going to the beach.
So much depends upon what you want to do and see.
If you want breathakingly beautiful beaches with great snorkeling, and good island shopping then choose and Eastern route that hits St.Thomas-St. Maarten.
If you are looking for something a bit more adventuresome with things like swimming with the Sting Rays(awesome), climbing the falls(amazing), river rafting/tubing, Mayan Ruins, really nice beaches, and some awesome snorkeling then pick the Western route - Grand Caymen, Jamaica, Cozumel.
If you are looking for a port-intensive cruise that is very diverse that will give you a little bit of everything Caribbean then pick the Southern route.- Aruba, Curacaco.
Hey...we are sailing on Jan 21st...western..Valor...you will be on with us..
We have a group of people who have all met on the boards that are sailing also. Many with kids as well. We are sailing with son (12) .
As stated above..I have been on this cruise before and loved it!
Hope to meet you...