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Old July 3rd, 2011, 12:26 PM
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My wife and I are planning a cruise for next year we are thinking about a Cribbean cruise,I was just wondering do you like the easterly course or the south or west route better we are leaning towards the westerly route.But seeimg how we have never been there I thought I would get some suggestions.Thanks for your time.
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How about sail from Miami on an easterly then turn south stop over sail west into the Caribbean sea take a little more southerly then turn easterly before turning North to get back to Miami

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Question West or East or South, oh my ...

The Caribbean is a wonderful place. There are so many options. Not just East or West or South but what particular islands, private island or not, and so on.

Absolutely the best advice I can give you is find a good local Travel Agent who is a CLIA Accredited Cruise Counselor (look for the agent's diploma on the wall, not just an agency sticker). Ask your friends and co-workers for a recommendation. The service is entirely free to you. ACC's are trained to find the very best cruise for you, after learning your personal situation and preferences, and work hard to get you the very best rate.

We have cruised the Caribbean a lot and many of our trip reports are posted at Cruising with the Halls. Maybe that will give you some ideas.

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Well... first pick the cruise line that you like the look of, then look at which ships are going where, then it will be a compromise between the ship & itinery. I don't think it makes much difference unless there is somewhere specific you want to see, but that is bound to be the island you miss because of bad weather!!
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My favorite is a Southern route, but that requires flying into San Juan, its a long flight and more expensive than cruising out of a Florida port. Aside from that, once on the cruise, its almost a port a day, I love it! You get to see more islands and less sea days, but you will have one or two sea days.

My next choice would be an Eastern, just like the ports better and I've been on more Westerns than anything, getting tired of that.

Like a previous posters wrote, check out some basic information on ports and see what ones interest you more. Do you like more shopping areas while cruising or more water type sports?

Please, let us know what ship and itinary you decide on...have fun.
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I like to fly to Barbados then take a relaxed cruise south

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I would like to Fly to BDS stay for a time then cruise home via a few islands, easy enough done.
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While the southern is my fave, to get around the high fares to San Juan, you can take a longer cruise from Florida, which will get you to the southern ports, with some eastern ports on the itinerary as well.

Some stops on the southern which are rare to see now are Martinique,and Caracas, and Guadaloupe..all Islands I thoroughly enjoyed.
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I would like to Fly to BDS stay for a time then cruise home via a few islands, easy enough done.
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Well it's a plan for the future, wife very anti flying BUT our flights in the winter went well so maybe.
Funny place the Caribbean, some love it, others don't, usually because of unrealistic expectations.
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Well it's a plan for the future, wife very anti flying BUT our flights in the winter went well so maybe.
Funny place the Caribbean, some love it, others don't, usually because of unrealistic expectations.
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Well I spent quite a bit of time on a Barbados forum TRYING to help, trying to explain that it isn't Bora Bora & Sandy lane charges a lot more than a South Coast Guest houe for a very good reason!!
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Ahhhh, Sandy Lane, now that's the be all and end all on Barbados..Wish I had visited, the one time I was there...Everything I have seen on tv, shows it to be fabulous!
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Yeah...but if someone asks me which is the best hotel on the Island I would ask what they wanted & expected, try to guage if they would be comfortable in a hotel where they "dress for breakfast" not all suit that sort of place...me included! Too many people recommend hotels because THEY like them, not what the person needs.
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Carnival has a westrly that sails out of New Orleans thats the cruise we are in favor of sounds like fun to spend a day or 2 in New orleans
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My favorite is a Southern route, but that requires flying into San Juan, its a long flight and more expensive than cruising out of a Florida port. Aside from that, once on the cruise, its almost a port a day, I love it! You get to see more islands and less sea days, but you will have one or two sea days.

My next choice would be an Eastern, just like the ports better and I've been on more Westerns than anything, getting tired of that.

Like a previous posters wrote, check out some basic information on ports and see what ones interest you more. Do you like more shopping areas while cruising or more water type sports?

Please, let us know what ship and itinary you decide on...have fun.
We did a cruise that began in San Juan .It was great . We went to Barbados ,St.Thomas ,St.Maarten , Domininica ,Martinique and back to San Juan . It was a wonderful cruise .
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Carnival has a westrly that sails out of New Orleans thats the cruise we are in favor of sounds like fun to spend a day or 2 in New orleans

Then that is the one you should do now. You can do the Eastern and Southern routes another time. Go, have fun.
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Carnival has a westrly that sails out of New Orleans thats the cruise we are in favor of sounds like fun to spend a day or 2 in New orleans
If this is the cruise that makes you go hmmm i think we would like to do that, then go for it.
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