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ccleveland June 21st, 2013 03:06 AM

Pick eastern or western Caribbean cruise for carnival dream ship?
 
Should I pick the western or eastern carnival dream cruise in late September in the first week of October. It is a seven day cruise that they offer I'm trying to figure out what is more fun and better because of the time of the year

Donna June 21st, 2013 08:16 AM

It will all depend on what kinds of things you enjoy doing. The Eastern has more shopping opportunities and some nice beaches while the Western has more water type activities. What are the different ports on each?? It is always a good idea to check out the excursions at all the ports and see what you'd rather do..

Snoozeman June 21st, 2013 09:51 AM

I'd go on the one that was newest to me.

cruise planner June 21st, 2013 12:51 PM

I agree with both of these suggestions. If you have been to one and not the other, then do the one you haven't done before. If you haven't been to both, then do some homework about the different ports to see what they have to offer and pick the itinerary that best fits your lifestyle and your interests. Some ports are more for shopping (St. Thomas as one example). Some are best for beaches (Grand Cayman & St. Maartin). Some are wonderful for sightseeing (St. Lucia). Really depends on what you're looking for.

Talk to your agent, they can be invaluable with providing information about the ports. Plus, they'll be able to help you with determining whether the Carnival Breeze is the best ship and offers the best itineraries or whether you might find something else more to your liking.

Pete

ccleveland June 21st, 2013 04:25 PM

I have never been on a cruise before and me and my fiancée don't really have a preference on what the ports do. I really want to surprise my fiancée and have us swim with the dolphins.

I researched and both western and eastern ports do this I believe. Here is the info for the western ports: Cozumel, MexicoMahogany Bay, Isla RoatanBelizeCosta Maya, Mexico. The eastern is Nassau, The BahamasSan Juan, Puerto RicoSt. Thomas, USVIGrand Turk

I just want whatever carribbean cruise will have better weather. I thought any bad weather or hurricanes always move from the eastern cruise area to the western cruise area?

cruise planner June 21st, 2013 05:39 PM

As I mentioned in your other post, both the Eastern and Western Caribbean are equally as prone to hurricanes. The Southern Caribbean is not as vulnerable to hurricanes.

It's really a personal choice, but I wouldn't let the possibility of bad weather dictate when you go. You could encounter bad weather any time (rain, wind, rough seas) not just during hurricane season.

Based on the two itineraries, personally I would prefer the Western one. But while I love Roatan, I'm definitely not a fan of Mahogany Bay! You can read the reviews about it. I much prefer to do non-Carnival corp cruises to Roatan because of where they dock. I'm also definitely not a fan of shore excursions offered by Carnival at Mahogany Bay. Had a friend of mine who lived there and he gave me information about the area - much better to do independent tours there or do you own thing.

Pete

Trip June 21st, 2013 07:40 PM

I think the western in this case has more rustic ports, with eco tourism and waterexcursions popular....and, the eastern has a more sohistciated sensibility.. My 2 cents, only, if this helps at all.

PS, better shopping in the eastern ports;)

ccleveland June 21st, 2013 08:35 PM

Ya I heard that eastern is better for shopping but I think as long as western ones have some shops then I will be ok. I heard they do dolphin swimming and sting ray swim in the western cruise. I think those are awesome! I have seen reviews that its best to get off the ship and look around the tours since the tours on the ship cost more

Trip June 21st, 2013 09:35 PM

The best shopping in the western will be in Cozumel, and, yes wakling off the ship, you will see local tour guides, which will save you money.

ccleveland June 21st, 2013 11:48 PM

ok, cool thanks for the info! Whats the limit on the number of bags (holdin clothes, shoes, personal belongings, etc) and the measurement to how big of luggag you can take on cruises?

cruise planner June 22nd, 2013 01:53 AM

Since you've not had alot of cruise experience, you really need to be talking to your agent, hopefully they are a cruise specialist, and they will be happy to answer all the many questions I know you'll have. You can talk to them and they'll be able to help with any specifics you have.

Pete

ccleveland June 22nd, 2013 02:14 AM

Thanks Pete! I do have a agent that has been in contact with me


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