We are thinking about a cruise to either destination around the end of Feb. 06. We have done the western Caribb. and the Wife said no more Cozmel as we have been there twice. My question is which would be the better choice? We both like to snorkel and that may be the deal breaker and lean to the Caribb.
Have done both and both are great. The Mexican ports are all pretty similar although, Acapulco is a large city, and Cabo for example is not. The Islands in the Eastern Caribbean are different because some are under French influence, some Dutch, some British. Go to one of the cruise line websites and take a look at the activities available in the various ports and pick the ones that suit you. Better yet, do a full Panama canal transit L.A. to Ft. Lauderdale (or reverse) and do both! The canal itself is unforgettable.
Landlocked in Denver, but cruisin every chance we get.
Polynesia, Carib. '86
Cr. Odyssey, Scandinavia, '91, 30 Day S Pac. 2002
Crystal Harm, Aust., N.Z., '94
Royal Odyssey, AK,'96
Old Cr. Pr. Canal, '97
RCCL, Carib, 1998
Volendam, Car, 2000
Ryndam, 35 day S. Am., Antarctica, '03
Is. Pr., Canal, 2004
Statendam, 34 day China, Japan, AK '06
Cr.Pr., Carib. 08
Eurodam, Atlantic, Med. '10
We've done both and will probably do the Mexican Riviera again, only because we live on the West Coast and it's cheaper for us (no airfare), BUT, our favorites cruises have been in the Caribbean. The water is warmer and much clearer. Also, if you leave out of So. Cal., you'll probably run into 2 days of cold/windy weather---the first and last days at sea. On our Caribbean cruises, we've enjoyed the weather and outside decks from the moment we boarded the ship.
A repositioning cruise through the Panama Canal sounds great---you'll get the best of both coasts, and a nice, long cruise!