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Old March 12th, 2007, 04:46 PM
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We just got back from our cruise (my first) and I am ready to start planning the next. Hooked after only one cruise. The last cruise was a present and I have no idea where to start.

So how do I go about picking which one to go on? There are so many to choose from! Do you choose by which ports? Do you choose by which excursions are offered? I'm just not sure where to start.

How do you get the best prices/past cruiser incentives/on board credits? I am looking at booking one about a year from now.

Thanks for the start, Carla
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Since you've been to the Western Caribbean on a Fantasy class ship outta Tampa, you may want to try eastern on a Victory or Conquest class outta Canaveral or Miami. All the ships of the same class are identical but decorated differently. I like the open air deck space of the class you just sailed. But the extra amenities and additional balconies on the larger ships are great also. Gotta do em all before you find what yah like best!
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To choose a cruise I first decide when I'm going, how long I want the trip to be then look for the lowest prices. Change the order of those 3 criteria to meet your own personal situation.

Then I compare the ports of call to see which I might like the best. Hopefully mostly new ports or 1 or 2 in the mix that I enjoyed before.

I like the eastern carribean the best for the color of the water and the scenic islands. I prefer to leave from anywhere but Miami, but will choose Miami if it has better prices or ports of call. (My next trip is from Miami).

I have received good service from the TAs at Carnival. As previous passengers we pay the price of a guarentee, but get to choose our cabin. We've always been offered any open cabin in the type we pay for. ie we pay the Balcony cabin gaurantee and choose any availble balcony cabin on any deck.

On the Victory/Valor class meantioned in another email the emporess deck works out nice since there are cabins above and below so you don't get the noise of the kitchen or public areas.

The real question to ask yourself, is what do you want from your cruise? Sometimes I don't care where it goes, because I haven't met a port I didn't like. Some are a little scary, some are beutiful, each one a new experience.
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I look at the ports and then I look at the ship. I choose the ports I want and then there is usually a choice of ships to choose from that do some or all of the ports I want.

I went on a Western Caribbean in January on Carnival victory and I want to go back again. I am planning on going again in September on Carnival Valor. My mom went with me, ok, so she paid for it, which was fine by me! It was my second and her first. We had a balcony cabin and that is the ONLY way to go, sorry, no oceanview cabins for me!!! We plan on going again on a Western route out of Galveston (Conquest). We want to see Jamaica and Grand Cayman again....I love Grand Cayman so much I'm going to do the Western route and see Grand Cayman again this fall--I need more rum cakes!!!!!

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I choose by the costs to get to the port, the prices of the season and the weather expected. For instance, I would not fly from Houston to Miami, when I can drive to Galveston. I would not go during spring break when prices are much higher than other times. I would not go to the Carribbean during a hurricane.
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I choose by port, ( any in Southern Cailfornia we can drive to from AZ and as an added bonus visit my folks in La Mirada) and cabins, (We have to have a balcony. DH smokes and I quite 4 years ago I wouldn't enjoy the cruise being in that small cabin with him smoking and he wouldn't enjoy it not being able to smoke), going on the shorter cruises which are usually on a smaller ship can be alot more expense. We what for specials on this site and have signed up with several agenies that e mail us deal almost daily.
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I live five miles from the Port of Miami and about 15 from the port in Ft. Lauderdale so I am a hop-skip-and a jump away form both. YIPPPEEE! I choose mine based on the calendar, then price. Destination isn't that important to me...my fave days are the "At Sea" days anyway!
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Raina, so nice to hear someone else say that. I've been on about 10 cruises and they have all been to Mexico 4,7,8 day. I always say I could care less where we go, I like being on the ship. If you really wanted to vist someplace, you are not there long enough to get more that just a small taste, so why spend the extra money??
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Since you've been to the Western Caribbean on a Fantasy class ship outta Tampa, you may want to try eastern on a Victory or Conquest class outta Canaveral or Miami. All the ships of the same class are identical but decorated differently. I like the open air deck space of the class you just sailed. But the extra amenities and additional balconies on the larger ships are great also. Gotta do em all before you find what yah like best!
I love the idea of trying a different class ship. Is there a list somewhere of which ships are in which class? Us newbies need it spelled out for us Carla
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I love the idea of trying a different class ship. Is there a list somewhere of which ships are in which class? Us newbies need it spelled out for us Carla
I googled my own answer Anyone else looking for info can find it on Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carnival_Cruise_Lines
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