For those of you that have cruised the same ship, same itinerary more then once, do you do it because it fits within your "comfort zone" (i.e. you know what to expect, low price, port within driving distance etc.)
If you had a choice would you choose (price being equal) a different cruise line and ports and stepping out of "your comfort zone" or staying in your comfort zone with same ship, same ports
We have done both. We sailed the Conquest 2 times with the same ports and the Glory twice with different ports. We pick our cruises by location of the port, where it is going then by price. We do like the Conquest series but willing to try another ship class. One thing we do know is that we like Carnival..
8/2003 Carnival Conquest
1/2004 Carnival Glory
3/2005 Carnival Inspiration
9/2005 Carnival Conquest (9 day due to Rita)
4/2007 Carnival Glory
4/2008 Carnival Triumph
11/2008 Carnival Triumph
3/2009 Carnival Pride
11/2009 Carnival Liberty
3/2010 Carnival Liberty
I've only done one, the Mexican Riviera on the Pride. I want to do it again, because I consider this my "training cruise" and I would know how to get more out of it next time. It's also a more convenient port. There isn't really a convenient port in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, but Long Beach is the closest.
I did the Sensation first and as that is an older ship, I feel I am moving up in the world everytime I go. I like carnival, they have great prices...traveling dates all the time and the features on the boat I like. I don't think that I would enjoy the "many extra" anmeties on other boats like the skating rinks, rock climbing wall, flow rider...I would never use any of that stuff so there would be no point in me booking that kinda cruise. I may venture off one day but I like carnival..Plus I live in FL so really I have 5 ports to choose from, great place to be!
if money and time were not a factor: I would try all kinds of lines and all kinds of iteniaries except for any cold weather cruising
Carnival Victory March 9, 2013
*carnival dream *
Glory 2/28/2010: Dina & Marty
Valor Feb 2009: Dina & Marty - again
Grandeur Feb 2008: DTW, Dina & Marty
Inspiration May 26, 2007
Fascination: Feb 2007
Enchantment of Seas: Sept 2006
Radiance of the Seas
Majesty of the Seas
The Big Red Boat
Luanne...I've been reading on these and other boards alot of really good things about NCL's newer ships . If you are going to try another cruise line NCL might be a good choice and do the eastern caribbean so you really have a different flavor
IBCRUZIN - I understand what you mean about a different experience...as long as one does their homework in advance and understands that , it's ok and very much steps out of one's comfort zone which is good...It's the same experience when you cruise Europe on a smaller lline ..Several years ago my GF and I cruised Greece on Sun Line (Royal Olympic) where the ships was 99% Greek, Germans and Swiss and there were a total of 3 American couples onboard..talk about being out of my comfort zone both from the perspective of experiences from a "normal" mainline cruise company, but also from an entertainment, food, English being the 4th language for announcements etc. We loved it !!!
I've been on the Destiny out of San Juan and loved it (I got to practice my Salsa alot (VBG)
The lovely Mrs. Jones (Vita) and I have done almost all the ports in the Caribbean many, many times, but as long as I'm still working, that's the type of cruise that we can take. I have 6 weeks of vacation a year, but the company won't let me take more than one week at a time, so that limits the choices of cruises! We have done all the main lines, (none of the "snob" lines), and honestly have enjoyed them all, and would do any of them again. The date, and the price are the only two factors that come into play when planning a cruise for us. Because of the military discount, Carnival has come out on top for our last eight or ten cruises. We love to cruise!