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No, save the money for a shore excursion. 9 37.50%
Yes, the Carribean is worth the extra money. 15 62.50%
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Old March 23rd, 2009, 04:47 PM
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Okay I'm having issues over here. I live in California and I can drive to ports in Los Angeles very easy and with less expense. The problem is I want to see the carribean. I just don't know if I want to see it enough to spend $800 extra for my hubby and me. I could do a cruise on the Splendor (Brand new ship) in an inside spa stateroom to Cabo, Puerto Vallerta, and Mazatlan for $800 cheaper than I could cruise the carribean in an inside stateroom. What would you do? Is the Carribean worth $800 more over a Mexican Riveria cruise?
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Ok, I voted no, but I love the Caribbean cruises. Southwest is having a sale right now were you can get flights $99 each way. So for $400 more instead of $800 more, I would vote yes. I live half way in between so same cost for me to go either way and so far we have only done the Caribbean.
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Not for me. I don't care where they go, just get me on the ship. For me and the lovely Mrs. Jones (Vita) the ship is the destination, for both the Caribbean, and the Mexican Riviera.
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that is a tough question, I couldn't answer, as I have been to the carribbean and the eastern route is definetly worth it; the western route, wellll probably not worth it.

so the cruise is that much cheaper not including airfare or does that include airfare.
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that is a tough question, I couldn't answer, as I have been to the carribbean and the eastern route is definetly worth it; the western route, wellll probably not worth it.

so the cruise is that much cheaper not including airfare or does that include airfare.
Because I'm mental. I put together an excel spreadsheet to do a cash analysis. The sheet currently has 9 different cruises on it. For the cruises leaving from Los Angeles, we would drive to port and leave the car in the parking lot. The spread sheet has a formula that takes into account the MPG, cost per gallon, and miles to the port. It also has a place to cost out the parking fees. For Cruises to the Carribean we would have to fly and get transfers to the port these costs are also in the sheet. Costing these cruises has constantly showed an $800 difference between 7 day cruises to the Carribean VS Mexican Riveria.
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I did not vote because I have not cruised the mexican riviera . I will say that I love the caribbean, but my cruise in aug. will most likely be my last there for a while, unless I do a southern caribbean. I would love to do a cruise from the west coast at some point. I believe that there is so much of the world to see and enjoy that you should not limit yourself to one area or country. See the world if you have the means and enjoy all that life has to offer and last but not least,remember, A bad day cruising beats a good day at work.
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Having done both I chose the Caribbean.
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It looks like you have never done these ports, so i choose doing the mexican riviera and saving the $800 for another cruise!
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Hey, if one truly wishes to visit the Caribbean, then do it by all means.
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How good is the Caribbean ? .....that's a broad question. There are so many potential ports in a Caribbean itinerary. Some are great while others are not as good, but even that depends on individual taste.
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I would definitely say that the Caribbean waters can't be beat. There are SO many more options out there and the Mx. Riv. is a little bit limited. BUT, I totally get the price thing, and if it's a significant amount of $$$ then go for that! I live in New Mexico and am equal distance from most cruise ports, so that's why we do Caribbean cruises...flights to FL are really cheap for us with Southwest. You could do Hawaii, Alaska, Mexican Riviera and Sea of Cortez way cheaper than me.
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The way that you phrased the poll question suggested that you plan on spending that $800 anyway. In that case, I vote for the Caribbean. While I have done Mexican riviera cruise many times, it is still just one country and one culture. And, while I love Mexico, one thing I like the most about cruises is being able to sample multiple cultures. And, the water in the Caribbean is unbelievable. The entire time we lived in Calif, I missed those turquoise waters.....sigh
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We would not spend the $800 either way. However, the waters of the Carribean is what is making us want to spend the extra money. There is nothing in the Mexican Riveria to compare to Carribean water. La Paz Mexico comes the closest. I found a 6 day Key West, Grand Cayman, and Ocho Rios that closes the gap so the difference is closer to about $200 and it's on the Freedom. We know we love the Freedom, so maybe this will work.
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Well, I've never been to the carribean, but for the $800 difference I'd go back to the mexican riviera...

Since I just booked the Spa Balcony for $909 per person.... that $800 is a whole nuther cruise....
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Perhaps it should be elaborated....which Caribbean ports ?
Jamaica: some nice attractions, but stick to group tours.
Grand Cayman: lovely water & beaches, but otherwise boring.
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He's right. Depends on where you want to go. If it includes St. Martin and other neat islands, I'd say, go for it.
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We would not spend the $800 either way. However, the waters of the Carribean is what is making us want to spend the extra money. There is nothing in the Mexican Riveria to compare to Carribean water. La Paz Mexico comes the closest. I found a 6 day Key West, Grand Cayman, and Ocho Rios that closes the gap so the difference is closer to about $200 and it's on the Freedom. We know we love the Freedom, so maybe this will work.
for the additional $800, that is not the iteniary I would chose; you say you want to go for the waters, welll Key West is all about Tshirts/bars; Grand Cayman has nice water, but small busy port of call; Ocho Rios is the highlight of the itenieary; are there no cruises that do some of the southern/eastern ports - the "true carribbean" that will fit into your schedules
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I chose MEX Riv. I have never been out there but in my case living in Fla, I would do the same. Drive to local port and do the Caribbean. If I lived in Cali, I would drive to local port and do Mex Riv.
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The 6 day cruise on the Freedom only has about a $200 difference. This is because the cruise is about $100 per person cheaper. I board the dogs one less day and pay one less day in tips another $60 savings. Also flying to Fort Launderdale is much cheaper than New Orleans or Galveston by about $100 per person.

Your help and advice is wonderful. I have been to only one carribean port is my life and that was St. Maarten. My hubby and I didn't spend as much time enjoying the island as we wanted so a trip back there would be nice.

Sounds like these two cruise would be worth the extra $800.

The Dream out of Orlando the ports are:
Nassau, Bahamas
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Or the Liberty out of Miami:
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The the Liberty cruise is a $20 lower in price then the Dream. Both these cruises both are about $800 more then the Mexican Riveria. I think my flight would be cheaper to Miami cause I could fly into Fort Launderdale. Is San Juan a better stop than Nassau?
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Not for me. I don't care where they go, just get me on the ship. For me and the lovely Mrs. Jones (Vita) the ship is the destination, for both the Caribbean, and the Mexican Riviera.
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I'm with Sky and the lovely Mrs. Jones the ship is my destination.....

IMO a beach is beach in the Caribbean or Mexican Riveria. I would save the $800.
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The 6 day cruise on the Freedom only has about a $200 difference. This is because the cruise is about $100 per person cheaper. I board the dogs one less day and pay one less day in tips another $60 savings. Also flying to Fort Launderdale is much cheaper than New Orleans or Galveston by about $100 per person.

Your help and advice is wonderful. I have been to only one carribean port is my life and that was St. Maarten. My hubby and I didn't spend as much time enjoying the island as we wanted so a trip back there would be nice.

Sounds like these two cruise would be worth the extra $800.

The Dream out of Orlando the ports are:
Nassau, Bahamas
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St. Maarten

Or the Liberty out of Miami:
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St. Thomas
St. Maarten

The the Liberty cruise is a $20 lower in price then the Dream. Both these cruises both are about $800 more then the Mexican Riveria. I think my flight would be cheaper to Miami cause I could fly into Fort Launderdale. Is San Juan a better stop than Nassau?
I like the liberty port of calls; sailing out of Miami you have two airports to chose from: Miami and Ft Lauderdale

Keep in mind that Dream sails out of Port Caneveral, so you could also check flights to Jacksonville (unless of course, the airport shuttle is included with the flight to Orlando)
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Splendor is going to be a great ship. If I book that ship I could book a 4S (inside Spa Room). However, sadly the beaches of the Mexican Riviera are not the same as the beaches in the Carribean. Here are some photos, see the differences in the water. Most of the Mexican ports are on the Pacific Ocean. Plus I'm worried about the increasing violence in Mexico. But man $800 is a lot of cash. Boy I'm confused.

Here is a photo of Cabo San Lucas

Here is a photo of St. Maarten

Here is a photo of Mazatlan

Here is a photo of Grand Cayman
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Be careful going with the Fredom. the reviews on Cruisecritic (I believe as it has been about 3 months) were awful. We had it booked and then I read the reviews and changed to the Valor which had much better review[/img][/quote]
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The Freedom is a plus for the 6 day cruise, I have already been on the Freedom. I love that ship. The fish and chips, the over the top design, the adult only pool, and the wonderful dining staff. We had wonderful dining partners at my table they were fun and fearless, also quite a bit older than my hubby and me. I hope to be like them when I get older.We had a great time, it was a 14 day Transatlantic cruise that's why I'm broke now.

I had read the negative reviews about the ship and that did concern me before I cruised. So I understand your worries. I started to write a review of the Freedom after my cruise, but I never finished it. Now I think it's to late to post it I finished the cruise May 10, 2008.
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Personally I have been to 11 Carribbean Islands and with the exception of Jamaica I would return to any of them in a heartbeat. Have not done the Mexican riv. tho so I can't vote
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Personally I have been to 11 Carribbean Islands and with the exception of Jamaica I would return to any of them in a heartbeat. Have not done the Mexican riv. tho so I can't vote
What are the 11? I noticed on the San Juan port the time if 5PM to Midnight. Is there anything to do at night in San Juan?
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My DW and I loved the Mexican Riviera cruise.

We do most of our cruises on the Caribbean because it's easier for us to fly to Florida.

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Splendor is going to be a great ship. If I book that ship I could book a 4S (inside Spa Room). However, sadly the beaches of the Mexican Riviera are not the same as the beaches in the Carribean. Here are some photos, see the differences in the water. Most of the Mexican ports are on the Pacific Ocean. Plus I'm worried about the increasing violence in Mexico. But man $800 is a lot of cash. Boy I'm confused.

Here is a photo of Cabo San Lucas

Here is a photo of St. Maarten

Here is a photo of Mazatlan

Here is a photo of Grand Cayman
Wow, talk about a great comparison.... of course on the other hand, I'm sure someone could come up a good photo for Mexican Riviera as well as a not so good one for somewhere in the carribean.
I wish we had water off the pacific coast like that. wow....
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Splendor is going to be a great ship. If I book that ship I could book a 4S (inside Spa Room). However, sadly the beaches of the Mexican Riviera are not the same as the beaches in the Carribean. Here are some photos, see the differences in the water. Most of the Mexican ports are on the Pacific Ocean. Plus I'm worried about the increasing violence in Mexico. But man $800 is a lot of cash. Boy I'm confused.

Here is a photo of Cabo San Lucas

Here is a photo of St. Maarten

Here is a photo of Mazatlan

Here is a photo of Grand Cayman
Great photos...so thanks for sharing.
For the record, I'm booked Splendor April 2010 Mexican Riviera. Can't wait !
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We did the 6 day Freedom cruise last December and it was great! Like you it was the price that attracted us. We had been to Grand Cayman twice before but still was able to find things to do that we hadn’t done there before. It was our second trip to Key West and again we had enough new things to try that we were busy and entertained all day. This was our first stop in Jamaica and despite the warnings we would happily do it again. We encountered friendly people that were eager to help (and to sell you something). Avoid the flea market tents at the port and you will not have any problems. Don’t stray too far from the port area without a tour but the shopping once out of the port itself is really nice. The Freedom and her crew were all top notch. The best cabin stewards we ever had work on the Empress deck forward of the suites on the starboard side. I saw nothing that warranted a bad review.

While this was a great cruise, if you are only going to sail the Caribbean once then do the Eastern itinerary. I enjoyed the evening in San Juan when we got there after 5:00 but unless you are into the night life, bars, etc. it’s not at it’s best. There are many sights to see that are only at their best during the daylight.

The Ft Lauderdale port is in sight of the airport and would be the easiest transfer. We have also take the trip from the Ft Lauderdale airport to the Miami Sea Port several times and had no problems at all. $40-$90 depending on the type of transportation used. About $45 for a taxi, $90 for a Town Car. Be aware that Port Canaveral is more than an hour away from the Orlando airport. Transportation starts at about $100.
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Old March 26th, 2009, 10:38 PM
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Be careful going with the Fredom. the reviews on Cruisecritic (I believe as it has been about 3 months) were awful. We had it booked and then I read the reviews and changed to the Valor which had much better review[/img]
The Freedom is a plus for the 6 day cruise, I have already been on the Freedom. I love that ship. The fish and chips, the over the top design, the adult only pool, and the wonderful dining staff. We had wonderful dining partners at my table they were fun and fearless, also quite a bit older than my hubby and me. I hope to be like them when I get older.We had a great time, it was a 14 day Transatlantic cruise that's why I'm broke now.

I had read the negative reviews about the ship and that did concern me before I cruised. So I understand your worries. I started to write a review of the Freedom after my cruise, but I never finished it. Now I think it's to late to post it I finished the cruise May 10, 2008.[/quote]

Speaking of Fish and Chips.... can anyone tell me if the Splendor has fish and chips?? please say yes, please say yes, please say yes....
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