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With all these new cruise ships coming out I ask the question which is more important the ship or the destination. This is not about the best places to go or the best ship this is about over all. What do you like more about cruising, the destination or the ship it self.
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Absolutely, the ship. We may well be the exception, but having done something over 120 total cruises, almost all in the Caribbean, the ship is now the destination for me and the lovely Mrs. Jones (Vita). As a matter of fact, I seldom check the itinerary anymore,,,just the port of debarkation, how many days the cruise is, and the ship. We very seldom leave the ship, in any port, so once again,,,,for us it's THE SHIP!

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one must ask the reflective question based upon the number of cruises and the destinations that one has cruised to...as Skymaster has pointed out, the greater the number of cruises to the same area, the ship will drive the selection, not the ports..for a newbie cruiser it's probably a combination of both

if one cruises to Europe, whether it's the first time or the 10th time, the ports will drive the selection
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I really think you can usually get a great ship, going to where you want to go, so, no settling.....But I agree, and this includes me, if you have gone to the same ports alot, then a new ship, can give new bang to that buck...you know where you are going, but the suprise is the excitment of a new ship....
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I think it has to do with a) how many cruises you've done and b) your age bracket. When we first started cruising in our 40's it was all about the destinations-we wanted to see and do EVERYTHING. Now, 25 years later, it's all about breakfast on the balcony, being pampered in the spa and and fine dining. Like Sky, we seldom get off the ship.
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one must ask the reflective question based upon the number of cruises and the destinations that one has cruised to...as Skymaster has pointed out, the greater the number of cruises to the same area, the ship will drive the selection, not the ports..for a newbie cruiser it's probably a combination of both

if one cruises to Europe, whether it's the first time or the 10th time, the ports will drive the selection
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Believe it or not I am all about the ship as well. From my first cruise I love the ship, I have only been on 4 soon to go on my 5th cruise now I do so much research about the ship, I love the ship. While the ports due hold some value for me as i have yet to repeat a port (expect for the Bahamas) but, for me too it's about the ship and the experience on the ship.
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price (value) and cruise loyalty reward program level...if I can get a good deal and it will put me at the next level then i would go for it regardless of the ship or the itin

another perspective..as the concept of theme cruises continue to expand, if the theme is right (i.e. for me it is smooth jazz), it does not matter which ship and where it is going , i'm on it if i can afford it
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I start with the itinary and then find the ship that goes there....Yes, there are ports we've visited mutiple times, but that is usually fine, you can find other things to do there.
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Definitely the ports. I have cruised a lot in the last ten years and I still want to get the most out of it. This means I want to go and see places I haven't been before.

Living in fly-over land I need to fly to almost any port so a cruise is a fairly decent expense and if I'm going to pay $350 to fly to Florida then I'll gladly pay $750 to fly to Europe and cruise to places I haven't been.

There are times, when it's a great deal or cruising with friends, I'll cruise the Caribbean to just have a getaway.

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Unless its a new ship then the ports are my first priority. I am sailing the Epic early next year and I dont care where it goes. I think its to Costa Maya and Cozumel but if I leave the ship I would be surprised.
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As others have stated, originally it was destination cruising for us. We would pick out a port and see what there was to do. Then find a ship going there. We started with Carnival back in the 90's on the Jubilee (yea, I am dating myself) to Alaska and continued with Carnival through the Panama Canal, East, West and Southern Caribbean. Mayan Ruins, sugar plantations, Dunns Falls, etc. were all destinat6ions to be seen for the 1st time. Now, some 12 cruises later it is more the ship than the destination. And adding to the equation is that we now live in Florida and find it easy to drive rather than have to fly to embarkations. So, after all that, we started as destination cruisers and now are becoming ship cruisers.
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i think it has to do with a) how many cruises you've done and b) your age bracket. When we first started cruising in our 40's it was all about the destinations-we wanted to see and do everything. Now, 25 years later, it's all about breakfast on the balcony, being pampered in the spa and and fine dining. Like sky, we seldom get off the ship.

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Both! I think we first look for itinerary, starting with departure port.
Since we have to fly in from the "Great White North", departure port is important due to the cost of flights.
Next, the itinerary is important, because we want to get the most out of warm tropical islands and beaches, plus beloved sea days, so that counts too.
Next, we choose the ship, based on our preference of Cruise Lines, past experience, or trying something new.
Choosing a cruise requires a good amount of research if you want to really enjoy yourself. I think most people who don't enjoy their 1st cruise just didn't do enough research into what they truly want.

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The SHIP! It IS the destination. If we wanted to visit one place, we would go to that one place.
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Both! I think we first look for itinerary, starting with departure port.
Since we have to fly in from the "Great White North", departure port is important due to the cost of flights.
Next, the itinerary is important, because we want to get the most out of warm tropical islands and beaches, plus beloved sea days, so that counts too.
Next, we choose the ship, based on our preference of Cruise Lines, past experience, or trying something new.
Choosing a cruise requires a good amount of research if you want to really enjoy yourself. I think most people who don't enjoy their 1st cruise just didn't do enough research into what they truly want.

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I agree with Donna. There are several factors for us. We want new destinations, we haven't been to before, we want a newer ship with balconies and the price must be right. All these factors weigh in for us.

I must admit though....I am so impressed with what i am hearing about the NCL Epic that I might sail her even though we have been to all the ports she goes to.
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A single cruise goes to more than "one place" so not sure that is the answer. Not necessarily easy/feasible to fly to 4-6 different ports in a week.
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Use to be the ship...but after December...we will have cruised on all that Carnival offers.....so after December, it will be for the ports until we get Hawaii and Europe knocked out...then it will be about the price!!!
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A single cruise goes to more than "one place" so not sure that is the answer. Not necessarily easy/feasible to fly to 4-6 different ports in a week.

Ask your self what makes you pick a cruise is it the ports of call or the ship it self. I like the ship, don't get me wrong the ports still play a big role but, If I had to pick or the other I will also pick the ship
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I am surprised, we like the ship, after all it is a cruise! but we have never found a ship yet that held our interest for that long....in case you wonder OV, QE2, =X= Connie, P&O Arcadia, Oceana, Aurora, Artemis.....
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If it's a 7 day trip, it's 1.) the ship and 2.) the # days at sea, 3. whether I have a balcony, and then 4.) the ports. If we have 3 days at sea, I don't always want to be looking for something to do or sitting in the sun or, in the casino. Chilling on the balcony is great sometimes. My ideal was 7 days from San Juan-6 ports of call-no sea days.

If it's a shorter cruise, I don't really have any preferences.

Basically I'll go, whatever, whenever!
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It's the ship for me. The ports are just extra.
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That's a very good question. We both agree that it's the ship. Without the ship we would just be going to visit some different places via the airlines. Now why would we want to do that? Airline food sucks...if it's served at all.
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At this point it is definitely the ports (I've only been on one cruise so far). I could see how that could change after I have been everywhere I want to be. I disagree with those of you saying that if it was about the ports you would travel by plane. I love going to several different islands on one trip. That wouldn't be feasable to do by plane. It also gives me an opportunity to decide where I would like to spend a week if I choose to stay at a resort instead of cruising next time.
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The itinerary will always be the most important, but I have to love the ship also. There is nothing better than going to place you love, and being on a great ship.
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After 20 years and 10 cruises, it's all about the ships. I pick a ship, then a room, then a date, and then a destination. I've never been on the same ship twice but I have been on three sets of similar ships. Ecstasy/Fantasy - Emerald Princess/Grand Princess - Conquest/Victory. For me, the ship IS the destination.
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The ship is more important then the destinations. Time of year is almost as important at the ship . We normally don't go ashore unless we have special place to see .
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I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who responded to this I didn't think it would get this many reply's!!!
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We were on the side of destinations first, followed by which ships call there.
Well that was until today when our Swan Hellenic cruise due to depart this Saturday "for Petra and the Red Sea, Egypt and the Pyramids, the Suez Canal experience, various Greek Islands, and finally into Istanbul" got canceled as they've broken the ship.

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