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Old February 16th, 2012, 12:36 AM
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I'm looking at two 7-night cruises from Carnival.....

1) Liberty
Miami, Cozumel, Belize City, Mohagany Bay Roatan, Georgetown Grand Cayman

2) Liberty
Miami, Half Moon Cay Bahamas, Charlotte Amalie St Thomas, San Juan Puerto Rick, Grand Turk Island

OK, I've been to Hawaii. I've been to Australia. I've been to Key West. Of those places, I loved the clear water, good snorkeling and the wild life.

I'd also like to see some nice views, good beaches, culture, art and architecture. I know most of these ports are pretty "touristy," but I would like to go somewhere where I can venture off and get some sense of culture.
I'd like to experience rain forests, waterfalls with option 2, but the ruins in Option 1.

Has anyone been to both and can recommend? Pretty please?


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I have been to every port you listed at one time or another and would definitely pick #1.

Cozumel has Tulum, Horseback riding in belize through the jungle, Roatan ziplining/beaches, and grand cayman to stingray city and turtle farm.

The private island is relaxing but nothing special and I've never been a big fan of st thomas or san jaun. I'm going Cozumel, Jamaica, Grand Cayman, Roatan leaving monday =)
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I am exactly like you in the art and architecture department and really, I have had to come to grips with the fact that the Caribbean just isn't the place for it. We've been to the Mayan ruins (nice, but not overwhelmingly so.) For beaches, we enjoy both Cozumel and Costa Maya because they have amazing private all-inclusive beaches for around $50 for the whole day. (Not sure about the snorkeling though, we don't partake)
If you must have your art etc., San Juan is going to be the place for it. With 2 forts, an art museum, an old cathedral which has the tomb of Ponce de Leon and some great architecture, this is as close as you are going to come to that type of experience in the Caribbean.
So, I am going to answer that you should do the Eastern Caribbean, just so that you can have that mix of culture and wildlife.
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On a bus tour in San Juan, surprisingly I saw some art deco buildings, of which I am a huge fan. St Thomas also has one of the oldest synagogues in the Caribbean, open for a tour.
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I've been to 3 of the # 2 islands and none of the # 1 .

I will be in St.Thomas in March for the second time and plan as Trip mentioned to visit the synagogue .I heard they sell tee shirts reading"I survived the climb to the synagogue"
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I've been to all of those destinations except Belize. For a 1st timer in the Caribbean, I'd pick #1. Put the turtle farm on your must see list.
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I would pick cruise no1.

The Liberty is a beautiful ship you will love it.

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I'm looking at two 7-night cruises from Carnival.....

1) Liberty
Miami, Cozumel, Belize City, Mohagany Bay Roatan, Georgetown Grand Cayman

2) Liberty
Miami, Half Moon Cay Bahamas, Charlotte Amalie St Thomas, San Juan Puerto Rick, Grand Turk Island

OK, I've been to Hawaii. I've been to Australia. I've been to Key West. Of those places, I loved the clear water, good snorkeling and the wild life.

I'd also like to see some nice views, good beaches, culture, art and architecture. I know most of these ports are pretty "touristy," but I would like to go somewhere where I can venture off and get some sense of culture.
I'd like to experience rain forests, waterfalls with option 2, but the ruins in Option 1.

Has anyone been to both and can recommend? Pretty please?


Thanks!
I too have been to Hawaii, Figi and most of the Islands in the Carribean.

It can really go either way with the ports you have mentioned...It's closer then most people think..HOWEVER...

If you want to see everything you mentional, Culture, art, beautiful beaches and so on...and you want an Island with a very low crime rate..and civilized people whom are very friendly...Then open you'r mind and consider this SPECTACULAR ISLAND...BERMUDA... Believe it or not Bermuda has them all beat...Try a cruise to Bermuda on Celebrity (Highly recommend) or Royal Carribean out of New Jersey.
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I need a cabin mate for a 7 night cruise to Grand Turks, Aruba. Dominican Reublic & Curacau if you're interested. We leave out of Ft. Lauderdale July 14 & return on the 22nd. Have a great group that's going & have balcony rooms. Let me know if you're interested. You can call me at 541 231 4850
















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Do the back to back! Both itineraries are great!

I'm doing #1 in 2 weeks. Did #2 on Valor last September.
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I much prefer the Western ports! You will love Belize so many options for shore excursions such as the Mayan Ruins, cave tubing, snorkel, I loved Roatan and hope to return, did not see much of Grand Cayman but hope to return did a failed attempt at learn to scuba in a day. Grand Turk and Half moon are boring, I hate those ports with nothing to see and do just beach stuff. St.Thomas is nice, so is San Juan but after all my cruises I love the Western and Southern Routes best!
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Cunard is also considered a luxury cruise line for their top category of suites, the Queen's and Princess Grill categories, yet they also charge separately for drinks and tips. They also have something of a "class-system" onboard where most of the passengers do not get the premium food and service they offer to the top tier suites. Every cruise line has top suites onboard, including Carnival, NCL and Royal Caribbean, so how could I possibly say Cunard is the best cruise line when in many ways they are modeled on average cruise ships?

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If you want snorkeling you go can go to either one - but I have had better snorkeling on the eastern caribbean - better reefs close to the surface means better light and more colorful fish in easy reach.

But if you want to do a tourist scuba dive then Western Caribbean is also good.

Ruins? Architecture, History?

Seriously, go to Europe on a Med cruise. Look at our Carnival Breeze cruise this summer.

Or for culture, waterfalls. etc, consider the Southern Caribbean: Martinique, Dominica...

I know these are not on your list (sorry about that) - but I just really wish more people would cruise to Europe, it is SO worth it. Just ask our Trip who went for the first time a summer ago.
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