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Mandara January 18th, 2013 09:14 AM

Eastern caribbean which date?
Hi all!

Im new here and first time cruising so I would like to ask which date in May would be better? For us important thing is that we could swim and take a sun on ports and on pool deck.
I cant choose between 1;9;17;25 May or better June? Any suggestions?

If departure is at 4 pm what is the best time to be at port?

Ports of call with Splendor:

Grand Turk
Half Moon Cay, The Bahamas
Nassau, The Bahamas

Thanks for answers!
have a great day!

Trip January 18th, 2013 10:06 AM

Hi Mandara, welcome to Cruisemates. Since you are sailing in the tropics,any of these dates will work..Average temps would be in the 80's for sure.

Plan to be at the port around noon...then eat lunch,and explore the ship. Remember you will have your carry ons with you,and you cannot get into the cabins till around 2:00.

Have any more questions, just ask.

green_rd January 18th, 2013 02:58 PM

Hi Mandara,

The later in May you travel the more kids will be on board. If you are traveling with your own they will think it is great. Lot's of kids is not a deal breaker but if this a concern for you then I would cruise earlier.

slhall January 25th, 2013 04:24 PM

We went this past December and the temperature was in the high 80's.

Donna January 25th, 2013 07:03 PM

Welcome to Cruisemates Mandara,
Just something to keep in mind, the humidy will get higher as you approach the summer months, so if that is a problem, then the earlier may be better, still plenty warm.

Are you planning any excursions? January 25th, 2013 07:21 PM

Welcome to Cruise Mates!!

As others have already stated, you'll find the weather almost identical for any of those dates in May.

We were at Half Moon Cay and Grand Turk the middle of December last year and it was great! Warm weather and warm water, so you can bet it'll be even warmer in May.

I would stay away from the last week in May because some school systems may be out by then and you'll end up with more kids onboard.


Mandara February 7th, 2013 07:16 AM

Thank you for suggestions!

We can't decide which date. Also we are plannig before cruise spend a few days in NYC so I would like that there also would be a great weather... And i June cruise a bit expensive that in May... so we are still thinking...

At this moment we are not planning any excursions. Maybe do you have so suggestions? I have never been in these ports....
For us important will be just relax without any excursions but if there are something to have see we would...
Ofcourse before going I will search for more info about these porst and possibolities...

Thanks guys! February 7th, 2013 01:16 PM

First, I'll be right up front and say I'm not a big proponent of shore excursions offered by the cruise lines; usually more expensive, very time constraining, and always crowded. Personally, we prefer to either do our own thing or do an excursion through an independent company like Shore Trips. Not trying to push them, but we're very familiar with that company. We've used other independent companies around the world and have never had any problems.

And you'll hear all the people saying they would never book anything except through the cruise line because they don't want to be left behind in port. If you work with a really good independent, you won't have this problem. Julie, owner of Shore Trips, is quick to point out in the tens of thousands of shore excursions they've sold, they've never once had anyone miss the ship. Those who do miss the ship are almost always doing their own thing and lose track of time.

The good thing about an independent, while the price may be the same, our experiences have always been better and always a whole lot less crowded. In fact, on several occasions we've been the only two on the excursion, making for an awesome adventure.

As I always tell our clients, look at the cruise line's website and check out their excursions. Then look at independent companies and see what they have to offer. And after all that, but before you book anything, talk to your Cruise Specialist and they may be able to offer other suggestions and ideas.


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