Ok my boss has chosen his vacation dates so now I can plan mine!
My back to back plan is out so I can only take one week. I'm looking at either Sept, or more likely Oct and have a couple of choices but not sure which to pick.
Am looking at either the Carnival Paradise or the Grand Princess, both Western Caribbean. I'm a Princess addict but think it might finally be time to try Carnival. My pricing on the Paradise would be about $500 lower for an outside than an inside on the Grand, which I loved. Any thoughts?
Just to really confuse the issue other option I'm thinking about is Hawaii on either the Independence or the Patriot. Reviews on these are sure mixed with some loving the charm of the older Independence and the Patriot really getting bad reviews. Should I stick with my first two choices?
I think you need to recheck with your T.A., Princess is running a special for the Grand Princess for both Eastern and Western Caribbean in Sept and Oct. inside to outside and outside to balcony. It ends soooooon according to my fax the sale ends July 15th and I'm sure the cabins are going fast. Hope this helps.
DougH....lucky you for another cruise!!!! Will be interesting to hear what you think of Carnival if you try it....Princess would be my first choice though are the itineraries the same? Good luck deciding
My wife & I were on the Grand in early June - It was our third cruise and our second with Princess (first was Carnival Ecstasy). I don't in any way want to knock Carnival - the Ecstasy was a beautiful ship, however, in my personal opinion, Princess is in a league above Carnival. I found Princess to be a much more classy cruise line whereas Carnival seemed to be a bit less formal. The Grand would be my first choice without question. I'm sure you'll have a great time on whichever ship you choose.
MY thoughts-- try Carnival-- for the 500.00 difference in OCT and use the money you would be saving on another trip--hint hint-- or go for it and do the Indepencance-- that will really be a differenct cruise experiance-- I love Hawaii -- ask Dall about it too
I'm sure you will love whatever you choose and when ever you go--
Hey, go ahead and try Carnival! Ity's always great to sail differant lines and ships IMHO. Then again, if you can take your vacation Sept 22nd then you should go and book the Triumph on the Cruisemates "test your sanity" cruise. That is going to the Western and will be THE cruise to take.