Wayyyyy back in the olden days , when we booked our first cruise,the choice was simple it seemed...Carnval was THE FUN SHIP, and they were the only ones advertising paradise it seemed..Off we went to the travel agency to pick up some brochures,and perused the pages.
In my dreams,it seemed there was NO other place to go but the eastern itinerary, St Thomas St. Martin, and Puerta Rico just loomed in my mind...I could shop shop shop.... As my daughter looked at the pictured ships,she said, "no way would i go on this old ship" She was looking st pictures of the Festivale etc..which still were sailing. So we decided on the Celebration, BIG, Bold, and headed for our dream destination!
So, my question to all you cruisers is, how do YOU decide where and on who you get to your paradise? Is it the ship, the destination, the cruiseline or what ? I guess we all could agree that when your cruises start to add up, it makes no difference, the fact that your are at sea, doing nothing, or everything, is about as perfect as it gets...
Has to be going somewhere warm, has to be going where there are beaches and other than that, if they wait on me, cook my meals, make my bed and pick up after me, it's a winner. Of course a balcony is a nice thing.
For my husband & I, it was the ship & the ports of call....we were thrilled to find out the Paradise had a different route...we really had a GREAT time 2 years ago on this ship for a 7 day cruise, and now we're looking forward to taking her on an 11 day vacation! Times have been a bit stressful lately, so we're really ready to go!!!
Happy Cruising, all!
My first cruise was a little unusual in that it was to Alaska and not the Caribbean. I had dreamed of going here for years but had never really thought about by cruise ship. It really came about be accident as I was at the local AAA office picking up maps/literature for a planned trip to Hawaii with some frineds and just happened to pick up a Princess Alaska brochure.
Found the pictures just awesome and with the help of my parents ended up booking my dream 14 day cruise/land trip. Needless to say I got hooked on cruising. (and Alaska as I've been back 5 more times!)
Now I still choose first by destination but this is limited first by when I can get time off work. I can get a fair amount of time each year but is is usually with relatively short (30-60) notice as the boss doesn't like to commit too far in advance. He also hates to approve more than one week which limits itinearies, and all the ones I really want to do are longer! This usually is the first priority, then I look for a destination that will fit that time frame. Cruise line doesn't matter that much but I do have favorites if I have choices.
Hopefully I can get some time approved soon, Alaska is always calling me. lol
We book according to WHEN we are able to leave. Then the ship. Ports are not important. I mean, we like going to the ports, but they are NOT essential to booking.
Just to be able to get away!!!!
Take the ship, set out, go in really big circles for 4 days, go to a port, then at sea two more days! :O)