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Old July 9th, 2002, 09:10 AM
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Default POLL- Caribbean Itineraries..EAST, WEST or SOUTH best?

Coming from the often cold north I tend to look for warm weather cruises..though I love Europe too. But to limit the choices a bit.. rather than do the whole world (which I'd love to<G>).
What's your favorite Caribbean itinerary.... East, West, or South?

Personally... I really enjoy most of the Eastern routes.. but most of my favorite islands are in the South. Only problem I have with the south is the longer flights to San Juan, and that the cruises out of there are so port intensive. Not enough sea days.

That's why I like some of the new itins being offered.. like the CruiseMates Group Cruise on the Carnival Legend in Jan. 8 nights, so it heads further south, but has some sea days to relax.

Many more lines now offering 10 and 11 day sailings out of Florida, which I think is just terrific!
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Old July 9th, 2002, 09:42 AM
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Prefer Eastern, but that may change as soon as I do my first Southern. St. Maarten has now replaced St Thomas as my favorite Island.

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Old July 9th, 2002, 10:01 AM
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From a diver's point of view, I would have to say W E S T E R N ! And topside, I guess I just love Coz. Even though the commercial world has changed it dramatically in the past 20 years, it's still one of my favorite, familiar places.

BUT, I have yet to visit the southern islands, and can't wait to see if they will be my new favorite islands.
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Old July 9th, 2002, 10:06 AM
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All of the above. A vacation is a vacation especially on a cruise! Intinerary doesn't matter!

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Old July 9th, 2002, 10:15 AM
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I love the Western too but have a few more Islands to discover in the Southern!



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Old July 9th, 2002, 10:47 AM
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Even though I don't much care for Grand Cayman or Jamaica, my first choice, as a diver, still has to be western. This is because I love Cozumel so much...both underwater and topside.

Second place would have to be Southern, because of Aruba with its topside attractions and many shipwrecks.

My absolute favorite itinerary in the Caribbean, however, is RCI's "Circle," since it includes both Cozumel and Aruba, and has four sea days.
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Some of our favorate vacations have been 10 day southern out of Ft Lauderdale.
2 sea days going to unwind ,relax and get a base tan. A whole bunch of back to back ports in the middle and 2 nice relaxing sea days on the way home. Most of the ports offer Mrs. Bill's two favorate activities, shopping and snorkeling.
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I love Cozumel; enjoyed all the at sea days on the Grand Princess eastern carib itinerary and have yet to do any of the souther islands. I guess I will have to travel a little more and then give you an answer!

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For me its definitely [b]South]/b] by a landslide!!! Love visiting more islands, and some I haven't been to, once you do east and west, there is basically nothing left, but may-be a private island. Once I get past the long flight, the rest is soooo much nicer!

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Old July 9th, 2002, 06:43 PM
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Southern, because the weather is usually more cooperative in early December, and I happen to like those islands, as long as they stop in St. Thomas!
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I've done the Eastern alot because once I did the Western years ago, I felt I didn't need to do that again! Now that I've done some southern places on a canal cruise, I like some of those, too! Reading reviews I think I need to give the Western a chance so I'm getting it all in March with my Brilliance cruise 11 days.

Key West, then sea days, then Cozumel (y'all make me want to give it a try again), then Curacao and Aruba, more sea days, probably Jamaica and Grand Cayman, doesn't get any better than that! I guess I just like it all, even if I have been there before! Susie
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Like the South.Didn't like the long flight to San Juan.But now going on Summit for 10 days.About the same amount of money on 7 day cruise .Alot cheaper flight going to FL.
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I don't discriminate - just get me to the Caribbean and I am happy!

Like all ports but Ocho Rios and St. Martin.
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No good answers here.

I like destinations on all three itineraties, don't like destinations on all three.

Queeg and are I finding that places we have visited on ships deserve a longer look so are doing more "land cruises" these days.

But that doesn't keep us off ships, as might be noticed.

Having done all three over the past ten or so years (including living on Aruba for a while) my vote goes to Western. But I want THREE days on Coz..

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I surely do agree with Pam about Coz.
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Being a scuba diver I love the western route. We did the exotic Caribbean in 2001 and loved every port, Belize, Roatan, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel. I sure wish other cruise lines would do this itinerary besides NCL. But my favorite one is and always will be Cozumel.

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