it's undecisive me again, any how I decided that by the end of the day tomorrow, which ever one had the most votes, that's where I'd go, so........Western or southern Carribean? okay, add Eastern also
Donna or Mike or anyone else who had taken the Southern cruise out of San Juan.
I've read a couple different messages that lead me to believe the Southern route may have a considerable number of spanish speaking people since the cruise line gives locals a very good rate out of San Juan. Did you find the cruise more orriented to that market than say english speaking americans?
Adventure of the Sea
it would help with a recommendation (since I've been to all 3 areas several times on several different cruise lines) to know more about what you are really looking for on your cruise (for instance by saying you don't like to shop that would rule out St. Thomas but if you said you love beach time then St Thomas is back in the game)..are you going with a girlfriend, boyfriend, solo ? been on several cruises before, do you prefer one cruise line over another or don't have a preference ? all in all if you love cruising it really doesn't matter which area you go, you will still have a good time..cheaper prices seem to be in the west...you go southern got to fly out of san juan (added expense)...is there a cruise line that goes to at least one island in all 3 areas ? good luck,if one is going to be indecisive, picking a cruise is the perfect cure (smile)..good luck
I'm starting to feel better about my choice, cruising on the Adventure of the Seas June 6, its interesting that several of you have listed this as your choice but I don't see many posting for those going on the Southern Cruise.
In my previous entry, I didn't mean to suggest that I wouldn't like people speaking spanish. I was just having visions of being on a ship filled with others who either can't or won't speak english and feeling like I don't fit in since I understand very little spanish.
Adventure of the Sea
There are some very interesting itineraries opening now because many of the cruise lines are offering 8, 9, 10, 11 day Caribbean cruises out of Florida.
I'd choose one of those. You get some of the interesting islands of the southern itin, combined with some of the new ports of call in Mexico, and the western caribb.
PLUS the bonus of a few sea days mixed in to relax and enjoy the vacation feeling.
The biggest drawback of 7 day southern itineraries is the extra cost for flights to SanJaun, and the island every day set up.
okay, first off Venice thanks for your posting however it doesn't really matter which one is ended up picked, I decided as everyone including yourself has said , "any cruise is a good cruise" 2ndly Holland has a 10 day southern porting out of Norfolk. New port, which is fantastic 'cause I'm 2 hours away. Yea, either way, I'm set. I just couldn't decide between them, they all seemed great, so I thought I'd ask you wonderful people who are experienced. Thanks again all, keep your votes coming, this means alot.
Definitely southern, especially if you like beautiful warm water. Old San Juan is wonderful for just strolling around. It's almost like being in Spain. St. Thomas/St. John have fantastic beaches. Barbados is a beautiful island to explore -- the views from the Atlantic side are breath-taking. I'm leaving on the Noordam (14 action packed days) and can't wait to explore St. Lucia, Guadeloupe and BVI.
Oh hell -- does it really matter where you go as long as you are cruising??? I would be happy on a cruise to nowhere as long as it was in the Caribbean. Have a fabulous trip -- wherever you go.
Cruised on the Dawn Princess two years ago - Southern Caribbean out of San Juan. It was fabulous. I do not speak any Spanish and had no problems. Plan on doing something similar with my sister this year.
Mary Lou Scanlon
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