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Old November 29th, 2005, 02:23 PM
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Hi,

I think it might be helpful to Kuki if he had some idea of the ships or itineraries many members of Cruisemates would be interested in.

I think the most interesting cruise that Peggy and I have taken was a 14 day sailing from Auckland New Zealand to Sydney, Australia on RCI Legend of the Seas with one extra day on each end. All of the ports, as well as the people we met on land, were interesting, fun and educational.

A second cruise that we haven't taken would be a 14 day or so trip covering many ports in South America.

It would be nice to ascertain which cruises interest many of you.
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Old November 29th, 2005, 02:56 PM
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Good idea Paul! As much as I love the Caribbean, and the ports I have frequented (Nassau, Cayman, St. Thomas, St. Maarten, Tortola, Cozumel, and San Juan,) I would love to try somewhere new, like Barbados, Antigua and points in the "southern Caribbean" I would also like to try a transatlantic, but getting time off for more than 7 days can be a problem for me.

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Old November 29th, 2005, 03:08 PM
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To plant a bug .. how about an 8-nighter to Acapulco, Zijuatenjo and Manzanillo??? Two days at sea down and two days at sea back. Great cruise and ports.

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Old November 29th, 2005, 03:25 PM
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Paul,

You took the ideas right out of my brain. China, Australia/New Zealand, South America and Northern Europe. I look forward to more exotic itineraries and somewhat longer cruises. Now if CM'ers will answer with their wallets is the big question.

I know that my Hong Kong to Osaka cruise has been a dream of mine but many people have been reluctant because of the long airline flights and cruising to a more "unknown" part of the world. I have been very happy because my air flights have been under $900 pp and I was able to get my pre-cruise hotels in Hong Kong for just over $100 per night and doing private tours for far less than the cruise line. Not bad. I personally love going into the "unknown".

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Old November 29th, 2005, 03:44 PM
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Southern Caribbean!

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Old November 29th, 2005, 04:06 PM
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To the Med! Liberty has a great intinary and other ships are good that do Italy, Greece, and Turkey.
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Old November 29th, 2005, 04:13 PM
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10 night southern out of Florida visting more exotic ports like St Lucia, Antigua and Bonaire....

It is so hard to get everyone together timing wise etc. We have met many people on cruises - some we still keep in contact with and they cruise too but although we missed each other by 3 weeks one year we have not been able to get schedules to match. I'm sure a group cruise would be great! But unless it is when I can go and going where I want to go then it really isn't for me. I'd still love to meet everyone though!!! Debbie
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Old November 29th, 2005, 05:53 PM
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I'd like to take a cruise that goes to South America around the Straight of Magellan. I think Princess still does that itinerary.

Would also like to do Tahiti. Wish Kuki could get a deal for us on the Paul Gaugin .

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I'd like to take a cruise to Alaska...Actually a cruise anywhere would be great for me...I'd love to meet all of you wonderful folks who post on here daily...
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In my humble opinion, any long cruise of 8 or more days is to much to for a lot of people to get away or spend for.
I would vote for a southeren Caribbean out of Puerto rico. Or maybe a 10 day Alaska. Alaska in May is very nice and is not the high season.
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Anything out of Galveston, Houston, or New Orleans! 10 days would be great! Sorry to be so boring, but I don't fly unless I absolutely HAVE to .
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Burmuda cruise, Canada.
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Even though DH and I are waiting for our first cruise (12/4/05) we are already looking at the next one. We've been talking about Alaska or Southern Caribbean. DH has 30 days of vacation a year but I only have 10, so anything much longer than 8 days would be very difficult.

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Beargoose, Is your hubby active duty? The 30 days gave me the idea. I to, would like to do something out of Galveston. Flying is so expensive these days. I would like to do the Panama thing.

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I think alot of these are great ideas, but to expensive for most. I think one of the reasons Century had so many bookings is because of the price. Anywhere is fine with me, but looking for good prices. I like alot here still have kids to raise and college funds to feed.

How about a New England Cruise! Good rates! Good Ports!
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Old November 30th, 2005, 09:42 AM
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Hey Tina,
I like that idea too. That is one I could get my DH on also. He doesn't like to fly and he is tired of the islands. I vote for a New England in the summer. The people flying can stay in NYC if they want a couple more days or a B to B cruise. It is fun to sail past the Statue of Liberty and under the bridge.
If it's the summer than the FL people can get a break from the heat. I'd love it because I would have others to talk to or sit with if DH feels like not seeing a show etc.
Maybe even for summer 2007. It is a long way off but hey I would plan for that.

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Old November 30th, 2005, 10:13 AM
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Well.. interesting reading, following this thread for a few days

As you can probably tell, everyone wants to go everywhere, as long as they don't have to fly, walk, pay too much, or if the timing is right... and they'll think about it if it's the right ship

This is PRECISELY why we offer several choices every year. The history of the CruiseMates group cruises tells us, in fact, that the longer cruises generally attract the most people.... like the upcoming Get Lei'd Version 3, which has 100 people going.
Our largest group ever was on Sensation a couple of years back.. with 480 sailing out of Tampa for Thanksgiving.
So... we kind of listen to people who actually vote with their bookings

But we do have a 7 day on the Freedom of the Seas, the 5 day New Years Party of the Century.. followed by the 8 day Carnival Liberty, and the trip with Mike to the Far East.

We had a cruise out of Galveston last year on the Grand Princess, and very few booked it. Awhile back we offered a sailing out of New York, and had NO interest.

Also, now with cruise line's recent policies, group cruises are getting more difficult to do, because they don't allow group space to be held too long. An example, our recent transatlantic on the Carnival Liberty. Sold very well the first few weeks, then Carnival pulled the space.

... we are always working on updating the offerings for CruiseMates group cruises, and always try and come up with a broad cross section of ships and itineraries. So.. if you see one where the timing is good, and an itinerary you like, book it.

Bottom line ---- the people who come on our CruiseMates group cruises have GREAT times, and make lifelong friends. And we've got a number of people who have now done 7, 8.. even 10 of our group cruises! There's much more to what makes them so good, than what ship, and what itin. they are doing!!!

Hope one day we'll find that one that works for you, and you can find out for yourselves.
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Hi Kuki,
What was the New York cruise that didn't go over? Which itin. etc? Has Cruisemates done a family oriented cruise? I notice a tendency to shy away from high child traffic times(which I don't blame for certain clientele) How about a summer cruise that is geared towards families? It can attract a new segment. The people who don't want to be around children can go at other times. Just some thoughts I have. Of course, you know what goes over best.

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Some day when Jake can get the time off needed we would love to do Australia/ New Zealand and the Tahitian Islands. Like Kuki said, time, ship, money, length of flight times sure do get in the way.

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We actually did Tahiti in 2001. It was a wonderful cruise on the R-3 a fantastic ship. The price was very cheep and even the air was not that expensive at that time. We only had 7 couples book so that cannot be called a successful group.
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It does not make any difference where we go, just as long as I have the time to take off and the money for the trip..I am ready.
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I want to go almost everywhere. I would pass on New England. I was born and raised here. I would also pass on Alaska. Being a native New Englander I have had enough snow and ice. Give me anyplace warm and tropical Also Europe. I had really wanted to go on the Liberty cruise but could not. I am not fussy, a cruise is paradise as far as I am concerned.. If it is Carnival, then all the better.

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I would prefer a South Pacific cruise; Tahiti, Moorea, Raratonga, et. al. It would seriously cut into the cruise budget but it's one place I want to see before I leave this planet.

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i would love to go on a CM cruise, my problem though is I can't sail away unless my son was out of school, or up North with Family, in which case I would be sailing solo. I don't really care where we went, but i couldn't do anything more then 7 days.

Now, if you had asked what our "fantasy" cruise would be, well then, I would have a great answer for you!
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