I just realized today that I booked 14 days right smack dab in the middle of what is supposed to be a bad hurricane season (they say worse than this year).
As long as I make it onto the ship, I really don't care where it goes - I can pretty much expect an itin change. The only port in the 14 days that it is scheduled to visit that I haven't been to is Key West, so it won't be a big deal if the itinerary is changed. There are a few ports that we don't get off the ship, such as San Juan, Costa Maya, Cozumel, mainly because we have been there, done that multiple times. The only reason we get off in St. Thomas is to visit our favorite jewelry store.
As long as I am on a ship - I don't care where it goes...
What is more important to you? The Itinerary or just the fact that you are on a ship?
We actually go to a smaller jewelry store (I will tell you the name at the dinner - I don't want this to sound like an ad for them). This shop is not pushed on you by the cruiselines, the owners are very knowledgeable, everything we have purchased has appraised for more than we paid and at the quality we were told it had, and their lifetime guarantee works (I had to use it about 4 years ago).
We have purchased so many items at this store, they send us Christmas cards!
Actually, I have to say, I would rather just be on the ship. I have visited most of the tiny little Islands, and i have gotten to the point that it's all the same. beautiful azure water, exotic dishes that tempt the palette...the people.
Nah..a cruise for 7 days to nowhere...that would be great!
Both are important. I truly love the sea days and have often spoken of them as my "favorites," but I also like visiting the ports. We tend to look for something in every port that can catch our interest. Often the overlooked is what we are most interested in seeing.
I'll be making my 3rd to trip to Nassau in December, but feel certain I'll find something to do there I've never done before...
Carnival Elation March 11
Carnival Imagination Sept 07
Carniival Sensation Dec 06
RCI Sovereign of the Seas Sept 06
Carnival Miracle Sept 05
Carnival Glory Sept 04
Carnival Fantasy Jan 04
If I had been to all the ports previously, I wouldn't mind itinerary changes. Since I haven't though, I could see being disappointed if I missed something I particularly wanted to see for the first time. Overall, at this point, they could take me to any island in the Caribbean and I would be happy just to be going and on the ship-because I have only been to Nassau previously. I would feel cheated if I missed more than one port day-as much as I love the cruise, I think seeing things and people other than a large floating hotel and vegas style shows is kind of makes the cruise experience special.
My mom went to Europe and missed an entire country she had been looking forward to! (due to illness). She is still mourning that and doesn't anticipate another Eastern Europe cruise any time soon, so its not like a easy thing to make up later.
Location: Greater Tampa Bay area (south of the BIG BRIDGE!)
If the cruise is the Caribbean.......then the SHIP is all I care about.......hey, I live in FLORIDA....we have beautiful beaches and tons of sun. However, if it's something more exotic.....Europe, Australia or even ALASKA, then the ports get equal billing.
At this point, it is the ship that is important to me. On our last Caribbean cruise, we only got off the ship in one port. We, too, are booked during hurricane season this coming September. To be honest, I've not given that much thought. The ship is Freedom of the Seas and I would have done her anytime...just for the experience.
Mary Lou Scanlon
NCL Pride of America April 24, 2010
NCL Epic February 12, 2011
RCCL Allure of the Seas - September 18, 2011
Celebrity Eclipse - February 11, 2012:
RCCL Navigator OTS - February 9, 2013
We too are booked in Sept on the Mariner of the Seas. After boarding, I don't care too much about the weather, or the ports. We've been on somewhere around 100 cruises, mostly in the Caribbean, and almost never leave the ship anymore. There used to be a "Cruise to Nowhere" out of Tampa that was great, but it's long gone.
Don't worry about it. Get aboard, and enjoy!
See you aboard,
I feel the same way, wherever the ship takes me, I go! Its nice to see land, but its not top priority anymore. As for it being hurricane season, living in Florida it doesn't really make a difference ot us. We put up our shutters, "batten down the hatches" and go!
BigJohn, This will be my second and third cruise on the Glory. I do not have a favorite ship - they are all my favorites! Of all my cruises to the Caribbean - 11 in all, the Glory was the best. My first cruise was on the Ecstacy 10 years ago and I can still remember how she looked then down to every last detail. For me, my choices for cruises and ships are based on 1. When I want to go. 2. The most cost efficient per day. and 3. The port from which it sails.
Of the ships I have been on (three of them on two or three sailings) I would rank them this way:
1. tie -Spirit (this is probably because it was to Hawaii and still fresh in my mind from 3 month ago)
1. tie - Pride
1. tie - Glory
7. Triumph - because of my three sailings on this ship, I found the staff to be the rudest and most incompetent of all other ships - I kept giving them a chance, but each time it was the same.
Each of the ships have their own special qualities, but the staff, activities (social hosts, CD, etc) and layout of the ships have a lot to do with your experience on board. I have had only one truly bad cruise where things went so wrong (things that CCL had total and complete control over - not other passengers, bad weather, or illness) that it ruined the entire voyage. I did not, however, let that prevent me from giving CCL another chance and every cruise since then has been better than the one before.
I am in a CCL rut, but I am a creature of habit and don't like to have my cheese moved. I like knowing what to expect, what my options will be, what the service will be like, etc. As long as I enjoy sailing on CCL, I will continue to make them my cruiseline of choice.
When booking my next cruises, I did look at RCCL and Princess, but pricewise and for what I am looking for in a cruise, CCL beat both of them again. Comparing what I just booked, I got two weeks on the Glory, sailing from the same port, for the same week, for the same ports, for what a comparable balcony cabin on RCCL for only $354 more than what one week on RCCL would have cost. Break it down to a per day basis and it comes out to CCL $150.85/day and RCCL $251.26/day.
Thank You Jodi...I was just razzing you a little but you put out some good information. I too like CCL but I guess I will find out what Celeb has to offer in less than a year. I dont blame you one bit. You are in a prime location to take advantage of cruising. Now I wish I was living in Fl. .. Thanks again.