Hello! I am 21 years old and will be booking a cruise for my boyfriend and myself for March 2010. This will be my (and his) first cruise, and I feel slightly overwhelmed! I have found 3 itineraries (East, West, or South Caribbean), yet do not know which to choose. They are all through Carnival, and are all 7 days. I know this is probably a lot to consider, but here are the three options:
1. West Caribbean (ship: Legend), leave from Tampa
Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Belize, and Isla Ratan
2. East Caribbean (ship: Liberty), leave from Miami
Half Moon Cay, St. Thomas, San Juan, Grand Turk
3. South Caribbean (ship: Victory), leave from San Juan
St. Thomas, Dominica, Barbados, St. Lucia, Antiqua, St. Kitts
The first option departs the closest to where I live, yet the third option hits the most places (yet requires flying to and from San Juan). What sounds like the best itinerary to get the most out of my 7 days? I definitely want to do some snorkeling, but do not know which place is best. I would also definitely like to try zip lining. I want to get in some photography so I would love some great scenic areas. Mostly though, I am looking to relax on some great beaches...and get in some light shopping somewhere along the way.
Are any of the destinations better than others for just going off on your own, and not booking an excursion? Or should I book something for each place? How do I even know where to go/what to do if I just wanted to relax on a beach for the majority of a day?
Any tips/advice/help you guys can give will be GREATLY appreciated!