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Old March 27th, 2010, 06:25 PM
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Default Western or Eastern????

getting ready to book a cruise and can't decide whether to do Western or Eastern. Ive done Eastern 3 times. I don't know much about Western can anyone provide any advice???
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Old March 27th, 2010, 07:28 PM
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Not sure how many days you plan to cruise. I got this from the Princess website. Caribbean Cruise Vacation : Cruises in the Caribbean : Princess Cruises

If the powers that be don't want the link posted, I did the western two years ago. I enjoyed Stingray City in the Grand Cayman, Dunns Falls in Jamaica, and especially loved Swimming with the Dolphins in Cozumel.

Whatever you choose, hey, it's a cruise!

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Old March 27th, 2010, 10:49 PM
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The western really has the best itinerary for water lovers...some of the ports are more rustic,like Belize and Roatan..perfect for snorkeling and scuba diving...Progresso, does not offer much, but a bus ride away is Merida, a real colonial Mexican town that is lovely...

Cozumel is lively with tons of shops, great for silver...a jeep tour is a nice take in...no chance of getting lost...fun restaurants..The Mayan ruins are a step back in time

Grand Cayman can be bustling, when many ships are in..you must be tendered here,and many times the weather and the seas will not allow this, so, a port is missed. Stingray City is a great excursion

Jamacia is not high on my list, but...Dunns River Falls is quite popular in Ochos Rios.. Montego Bay is best spent with a day pass at Sandals or staying onboard the ship, and relaxing..jmho..hope this helps a bit

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Old March 28th, 2010, 11:08 AM
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Default Give the Western side a shot

I don't know which ports you will be going to, but probably include Cozumel and Grand Cayman. If you are really interested in Mayan ruins, a cruise including Belize or Progreso would be helpful, as they have the best ruins which don't involve a whole day of travel. The ruins in Tulum are also a great experience, and if you see them from your stop in Cozumel, they will involve a 7-hour day, as well as a very fast, bumpy high speed ferry ride over to the mainland. Grand Cayman has the not-to-be-missed Stingray City, as well as great watersports.

We are doing the western carib with Princess this summer, to Cozumel, Grand Cayman and Jamaica. Jamaica was the one port I had no interest in visiting, but since we're going, we booked an organized tour to Dunn's River Falls and around the island.

Whatever you decide, enjoy!

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Old March 28th, 2010, 01:31 PM
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We did the Eastern and Western B2B in 08 on the Mariner.
Preferred the eastern by a long shot (personal choice):-D

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