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Old December 17th, 2009, 05:25 PM
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I'd like to book the Mexican Riviera cruise for June 2010 but have seen mixed reviews about Carnival vs. Royal Caribbean...any thoughts?

Is it better to book through an online agent? And if so, which one?

We are a group of 8 adults with an infant and would like the best deal but also do not want to get stuck on a bad ship!!!

Any help on this would be appreciated
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Old December 17th, 2009, 06:23 PM
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I don't think you can make a bad choice either way. The Carnival Splendor and Mariner of the Seas will be sailing the Mexican Riviera next summer.

I personally would go with Mariner of the Seas if you have a wide range of ages. There are activities for all ages and this class of ship has everything from Royal Promenade parades to rock climbing and ice shows. It also has the standard activities such as trivia, pool games and the ability to just sit and stare at the ocean. The kids club also has many activities for the younger people in your group.

I would book with a travel agent that you can develop a one on one relationship with. Even if an agent or agency has an online presence they can still be the standard brick and mortar business. You can email me for a recommendation.

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Old December 17th, 2009, 07:56 PM
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I agree with Mike. If you haven't cruised before a TA can be a godsend. Also, it depends on where you are located. Are you in the US or Canada for example. It makes a big difference.
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Old December 18th, 2009, 02:52 AM
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Thanks for the replies. I am located in Southern California (Los Angeles). I will definitely use the TA Mike recommended.
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