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Old January 20th, 2014, 05:21 AM
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Hey there! We are going on our first cruise in June 2014 and have decided to go with Royal Caribbean on a European Cruise. We are a family of 6 adults ranging from 31-60 and have 3 children with us aged - 2, 5, and 10!

We are confused whether to take the Liberty of the Seas that starts from Barcelona and goes to Provence (Marseilles), France, Villefranche (Nice), France, La Spezia (Florence /Pisa), Italy, Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy, Naples (Capri), Italy and ends back in Barcelona.
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Splendour of the seas which starts from Venice, and goes to Dubrovnik, Croatia, Kusadasi, Turkey, Santorini, Katakolon, Greece, and ends in Venice.

We are concerned which is a better ship and which is a better itinerary for us??
We will be taking 3 ocean view rooms with balconies and want to make the most of this cruise and really enjoy it!

Can the experts here please help us and suggest what we should go with? Or if you have any other better suggestions than the 2 mentioned here on other cruise companies, please let us know as well.

Thanks for all your help!!! Really appreciate it!
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Old January 20th, 2014, 09:25 AM
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Hey there! We are going on our first cruise in June 2014 and have decided to go with Royal Caribbean on a European Cruise. We are a family of 6 adults ranging from 31-60 and have 3 children with us aged - 2, 5, and 10!

We are confused whether to take the Liberty of the Seas that starts from Barcelona and goes to Provence (Marseilles), France, Villefranche (Nice), France, La Spezia (Florence /Pisa), Italy, Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy, Naples (Capri), Italy and ends back in Barcelona.
or take the
Splendour of the seas which starts from Venice, and goes to Dubrovnik, Croatia, Kusadasi, Turkey, Santorini, Katakolon, Greece, and ends in Venice.

We are concerned which is a better ship and which is a better itinerary for us??
We will be taking 3 ocean view rooms with balconies and want to make the most of this cruise and really enjoy it!

Can the experts here please help us and suggest what we should go with? Or if you have any other better suggestions than the 2 mentioned here on other cruise companies, please let us know as well.

Thanks for all your help!!! Really appreciate it!
When it comes to the ship I believe that Liberty Of The Seas will be a better choice for your group. It is a newer, larger and will have more "stuff" to do and see than Splendour. Splendour is a smaller and older ship. I believe she was built around 1996 or '97 and Liberty is twice the size and built around 2006 or '07.

When it comes to itineraries that is really dependent on what your group wants to see and do. Liberty is going to give you more of the "old world" Renaissance and Splendour is going to give you the ancient world. Both itineraries are great but I would suggest doing some research on the different ports and see what interests you most. Personally, I love Venice and Croatia is a beautiful area.

Both of these itineraries are fairly port intensive so you will be doing a lot of walking and touring.

Think about what interests you and your group and make your decision based on that. Both itineraries are good ones. When it comes to the ship I would choose Liberty but I would choose Splendor's itinerary. It's a hard decision.

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Mike,
Thanks for your reply!

Thats exactly my problem!
I want to do the Croatian itinerary but like the liberty ship!

We like more beach kinda places.

What to do???
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Go for the itinerary. If you want to lay on the beach you can do a Caribbean cruise on a more "fun" ship. Most people don't have a chance to do Europe very often so make the most out of the itinerary.

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Are the two ships pricing out about the same? how is your airfare looking to Venice or Barcelona?

It's a tough one Liberty is the better ship however it's port intense so may not be that important.

Croatia itinerary is better......however I'm partial to Croatia being there is Croatian blood running thru my veins....

Liberty's itinerary is pretty awesome too with Rome, Nice and Florence.

The kids in the group are little and may not take advantage of Liberty's extras like Rock climbing, Flowrider and ice skating. (maybe only the 10 year old). Not sure if Liberty has Dreamworks onboard....the little kids may get a kick out the costume characters.

I think you will have an awesome cruise whichever you choose. Let us know what you end up booking.
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First, talk to a reputable cruise specialist who can help answer all your questions so you have the necessary information to help you decide on what's best for you.

We've been on both of these ships and they are completely different. For example, the Splendor is 70,000 gross tons and was built in 1996. The Liberty is 160,000 gross tons and was built in 2007. So the experience you'll get is completely different as well. The children will no doubt love the Liberty more because it has alot more amenities, whereas the Splendor, by comparison, does not really have alot to offer children.

As for the itineraries, this is really a personal choice because it depends on what you want, where you like to go, and what you're looking for in a cruise. Both of these offer something wonderful, but are different in what they offer.

We were on the Splendor out of Venice - did two 7-night cruises back-to-back, so we did the itinerary you're looking at. It was absolutely wonderful and we thoroughly loved it! Weren't real crazy about the ship, having spent some 57 nights on Vision-class ships, but we didn't do the itinerary for the ship, we did it for the adventure. But I could tell you great things about each of these amazing ports as we loved all of them.

Tough decision to make, so talk to your agent, get all the information you can, and just go with the one you think is best for you.

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