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Old December 3rd, 2006, 12:28 PM
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I have been on 3 cruises and they've all been to the western caribbean. My family is interested in going eastern on our next cruise. Which do you guys prefer? what are some pros and cons? thanks
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I have been on 2 Western and 2 Eastern caribbean cruises.

Western
Cozumel-good shopping
Costa Maya-good shopping
Grand Caymen- nice beaches-go to the local ones if you want seclusion
Jamaica-ehh i dont really like it...too many rastafarians haha
Key West- time killer haha

Eastern
Tortola- GORGEOUS!!!! my new fav port!
St Maarten-shopping
St Thomas- go to St John..its much quieter and nicer
Puerto Rico- GREAT shopping
Half Moon Cay- private island in the Bahamas...all beach
Grand Turk- not fully developed yet..just a beach and a Margaritaville


I cant really decide which side i like better. Eastern def has better beaches, and shopping for like designer stuff, and Western has like native crafts and jewelry. Western is def the party side too!! and more cultured i guess, with the ruins in Mexico.

So it depends what youre into doing. And what you want to buy when you go shopping.

Remember...the Caribbean is the Caribbean!! its all awesome!!

any more questions just feel free to ask...this was all pretty vague cuz im not really sure what you guys like to do..?

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Wow Kris you remember what you do in every port?!?! That's crazy, most of the ports are so similar (not when you are there I guess) but when I think about it it's all an island, a beach, shopping, and excursions. lol
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yeah i do!!!

Each island has its own feeling....some are laid-back and some are PARTY PARTY PARTY!! haha. i like both. and they are def NOT soo similiar!! ahhh

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Yeah they do, but I have been to too many islands in all different orders that I don't remember em! Well, I guess I haven't cruised for a while and I when I did I was too young to care. lol
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you should put your list of cruises in your signature!!!

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umm i dont know i like some things in western, but i think i liked eastern way better. it has a lot better beaches and i love going to the beach, rather than in western caribbean all we did is shop or take an excursion. which is fun, but its nice to just go to the beach.

but hey if you wanna go to a really beautiful place, bermuda is the best =]
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i liked the eastern and the western. it also depends how old your family is. idk some kids dont like staying at the beach all day which is pretty much what you do in eastern and theres some shopping. western has nice beaches but theres more fun excursions in western (stingray swimming, climing the waterfalls) so its really just what your family likes more excursions and shopping or just hanging out at the beach.

and yes i agree with bri, bermuda is faboulous.
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im gettin ready to go next week to eastern.



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Your so lucky that your cruise is that soon! A week!

I've got 26 days and counting until my next cruise....
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yayy next weeeeeek =]

i go to disney world next week so excitinggg!
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Yay Bri! That's going to be so much fun! You're so lucky!
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ahhh i know i cant waittt
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I haven't been to Disney for a while, I should probaly go there sometime since it's not that far from where I live. hmmm..... lol
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ahh disney world. im jealous. i havent been in like 5 years!!
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uhhh lucky i have 3months two days till i go. haha counting down.
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It really would be helpful if you told us what kind of activities your family likes to do!!!

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you know what i hateee how eastern cruises are more expensive. yeaaa.


but anyways.. i would die if i havent been to disney world in 5 years. we have to go every yearrr!
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ugh i no! its been FOREVER. but the last time we went we got stuck on space mountain for 2 hours. i was like freakin out because i get clostrophbic in like roller coaster seats and my parents were soooo mad.
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well of course eastern caribbean cruises are more expensive!! its nicer there!!! and like how Bermuda cruises are even more expensive....cuz its the NICEST there!!

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yes trueee. bermuda is amazing and always the most expensive!
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A few years ago I went to the western caribbean, and I found it just alright. I find that I like being on the ship better than the places it stops.

This time we are going to the eastern carribean, and I think I will like it better cause we are just touring the cities, shopping, and beach. I love shopping, and the beach is good, so I think I will end up liking eastern better than western.
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yup. i mean either way if its a cruise im not gonna complain!
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there is noooo way im gonna complain about being on a cruise!! EVER. and idk if i have been to all the places or the ports suck. cuz im on a cruise!! whoo hoo!!

(haha now i kinda think im on a cruise. im listening to my cruisey music.)

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me either! unless theres like NOOO TEENS like literally your the only one and stuck w. your rents the whole time!
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Exactly! I'm the kind of person that wants to actually ENJOY their vacation, not dwell in the little mishaps along the way. I don't go around looking for things that aren't absolutely perfect! Those people need to be welcomed to reality!
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me either! unless theres like NOOO TEENS like literally your the only one and stuck w. your rents the whole time!
Do you know if there is anyway to find out how many teens will be on board, cause I agree that would suck.
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yeaa i knowww. ihad fun on my western cruises, but i like eastern better. I LOVE SWIMMING WITH STINGRAYS THOUGH! OMGGG! and i really liked cave tubing in Belize. other than that it was all nothing special. ph but mexico = amazing chips and salsa for suree!
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Jenn, you can call up the cruise line and ask.

And on CruiseCritic.com , go to the roll call boards because theres a lot more people on there who write what cruises they are going on. sometimes they post the teen numbers because other people are wondering too!! (thats where i found out the numbers for my cruise).
They dont have a teen board so its not really fun.

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Thanks, I will definately do that. I am guessing since I am going during christmas there will be a lot o teens, at least I hope so.
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