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Old September 21st, 2008, 10:17 PM
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Default Which Mexico Itinerary/Ship is better?

Carnival Spirit- 8 Day
Tue Fun Day At Sea
Wed Fun Day At Sea
Thu Acapulco, Mexico
Fri Acapulco, Mexico
Fri Zihuatanejo/Ixtapa, Mexico
Sat Manzanillo, Mexico
Sun Fun Day At Sea
Mon Fun Day At Sea
Tue San Diego, CA




Carnival Pride- 7 Day
Sun Los Angeles (Long Beach)
Mon Fun Day At Sea
Tue Fun Day At Sea
Wed Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Thu Mazatlan, Mexico
Fri Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Sat Fun Day At Sea
Sun Los Angeles (Long Beach), CA


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Old September 21st, 2008, 10:19 PM
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Depends on whether you like a port or sea day heavy itinerary. If you like ports then pick the first one, if you like sea days pick the second. However, also consider which departure port is easier to get to as well as the fact that the first itinerary is a day longer.
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Old September 22nd, 2008, 01:58 AM
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As mike said, its really up to your preference. Both ships are comparable, being identical for all mentionable purposes. The first itinerary offers more sea days, which for a first time cruiser, can be a Godsend. It gives you an opportunity to enjoy both the ship as well as your fellow passengers. Its also a day longer, and thus probably a bit more expensive. The 2nd itinerary offers the "big" mexican ports, whereas the first itinerary offers some more out of the way ports. Similar to itineraries featuring cozumel (being a popular port for West Carib. itineraries here) versus ones offering places like Playa Del Carmen (close to cozumel but a completely different experience). Departure ports can play a role, but in the end its not about the port, its about the cruise itsself. Whichever is more satisfactory to the experience that you expect to recieve.
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Old September 22nd, 2008, 07:08 AM
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I'd pick the first one, there are alot of sea days and alot of ports. (:

Sounds like a fun cruise and its 8 days?!!!

I should book that now (:
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3/31/07-Carnival Liberty(Eastern Caribbean)
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Old September 22nd, 2008, 08:55 PM
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People beat me to telling you about them.....but i would say go with the first one, if price isnt an issue. You know how a 7 day cruise always seems too short?? Wouldnt an 8 day one solve that problem?
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Old September 22nd, 2008, 10:10 PM
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People beat me to telling you about them.....but i would say go with the first one, if price isnt an issue. You know how a 7 day cruise always seems too short?? Wouldnt an 8 day one solve that problem?
It absolutly doesnt solve the problem, it still seems to short (:


hahah
ANY cruise seems to short.
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3/31/07-Carnival Liberty(Eastern Caribbean)
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Old September 23rd, 2008, 06:02 PM
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Katie, you only say that because you havent been on a mad long cruise!! If you have, you would know theres not as much fun as the 7-day ones. Like on 10-day cruise attracts older people so they have more time to relax, and not very many teens at all!!
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Old September 23rd, 2008, 09:42 PM
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Yea 8 days for some reason just SOUDS like a long time comparedto a week. But yea i would probably go with the 8 day one, but you do have a lot of other things to consider like the first few people said.
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i'd also have to pick the first one. the extra day can do a lot for you. also, the ports seem cool and exotic...i've never been to them though so tell me if i'm wrong guys....
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Old September 27th, 2008, 06:19 PM
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Thanks everyone, I think we are going with the first, 8 day one.
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Old September 28th, 2008, 11:32 AM
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Katie, you only say that because you havent been on a mad long cruise!! If you have, you would know theres not as much fun as the 7-day ones. Like on 10-day cruise attracts older people so they have more time to relax, and not very many teens at all!!

well i know 8 day cruises are amazing!

best cruise i've been on so far!
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3/31/07-Carnival Liberty(Eastern Caribbean)
4/5/08-Liberty of the Seas
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8 days are good (my best one yet; SB '08), but once you start heading higher, as Kris pointed out, you tend to get an older crowd who can afford to spend that many days on a cruise at a time.
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Conquest (2/20/05)
Inspiration (8/18/07)
Liberty (3/15/08.)
Dream (3/3/12)
Sensation (8/19/12)
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Caribbean (8/20/05)
Crown (3/5/11)
RCI:
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Old September 29th, 2008, 12:03 AM
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8 days are good (my best one yet; SB '08), but once you start heading higher, as Kris pointed out, you tend to get an older crowd who can afford to spend that many days on a cruise at a time.

I agree thats true.
But, i would still love to have a cruise that is long, with lots of teens! (: hahah

but that prob. wouldnt ever happen
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3/31/07-Carnival Liberty(Eastern Caribbean)
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my cruise on the legend in 2006 was an 8 day and i had 70 something teens on the ship. i thought that was awesome. so it may happen. and that was mid march..
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Old October 9th, 2008, 09:07 PM
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Def go with the 8 day. I went on that same cruise last xmas/new years and it was my best cruise yet. That extra day does rele help because thats one more day than a 7 day cruise, plus the ports are also amazing. All i know is if ur in high school and you like to party and drink, Acapulco is the place to be. On the 8 day cruise you r in acapulco till one in the morning, which means for all u party people clubs, cheap drinks and a whole lot of fun. Also in acapulco they have the cliff driving show wheich is some wut cool, but its something to do. So yea i would go with the 8 day cruise over the 7 day cruise.
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