Im looking to take a 7 day 6 night cruise to the Caribbean. Anyone been or have info that might help get a good deal? Just looking foe the best time of year and a good cruise line. Thanks ya...
You have a lot of choices to make. But fortunately, I think you will have
a very enjoyable and memorable vacation whatever choice you make.
As far as Caribbean goes, they have Eastern, Western and two versions
As far as cruise lines, we have done Norwegian, Princess and Royal Caribbean.
Western, on Norwegian, was our first and still favorite. But all have been great.
Eastern (normal) is for shopping. Which I hate more than almost anything.
I'd say go for the biggest, newest ship. Don't even think about the bar tab or
the shore excursion tab until you have to, last day. And you may have the
best and most relaxing vacation you have ever had.
Have you even considered exploring the USA instead of trotting off to visit the 3rd world first?
There are a vast number of things to see and do right here in the USA and you don't even have to get on a ship staffed by people that don't speak english to see them.
Would you recomend doing it myself or getting a travel agent.....
FieroLoki: I am going to assume you are asking that question of me, since
Sysop had nothing useful or remotely accurate to add to your question.
I don't know you at all. I'd say skip the travel agent. Decide where you want
to go, pick a cruise line, and sign up.
As far as where - any cruise that leaves San Juan and stops in Cayman has got
to be good. That would be called Western Caribbean. Cayman is absolutely
the finest paradise I have seen on this earth. Very prim and proper, very expensive,
great diving, etc.
As far as which cruise line, common sense will take you far. Are you 18 years old
and still infatuated with frat/sorority parties? If so go Carnival. Are you 65 and
in a wheelchair, there are lines that have 90% folks like you. Surf the websites and
you will get an idea.
I guess it is possible, but I can't imagine how you can have a bad time, on a very
large ship from one of the large lines.
Tips I can give you are it takes a couple/few days to get into the cruise. Then you
really start to relax and enjoy. 3 day cruises are a waste. 10 (I imagine) would be
perfect. 7 is pretty good. Tip2, you will spend very very little time in your cabin so
don't spend a lot for a fancy one. That $ is better spent on the bar tab or on the
shore excursions ( I have never taken a submarine ride to shipwrecks that has not
been spectacular - hint Atlantis in Grand Cayman).
Yeah, that was to you DanM, and thanks. Im 29 and will going out of Galveston, TX as its the closest and dont wanna add anymore to than I have to (Someday ill on an Alaskan one though). Ill just dig..... Side not, and month a bad month down there? Or is it always goo weather for swimming and such?
I have done a few. & day west indies is the best IMHO
you can eat you moneys worth on the cruise easily. I ran up $600 in booze when I went on one though. I dont drink now so it wont be so bad.
Most relaxing week you can have.
Spring was always the best weather when I went.
I don't know much of anything about which lines depart from Galveston.
But I think I remember that it was not the newer, bigger ships. So strap
one on any you let me know how great it is.
Do NOT, do NOT, fuck up the week worrying about how much you are
spending. When the fine fine 18 year old Filipino female comes and asks
you, while you are lounging by one of the on-board pools, listening to
live island music, would you like another Mai-Tai, or whatever you like
to drink, say yes please, another round for everyone, and flash your
ship security slash payment card.
Last cruise, last summer, my end of cruise drink and shore excursion tab
was $1500. Didn't give it a second's thought. If it was twice that I'd
still say I got a bargain. I'd do it again tomorrow.
ETA: I don't want to scare you by saying what my tab was. There were 8
of us, all family. There was absolutely not a thought about making sure the
tabs we were running were "even". Buying a drink or 10 for my sister, or
her kids, or bro-in-law buying a drink or 10 for me, wife or kid, no worries.
Who paid for the 8 of us to take a submarine ride, I don't even know or care.
And neither do the others.
I think that is pretty much all of them Wolfpack. At least in my limited experience.
Last ship I was on had a rock-climbing wall, basketball courts, ice-skating rink,
Johnny Rockets, spa, daycare, gym, several pools, Ben&Jerrys, ... Then you
could also leave the ship.
Way to many people, no privacy except for your room. Go to the pool and have to share it with every fat ass on the ship.
Also, just when you get comfortable at an island stop and find cool stuff to do it's time to get back on the friggin boat.
True, the food and drinks are incredible, it's a non stop eating contest.
But, for my next vacation I would love to stay in one spot and have a chance to explore, because there is no way you can do all the things you want in 8 hours.
If gross amounts of food and drinks are your main priority go to an all inclusive resort.
Just my $.02