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#1
Lakeville, MA
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I am interested in doing a Southern Caribbean - which cruise line has the best to offer. HAL has a perfect itinerary but its an older ship.

Thanks!
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#3
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If it's a port intensive itinerary then the ship really doesn't matter a great deal. For this itinerary I'd probably let the price be my guide.
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There is no BEST just one that suits your needs & wants better than another line/ship
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#6
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Depends on what you are looking for. A lot of southern Caribbean cruises leave from San Juan - would that work for you. I am cruising the Southern Caribbean on Royal Caribbean in a few weeks, leaving from Miami, but cruise is 9 days. Did a similar cruise last year and it was 11 days.

How important is the ship and ship's entertainment, restaurants, size, cost, etc.
#7
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Originally posted by Grandma Dazzles
Depends on what you are looking for. A lot of southern Caribbean cruises leave from San Juan - would that work for you. I am cruising the Southern Caribbean on Royal Caribbean in a few weeks, leaving from Miami, but cruise is 9 days. Did a similar cruise last year and it was 11 days.

How important is the ship and ship's entertainment, restaurants, size, cost, etc.


I have to agree with this. "Best to offer" is subjective. What's "best" for you may not be so for someone else, and vice-versa. Make a list of the things that are most important to you. Size of the ship, on board amenities, entertainment, food, etc. Which ports are you most interested in visiting? How many ports, and how many "at-sea" days? Length of the cruise. Does the ship sail out of Miami or San Juan? That makes a difference in the cost of airfare.
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#9
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I just came back from a Southern Caribbean on Princess. It had more sea days and only three ports. I loved it. It left from Fort Lauderdale.


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#10
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Originally posted by 1025cruise
If HAL offers the itinerary you want, then I would choose HAL.
If HAL is an older ship I am not interested in it.
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#11
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Originally posted by jonsmom
If HAL is an older ship I am not interested in it.
We are booked in October with Celebrity Equinox...Southern Caribbean.
Key West
Grand Cayman
Aruba
Bonaire
Curacao
5 Great ports on a great ship, with a great cruise line!!!!
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#12
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Originally posted by champagne123
We are booked in October with Celebrity Equinox...Southern Caribbean.
Key West
Grand Cayman
Aruba
Bonaire
Curacao
5 Great ports on a great ship, with a great cruise line!!!!

That's more like it - thanks
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#13
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We have the same cruise booked. Cannot wait.
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#14
Lakeville, MA
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We have done both Eastern and Western many times but never Southern. Sounds wonderful.

What departure port?
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#15
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Originally posted by jonsmom
We have done both Eastern and Western many times but never Southern. Sounds wonderful.

What departure port?
Miami. October 6th. You also get two perks with your cruise fare. We chose $300 on board credit and the drink package.
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#16
Lakeville, MA
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I like leaving from Miami better. Flights to San Juan from Boston are too expensive
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#17
Enosburg Falls, Vermont
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Originally posted by jonsmom
I like leaving from Miami better. Flights to San Juan from Boston are too expensive
We scored tickets out of Logan for $266 each about 6 months before our cruise in October.
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CCL Fascination S. Caribbean October 2016 http://www.cruisecritic.com/memberre...EntryID=551888

US Navy, too many to count but included 4 Med cruises (totaling 21 months) 1975-1992

I cruise because that's where the ocean is.

It beats haze gray and underway any day!
#18
Lakeville, MA
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Joined Jun 2002
Originally posted by sparks1093
We scored tickets out of Logan for $266 each about 6 months before our cruise in October.

That is a great score!
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#19
Green Bay, WI
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Originally posted by jonsmom
I like leaving from Miami better. Flights to San Juan from Boston are too expensive
Royal Caribbean Serenade of the Seas sails from FLL and Navigator out of Miami - both do southern Caribbean.
#20
Lakeville, MA
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Originally posted by Grandma Dazzles
Royal Caribbean Serenade of the Seas sails from FLL and Navigator out of Miami - both do southern Caribbean.
Will have to check out - thanks.
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