Posted February 23rd, 2014, 10:23 PM
I love to visit new places as well as find cruises that visit ports that we loved on prior cruises. If I had my way, I would love to have a different port to visit every day with no sea days.
My DW however loves the days at sea. She would rather have more days at sea than days in port.
We are about to go on our 9th cruise and have been on a different ship every time except two that were on Majesty.
Our main decision is price. We always look at all of the cruises that are available when we want to go. We then narrow it down by price. (We include price of airfare or car to embarkation port). Once we have that, the ship and destinations are pretty equal. If there is a ship that we've wanted to try, we would book that or if there was a destination that we were interested in, we may try that.
The one thing that has been constant since our third cruise, we get a balcony. Both of us love to spend time out there to wind down at the end of the night. I always enjoy getting out there in the morning to watch the sunrise. While we are pretty frugal we think that getting a balcony is well worth the extra money. The way we see it is that we have very few vices and try to save for a cruise each year or two, so we deserve to spend the extra for the balcony.
As far as cruise lines are concerned, we have loved RCCL. We had a bad experience on Princess so would not sail on them again. We liked the staff on Celebrity Summit and the ship itself, however we felt like we were one of the younger couples on the ship and we're in our 40s. In 2 weeks we will be on the Norwegian Dawn - our first time on any Norwegian ship. The main reason for this was the price we got was great. We would have liked to have gone RCCL again but it was several hundred dollar more for a very similar itinerary. I am happy that 3 of the 4 ports of call are new to us. My DW is happy that she can relax the first and last day since they are sea days.
Norwegian Getaway - Western Caribbean - May 2, 2015
Norwegian Dawn - Western Caribbean - Mar 9, 2014
Celebrity Summit - Southern Caribbean - Apr 21, 2012
Voyager of the Seas - Western Caribbean - Feb 21, 2011
Sapphire Princess - Alaska Northbound - May 16, 2009
Radiance of the Seas - Eastern Caribbean - Mar 3, 2007
Adventure of the Seas - Southern Caribbean - Sept 11, 2005
Majesty of the Seas - Bahamas Family Cruise - Mar 7, 2005
Vision of the Seas - Alaska End of Season - Sept 14, 2003
Majesty of the Seas - Bahamas - Oct 4, 2002