Cruises Booked, Planned and Wishful Thinking

When we all aren't booking and planning our cruises, we live vicariously through those that are. This thread is for those that want to share their plans.

We are booked on the new NCL Encore for 7 days on February 23

We are planning an 18 day RT San Diego to Hawaii next November 3.

What do you guys have going on!

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YUK YUK...understood...we drive down...its only about a 20 mile diff there instead of NO...I expect to be in Galveston alot in the future, ASA we use up the booked ones on NCL...Im just going to keep an open mind, which for me is a strain I admit... As to the other, hopefully that "HAVANA EXPERIENCE" will make all the difference.

Don’t get me wrong, we had a wonderful time on the Vista. Some people like the deck plan, we didn’t. When comparing Carnival cruise ships, it is near the bottom. Doesn’t mean we wouldn’t sail on her (or a sister ship) again.

I have heard that about the bigger ships. More people seem to be bigger fans of the Conquest class than the bigger Dream and Vista classes. With Carnival I have only personally been on the Triumph (Conquest class) and the Ecstasy (Fantasy class) so I have never experience the bigger ships.

Doesn't seem to matter unless/until we've actually been on one. We felt that way about the mid size ships until we tried BREAKAWAY..loved it. more restaurants, more entertainment, more bars...and we discovered the VIBE and how to snag passes to it. Been on her 2x, bump out balconies both times, (same cabin) and will be on her sister GETAWAY in a week. Same cabin #. All the rest of them, including one more on BREAKAWAY and GETAWAY before we start CCL. We've been on TRIUMPH...just after the infamous poop cruise. Didn't do a lot for us, but Im sure some people loved it. Sailed on SPIRIT 2x, which is a certifiably SMALL ship, and simply can't compare to the biggies, but we loved it, for sentimental reasons. Would sail her again in a heartbeat.

The VISTA has something called the HAVANA experience, involving a whole private access area at the stern, roughly the equivalent of the VIBE on NCL where we spend our days. It "looked" very interesting so we decided to take a chance. NCL is becoming increasingly expensive, and theres virtually no advantage to giving them more $$ to get from PLATINUM to PLATINUM PLUS.. Booking RADIANCE was easy...between the 200m upgrades, AND going thru the Canal, well...Then, just fooling around online we discovered a corner balcony (or whatever its officially called) was available on VISTA, and the price was sure attractive...So instead of waiting to "see if we liked it", we grabbed it. I expect to be in Galveston a lot in about a year, Lord willing...We want to see the building going on. Hence my other thread/question about accommodations.

In any event, going to spread the $$ around...cruising on NCL has become almost routine. We EXPECT to have a grand ol time...same stuff, diff cruise...and what do they say about "variety"?

Actually the Triumph (now Sunrise) is part of the Destiny class of ship. The Conquest class is the next size bigger but smaller than the Dream class. We do prefer the Conquest class to the others. That said, all of our booked cruises are on the Dream class.

Glad you are giving CCL a chance. We checked out the Havana area and talked to folks who had booked cabins there. The people on our particular cruise, loved their choice and were looking forward to doing it again. It is nice to be able to get away from the masses of people... although some of us aren't too bad. Carnival recently changed their policy and the area is truly for those with proper access (used to open it up after 7PM for everyone). Enjoy that bit if spice (aka variety).

We are booked on the Grand Princess leaving next October. My "next cruise" list shows another cruise for next October too, but leaving from Tahiti, that one was canceled months ago by Princess but the Roll Calls haven't been purged and still reflect that it is scheduled. I like long cruises anymore, if my wife picks one for less than three weeks I object. I notice that quite a few posters here like short ones and a lot of them. I think "Just Me" is one. But they have an advantage, I think, in that they live close to major cruise line ports and can whip over there by car and get on a ship with only short notice. Just about every booking we make requires 4000 or more miles air travel in one direction with at least one stop over. This one on the Grand is 53 days, getting off in Singapore and on in Vancouver, which will be our second longest ever.

Aunt Pinkie really likes Carnival. We have never been on them but our daughter and family did and liked it. More importantly we have lifelong friends who live in Cordova, AK who swear by Carnival. What they like is the treatment they get since they take a large group of their family along (kids and grandkids) each time. They always set them up for dinner together at a huge table and make sure their cabins are close together.

KENN...quit calling them cruises...those are full blown expeditions!!! And Auntie, yeh, that's a another reason we grabbed it. Folks on the lower level don't have balconies, they have patios, and the deck is blocked off during the day but anyone can walk down there outside your cabin. Didn't like that idea anyway so we got an extended balcony 2 decks up. They can claim its to compete with HAVEN on NCL< but I gotta believe folks who didn't do any research got those exclusive patios and found folks wandering around who didn't belong there, at nite no less.....besides, I get more than enough sociability all day long...don't need my neighbors sitting next to me on THEIR patio. Whats interesting about NCL is that HAVEN cruisers DON'T get access to the VIBE...Saw more than one discussion onboard about that...,and now the VIBE costs significantly more, even without the CABANA . We used to get the CABANA< but no more...didnt use it much anyway. Its limited to about 60 passes total, and they only have 5 cabanas. A good bunch at the bar and steady bartenders, its like CHEERS afloat!!! Figuring its about $450 extra for the 9 days, not counting extra tips to the bartenders after we introduce ourselves. Even CCL calls it "the ship within a ship"..I call it the "cruise within the cruise"...worth every penny IF you get your $$ worth...

AUNTIE...how did CCL notify you about the change in regs re the HAVANA access? We had a couple questions even after we booked the first one, and called em, and in the course of the conversation that was mentioned. It was about a week b4 the official announcements seemed to be posted anyplace on the internet...so we went and did the 2nd one, and Im glad we did. we've got 3 more on NCL, plus 2 of those certificates "banked"...b4 we get to CCL...this "might" be the end of a beautiful relationship..and the beginning of another...we hope...wild card is new ships coming, and reshuffling the fleet(s)...

A friend on FB follows John Heald (the cruise ambassador) and he had it on his FB page. It is nice to have friends that share.Wink

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