What is the Most Important Factor in choosing a Cruise Itinerary?

Do you shop for cruises that go to specific ports, have more or less sea days, leave on a certain day of the week?

I am trying to choose the "perfect" cruise for November/December and having a difficult time picking what I want to do.  The only input hubby will give me is that he doesn't want more than 2 sea days in a row (not including embarkation and disembarkation day)...

We both want the Caribbean and I've been to every port on the Southern and Eastern routes (don't want to do Western). Suggestions?

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Ports are what I look at mainly. SoCal/Mexico trips are what I look at for Nov/Dec. If I were an East Coast person that be the Caribbean. I have little interest in sailing to Hawaii since there are too many sea days. Good luck on your choice!

We have some favorite ports like Aruba, Curacao, San Juan, St. Thomas, St. Lucia, St. Maarten, and Grand Turk. So we look for cruises that might include two or more of them. We have some that we don't like much and avoid cruises that have them, unless it has two or more of the liked ones. If we are cruising with first timers, we try to pick a history port (like San Juan), shopping port (like St.Thomas) and beach port (like Grand Turk) so that they get a flavor of the Caribbean. WE haven't been to all the ports in the Caribbean, so we are also open to anything new for us! Since you know the Caribbean so well, think of the places that have special interests that your DH would like.... golf course, old forts, clothing optional beaches, etc.Wink

Not sure what to suggest... Seeing how the Caribbean only consists of 3 cruise areas. Southern, Eastern and Western. After my cruise in August I will have done all 3. I'm hoping for other Caribbean options or Ill just start over and do Cozumel, Belize, Coxen Hole and Costa Maya again. I guess I just like the ship as much as ports. Don't know what else to do. I don't care to fly and the additional costs. I know that is a limitation factor for me.

The problem for me is that the "three cruise areas" have so many ports (especially the Southern and Eastern), it's hard to choose. Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, Grenada, Dominica, Dominican Republic, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, St. Thomas, St. John, St. Martin, Barbados, Antiqua & Barbuda, and on and on it goes ...Each place is so unique and each has something different to offer ...

Cruise Line, Itinerary, cabin selection and cost. Those are my four priorities. (And in that order.)

We look at the dates, home port, itinerary and cost. You've travelled so much Debbie that if you choose a cruise with your 2-3 favourite ports, your hubby will see your excitement and will enjoy those as well.

I, too, have been to most of the Caribbean ports. This past December I took a cruise on the new Koningdam that went to the Dominican Republic. There is a new beach there, Amber Cove. I never got to the beach because I took a sightseeing trip to Puerto Plata and it was too late then to take a taxi to the beach.

What about a cruise that goers to Cuba or one that stop overnight in Havana. Many mainstream cruise lines are now going there.

Try to get someplace new Or pick a cruise line or ship you have not done before. If it is the same old, same old, no reason to get off the ship for some ports.

My last 2 Caribbean cruises were chosen for the entertainment, A Journey concert on the ship and a Jay Leno concert on the ship.

I'm on a ship, thats my important factorHappy


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