meghad23
Contributor Level: Captain

Whats most important in a cruise?

If you take out price and departing location as a factor (as they seem to be a common factor for selection of cruises) what are you next deciding factors? For me its the ports. I want to try and to go ports I haven't been to yet. 

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DVCruise
Contributor Level: Captain

I watch for awesome airline deals to any cruise port in the US, then cruises from those ports, and choose based on the combination of the two.  New ports are a factor but I love returning to old ports I've enjoyed.The number of sea days versus ports plays heavily into the equation - I like a nice mix of both.

askeegan
Contributor Level: Cruise Director

definitely the ports.  As long as it doesn't include Nassau its all good

Johngold
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Contributor Level: Captain

[quote=meghad23]

If you take out price and departing location as a factor (as they seem to be a common factor for selection of cruises) what are you next deciding factors? For me its the ports. I want to try and to go ports I haven't been to yet. 

 

Well without the issue of Price and Departure. I would have to go with the amount of Sea Days.

Many of the ports that we have been to are designed to separate you from currency. While they are nice to visit and explore. sea days are meant to relax and rejuvenate. At least for me....

 

ToddTheCruiser
Contributor Level: Staff Captain

Poor Nassau.  No one likes him anymore. Nervous

 

AuntPinkie
Contributor Level: Captain

Depends on if we are cruising with newbies or not.  If we are, we look for ship and ports that will give them the "best" all around experience in cruising.  If possible a cruise that includes ports with a good beach, good shopping and some history. A ship that has things we know they would enjoy, like water slides, comedy club, fun bars etc.  If it is just us, we pick by something we really want to see or do, either again or for the first time.  We actually once booked a cruise for a shore tour.... The BIG one coming up, the full transit of the Panama Canal!Love

Johngold
Moderator
Contributor Level: Captain

You will enjoy the full transit of the Panama Canal.

We have done It once, we will do it again.

OldGreyWolf
Contributor Level: Cruise Director

I would say ports and the cabin. I have no use for the floating amusement parks so the ship itself does not make a big difference. Most all of them are great. So the big thing is the ports to see and the cabin also plays a large part in the choice. 

JusMe
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Contributor Level: Captain

I would say Ports, time of year and cruise line.  The time of year and cruise line will determine the amount of kids on the ship.

meghad23
Contributor Level: Captain

Yes, I am looking forward to seeing how my September cruise goes. I have done June/July and April/May.... 

 

CelticCruise
Contributor Level: Captain

Definitely the ports. I love sightseeing, especially historic sites. I try to get new ports when possible, but that is getting harder to do in the Caribbean. I have been to quite a few places. I do have a few places like St. Maarten & San Juan that I am always happy to go back to. I do prefer a cruise with more port than sea days.

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