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twinmomtwice 02-05-2013 12:34 AM

Eastern Caribbean or Western Caribbean
Hi everyone,

We're trying to decide which side of the Caribbean we want to see. Considering either the February 1, 2014 (W. Caribbean) or the February 8, 2014 (E. Caribbean).

I would love to hear some feedback/suggestions/advice from others who have done either one of these cruises (or even both!).

Pros/cons, likes/dislikes.....share all details with me please!!!

Thank you so much!!! :banana:

violetmonarch 02-05-2013 12:54 AM

Subbing since I am curious about the feedback too :thumbsup2

cris0809 02-05-2013 02:29 AM

We have done both. I'm not sure if I can give you a step by step of WHY I prefer one over the other but the Eastern Caribbean ports were my preference.


Funky Chicken 02-05-2013 06:44 AM

In February, Western will likely be a bit warmer (both air and water temps).
Western is a little smoother sailing in my experience.
With that said, the Eastern ports have an edge IMO. I don't care if I ever see Mexico again. Grand Cayman is very nice but also a very
pricey port and I find it hard to have a relaxing day there because of the tendering issue. At GC there is no dock for the ship to pull up to-the ships drop anchor and guests ride into the port on smaller tender boats-this does not always go smoothly thru no fault of any cruise line. On our last Western trip we pulled into GC at 9am but the tenders did not begin running until noon because of rough water. Many excursions were cancelled as a result, and this happened on the best weather day of the week.
I would make my decision as much on which week is more convenient or has a better fare as on which itinerary you are on if you have not cruised before.

luv2sleep 02-05-2013 07:03 AM

I've been on neither but have heard some people like the a eastern better because thee are more sea days. Then I've heard people like the western better because there are less sea days. I like more sea days so I'd prefer an eastern. I'm taking a western though because none of the eastern dates work. I'm only interested in Grand Cayman That's a bummer about the rough seas and tendering. I don't mind tendering but the delay would be disappointing. We are going the first week of Jan. Hope that doesn't happen.

capshockeygrl 02-05-2013 07:24 AM

I'll throw my vote in for Eastern. Unlike PP, I felt the Western was a much rougher ride and I preferred the ports on the Eastern. I'm also a fan of having more time on the ships - so I liked the additional day at sea. (And for what its worth, because of a medical emergency, the Western I just took had basically the same itinerary, just different ports and I still preferred the Eastern.)

I felt like the Eastern ports were just more interesting. I had a much easier time spending the entire day in port on the Eastern because there was more I wanted to see and do.

OKW Lover 02-05-2013 08:50 AM

We've been on both in the past two months. Enjoyed both but liked Eastern the best. The ports are interesting (we stopped at San Juan not St Martin) and the scenery spectacular on the Eastern. Western is more about shopping.

quickcat 02-05-2013 09:56 AM

We've done both. We prefer the western route. We arent huge fans of sea days and love the extra ports. We like having the extra 'beach' days instead of sea days. Good luck :goodvibes

twinmomtwice 02-05-2013 12:47 PM

Thanks for all the great feedback!!! I really appreciate it!!!

DisneyOHFan 02-05-2013 12:56 PM

We love the sea days, so prefer the Eastern.

ratt1345 02-05-2013 01:04 PM

Another vote for Eastern here!!! Just a personal preference.

Eeyore'sthebest 02-05-2013 02:05 PM

EASTERN!!!! :cool1:

Silverfox97 02-05-2013 03:28 PM

Eastern. Yes. I like the sea days, but St John is breathtakingly beautiful!!!

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twinmomtwice 02-05-2013 05:20 PM

Yep, I think we're totally sold on the Eastern side!!!

Now, I just have to convince my husband that the cost is totally worth it!!! :rolleyes1

He was totally on board until I told him the price....ugh!

disneywonderfun 02-05-2013 05:45 PM

Prefer Western.


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