Originally Posted by tvguy
My observation too, and as someone else mentioned, the Easterns are more expensive than the Westerns which implies they are more popular.
I have a hard time putting Western and Caribbean together, you just don't go far enough south to be Caribbean to me. Grand Cayman is only about 450 miles south of Florida, and Cozumel 560 miles. St. Thomas is 1100 miles, St. Maarteen is about 1300 miles south. And the further south you go, the closer to the equator, the warmer the weather. I loved my Alaska cruise, but to me a Caribbean cruise means warm weather, even in January. The average temperature is about 10 degrees warmer in St Thomas and St. Maarten than Cozumel and Grand Cayman in January.
i always figured it was a little more expensive because you have one more full day at sea versus the port which means more food and beverage consumption on the ship...