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Old 01-14-2013, 02:10 PM   #16
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We prefer the Eastern. We like the ports better and love, love, love the extra at sea day!
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Old 01-14-2013, 02:14 PM   #17
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Western, once Falmouth replaces Costa Maya.

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We have done Western once, Eastern twice, with another scheduled for this year. We like the extra sea day, though the last time we just walked into the towns for the exercise and a little shopping. The quiet ship time was great, plus we like cruises for the actual ship time more than port excursions.
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Old 01-14-2013, 08:56 PM   #19
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Originally Posted by Im_A_Princess View Post
Really? I did not know that.
Do they ask you?

I love the Eastern. Given a choice we sail the eastern. But ANY cruise is better than no cruise,
Yes, they ask if you have been out of the country. If you answer yes, then then ask what countries. Mexico disqualifies you.
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Old 01-14-2013, 11:44 PM   #20
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We've done 1 of each (1 Magic out of Galveston, 1 Magic our of Pt Canaveral) and I prefer Eastern Caribbean. St. Maarten is a personal favorite so I can visit Maho Beach. My wife and I also enjoyed St. Thomas.

On the west;
Grand Cayman is beautiful. Cozumel is alright. Costa Maya was a dump. The ruins are awesome but I wouldnt spend anytime in the tourist town.

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Old 01-15-2013, 06:57 AM   #21
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We rotate western-eastern-western-eastern (you get the hint) & I think once we hit a western with a Jamaica stop, if the ports stay the same, we'll switch to all Easterns. We *love* Easterns. Three glorious sea days. So relaxing. I adore St. John. It's by far my fave port so far. DH loves St. Thomas. And, we are tired of Mexico. Yes, GC is nice; can't argue that! And, we actually love Key West but the Fantasy doesn't stop there and she's our "home" ship. If given the choice, I know our family would say eastern all the way 8)

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Old 01-15-2013, 07:42 AM   #22
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Key West

Interesting so many dislike it. Maybe it's because we did our honeymoon there, but we love it. DW heads straight for the key lime shop for the chocolate Key Lime pie on a stick. Our kids DD10, DD3 love the butterfly conservatory. Once every few years works for us. Overall though, I prefer Eastern as well. The Mexico ports are just meh....
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Old 01-15-2013, 08:23 AM   #23
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I haven't done Eastern yet but I really enjoy both Cozumel (so much so, we are considering a land vacation there) and Grand Cayman. I'll admit I didn't give Costa Maya a fair chance but seriously DCL, go someplace else! Roatan is one of the prettiest places I've ever seen.

There's a lot of "we stay on the ship", "what's within walking distance to the port", "we only do ship excursions" on this board (which is fine, to each their own) so I don't imagine those people are going to have a lot of use for Western ports (or Nassau) where you need to get away from the port and DO something in order to appreciate the stop there. Plus, DCL itineraries leave something to be desired.

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Old 01-15-2013, 09:46 PM   #24
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The eastern caribbean IMO is far more beautiful than the western. The southern caribbean is the most beautiful of all. Maybe Disney will get to the SC some day.
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