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Old 07-29-2013, 06:31 PM   #1
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Eastern or Western Caribbean Cruise

I am debating on wither to go on a Eastern or Western Caribbean cruise in Aug of 2015. I have already been on the Western Caribbean cruise and didn't know if I wanted to try something new and go on the Eastern cruise. I like that you get more port days on the Western but I have never been to the islands on the Eastern cruise. Does anyone have any advice that has been on the Eastern? On the western I wasnt to thrilled about Costa Maya or Cozumel just because of the vendors constantly trying to sell you something and how runned down the islands seem to be. What did you think of St.Marteen and the other island? How were the islands and the port excursions? The only reason Im thinking of doing the Western again is because they added Jamaica. Any input or advice is appreciated.
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Old 07-29-2013, 06:38 PM   #2
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I prefer the eastern so much that we did it this year for spring break on CCL and will be doing it on DCL next year for spring break. Plus on DCL we get castaway cay instead of Nassau. We cannot wait! We did the western 5 years ago and liked it too and will probably do again in the future but the eastern rocks! But don't be fooled, there are pushy sales people in every port.
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Old 07-29-2013, 06:49 PM   #3
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I prefer the eastern so much that we did it this year for spring break on CCL and will be doing it on DCL next year for spring break. Plus on DCL we get castaway cay instead of Nassau. We cannot wait! We did the western 5 years ago and liked it too and will probably do again in the future but the eastern rocks! But don't be fooled, there are pushy sales people in every port.
We've done both, just got off the western 6 weeks ago. We enjoyed the ruins at Costa Maya, but like the OP was not impressed with Cozumel either. We prefer the eastern and going again next May. We love all of a the ports, & really like the extra sea day. More time to schedule. Palo Brunch or a Remy Lunch.
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Old 07-29-2013, 07:00 PM   #4
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We booked the Western last year on the Fantasy but when a hurricane was forecast we got switched the day before we sailed and ended up on the Eastern itinerary. The first sea day meant long lines at GS where people were trying to book new excursions, which we had no chance to look up in advance and do a bit of research-we didn't bother and instead just walked around the shopping area of the port. I really didn't care for St. Maarten and it's seedy shops but maybe if we had gone to the beach on the other side we would have enjoyed it more. St. Thomas surprised me- had a much nicer feel to it and the views were amazing.
I enjoyed the cruise and being on the new ship which was beautiful but I wouldn't be rushing to book the Eastern again.....our circumstances and disappointment at not going to Mexico and Cayman probably have a lot to do with that though.
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We've done both in the past year. Enjoyed both. I'm a bigger fan of the Eastern for a couple of reasons, the ports seem more interesting to me and you get an extra sea day.
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Old 07-29-2013, 07:57 PM   #6
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We have done both and IMO I like the Eastern better. I really like the history and culture of St. Maarten. The ports are more interesting and are real ports. Some of the ports on the Western feel like tourist stops.
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Old 07-29-2013, 08:20 PM   #7
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Forgot about the bonus sea days!
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Old 07-29-2013, 10:38 PM   #8
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Thank you for the advice I'm looking forward to booking my cruise. I think I will book a eastern cruise. Does anyone have a favorite excursion they did while at the saint islands? I have two boys an they will be 6 & 5 when I go and it will just be the three of us.
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Old 07-29-2013, 11:13 PM   #9
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In June, my sons (11, 8, & 6) and I went on the Eastern and had a fantastic time. I think next time we cruise we will do another Eastern because the Western ports don't excite me too much and we really enjoyed all of our sea days. On St. Maarten, we did a Bernard's tour which I would recommend just because it was so easy to see all of the island and spend some time at the beach. I think next time we will just do a beach day on our own since now weh ave seen the island and the beach was the best part of the day for us. We went to Orient and it was beautiful. In St. Thomas, we did the Full Day Sail & Snorkel and my boys loved it. We would absolutely book this one again, except that I want to see St. John next time we are there.
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Old 07-30-2013, 06:09 AM   #10
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I don't know about 2015, but I did notice on some of the Western cruises for 2014, Costa Maya has been replaced with Falmouth, Jamaica if that helps in your decision making. Personally, I like St. Thomas & St. Martin better than Cozumel or Grand Cayman, but I like the one less sea day better on western. Either way, I'm happy!
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Old 07-30-2013, 06:22 AM   #11
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We say "YES" to both.....as long as you are on a Disney Cruise ship!!

Heck do the EC one year, then the WC the following year.....Both worth it.

Once you do both, it will be better to say which "you" prefer!!

either way, have a great time!!

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In June, my sons (11, 8, & 6) and I went on the Eastern and had a fantastic time. I think next time we cruise we will do another Eastern because the Western ports don't excite me too much and we really enjoyed all of our sea days. On St. Maarten, we did a Bernard's tour which I would recommend just because it was so easy to see all of the island and spend some time at the beach. I think next time we will just do a beach day on our own since now weh ave seen the island and the beach was the best part of the day for us. We went to Orient and it was beautiful. In St. Thomas, we did the Full Day Sail & Snorkel and my boys loved it. We would absolutely book this one again, except that I want to see St. John next time we are there.
We did Bernard's also with our DS7 and DD3. Fun and informative. I missed the Kon Tiki cruise last time so we will probably do that this time.
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Are there any budget friendly options for the Eastern ports...alos is Nov. a good time to go?
Our last Car. cruise was a western in 2009 and we just did Chankanaab in Cozumel and took a taxi to ...I think it was Grand or Royal palms beach in Grand cayman.
We just want to relax, maybe snorkel and maybe one other thing that might interest the kids? I'm not picky, just happy to get away.

Our cruise will also go to St. Thomas/St. John so I'll need ideas for there too
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We have been on both itineraries and prefer the Eastern if it includes San Juan. San Juan is a beautiful and interesting port with a Spanish/European atmosphere. At St. Thomas we took an excursion to St. John which is definitely the loveliest island that we've visited. We were just on the 1/4 Western and were unable to dock at Costa Maya due to the weather. Our plan was to do the excursion to the Mayan ruins from there. We shopped on Cozumel in the wind and rain. Off we never return there it will be fine. The primary activity there is shopping.
Our next cruise will probably be Alaska, but we are looking into a Princess Sea/Land package.
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