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Old 08-07-2013, 11:09 AM   #1
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Itinerary A or C on the Fantasy

Good morning everyone

We are looking at doing a cruise next July before school starts and we have never been anywhere besides the Bahamas. It will be me, my 9 year old son and grandma.

Which would you recommend? Itinerary A to St. Maarten, St. Thomas or Itenerary C to Cozumel, Grand Caymen and Falmouth.

Thanks for your help.
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Old 08-07-2013, 12:02 PM   #2
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We prefer the eastern. Prettier ports IMO and an extra sea day are a couple of the reasons.
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Also prefer the Eastern (A). I think the areas are nicer. some really nice beaches also.
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Old 08-07-2013, 12:30 PM   #4
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We did the eastern that went to St Thomas & San Juan last November. It was wonderful, not too many sea days at all. I haven't done a western yet though - that is this January.
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Old 08-07-2013, 01:11 PM   #5
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We just did the eastern and it was great.

If you are thinking July, my recommendation is to do it in the first half of the month because hurricane season really starts in late July/early August.
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We prefer the eastern. Prettier ports IMO and an extra sea day are a couple of the reasons.
Add another vote for Eastern.

Also, the stop in Jamaica would be another strike against Itinerary C for us.

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We did the eastern that went to St Thomas & San Juan last November. It was wonderful, not too many sea days at all. I haven't done a western yet though - that is this January.
I really wish they made this the predominant Eastern itinerary rather than the one with St. Martin. We did this in January and San Juan was spectacular.
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Old 08-07-2013, 04:11 PM   #7
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Interesting... when we cruise in October we will be booking a 7 day on the Fantasy for next year. Trying to decide between Eastern and Western. We were leaning towards the Western because of some good reviews from people we know that have done those areas - not with DCL, but just been to those areas.

One of my strikes against the Eastern was the 2 at sea days right off the bat and 3 at sea days altogether (I think it was 3 - just going off memory but I know it was 1 more than the Western).

Interesting though...may rethink this.
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Old 08-07-2013, 05:04 PM   #8
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I like the eastern for the sea days. The shopping in all the ports is similar.
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Old 08-07-2013, 05:29 PM   #9
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Booked the Eastern because of the extra sea day
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Old 08-07-2013, 06:42 PM   #10
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I'm gonna say Western. We have a western booked for next May. We chose the western because we aren't fans of sea days and we wanted to go to Grand Cayman and Jamaica.
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Old 08-07-2013, 06:53 PM   #11
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We prefer Eastern & Southern ports. They are prettier, IMO. We also like our sea days. They give my DH the opportunity to do what he likes (laze around, read & nap) and what I like (I'm a go, go, go personality type on vacation).
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Old 08-07-2013, 09:40 PM   #12
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I liked our Eastern Caribbean the best. Having more sea days to relax and enjoy the ship is the best. The others are great, but it just felt like we were on the go so much we didn't laze around too much because sea days were spent running around to accomplish all of the ship activities.

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Old 08-07-2013, 10:00 PM   #13
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I think we will book another Eastern before we do a Western. I loved the sea days, my kids never ran out of things to do, and the Western ports just really don't interest me that much. St. Thomas may have been the most beautiful place I have ever seen. Next time, we are going to go to St. John.
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Old 08-08-2013, 09:02 AM   #14
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Thanks everyone for the information, we will decide soon.
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Old 08-08-2013, 09:06 AM   #15
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I've done 8 cruises, with #9 coming up in October. First was a 4 day to Nassau, doesn't count...all have been 7 day cruises since, with the first to the Eastern, and the second to Western.

Since then, all Eastern.

Hopefully that tells you what we think is better.
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