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Since my husband I took our first cruise in Sept we can't wait to get on another ship. We are planning to take our next cruise in Sept 2019, and we have a cruise picked out, but we aren't sure if we should keep looking? What is everyone's favorite port and/or cruise itinerary? We are looking at an 8 day cruise out of Ft. Lauderdale on the Carnival Magic going to Half Moon Cay, Grand Turk, and Curacao. I'd like to know what you guys think of the Southern Caribbean or if there are better places we should be looking at? We are open to just about anywhere. Our cruise this past Sept was on the Horizon to Ocho Rios, Grand Caymen, and Cozumel so we would like to not repeat those again especially Ocho Rios. Any ideas for other ports? We want to stick w/ 7-9 days. 

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HMC for Caribbean cruises (even though it is not in the Caribbean). But there are so many wonderful ports in Europe, Asia, etc.

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42 minutes ago, kaseyj79 said:

Since my husband I took our first cruise in Sept we can't wait to get on another ship. We are planning to take our next cruise in Sept 2019, and we have a cruise picked out, but we aren't sure if we should keep looking? What is everyone's favorite port and/or cruise itinerary? We are looking at an 8 day cruise out of Ft. Lauderdale on the Carnival Magic going to Half Moon Cay, Grand Turk, and Curacao. I'd like to know what you guys think of the Southern Caribbean or if there are better places we should be looking at? We are open to just about anywhere. Our cruise this past Sept was on the Horizon to Ocho Rios, Grand Caymen, and Cozumel so we would like to not repeat those again especially Ocho Rios. Any ideas for other ports? We want to stick w/ 7-9 days. 

If you like the tropics, skip the overrun/overrated Caribbean and head to Polynesia where you can find some short 10 day+\- cruises - usually round trip Tahiti. Consider Paul Gaugain or Oceania. In that "neck of the woods," make sure you do Bora Bora and book a private tour with Patrick of Maohi Nui (usually need to make that arrangement at least 6 months in advance.  United has just started flying there and prices are quite reasonable. I'd also suggest you consider a longer cruise of at least two weeks and do a partial transpacific from Valpo to Papeete (or even Sydney to Papeete). BTW, a Pacific must is Easter Island.

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Of the Caribbean routes, we prefer the Southern, and then the Eastern ones over the Western one that you previously sailed. If you are restricted as to the length of your cruise, perhaps consider a cruise departing from San Juan rather than the Florida ports.  You'll get to the good stuff faster, and may have a better choice of islands.

 

All that being said, September is not a time I would select for a Caribbean cruise, since that's the height of Hurricane season. As noted by others, the South Pacific and Polynesia would be less prone to severe storms that time of year. However it can be quite expensive just to fly there and back.

 

September would be an ideal time for a Med cruise. 7 day cruises are very easy to find and offer a great variety of ports. 

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Consider a cruise to the DEEP Caribbean -- ABC Islands (Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao)  :classic_cool:

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We did that itinerary a couple of years ago on Glory and are doing it again in 2020 on Magic.  The ABC islands are very different from the rest of the Caribbean, more desert than lush tropical.  But that is part of their charm.  I especially like Curacao.  But don't try to find someone else's favorite.  Do your own exploration.  Read about the islands and see what their history is, what their features are.  EM

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Consider some of these European ports:

 

Paros, Delos. Lesvos and Sifnos in Greece. Kotor, Dubrovnik, Sebniek, and a Cornith Canal transit. Nothing in the Caribbean compares to any of those stops.

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For Caribbean st Thomas and st marten, also A! b C islands  , Europe Kotor , Naples Venice and Livorno , also loved leaving from Barcelona 

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You couldn't pay us to take a Caribbean cruise. Favourite destinations are:

 - Baltic - St Petersburg

 - Meddy - Dubrovnik/Venice

 - South Pacific - Sydney/Apia/Easter Island/Pitcairn Island

 - SE Asia - Hong Kong

 - Africa - Cape Town

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OP: 

 

The good news is that the ports in the itinerary that you took on your first cruise aboard the Horizon (specially Ocho Rios and Cozumel) are probably some of the most commercialized, Americanized, and overrun ports anywhere, so most ports that you choose for your next cruise will hopefully be an upgrade. 

 

Although someone above mentioned that they would never cruise the Caribbean, don’t let that comment deter you. The Caribbean is a vast region, with a wonderful contrast of cultures, cuisine, languages, history, and natural attractions. It’s so much more than sitting at a Senor Frog’s doing shots while the bartender blows a whistle. From the centuries old colonial architecture in Old San Juan, the rainforests of Dominica, the powder white sand beaches of Aruba, the chic shopping in St. Bart’s, to Cuba’s unexploited and unaltered travel in time, you’re bound to find something that you will find appealing. 

 

But here are some of my recommendations:

 

Caribbean: San Juan, Havana, St. Maarten, St. Lucia, Dominica, Curacao, Aruba, Barbados

Alaska: Glacier Bay, Sitka, Victoria. 

Pacific Coastal: Monterrey, Santa Barbara, Catalina Island

Mediterranean: Valletta, Dubrovnik, Barcelona

Canada and New England: Quebec City, Saguenay, Portland

 

HAVE A GREAT TIME! 

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