We were looking at some upcoming cruise possibilites for next year and have discovered that both Holland America and Princess have cut back on their choices for their 10-day itineraries. Princess is sending BOTH of their new ships on the exact same route, without variation, for the entire year. Holland America is sending the Volendam on a route that goes to the same exact ports as practically every other ship in the Carribean: Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Veracruz and...Roatan (aargh!). In other words Mexico, more Mexico and another Latin American port where there is virtually nothing to see.
There seem to be fewer and fewer options for the more interesting Eastern Caribbean islands, particularly on a ten-day cruise, which is what we want. It's either Celebrity or nothing. What's up with this?