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Dlang 06-29-2010 11:13 AM

My wife and I are 1st time cruisers. We have booked for 7 day on Valor but considering switching to 6 day on Freedom. First is this hard to do ? and 2nd (understanding one less day and Port) -BUT any reccomendations out there which Cruise would be better for a couple of 50 plus new cruisers like us??


Dave 06-29-2010 11:47 AM

Welcome to cruise-chat.

They are both Conquest-class ships and largely identical although the Freedom has the adults-only Serenity area.

What dates for these two cruises are you looking at? We need to know the itineraries to provide advice.

You have to cancel the Valor booking and rebook the Freedom. I also am assuming you are not within the penalty phase for your Valor booking.

Dlang 06-29-2010 12:15 PM

Both July 11

Valor 7 nites
Sun Jul 11 Miami, FL 4:00pm
Mon Jul 12 At Sea
Tue Jul 13 Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands 7:00am 4:00pm
Wed Jul 14 Roatan, Honduras Noon 7:00pm
Thu Jul 15 Belize City, Belize 8:00am 5:00pm
Fri Jul 16 Cozumel, Mexico 8:00am 5:00pm
Sat Jul 17 At Sea
Sun Jul 18 Miami, FL 8:00am

Freedom 6 nites
Sun Jul 11 Fort Lauderdale, FL 4:00pm
Mon Jul 12 Key West, FL 8:00am 5:00pm
Tue Jul 13 At Sea
Wed Jul 14 Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands 7:00am 4:00pm
Thu Jul 15 Ocho Rios, Jamaica 7:30am 3:30pm
Fri Jul 16 At Sea
Sat Jul 17 Fort Lauderdale, FL 8:00am

penny3333 06-29-2010 12:15 PM

Hi Dlang, welcome to Cruise-Chat! We just completed a 7 day western on the Valor and had a great time. I am in my 50s. Not sure why you want to change your booking, but I can tell you the Valor's itinerary was a ball. We went to Grand Cayman, Roatan, Belize, and Cozumel. They're all wonderful ports with great snorkeling, especially Roatan and Belize. The Valor is a very nice ship, great crew, very clean, easy to navigate, and great food. I have not had the pleasure of sailing the Freedom, but I'm sure it's every bit as nice.

The best thing about cruising is you can do as much or as little as you please. There were wonderful events planned each and every day and I couldn't fit everything in. I'd come back from port and have to get ready to keep going during the evening.We had a wonderful waiter in the dining room, our cabin steward was so efficient and nice, I cried when they sang "Leaving on a Jet Plane" in the dining room on the last night.

If there's anything we can help with, please let us know.

Cruise Fanatic 06-29-2010 12:35 PM

At this point within final payment, you would have penalties involved in a cancel and rebook. Occasionally, they might waive it since you would be rebooking on another ship.

Jim C. 06-29-2010 01:02 PM

You'll have as much fun on the Valor as you would on the Freedom. Personally I like the Valor's ports better. Like Cruise Fanatic pointed out, you may be charged a penalty for switching at such a late date... I wouldn't switch unless for some reason you just CAN'T be gone for 7 days.

Dlang 06-29-2010 07:56 PM

Thanks to all for your input. I think we likely will stay with the Valor cruise.


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