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Old 04-22-2007, 06:57 AM
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Island Princess CA to FL March 22 15 nights $250 more than RCCL 14 night Oct. 26th
Is it worth the extra $500 for my husband and I to pick this cruise over RCCL. Also is the weather or seas any better or worse spring to fall?
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Old 04-22-2007, 09:00 AM
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Tough question!

It is no mystery how I feel about Princess, and especially Island Princess. Is it worth $500 more? Only somebody who has been on both could really answer that; and even then you wouold probably get different answers depending on their individual likes and dislikes.

If I were you, I would get as much information as possible, brochures, etc. on each ship, and read reviews of each and ask specific questions. As you get more information I think you will find yourself leaning toward one or the other.

Personally, I have always felt I received good value for my cruise dollar with Princess. I feel that I got what I paid for--usually, even more than what I paid for.

I don't think there would be much difference in the seas, but I have always enjoyed spring weather more than fall in hot and humid climates.

I really don't see how you can go wrong with either choice here. I'm sure you will have a wonderful cruise with either line in either season--the is no wrong answer here.

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Old 04-22-2007, 10:20 AM
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Thanks! Let me ask you this- where could I get the best deal purchasing the cruise...directly through the cruiseline, a travel agent, or online like dargal.com???
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Old 04-22-2007, 11:22 AM
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There has been a LOT of discussion about that recently; the answer seems to be you have to shop for the best price. Just remember, the best price is not always the best deal.

I don't like to spend a lot of time shopping so for most cruises I just book directly at princess.com

But for more involved trips I use a travel agent that specializes in cruises.

We also have several very knowledgable travel agents that are members of this forum, in case you need a place to start.
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Old 04-22-2007, 03:01 PM
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Thanks, I think...
I will definetly check out all options when planning my next cruise. The last time I went directly through the cruise line...I heard a lot about "upcoming discounts, savings certificates, etc..." and none of them panned out. Yesterday I was trying to locate a cruise for my father and ended upfinding a better price and better room (same ship, deck, dates) through online than directly with the cruise line. The Panama cruise sounds wonderful but pricey. We're already going on a big cruise in Oct, so even though March weather would be better...don't think we can swing the money...maybe we'll wait for '09 or go in Oct with RCL.
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Old 04-22-2007, 06:43 PM
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I didn't mean to imply that booking directly with the cruise line was necessarily the cheapest way to go--just the easiest--for me.

I know exactly what I want, right down to the cabin number, so all I need is somebody to take my order; I don't like to spend a lot of time comparison shopping.

No matter when you go or on which line, you really must do the Canal trip--it's breathtaking; and a balcony cabin is a must!

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Old 04-23-2007, 02:45 PM
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That's what I like, someone who knows what they want! Care to share the best kept secret-- cabin number???
Thanks for your input!!!
We're def. going!
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Old 04-23-2007, 02:47 PM
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Hey, Rick- another question...someone mentioned instead of flying out of FL to CA a little bit shorter Panama Canal cruise to Mexico from FL may be the way to go. What is your thought on that?
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Old 04-23-2007, 10:21 PM
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Hello again; I see Princess has a 10 day Ft. Lauderdale to Acapulco and an 11 day reverse. This would be fine if time or resources are limited. I prefer longer cruises with more sea days which is what I get with the Ft. Lauderdale to L.A.; and I only have one flight. I can't remember if you live in Florida, or I'm thinking of someone else--If you do, either the L.A. or Acapulco to Ft. Lauderdale would be great--they are both on Island Princess; it just depends if you want 11 or 15 days.

The best kept secret on Coral Princess and Island Princess is mini-suite B205 and B206; they are high and all the way forward (not a good location for someone prone to motion sickness); But the two cabins in front of them don't have balconies and there are no balconies above-only the bridge--so they have privacy and no smoke wafting in; and practically no foot traffic past the door. Plus you are steps away from the panoramic front balcony which is hardly ever used; it's like a private balcony with a foward view.

So there: the cat's out of the bag! But be forewarned--you'll have to book over a year in advance to beat me to it!
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Old 04-24-2007, 04:15 PM
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No worries here..hubby gets seasick sometimes (rare...but wouldn't chance it) We most def. will look into the shorter cruise dates. Thanks so much.
 
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