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medfordgirl
October 10th, 2007, 09:03 AM
Ok, If they can have cruises from new york, boston, jersey, to the caribbean and to bermuda......then why can't they have cruises from florida to new england and to bermuda? If they don't have to fly down here to go to the caribbean then why do I have to fly up there to go to new england/canada? and bermuda? :( Did I mention that I hate to fly?:o

scher
October 10th, 2007, 09:05 AM
Ok, If they can have cruises from new york, boston, jersey, to the caribbean and to bermuda......then why can't they have cruises from florida to new england and to bermuda? If they don't have to fly down here to go to the caribbean then why do I have to fly up there to go to new england/canada? and bermuda? :( Did I mention that I hate to fly?:o
No reason I can think of........drop it in the RCCL suggestion box. Sounds like a good idea to me.

crusinmama06
October 10th, 2007, 09:05 AM
LOL that's a good question. Funny though, I have no desire to go to New England because we can and have driven there. I can't imagine taking a cruise there but I bet someone in Florida would love that. :)

medfordgirl
October 10th, 2007, 09:15 AM
Well, I am originally from MA as is my DH. He flies up every october for a weekend. I stay home and play at the casino. I love to visit new england but I don't want to fly and my DH won't drive or do the train. So, I wish wish wish they would have the cruise to new england/canada. We also want to do the bermuda. Guess I'll have to throw some money into a fountain or a wishing well, maybe click my ruby red shoes and someone will hear me.

MAKEM
October 10th, 2007, 09:17 AM
Ok, If they can have cruises from new york, boston, jersey, to the caribbean and to bermuda......then why can't they have cruises from florida to new england and to bermuda? If they don't have to fly down here to go to the caribbean then why do I have to fly up there to go to new england/canada? and bermuda? :( Did I mention that I hate to fly?:o

Sorry it is all about costing, profits and demand.

crusinmama06
October 10th, 2007, 09:24 AM
I just did a quick check and if you can get to Charlestown South Carolina (how long would the drive be) then there is an NCL ship (I know it's not RCCL but it's better than nothing) that goes to Bermuda this year.

And I bet if one goes this year there will be more for next year.

medfordgirl
October 10th, 2007, 09:24 AM
Sorry it is all about costing, profits and demand.

I demand it:D

crusinmama06
October 10th, 2007, 09:26 AM
Found one!

http://www.expedia.com/eta/spaceit.gifCruise line: Holland America Ship name: Maasdam
Ports of call: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Charleston, South Carolina; New London, Connecticut; Newport, Rhode Island; Bar Harbor (and vicinity); Halifax, Canada; Sydney, Canada; Charlottetown, Canada; Quebec, Canada; Montreal, Canada 2008 departures: May 4

crusinmama06
October 10th, 2007, 09:28 AM
Also the Grandeur has New England/Canadian sailings out of Norfork Virginia if you want to make that drive. It's better than flying...lol.

cb at sea
October 10th, 2007, 09:29 AM
Let's get some cruises from Baltimore and Norfolk that go further south--bypassing Bermuda and hitting the Caribbean Islands! Shoot--Bermuda is just off the SC/GA coast! If I wanted to stay that far north, I'd drive to a vacation destination!
Go South, Young Travelers!

crusinmama06
October 10th, 2007, 09:36 AM
Let's get some cruises from Baltimore and Norfolk that go further south--bypassing Bermuda and hitting the Caribbean Islands! Shoot--Bermuda is just off the SC/GA coast! If I wanted to stay that far north, I'd drive to a vacation destination!
Go South, Young Travelers!

While we are putting requests in, I want a Freedom Class ship on the North East Coast. LOL!

I would live on that thing if I could drive to it. ;)

medfordgirl
October 10th, 2007, 09:42 AM
Found one!

http://www.expedia.com/eta/spaceit.gifCruise line: Holland America Ship name: Maasdam
Ports of call: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Charleston, South Carolina; New London, Connecticut; Newport, Rhode Island; Bar Harbor (and vicinity); Halifax, Canada; Sydney, Canada; Charlottetown, Canada; Quebec, Canada; Montreal, Canada 2008 departures: May 4

That one sounds great but, Let me know if you find another one.... My DH will not do HAL. We went on the Veendam a couple of years ago and he HATED it. We did it 'cause it was out of Tampa which is a 20 minute drive for us to the port. But he HATED it. He hated the ship the food etc. The only thing that made it bearable was that we had a huge suite and gave us access to the CL and we had an invitation daily to some cocktail party or lunch with the captain. He also liked the white glove treatment when we boarded to our room. But that was it. He said he would not do HAL again. I could drive to VA easily but not DH. I have a tough enough time getting him to drive to FT LAUD and MIAMI. :p (in his defense, he does alot of driving for his job, all over florida so the last thing he wants to do on a vacation, is drive)

crusinmama06
October 10th, 2007, 09:49 AM
That one sounds great but, Let me know if you find another one....

That's all I could find for now. And on HAL you would have to fly back so I guess it defeats the purpose...lol.

Just keep checking the travel booking sites (like expedia/travelosity/etc) and search cruises by destination. There is bound to be a special cruise sometime from FLA to New England. Even if it's just a repositioning cruise. You would only have to fly once.

willysgrandma
October 10th, 2007, 10:05 AM
I am from NY and we usually fly to Florida to cruise the Caribbean. The choices of islands are limited from NY and it is a lot cheaper to cruise from FL., even with airfare.

I think you have a great suggestion there, so why not send it in? Part of their reasoning may be that it will need to be more than a 7 day cruise to go to Canada/NE from Fla.

checkard
October 10th, 2007, 10:12 AM
medfordgirl - this is off the topic but could you tell me how far the Tampa cruise port is from the Tampa airport?

ebandive
October 10th, 2007, 10:17 AM
Great idea!!! I LOVE IT!! :D I would like a cruise to the northeast/bermuda that is departs closet to home as well.

karena1
October 10th, 2007, 10:21 AM
No desire to go to NE, but would be nice to have one that goes to Bermuda. I will go from Norfolk with my BFF in 2009, but sure would be nice to go from here. I don't think you would be at sea any more days from here than from Norfolk.

RhondaC
October 10th, 2007, 10:39 AM
medfordgirl - this is off the topic but could you tell me how far the Tampa cruise port is from the Tampa airport?


It's about 10 miles. :)

FinallyConvincedDH2Cruise
October 10th, 2007, 10:49 AM
Here is everything going through Boston in 2008.

http://www.massport.com/ports/cruis_sched_08.html

jebl
October 10th, 2007, 11:02 AM
Let's get some cruises from Baltimore and Norfolk that go further south--bypassing Bermuda and hitting the Caribbean Islands! Shoot--Bermuda is just off the SC/GA coast! If I wanted to stay that far north, I'd drive to a vacation destination!
Go South, Young Travelers!


Celebrity did have 10 night cruises back in '02 out of Dundalk Terminal to the Carib., St. Thomas, St. Maarten, Nassau, stopping first in Charleston SC. You really need 10 days to do a Caribbean out of Balt. Most folks I think prefer 7 night cruises and you just can't do a Carib in 7 days from Balt.

Same thing for us Floridians, we can't do Southern Carib unless we take a 10 day, leave from San Juan, or do a 10 or 11 night Panama Canal cruise.

It is all about logistics and of course profit margins.

4merlurker
October 10th, 2007, 11:33 AM
Personally, I hate having to fly to FL or SJU for a better selection of cruises. :( I wish there were better itineraries and bigger ships out of NJ. I lLOVE the Explorer but want to experience other voyager or freedom class ships without having the extra air expense. sigh.

~Connie

medfordgirl
October 10th, 2007, 11:55 AM
medfordgirl - this is off the topic but could you tell me how far the Tampa cruise port is from the Tampa airport?

I would say it is 5 - 10 miles and a 15 - 25 min drive depending on traffic. There is a ton of construction going on at the airport. Will be going on for a long time.

petesweet
October 10th, 2007, 11:59 AM
I just did a quick check and if you can get to Charlestown South Carolina (how long would the drive be) then there is an NCL ship (I know it's not RCCL but it's better than nothing) that goes to Bermuda this year.

And I bet if one goes this year there will be more for next year.

NO, NO, NO!! You don't want to go on that ship. I repeat, if you are used to Royal Caribbean, you don't want to go on the Norwegian Majesty. We live in South Carolina, but I'd prefer to fly to New Jersey. Might change my mind yet, but don't think so. We took the Majesty to the Caribbean. What a letdown!

redcat72
October 10th, 2007, 12:05 PM
While we are putting requests in, I want a Freedom Class ship on the North East Coast. LOL!

I would live on that thing if I could drive to it. ;)

That would be awesome! I know Freedom class has gone out of NY/NJ for those preview cruises. Maybe one day...
We flew to FL for our last cruise, it was so much more of a pain than driving right to the port.

golfer1966
October 10th, 2007, 12:27 PM
While we are putting requests in, I want a Freedom Class ship on the North East Coast. LOL!

I would live on that thing if I could drive to it. ;)

What part of Pa...?? You said you could drive to it...so I assume youve sailed out of Cape Liberty? We are sailing out of there in Jan. Any advise on this? I heard something about overspray on vehicles...etc

robtulipe
October 10th, 2007, 12:28 PM
Costa Fortuna seven nights cruise goes to Bermuda (2 nites) and Nassau out of Ft. Lauderdale on Apr.6/08.

medfordgirl
October 10th, 2007, 12:31 PM
Costa Fortuna seven nights cruise goes to Bermuda (2 nites) and Nassau out of Ft. Lauderdale on Apr.6/08.

has anyone been on Costa? How are they in comparison to RCCL? Rccl is our FAVE!

robtulipe
October 10th, 2007, 12:32 PM
What part of Pa...?? You said you could drive to it...so I assume youve sailed out of Cape Liberty? We are sailing out of there in Jan. Any advise on this? I heard something about overspray on vehicles...etc
I think the overspray problem from the nearby shipyard has been resolved with procedure changes at the shipyard and relocation of the cruise parking. I know our car had a few gray spots on it's hood after we parked at Cape Liberty in 2004.

robtulipe
October 10th, 2007, 12:54 PM
has anyone been on Costa? How are they in comparison to RCCL? Rccl is our FAVE!
We sailed on the Costa Mediterranea and really liked it. IMO it was just as nice or possibly nicer than the Radiance class ships we've sailed on this year. It was a spotlessly clean ship and the staff was very good. The buffet restaurant was better especially the free ice cream and sundae bar which was part of it and better than Ben & Jerry's on RC. I still savour the liquor (Amarrette,Coffee etc.) sundaes with regular or soft serve ice cream we use to get for free on board this ship. The food and service in the dining room was equal to RC. There were lots of activities and contest on board and I won a few bottles of sparkling wine and other things (hats, t-shirts etc.) as prizes. The entertainment in the theater was very good also. The only thing I didn't like was getting beat at a bocce ball by an almost 90 year old italian gentlemen.

dolfinmusic
October 10th, 2007, 01:10 PM
Personally, I hate having to fly to FL or SJU for a better selection of cruises. :( I wish there were better itineraries and bigger ships out of NJ. I lLOVE the Explorer but want to experience other voyager or freedom class ships without having the extra air expense. sigh.

~Connie

I'll second that!! Maybe we should switch houses with the OP for a few months a year! ;)

crusinmama06
October 10th, 2007, 01:17 PM
What part of Pa...?? You said you could drive to it...so I assume youve sailed out of Cape Liberty? We are sailing out of there in Jan. Any advise on this? I heard something about overspray on vehicles...etc

West Central Pa - close to Penn State U Main Campus. I said I *could* drive it I didn't say I have. ;)

Every cruise so far has been out of Florida. We were booked on Explorer out of NJ, but I had to cancel for a schedule conflict. So one day I hope to go out of NJ.

And yes, there were many posts about the overspray on vehicles but honestly I haven't seen that mentioned lately. So I hope they have taken care of the problem.

crusinmama06
October 10th, 2007, 01:20 PM
I'll second that!! Maybe we should switch houses with the OP for a few months a year! ;)

Great idea!!!!! Who wants to live in PA. You can have my home...lol. :p

I don't know what I would do with myself if I lived so close to a port. I know I would never get any work done because I would be spending my time searching for last minute cruises.

I know I would wake up and say "Hey kids, let's go hop on a ship this week" :D

Oh I can dream can't I

CruiseDivaNJ
October 10th, 2007, 02:24 PM
Just want to add/confirm...definitely no overspray or anything like that. We've left Cape liverty 3x, the last time, this past July we actually drove and parked in long term pkg. It has been moved to the left of the terminal so there is no chance of paint spray even happening if a boat was being serviced.

DC2OC
October 10th, 2007, 04:51 PM
Let's get some cruises from Baltimore and Norfolk that go further south--bypassing Bermuda and hitting the Caribbean Islands! Shoot--Bermuda is just off the SC/GA coast! If I wanted to stay that far north, I'd drive to a vacation destination!
Go South, Young Travelers!

I understand the problem with Baltimore is the clearence of the Bay Bridge.Baltimore cruises seem to go for a premium over Cape Liberty>While Norfolk would be great for me its would be dificult for a lot of people......Frank:)

NOBADDAYS
October 10th, 2007, 05:16 PM
So we live in Wa state and its quite a flight to SJU to cruise in Feb...but we are moving to FL (WPB) in 3 1/2 weeks so then when we want to do an Alaskan cruise we have to fly back!!! We escape to the carribean in the winter and will want to escape to Alaska in the summer once we move...never any happy medium is there?!!! LOL!

Medford girl..any chance that is Medford, OR????