Hmm, Southern Carribean or Western Carribean ?
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Just my opinion.
I would decide where you want to go and then which ship you prefer.
I love shopping in Cozumel (best deals)!!
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Same tour on ship would have been about $35 pp. In the afternoon we relaxed the day away singing and drinking at Jimmy Buffets, located in a neat little shopping village right at the end of the pier. While sitting here typng all of this I'm wondering why I'm not going back there instead of the new Southern Carib interary on the Princess Golden. I guess its to see if we can find a island that will out do the the ones that we had such good times at previously.
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The Western Caribbean is usually a bit more active; snorkeling, beaches, stingrays, etc. You'll also likely have at least two days at sea, broken up, not right together. That's nice.
The Southern Caribbean is probably more exotic. Most of the islands are what you think of when you think typical caribbean island. It's also very port intensive. Usually only one day at sea, then it's an island a day. Also keep in mind that because your ship won't leave from San Juan until late at night, 10 or 11pm, you can see a bit of Old San Juan before you depart. That's like getting an extra port of call.
I think the best answer to your question is to do both of them. ENJOY !!!
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I have cruised both Eastern & Western. Both are wonderful destinations, however, the shopping in St. Thomas & St. Martin are great--especially for jewerly.
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I sailed on the Sun Princess last November.It was great,despite the awful weather in St Thomas.
Thanks for the info. This will be my first Princess Cruise. I'm taking my mother-in-law and this is her first cruise ever. We are both excited. I've cruised bigger ships, we were looking for something smaller. Our main objective is to vegitate for 10 days.
How were the ports? What do you suggest we do? We both love the water so any beach suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks again.
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I am going on the Golden this summer and the ship goes to both St. Maarten and St. Thomas (fantastic shopping, fantastic beaches and very good snorkeling on St. John), St. Lucia (lush tropical island , good snorkeling, and oportunities for exotic adventures) Barbados (pretty island, get to snorkel with turtles) and Antigua (get to do an eco adventure). I like the Southern because there is usally a wide variety of activities. Only down side - I like sea days to rest and there are very few on this type of cruise.
So, if you are not a big water sports fan, you may not like the Western Caribbean. I went on a cruise with friends who didn't want to ruin their hairdo's!! So going on a Western Caribbean cruise was not a good choice for them. I am amazed by the posts from people on this board who book a Western, then state "we are not beach or water sports or snorkeling people. What should we do?" Research the type of experience you want and you won't go wrong.