Posted June 15th, 2013, 04:52 PM
Sail7seas -- Thank you. This will be an amazing cruise, regardless of the weather and whether we actually are going to be able to make it to Iceland and Greenland. This will be part of my 70th birthday celebration.
Those who have followed my postings know that our two most recent long cruises have been on Costa (more than a month) and MSC (nearly a month). In addition to this Carnival cruise, we'll spend more time on that line in November. In 2014, we are planning to take two long cruises with NCL.
Why are we trying different brands? Because we are getting old and don't want to be surrounded only by older people. We are looking for happening ships.
In our more than 20 cruises -- maybe more than 30 if we consider all B2Bs -- we have developed certain criteria. Those criteria area based on the premise that we have never had a bad cruise. Yes, there have been ups and downs but never a disaster. That's why we take it as granted that any main-line cruise line will feed us adequately.
For that reason, the itinerary and price are major considerations. It certainly was in the case of the Carnival Legend, which promises to take us cheaply through our favorite Ireland and Scotland ports and then on to Iceland (where I have spent several days before) and Greenland, which I want to see before it melts away.
Another factor favoring Carnival on this and other itineraries is the size of cabins. Even the most modest cabin is of decent size, unlike some other lines. That's why we also like HAL, although we don't like the age demographics which make the cruises dull.
It is because of the cabin size considerations that while we are happy to stay in anything on Carnival (or HAL), we have booked balconies for the two forthcoming NCL cruises which both will be in the Caribbean. The reason: Balconies were/are attractively priced and don't doom us into some broom closet.
The two Caribbean cruises we regard as nothing more than timeshares. We want sun and sea and some creature comforts. It won't matter whether even leave the ship (sure we will) because we have been to most ports several times. One of the 20-day cruises is a repositioning that begins in Tampa and ends up with a week in Bermuda. The other one is 20 days before Christmas, ending in Miami Dec. 22.
We like such pre-Chirstmas sailings. They allow us to celebrate Christmas on a nicely decorated ship. It helps that prices are usually excellent as well.