We had our decision down to 2 ships-the Valor or Dream. Then I decided to price NCL one more time and we can do the Getaway with the same ports as the Valor for about the same price and it includes the Ultimate Beverage Package. That would be really nice! However, we've never sailed NCL so I don't know if we would like it and I hate Pepsi. I know I can bring my own Diet Cokes, but it's easier to just buy a soda package.
Valor - Port Canaveral (closest port to home by apx. 3 hours)
Costa Maya, Roatan, Belize and Cozumel
Dream - New Orleans
Cozumel, Belize and Roatan
I wish this one also went to Costa Maya. We would love to see the ruins.
Should we go with nicer ship or the closer port with an extra port we would enjoy? We've never been to New Orleans so that would be nice too. Does the Valor has fountain cokes? Is it in bad shape?
To make things more complicated, there's also the NCL Getaway. I don't really know anything about NCL as we have never sailed with them. The only thing I do know is the serve Pepsi which I won't drink. However, with their current promotion we would get their ultimate beverage package included. It would be very nice to have alcohol included. I love a frozen cocktail by the pool and wine with dinner. Yum! This has the same itinerary as the Valor. I have no idea what this ship is like or if I would like NCL overall. I wouldn't mind their freestyle dining, but have heard they nickle and dime you to death. True?
Also, with the Carnival cruises we can get a Lido Balcony which would be very convenient. I didn't see this option with NCL. Decisions, decisions!