Are you bored with the Caribbean?

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Poll: Are you bored with the Caribbean?
Poll Results
Are you bored with the Caribbean?

Yes, I've seen enough.
118
24.23%

No, I love to cruise there!
345
70.84%

Never been ... and no thanks.
10
2.05%

Never been, but would like to go.
14
2.87%

Voters: 487.  You may not vote on this poll.

#1
NJ
862 Posts
Joined May 2004
In his presentation at Seatrade's the State of the Industry panel Tuesday, NCL's Colin Veitch asked the question a lot of people are thinking: are cruise passengers bored with the Caribbean?
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MelissaP
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#2
13 Posts
Joined Jul 2006
I've only sailed to the Eastern Caribbean. Would love to cruise to the Western for all their water sports and someday, the Southern Caribbean to just kick back and relax.
#3
88 Posts
Joined May 2006
Like ze Erica say, I've only been zer once -- on a seven-night Carnival to the Eastern Caribbean. I would love to go back and try a more off-da-beaten path type of cruise though, one stopping ze less populated islands.

Cheers,

Wacky
#4
Indiana
1,772 Posts
Joined Sep 2006
I am not officially tired of the Caribbean, however I think I would enjoy an itinerary like some of the ones offered for Bermuda; where the ship goes to one port or two at the most. It would be nice to have more time to enjoy and learn about a port. I don't get much out of 4 ports on a 7 day cruise.
#5
Rockville MD
169 Posts
Joined Jan 2004
Melissa -

You need another category, maybe I still like the Caribbean but would love to try something new. I like the Caribbean and have sailed and traveled to most islands. At this point, its not so much the destination as the desire for warm weather, sun, beach and a coconut drink with a little umbrella in it! I would love to try other venues, such as the South Pacific, Europe and Asia, but I want to wait until the kiddo is a little older.
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#6
Arkansas
29,935 Posts
Joined Feb 2002
yes, another catagory might fit better. I did answer yes, I am but we still cruise it becasue there are not that many choices. We have found ourselves getting off the ship less and less. NMNita
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NJ
862 Posts
Joined May 2004
That's a great point; thanks for posting your comments!

Originally posted by Honbun
Melissa -

You need another category, maybe I still like the Caribbean but would love to try something new. I like the Caribbean and have sailed and traveled to most islands. At this point, its not so much the destination as the desire for warm weather, sun, beach and a coconut drink with a little umbrella in it! I would love to try other venues, such as the South Pacific, Europe and Asia, but I want to wait until the kiddo is a little older.
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#8
Texas
1,032 Posts
Joined May 2003
Until I have seen every island I will never be tired of the Caribbean.
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#9
Lone Wolf, OK
10,548 Posts
Joined Apr 2006
Bored with the Caribbean? Bored is a choice. Choose what you want, I do. If I choose a cruise for ports.......I'm not board.
If I choose a cruise for sun and beach.......I'm not board.
If I get on a cruise ship and say "I'm bored" please throw me overbored.
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Pete & Marilyn
#10
Wisconsin
2,410 Posts
Joined Sep 2005
Who could ever be bored of sun, fun, beaches, drinks and excursions....

I enjoy it if I'm just sitting on a beach and I enjoy it if I'm innertubing through the rainforest..... it's what you make of it..... enjoy and relax or going full speed ahead...
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#11
Greenville, SC, USA
51,205 Posts
Joined Apr 2000
I wouldn't say I am bored, but I prefer to see new places. That is why we crusie to Asia, Europe & south America.

Paul
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#13
Redmond, WA
351 Posts
Joined Jan 2007
I love the Carribean, but I am bored with some of the ports. How many times can you go to the same island? I think the cruise lines need to get more inventive on where they go. Shake some things up so everyone isn't going on the same itinerary over and over.
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#14
New England
4,831 Posts
Joined May 2005
No, we love to cruise there! Have visited 15 Caribbean ports so far and plan to visit at least 15 more. Love the beaches, swimming, people, culture, art, and food.

Have traveled alot in U.S., Canada, and Europe and keep coming back to the Caribbean as the favorite.
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#15
IL
281 Posts
Joined Mar 2003
I've only been on one cruise so far so I am not bored yet However, I do find myself looking at the itineraries and thinking, "Oh, Cozumel is on there *again*." I think they need to mix up the ports a bit. Isn't there anywhere else to dock around the Cozumel area that isn't Cozumel? I like the prices of the shorter cruises but I don't want to have to visit Cozumel every time.
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#16
DDI and T&T
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Lived in the Caribbean all my life (48 yrs) and I am not board and dont think I will ever get board. I have been to most of the island's at least 4 or 5 times and some others at least 15-20 times. The problem with cruisers is that you are in an island for a few hours so the options available are a little shopping and a tour. That is nothing to judge each island with. Each island has it's own culture and there is so much going on all year that you can never experience it on a cruise. There are Jazz festivals, Carnivals, culture heritage shows, large sporting events, regattas etc. I can see how you can get board with the ports and the usual trinket shopping because it is pretty much the same but I cant get board of the islands.
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Goneclear
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#17
146 Posts
Joined Mar 2005
Don't you just hate people who rephrase the question?

I think a more appropriate question would be "are you bored with many of the cruise lines unimaginative Caribbean offerings?" It's the cruise lines (some, not all) that are the bore, not the Caribbean.

Granted, some of this is structural--you just can't get a big ship into many of the more interesting islands of the Caribbean and thus, are more limited in what they offer.

Nope, not bored with the Caribbean.
#18
Central Ohio
16,189 Posts
Joined May 2003
Don't think I will ever get tired of the Caribbean ports. Been to many of them several times, some only once and a few I've yet to see.

A Caribbean port beats Ohio any day, winter, fall or spring, and is a lot more exciting than Florida as a winter getaway for us!

Dianne
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#19
Cincinnati, Ohio
152 Posts
Joined May 2006
We have been to most of the ports in the Caribbean at least once and many times to the more popular ports. We are appreciative of the efforts of the cruise lines to add new ports over the years and hope they will continue to do so.

It's interesting to watch the locals adapt and grow as the cruise tourist industry influences their area. Their amenities, services and professionalism grow with each year of experience.

I agree with one of the posters that suggested more overnight stays and fewer ports is an option that cruise lines should consider. This would allow cruisers to have an opportunity to experience some island night life. Due do security and safety this would have to be a selected group of islands.
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Janet & Al
#20
NJ
690 Posts
Joined Jul 2006
Hi we still love the Caribbean of the 66 cruises we have taken .witch 50 have been to the Caribbean !! We will never get tried of it . I just got off the Empress of the seas doing an 11 day S.caribbean cruise Solo for the first time what a deal i got with nonstop air from Newark in the winter time it was $1200 for everything .That"s just over $100 per day !!The ship wasn"t full witch made the cruise even better .Having sail on this ship before .It could get very crowed !! But there was only 1500 on this cruise .She holds 2050 when full !!We really don"t go for the ports more for the best beachs in the world !!! We are not site see"ers just sun & fun people !! We been all over the world on cruises .But still fine the Caribbean the best !! We go now more for the new ships .We like trying new one's each time out . I also kinda think Bermuda is a part of the Caribbean .We been there about 10 times on cruise and love that place !! I'm not thinking of a Med cruise in mid winter here in the North East !! I like being on a plane and to the ship in 2 to 3 hours !! And waving San Juan good By !! We prefer A cruise to an island stay witch we have don .I think you meet people more on a cruise thien staying on the island .I just did 8 ports in 11 day"s where it was in the upper 80"s and about 15 back home !!To each his own .We will be on the new Liberty of the seas in august 25th W.Caribbean and the Explorer of the seas out of NJ 2/24/08 .

Mr Veendam