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Pinellas County, Florida
245 Posts
Joined Aug 2011
Thank you! This discussion is most helpful.
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CARNIVAL: Platinum (11)

Liberty: Mar7-14-2009;
Legend: Nov 1-9-2009;
Miracle: Nov11-19-2010;
Dream: Nov 5-12-2011;
Freedom: Feb5-11-2012;
Freedom: Mar 24-Apr1-2012;
Paradise: Jun11-6-2012;
Liberty: Aug1-9-2014;
Liberty: Aug9-17-2014;
Conquest: May23-31-2015
Conquest: May 31-June8-2015

PRINCESS: Ruby (3)

Ruby: Jan 13-20-2013;
Emerald: Mar27-Apr.6- 2013;
Royal: Dec 30,2015-Jan9, 2016;

ROYALCARIBBEAN: Diamond(10)

Monarch: Feb7-11-2011;
Jewel: Oct 28-Nov 11-2012;
Freedom: Aug 25-Sep1-2013;
Brilliance: Oct27-Nov 9-2013
Independence: Nov22-30-2014;
Navigator: Mar5-13-2016;
Navigator: Mar13-19-2016;
Navigator: Mar19-27-2016;
Serenade: Oct30-Nov11-2016;
Serenade: Nov11-22-2016

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Eclipse Mar 5-19-2017;
Eclipse: Nov 12-26-2017**
Pinellas County, Florida
245 Posts
Joined Aug 2011
RCCL Tampa Jewel of Seas
5N March 26-31
Inside Cabin - $404 + 57.33 = $461.33 Solo
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CARNIVAL: Platinum (11)

Liberty: Mar7-14-2009;
Legend: Nov 1-9-2009;
Miracle: Nov11-19-2010;
Dream: Nov 5-12-2011;
Freedom: Feb5-11-2012;
Freedom: Mar 24-Apr1-2012;
Paradise: Jun11-6-2012;
Liberty: Aug1-9-2014;
Liberty: Aug9-17-2014;
Conquest: May23-31-2015
Conquest: May 31-June8-2015

PRINCESS: Ruby (3)

Ruby: Jan 13-20-2013;
Emerald: Mar27-Apr.6- 2013;
Royal: Dec 30,2015-Jan9, 2016;

ROYALCARIBBEAN: Diamond(10)

Monarch: Feb7-11-2011;
Jewel: Oct 28-Nov 11-2012;
Freedom: Aug 25-Sep1-2013;
Brilliance: Oct27-Nov 9-2013
Independence: Nov22-30-2014;
Navigator: Mar5-13-2016;
Navigator: Mar13-19-2016;
Navigator: Mar19-27-2016;
Serenade: Oct30-Nov11-2016;
Serenade: Nov11-22-2016

CELEBRITY: Elite (2**)

Eclipse Mar 5-19-2017;
Eclipse: Nov 12-26-2017**
Carolina
8,695 Posts
Joined Aug 2006
So glad I found this thread. I'm always looking a ways to cruise and save $$$$$. Generally, the single supplement is a killer.
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2/10/18 Summit (Smooth Jazz Cruise)
10/29/17 Vista (Halloween)
10/29/16 Conquest (Halloween)
2/21/16 Eurodam (Smooth Jazz Cruise)
9/19/15 Victory (5 days with friends)
1/8/15 Eurodam (Smooth Jazz Cruise)
11/8/14 Breeze (Feelin' the Breeze Part 2)
1/12/14 Eurodam (Smooth Jazz Cruise)
10/10/13 Victory B2B (Victory is Mine)[/font]
1/13/13 Westerdam (Smooth Jazz Cruise)
11/24/12 Breeze (Feelin' the Breeze)
1/15/12 Westerdam (Smooth Jazz Cruise)
12/4/11 Miracle (x-mas on the beach)
1/16/11 Noordam (Smooth Jazz Cruise)
9/18/10 Fantasy
9/20/09 Sensation
11/08 Westerdam (Dave Koz & Friends)
2008 Caribbean Princess
10/2/06 Celebration
10/9/05 Destiny
2002 Costa Cruise Line
Pinellas County, Florida
245 Posts
Joined Aug 2011
Fort Lauderdale CCL Freedom 8N March 24 $866.72 1A GTY Solo Total

Hi just booked this... $758 Solo 1A Gty Rm + $108.72 T&F= $866.72

Opportunity just opened up and I called for IS. Was told this was available; will be my first time trying a 1A but should be fine with me; I'm an old tent camper,ha!
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CARNIVAL: Platinum (11)

Liberty: Mar7-14-2009;
Legend: Nov 1-9-2009;
Miracle: Nov11-19-2010;
Dream: Nov 5-12-2011;
Freedom: Feb5-11-2012;
Freedom: Mar 24-Apr1-2012;
Paradise: Jun11-6-2012;
Liberty: Aug1-9-2014;
Liberty: Aug9-17-2014;
Conquest: May23-31-2015
Conquest: May 31-June8-2015

PRINCESS: Ruby (3)

Ruby: Jan 13-20-2013;
Emerald: Mar27-Apr.6- 2013;
Royal: Dec 30,2015-Jan9, 2016;

ROYALCARIBBEAN: Diamond(10)

Monarch: Feb7-11-2011;
Jewel: Oct 28-Nov 11-2012;
Freedom: Aug 25-Sep1-2013;
Brilliance: Oct27-Nov 9-2013
Independence: Nov22-30-2014;
Navigator: Mar5-13-2016;
Navigator: Mar13-19-2016;
Navigator: Mar19-27-2016;
Serenade: Oct30-Nov11-2016;
Serenade: Nov11-22-2016

CELEBRITY: Elite (2**)

Eclipse Mar 5-19-2017;
Eclipse: Nov 12-26-2017**
Las Vegas, Nevada
1,926 Posts
Joined Mar 2006
Originally posted by Aislinncursala
Fort Lauderdale CCL Freedom 8N March 24 $866.72 1A GTY Solo Total

Hi just booked this... $758 Solo 1A Gty Rm + $108.72 T&F= $866.72

Opportunity just opened up and I called for IS. Was told this was available; will be my first time trying a 1A but should be fine with me; I'm an old tent camper,ha!
You'll be fine with a 1A on the Freedom, which is Conquest class. Some of the Conquest class 1As even have portholes, and I love them! With an IS, you'll probably get an inside but it will still be fine.

The 1As to avoid are on Fantasy class-- small, and can't sit up in bed to watch TV because the extra fold-down bed is right behind you, in the wrong place-- so you have to sit in the little chair. But I've slept on deck on sailboats, so any cabin works for me if the price is right!
Kissimmee
689 Posts
Joined Apr 2007
You can get a 7-nite cruise on the brand-new Disney Fantasy for $1,630.

Port Canaveral, Florida; Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands; Costa Maya, Mexico; Cozumel, Mexico; Castaway Cay.
Las Vegas
111 Posts
Joined Aug 2000
I haven't been on the boards in a long time. I haven't been on a cruise in a long time!

Finally found what I've been looking for for so long....

7 night
So. Caribbean
Balcony
Sailing solo
$789 + 45.54
$100 onboard credit
(Serenade, April 14)

My first cruise in over a decade. I'm not sure I remember how!
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There are good ships, and wood ships,
And ships that sail the sea...
But the best ships are FRIENDSHIPS -
And may they always be.



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??/??/??, Holiday, Caribbean, 7 day
11/03/96, Veendam, Caribbean, 7 day
06/05/97, Statendam, Alaska, 7 day
11/12/97, Statendam, Caribbean, 10 day
10/19/98, Veendam, New England/Canada, 10 day
03/10/99, Splendour of the Seas, Caribbean, 10 day
10/16/99, Statendam, Mexico, 10 day
02/06/00, Celebration, Caribbean, 7 days
04/23/00, Veendam, Panama Canal, 14 day
06/21/00, Veendam, Alaska, 7 day
04/07/12, Voyager, So. Caribbean, 7 day
12/??/14, Pride, Bahamas, 7 day

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California
989 Posts
Joined Jun 2008
Originally posted by Love2Cruise4Less
I

My first cruise in over a decade. I'm not sure I remember how!
It's like riding a bicycle.....it comes right back to you as soon as you get on! Enjoy.
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May 2017 West Coast Repo - Celebrity Infinity Apr 2017 So Caribbean + Repo - Celebrity Summit Feb + Mar 2017 Mexico - Ruby Princess Jan 2017 Sea of Cortez- Ruby Princess Nov/Dec 2016 Caribbean -Anthem OTS; Oct 2016 Pacific Coastal-Ruby Princess; Aug/Sept 2016 Baltic,British Isles,TA,Canada- Regal Princess; July 2016 Alaska-Ruby Princess;May 2016 Alaska-Celebrity Millennium; Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr 2016 West Coast+Mexico - Ruby+Crown Princess; Nov. 2015 Mexico - Crown Princess; Nov. 2015 Skyscrapers + Rodeos - Liberty OTS.Oct. 2015 West Coast- Crown Princess. Sept 2015 West Coast - Celebrity Infinity July 2015 Alaska - Celebrity Millennium; May 2015 Panama Canal - RCL Jewel OTS;Apr 2015 - Calif. Coastal - Crown Princess;Mar 2015 Calif. Coastal - Crown Princess;Jan 2015 Mexican Rivera-Grand Princess and Mexico-Carnival Inspiration; Nov 2014 Fall Colors-Carnival Splendor and Canada & Bermuda-RCL Legend OTS; Sept 2014 Golden Gate Alaska Cruise-Celebrity Century;May 2014 Pacific Coastal Cruise-Celebrity Century; March 2014 Pacific Coastal-Celebrity Century; Feb 2014 East. Caribbean-Celebrity Century; Dec 2013 Hawaii-Celebrity Century; Nov 2013 T/A - Navigator OTS; Sept 2013 West Coast Wine Cruise-Celebrity Century; May 2013 Alaska-Celebrity Century, April 2013 West Coast Wine Cruise-Celebrity Century, April 2013 Pacific Coastal-Celebrity Century, Feb 2013 Hawaii-Celebrity Century, Nov 2012 T/A-Mariner OTS, July 2012 Alaska-Celebrity Century, May 2012 West Coast Wine Cruise-Celebrity Century, April 2012 Hawaii - Celebrity Century, Feb 2012 Mexico-Carnival Inspiration, Oct 2011 T/A-Carnival Magic, May 2011 West Coast Wine Cruise-Celebrity Century, Jan 2011 Western Caribbean-Carnival Ecstasy, Sept 2010 Canadian Fall Colors-Carnival Glory, May 2010 Repositioning to Alaska-Celebrity Mercury, April 2010 Mexican Riviera Carnival-Splendor, Aug 2009 Alaska Cruisetour-Sapphire Princess, May 2009 Pacific Northwest (H1N1 redirected Mexican Riviera-Carnival Splendor
Carolina
8,695 Posts
Joined Aug 2006
Originally posted by nonna5
I just booked RCCL Mariner of the Seas - 7 days - 4/15/2012 - $579 + taxes, promenade inside
Sweet Deal!
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2/10/18 Summit (Smooth Jazz Cruise)
10/29/17 Vista (Halloween)
10/29/16 Conquest (Halloween)
2/21/16 Eurodam (Smooth Jazz Cruise)
9/19/15 Victory (5 days with friends)
1/8/15 Eurodam (Smooth Jazz Cruise)
11/8/14 Breeze (Feelin' the Breeze Part 2)
1/12/14 Eurodam (Smooth Jazz Cruise)
10/10/13 Victory B2B (Victory is Mine)[/font]
1/13/13 Westerdam (Smooth Jazz Cruise)
11/24/12 Breeze (Feelin' the Breeze)
1/15/12 Westerdam (Smooth Jazz Cruise)
12/4/11 Miracle (x-mas on the beach)
1/16/11 Noordam (Smooth Jazz Cruise)
9/18/10 Fantasy
9/20/09 Sensation
11/08 Westerdam (Dave Koz & Friends)
2008 Caribbean Princess
10/2/06 Celebration
10/9/05 Destiny
2002 Costa Cruise Line
3,388 Posts
Joined Nov 2004
Originally posted by Lois R
Hi, yes, supplements can vary and 150% would be one sometimes
offered.
Hi Lois...You're dream cruise is coming up fast. You will love it!
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Life is like an elevator. On your way up, you have to sometimes stop and let some people off.
Jacksonville, FL USA
48,552 Posts
Joined Jan 2003
Originally posted by yellowbird23
Hi Lois...You're dream cruise is coming up fast. You will love it!
Hi Pat 7 more Wednesday's and I fly to Rome
6,512 Posts
Joined Apr 2001
Originally posted by Love2Cruise4Less
I haven't been on the boards in a long time. I haven't been on a cruise in a long time!

Finally found what I've been looking for for so long....

7 night
So. Caribbean
Balcony
Sailing solo
$789 + 45.54
$100 onboard credit
(Serenade, April 14)

My first cruise in over a decade. I'm not sure I remember how!
That is so amazing. Congrats! How's the airfare? Don't forget about ChoiceAir. They sometimes come thru with great rates. I saved over $1400. booking my return flight from Europe with them.
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Carnival: Dream, Splendor(6), Conquest, Victory (4), Liberty, Freedom (2), Glory (2), Miracle(2), Holiday, Valor, Triumph (3),Breeze, Ecstasy. Total: 26 cruises
NCL: Norway, Leeward (2), Star (3), Sun, Jewel (3), Gem (3), Spirit (2), Epic, Dawn, Breakaway. Total: 18 cruises
Celebrity: Zenith, Galaxy, Century (2), Mercury, Millennium (4), Constellation (2), Summit(2). Total: 13 cruises
RCCL: Brilliance (2), Vision (2), Enchantment (4), Voyager (2), Liberty (2), Navigator (2), Explorer (2), Majesty, Monarch(2), Jewel, Mariner, Independence, Freedom, Legend, Grandeur. Total: 25 cruises
Princess: Grand (2), Caribbean (2), Crown (2), Diamond, Dawn, Ruby. Total: 9 cruises
Cunard: QM2 (4). Total: 4 cruises
Renaissance: R2. Total: 1 cruise
Holland-America: Maasdam, Zaandam, Zuiderdam, Eurodam, Rotterdam. Total: 5 cruises
MSC-Divina. Total: 1 cruise
Grand Total: 94
cruises
Atlanta
163 Posts
Joined Sep 2009
Caribbean Princess
April 29th - May 3rd, 2012
San Juan to New York City - 4 day repositioning cruise (no ports of call)

Inside Room - $298.00 single + $39.20 tax/fee = $337.20 total
OceanView - $398.00 single + $39.20 tax/fee = $437.20 total

~Helen~
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Carnival Dream: Sept. 2015 Cozumel/Montego Bay Jamaica/Grand Cayman
Carnival Fantasy: Sept. 2014 Freeport/Nassau
Carnival Fascination: Oct. 2013 Nassau/HMC
Carnival Fascination: Sept. 2012 Nassau/HMC
Carnival Fascination: Dec. 2011 Freeport/Nassau
Golden Princess: June 2011 Alaska/Glacier Bay



Carolina
8,695 Posts
Joined Aug 2006
Originally posted by atlanta_living
Caribbean Princess
April 29th - May 3rd, 2012
San Juan to New York City - 4 day repositioning cruise (no ports of call)

Inside Room - $298.00 single + $39.20 tax/fee = $337.20 total
OceanView - $398.00 single + $39.20 tax/fee = $437.20 total

~Helen~
Four sea days? I'd be flat broke from all that time in the casino!
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2/10/18 Summit (Smooth Jazz Cruise)
10/29/17 Vista (Halloween)
10/29/16 Conquest (Halloween)
2/21/16 Eurodam (Smooth Jazz Cruise)
9/19/15 Victory (5 days with friends)
1/8/15 Eurodam (Smooth Jazz Cruise)
11/8/14 Breeze (Feelin' the Breeze Part 2)
1/12/14 Eurodam (Smooth Jazz Cruise)
10/10/13 Victory B2B (Victory is Mine)[/font]
1/13/13 Westerdam (Smooth Jazz Cruise)
11/24/12 Breeze (Feelin' the Breeze)
1/15/12 Westerdam (Smooth Jazz Cruise)
12/4/11 Miracle (x-mas on the beach)
1/16/11 Noordam (Smooth Jazz Cruise)
9/18/10 Fantasy
9/20/09 Sensation
11/08 Westerdam (Dave Koz & Friends)
2008 Caribbean Princess
10/2/06 Celebration
10/9/05 Destiny
2002 Costa Cruise Line
Cape Cod
100 Posts
Joined Jan 2012
Originally posted by Love2Cruise4Less
I haven't been on the boards in a long time. I haven't been on a cruise in a long time!

Finally found what I've been looking for for so long....

7 night
So. Caribbean
Balcony
Sailing solo
$789 + 45.54
$100 onboard credit
(Serenade, April 14)

My first cruise in over a decade. I'm not sure I remember how!
Hi. Yes, that's a very good price for solo, but how much is the airfare to PR?

Lisa
Las Vegas
111 Posts
Joined Aug 2000
Originally posted by Galaxy02_99
Hi. Yes, that's a very good price for solo, but how much is the airfare to PR?

Lisa
Well, I suspected airfare would be a problem (expensive). But I've spent ten years looking for a single/balcony at a "doable" price. (You can find my posts on this subject much earlier in this thread.) This is the first one I have ever found -- so I grabbed it while the grabbing was good. (There were only two balcony cabins left. I took one and within a few minutes the other one was booked as well.)

Airfare was around $600 ($690 on choiceair). Too much! After many hours of searching I booked the best deal I could find: frequent flyer miles Las Vegas to Tampa then AirTran to San Juan ($200). Not ideal but worth the $$ savings.


My sig (for the next 20 days):
It's been so long since I last cruised I've forgotten how!
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There are good ships, and wood ships,
And ships that sail the sea...
But the best ships are FRIENDSHIPS -
And may they always be.



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??/??/??, Holiday, Caribbean, 7 day
11/03/96, Veendam, Caribbean, 7 day
06/05/97, Statendam, Alaska, 7 day
11/12/97, Statendam, Caribbean, 10 day
10/19/98, Veendam, New England/Canada, 10 day
03/10/99, Splendour of the Seas, Caribbean, 10 day
10/16/99, Statendam, Mexico, 10 day
02/06/00, Celebration, Caribbean, 7 days
04/23/00, Veendam, Panama Canal, 14 day
06/21/00, Veendam, Alaska, 7 day
04/07/12, Voyager, So. Caribbean, 7 day
12/??/14, Pride, Bahamas, 7 day

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Las Vegas
111 Posts
Joined Aug 2000
Admittedly, I am a disorganized, single guy. I feel the same way about shopping as I do about packing: I hate them both!

When I last cruised, long ago, paying to check luggage was unheard of. I use to pack everything -- including a kitchen sink! Times have changed.

I'm trying to figure out if it is possible to pack for a 7 night cruise taking nothing larger than a carrry-on sized suitcase. Obviously I wouldn't take my snorkeling gear (or a kitchen sink!). Also, taking a suit and dress shoes, etc., would be, questionably, a no-no. (I am not exactly a gregarious person -- so I may or may not miss going to dinner on formal nights.)

Since I am flying two different airlines the cost of checking a suitcase would be double.

I'd appreciate your thoughts and packing tips.
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There are good ships, and wood ships,
And ships that sail the sea...
But the best ships are FRIENDSHIPS -
And may they always be.



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??/??/??, Holiday, Caribbean, 7 day
11/03/96, Veendam, Caribbean, 7 day
06/05/97, Statendam, Alaska, 7 day
11/12/97, Statendam, Caribbean, 10 day
10/19/98, Veendam, New England/Canada, 10 day
03/10/99, Splendour of the Seas, Caribbean, 10 day
10/16/99, Statendam, Mexico, 10 day
02/06/00, Celebration, Caribbean, 7 days
04/23/00, Veendam, Panama Canal, 14 day
06/21/00, Veendam, Alaska, 7 day
04/07/12, Voyager, So. Caribbean, 7 day
12/??/14, Pride, Bahamas, 7 day

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Mammoth Spring, AR
1,483 Posts
Joined Sep 2010
You would be surprise with how much you can pack in the following manner

Put your shirt flat in your suitcase with the top in the suitcase and the tail sticking out over the edge. The next shirt put the top in the suitcase, but on the side that the first shirt is hanging over the edge. Then on the end of the suitcase do each end the same way....after getting 2 or 3 layers of doing this, gather up all the ones hanging over the sides of the case and "fold" into the case....it will look like a "cube" then continue with the next group. I would suggest putting shoes and stuff in a bag and put on top of last "cube".....I could not believe what I actually got into the suitcase packing this way....good luck
Near Kansas City
145 Posts
Joined Dec 2005
Originally posted by Love2Cruise4Less
I'm trying to figure out if it is possible to pack for a 7 night cruise taking nothing larger than a carrry-on sized suitcase. Obviously I wouldn't take my snorkeling gear (or a kitchen sink!). Also, taking a suit and dress shoes, etc., would be, questionably, a no-no. (I am not exactly a gregarious person -- so I may or may not miss going to dinner on formal nights.)
You can slide by on formal night with dress pants, shirt and tie.

There is a laundry on board which is way cheaper than the extra bag.

Hope this helps!
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01/29/2017 7-day CCL Liberty SCaribbean

09/12/2016 4-day NCL Sky Bahamas (Cruise #30)
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04/09/2016 7-day NCL Dawn WCaribbean
01/31/2016 7-day CCL Liberty SCaribbean
01/10/2016 7-day NCL Dawn WCaribbean
11/09/2014 7-day CCL Conquest ECaribbean (Cruise #25!)
11/02/2014 7-day CCL Conquest WCaribbean
05/03/2014 7-day CCL Fascination ECaribbean
12/07/2013 5-day CCL Triumph WCaribbean
10/19/2013 5-day CCL Elation WCaribbean
07/27/2013 7-day RCI Oasis ECaribbean (Cruise #20!)
01/06/2013 7-day CCL Victory SCaribbean
12/02/2012 7-day CCL Valor WCaribbean
09/02/2012 12-day RCI Serenade Of The Seas Mediterranean
05/26/2012 7-day CCL Liberty ECaribbean
01/15/2012 6-day CCL Valor WCaribbean
01/07/2012 5-day CCL Fascination ECaribbean
09/04/2011 7-day CCL Victory SCaribbean (#10 = VIP!) (missed St Martin due to Katia)
04/08/2011 10-day Celebrity Millennium SCaribbean
01/29/2011 8-day CCL Freedom ECaribbean
04/18/2010 7-day CCL Valor WCaribbean
01/17/2010 7-day CCL Glory ECaribbean

08/24/2009 5-day CCL Holiday WCaribbean
11/23/2008 7-day RCI Adventure of the Seas SCaribbean

04/28/2008 4-day CCL Paradise Catalina & Ensenada
01/12/2008 7-day CCL Freedom ECaribbean
09/08/2007 5-day CCL Elation Baja Mexico
01/13/2007 5-day CCL Fantasy WCaribbean

11/12/2006 4-day CCL Sensation Bahamas
11/20/2005 7-day RCI Explorer Of The Seas WCaribbean (missed Cozumel due to Katrina)