Posted July 11th, 2012, 12:12 PM
Last edited by BillOh; July 11th, 2012 at 12:21 PM
A good question! Like others, the ship is one factor for me. Take a look at my cruise history below and see if my words match my actions
First cruise was picked out by my friend and travel agent. At the time we booked the Voyager class was the biggest. That was a factor in her picking that cruise for me. I did specify Eastern Caribbean as that looked more inviting to me. For my 2nd cruise I did pick the exciting new Freedom after seeing it on TV. (I booked that one so far ahead that it actually ended up being my 3rd cruise when a great deal came up on Majesty. Our 2009 cruise was chosen partially because of what was available at the time, this time we traveled with my sister and her husband and the Navigator worked out well. It was a new ship, but a repeat of the class of ship, but a factor was a new port - Belieze. 5th cruise came about unexpectedly, we weren't planning on cruising at all because we were paying for our daughter's wedding. A little extra money came up along with another good deal on Majesty. Another factor was the stop in Key West, one our list of places we wanted to go, so ship small factor, ports larger in this case.
Cruise 6, the ship (Allure) was a prime factor in our choice. The fact that it went to St Maarten was a factor as well as Maho Beach was on my bucket list. So this new ship was a prime factor.
Cruise 7, I was looking at trying a Radiance class ship based on what I have read here, so a new ship was a major factor. It also worked out well for the couple that traveled with us as they could leave their son with his Dad in Tampa.
Cruise 8 is a return to Allure so no we didn't look at a new ship. We could have considered Oasis, but she would have been doing Western the week we wanted to travel so in this case date and ports were the prime factor.
For cruise 9, I don't know if the new Sunshine class will be out then or not, but that could be a factor, otherwise I'm considering a return to Freedom, or another Freedom class. I may look at trying a Vision class, but its down my priority list.
1st cruise 4/29/06 RCCL Voyager of the Seas. - Eastern Caribbean.
2nd cruise - 5/11/07 Majesty of the Seas - Bahamas.
MOTHER'S day cruise!
3rd cruise - 4/27/08 Freedom of the Seas -Western Caribbean. Freedom's 100th cruise!
4th cruise - 4/16/09 Navigator of the Seas - Cozumel/Belize.
5th cruise 11/15/10 Majesty of the Seas - Key West Nassau.
6th cruise -5/1/11 Allure of the Seas Eastern route
30th anniversary cruise
7th cruise 4/14/12 Jewel of the Seas Cozumel Costa Maya
8th cruise 4/28/13 Allure of the Seas Eastern route
9th cruise 10/28/13 Majesty of the Seas
Halloween in Key West
10th cruise 5/3/14 Jewel of the Seas Southern Caribbean
11th cruise 4/26/15 Freedom of the Seas Western Caribbean
12th cruise 4/30/16 Oasis of the Seas Eastern Caribbean
13th cruise 10/17/16 Majesty of the Seas 4 day from Bahamas
14th cruise 4/29/17 Adventure of the Seas ABC islands.
15th cruise 9/18/17 Majesty of the Seas Irma shortened cruise
83 of 84 great night's sleep
21 days on an Oasis class, 19 days on a Voyager class,18 days on a Sovereign class ship, 14 days on a Freedom class, 12 days on a Radiance class, .