The wife and I are thinking about a Caribbean cruise

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    First decide what you want the trip for. If you want to spend a few days on a floating hotel, take the cruse. If you want to visit the islands, fly down there and take a ferry or commuter plane back and forth between the islands. The cost is about the same. The islands aren't that far apart, and I get to see and do more of the the stuff I enjoy that way. You won't get to ride the Rain Forest Aerial Tram, see a boiling lake, or Trafalger Falls if you're on a 2 hour excursion from a boat
     
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    Hi. I'm new but I thought I'd chime in. Hope you don't mind. I love cruising and most cruises I know DO include meals but not drinks/alcohol or shore excursions. Those excursions lead by the ship are very expensive. I've been on a few to the Caribbean and no matter where you go, IMO, it's fun and lots to see. Also, if the price is making you hesitate, please remember that you divide that price by how many nights/days. Most, even those including meals, are a bit cheaper or equivalent to a 7-day stay at a hotel. Most the cruises I've taken are through Royal Caribbean and I've never had a problem or gotten sick. I'm not so sure about those Windjammers though since they don't have stabilizers like cruise ships. Oh, if you're taking kids, try the Disney Cruise Line. Good luck and have fun.
     
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    Thank you. We'll probably go on a cruise ship. We're getting to old for much roughing it type of stuff.
     
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    I have to tell you I've been cruising for over 40 years and to me, it's the ideal way to travel, especially as you get older. Most of the places I've cruised to recently, I've already been to so while the crowds are onshore, I enjoy the pool and activities onboard ship. The other plus is you do exactly as little or as much as you want. Who knew I loved playing bingo (LOL - also additional expense but fun).
     
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    Agreed. I want to get to my destination and start relaxing.
    The idea of being on an itinerary everyday does nothing for me.
     
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    But the cruise ship IS your mode of transportation and while you're waiting at the airport for the plane to leave, I'm in the bar waiting for the ship to leave. And you do as much or as little as you want.
     
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    Ahhh, heck. That's nothing! Take a gander at this!

     
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    fly to the islands and charter a sailboard with capt...and hope they dont just toss you overboard....cruise ships are not friendly to the photo traveler....you have to be there and here at certain times....booze is pricey...and when you get off the boat...you get off the boat with a herd of others...
     
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    why let others dictate you once in a lifetime vacay
     

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