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Old 03-19-2018, 09:46 AM
 
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We are doing both. There is a nice resort in Galveston called San Luis. It's very close to the Galveston port. We are staying at the resort for 3 days then headed off to cruise for 5 days.

The San Luis Resort, Spa & Conference Center. A FERTITTA? RESORT
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Old 03-19-2018, 12:57 PM
 
Location: Lafayette
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How was the food? We arenít drinkers, so watered down drinks donít matter.
Was it semi-private?
We enjoyed the food. There were several different restaurants so you could pick what you were in the mood for.
Not sure what you mean by semi -private. We weren't bothered by anyone unless we wanted to be. We had plenty of time to be together just us.
Hope that helps.
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Old 03-21-2018, 12:26 PM
 
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Here is a good article about choosing between the two.

https://www.cruisecritic.com/article...ds%20-%20CC-US

There is some good feedback after the article as well.
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Old 03-24-2018, 10:21 AM
 
Location: Saint John, IN
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Not sure why no one has mentioned this yet, but it's hurricane season in the summer months in the Caribbean!!!!!!!!!


If you go on a cruise they will re-route you to avoid bad weather. Unfortunately it could be an island that you really didn't want to go to.


https://abcnews.go.com/Lifestyle/car...ry?id=40407011


Some islands typically NOT affected by hurricanes:

Aruba (amazing)
Dominican Republic
Barbados
Curacao

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Old 03-26-2018, 08:54 AM
 
Location: Florida
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We have learned by experience that smaller ships are more pleasant then "mega ships". The big ones tend to overwhelm the port facilities, and moving around on-board gets like a cattle drive. We have found the smaller "mid-size" ships that Holland American runs are more pleasant. They cater more to empty nesters and seniors. Out of control kids are much more common on other lines.
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Old 03-26-2018, 01:29 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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We have learned by experience that smaller ships are more pleasant then "mega ships". The big ones tend to overwhelm the port facilities, and moving around on-board gets like a cattle drive. We have found the smaller "mid-size" ships that Holland American runs are more pleasant. They cater more to empty nesters and seniors. Out of control kids are much more common on other lines.
totally agree with you and we love HAL, but our problem with them: first of all, they are a bit more pricey as a rule and they can be so filled with the older generation that they are boring. We have also found on a few HAL cruises the guests can be a bit snobbish. It is a take and give, not any line is all perfect and no line is all bad. For us timing is everything. Longer cruises and cruises not related to school holidays are not as filled with an over abundance of families.
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Old 03-27-2018, 09:59 AM
 
Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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I've done both multiple times and by far, an AI is much better than a cruise but much more expensive.
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