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Old 05-31-2018, 08:41 AM
 
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So we are trying to decide to go to the Caribbean, Bermuda, or Bahamas in either December, January, or May...When is the best time to go?

In May is there more chance of dealing with hurricanes?

Appreciate the feedback.
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Old 05-31-2018, 10:33 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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So we are trying to decide to go to the Caribbean, Bermuda, or Bahamas in either December, January, or May...When is the best time to go?

In May is there more chance of dealing with hurricanes?

Appreciate the feedback.
For starters: you do not do Bermuda in the winter months. Cruising to Bermuda normally starts the last week of April. This leaves you the Caribbean and the Bahamas. Personally I would not waste my money just doing the Bahamas. do the eastern or Western Caribbean with more interesting ports.

No, May is very unlikely to see hurricanes. There was a slight tropical depression the other day that affected the pan handle of Florida but this time of the year it is almost not going to happen. Hurricane season technically runs from June 1 to Nov 30th but rarely are there bad ones until Aug. Then they may be strong until mid Oct. May is usually a great month to go if you do it before the kids are out of school. The rates are a bit lower at that time. Other low rates are normally late Sept to mid November, first week or so of Dec and early Jan. as well as late April after spring break is past.
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Old 05-31-2018, 01:37 PM
 
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Hurricane season is June 1st to Nov 30.

Bahamas cruises are mostly short 3 or 4 days and are on the older ships.

If I were going to Bermuda, I would fly. Long sea passages are boring. The joy of cruising is being in a different port every day. One with a Spanish heritage one day, British the next and French the next. The US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico are nothing like the mainland US.
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Old 06-01-2018, 05:42 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Hurricane season is June 1st to Nov 30.

Bahamas cruises are mostly short 3 or 4 days and are on the older ships.

If I were going to Bermuda, I would fly. Long sea passages are boring. The joy of cruising is being in a different port every day. One with a Spanish heritage one day, British the next and French the next. The US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico are nothing like the mainland US.
I pretty much agree with everything you are saying. We did find plenty to do on our Bermuda cruise last month, but still visiting ports is much more interesting and if, for whatever reason one decides they do not want to get off the ship they can choose to stay on, there usually are some activities for those who choose for whatever reason to stay on board and the good thing about that is, you have the pool area almost all to yourself. We used to get off at every port, not with the years catching up to us and so many ports we have visited many times we do, often stay on the ship. This is the beauty, we have the choice. When doing a cruise like Bermuda you have no choice but to spend 2/3 of the cruise just getting there and back.
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Old 06-01-2018, 07:27 AM
 
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Where do you live? In the frozen north, we always went to the Caribbean in Jan, Feb or March. Then, spring is just around the corner when you get home.

Anywhere in the Caribbean is nice and warm, and it really doesn’t matter which islands your ship goes too. They’re all much the same, so dont agonize over deciding. Choose according to what you like to do....Costa Rica, Puerto Rico or St Lucia, for rain forests, anywhere for beaches, US VI for glitzy shopping, Mexico is gorgeous.

The more ports, the better. Then you have the option of going ashore or staying on the empty ship. I don’t really enjoy days at sea. I much prefer when the ship tells to a different port during the night. My personal preference is smaller ships, rather than the newer mega ships.

We live driving distance to a few departure ports, so we keep meaning to try some short, cheap, last minute cruises soon. We really don’t care where they go.
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Old 06-01-2018, 03:11 PM
 
Location: Florida
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I totally agree about avoiding mega-ships. They overwhelm the port facilities, moving around on board gets like a cattle drive. If I am thinking of a cruise, the first thing I look at is how many passengers the ship carries.
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Old 06-01-2018, 03:17 PM
 
Location: Florida
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This site might be of interest.

https://boards.cruisecritic.com/
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Old 06-01-2018, 04:10 PM
 
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We did a Bahamas cruise 2 years ago, I believe it was a 4 night cruise. It was fun, but I wouldn't go back to the Bahamas and I wouldn't recommend it. Nassau was a pretty bad port. Royal Caribbeans private island in the Bahamas was really fun though, but not worth a Bahamas cruise. Key West is also pretty boring imo.

We did a western Caribbean cruise last year, 7 night with Royal Caribbean, and it was a blast. We did Costa Maya, which we liked. Roatan, which I can explain more in detail. And Cozumel, which was awesome. Cozumel was the best port we have been to.

Roatan could be neat I think, the island was beautiful, but the seas were really rough and all the beaches were closed. So we had nothing to do, the taxis were even closed. There is a great coral reef around Roatan and we had planned on going scuba diving.

We went snorkeling in Cozumel and that was a lot of fun. Cozumel was the nicest and most enjoyable port we have been to. But we have only been on those two cruises. Cozumel is home to the second largest reef in the world.

I would love to go back to Cozumel. Costa Maya was fun, but not worth a second trip. Our next cruise will likely be a European cruise. We are saving and planning for a big trip in 3 summers.
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Old 06-04-2018, 08:58 AM
 
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We did a Bahamas cruise 2 years ago, I believe it was a 4 night cruise. It was fun, but I wouldn't go back to the Bahamas and I wouldn't recommend it. Nassau was a pretty bad port. Royal Caribbeans private island in the Bahamas was really fun though, but not worth a Bahamas cruise. Key West is also pretty boring imo.

We did a western Caribbean cruise last year, 7 night with Royal Caribbean, and it was a blast. We did Costa Maya, which we liked. Roatan, which I can explain more in detail. And Cozumel, which was awesome. Cozumel was the best port we have been to.

Roatan could be neat I think, the island was beautiful, but the seas were really rough and all the beaches were closed. So we had nothing to do, the taxis were even closed. There is a great coral reef around Roatan and we had planned on going scuba diving.

We went snorkeling in Cozumel and that was a lot of fun. Cozumel was the nicest and most enjoyable port we have been to. But we have only been on those two cruises. Cozumel is home to the second largest reef in the world.

I would love to go back to Cozumel. Costa Maya was fun, but not worth a second trip. Our next cruise will likely be a European cruise. We are saving and planning for a big trip in 3 summers.
As the old joke goes: "HEY! I won FIRST PRIZE in a raffle! It was a three-day cruise to the Bahamas. Second prize was a four-day cruise to the Bahamas. Everybody else got a five-day cruise to the Bahamas."


That said....I'd never turn down a cruise to anywhere, but there are definitely better places to go than the Bahamas.
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Old 06-05-2018, 03:05 PM
 
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Didn't want to clog the board

So we are hoping to go in January. We were hoping have up to December to pay for the cruise but looks like September.

So thinking of a summer honeymoon cruise.

Wife is against Alaska I think it be romantic. Wants to do something tropical (Hawaii, Greece, Barcelona, Caribbean)

Any idea's for locations?

Princess vs. Norwegian which would you recommend?

Is Princess all inclusive?

Thanks a bunch for the feedback
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