questionswhat is the best cruise to go on during the last…

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I haven't cruised in December, and it's been a long time since I have cruised from the East Coast. But we really enjoyed Royal Caribbean. This summer we took a cruise out of CA that went to Roatan, Honduras; Belize City, Belize; and Costa Maya and Cozumel, Mexico. We enjoyed those destinations more than any other cruise we've been on, even though this was our least favorite ship. I understand one of the giant Royal Caribbean boats makes that itinerary out of Florida, so I'd recommend that. If you do decide to go to those places, I can give you some good advice on shore excursions.

If you can afford the plane fare, you can get 1 week cruises on the Mediterranean for under $500 each passenger right now. But it is cold in Europe in the winter. That's what I have my sights set on for next summer if we can get decent plane fare.

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Go to travelzoo and sign up to see theier 90-day ticker for cruises. They list the prices and discounts available on any particular cruise (and these change closest to cruise time). The most pricey are not there I think like Silverseas, Radisson, and Seaborn. If you want luxury, those are lines that come to mind. Major expensive though.

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I forgot the most important advice. When you have picked out your exact sailing and are ready to pay, go to cruisecompete.com. Enter your cruise information and they'll send it to a bunch of travel agents who'll "bid" on giving up part of their commission for an easy sale. I have gotten several hundred dollars off per ticket a couple of times. Some of the cruise lines do not permit discounts, so the prices the agents come back with are the same as you are being quoted online. But make sure to fill out the survey and even respond to the bidding agents with a "thanks but I can get the same price online". Because when I did that for our last cruise, one of them wrote me back and said that they couldn't offer me a discount, but they could get me a $150 onboard ship credit. The main thing is that if you get a bid you like it's only good for like a couple of hours. So you really have to be ready to put your money where your mouth is before you go to cruisecompete.

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@klozitshoper: Crystal and Windstar also. I have always wanted to do a Windstar cruise, their giant sailboats look so cool. But I am afraid I'd have to win a lottery for that one. I see here they have a couple of 7 day Mediterranean cruises in the $2,500 price range, which is marginally doable, but 5x what I'd pay on a more humble cruise line.

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@moondrake: My husband took a Windjammer cruise - or sail, I guess you call it. That was quite awhile ago, and everyone who wanted to worked the sails, etc. Unfortunately, he picked up a virus of unknown species and was hospitalized in Miami when he got back to port.

Those luxury cruises - and if anyone looks at the prices of say $10,000 - that is for two people usually; one person normally pays that rate also. I am waiting to book an RC cruise over Christmas for last minute discounts. I have friends from all over who are going and have made res.
but luckily I live in Florida. I always want single accommodations, and when push comes to shove about two weeks prior, I am usually able to get a good discount. If not, full price on that cruise is not dreadful, just awful.

I just would not enjoy the uber-luxury - would need to be dressed to the limit, wearning jewelry, hair done, and makeup every minute. Not my idea of vacay.