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14 Days or 2 X 7 Days = 14 Days ... Decisons Decisions???

Discussion in 'Know Before You Go' started by Einstein, Sep 25, 2009.

  1. Einstein

    Einstein Well-Known Member

    So the questions of the day is ... which is Better??? :confused: Given strict orders :no: that Princess will return to this households future cruise agenda I figured a hunting expedition was in order (then again its ALWAYS Fun when researching involves cruises). Always looking for different things of interest I figured comparisons were in line as there is plenty of time to research and scratch my head a few times. :bbat:

    Obviously there are considerations to take into account. Such as a return to the W. Caribbean or a return to some ports of call where we REALLY enjoyed our stops. While the research has begun (then again does it EVER stop???) we have only breached the tip of the iceburg so to speak but these 2 options popped out and both have their positives and negatives for which will be a future cruise on our TO DO List.

    The 14 Days on the Grand has some Gr8 ports but it IS port intensive. :shrug: Probably NOT a BIG deal as we have always been of the nature that even in port one can enjoy themselves on the ship if they wish. So here is that itinerary ...


    The 2nd option that is available is a bit different as it would include a trip to the Western Caribbean on the Crown which is HIGH on our list. To make it worthy of comparison as U know how MUCH we hate to have to get off the ship after 7 Days I attached a 7 Day Eastern on the Ruby. So in essence its a Back 2 Back but does require changing ships and a stay over in Ft. Lauderdale. This option of course it a tad bit less cost efficient as it requires an additional hotel stay and it also is NOT quite as friendly when trying to use a Ghost Booking. :hammer: Here is that itinerary ...


    Overnight stay in Fort Lauderdale ... to Board the Ruby on Sun. morning!!!


    So now here is where I need your help ... If it were your choice ( and I know 14 Days is NOT an option for lots of folks BUT if it was) what option if either would be more preferable to U and for what reason would one be more preferable to U over the other if U were researching the 14 Day option???
  2. Cruizer

    Cruizer Well-Known Member

    Well, each as the same negative. Both stop in St. Thomas after visiting a foreign country, which means going through customs - ouch and yuck!

    Still, if I was planning a fourteen night cruise, I would not want to go through the hassle of changing ships mid cruise. So I would opt for the Grand.
  3. red stripe

    red stripe Well-Known Member

    weighing cruise count against changing ships... hummm..

    Plus the 14 dayer has some interesting ports. St Vincents for example..
    I need to look at those ships and give this more thought.

    Glad I found this post so I know what "we" are looking at. lol
  4. Einstein

    Einstein Well-Known Member

    Its Princess. :boogie:

  5. George C

    George C Well-Known Member

    I would take the Grand for another reason, it's a little smaller than the Crown and its showrooms are not as crowed as Princess newer ships. I have taken back to back cruises but on the same ship and really enjoyed that.
  6. maw

    maw Wordsmith

    As long as is Princess will be happy do like the smaller ships--14 days sounds really good will send Paw home after 7 if he gets grouchy. I am ready for a western cruise though. Not having to change ships would be a plus thought as you said Decisions Decisions-
    when are thinking abt these for?
  7. Einstein

    Einstein Well-Known Member

    NO definites yet on the timing maw but most likely NOT in 2010. :confused: Spring 2011 has an opening possibly but that is a ways off??? :dance:


  8. BruinSteve

    BruinSteve Well-Known Member

    Well...I won't get into the issue of Princess' too small showrooms or other ship issues...I'll try to do the general "back-to-back 7s" vs. 14-nighter thing...

    I've done a "back-to-back" on two different ships and I've done several 14-nighters...and to me, the 14-nighter is preferable for a number of reasons...

    1) You don't have to pack up and then set up on another ship...

    2) Cruise lines like to repeat entertainment, to duplicate production shows on different ships and to move entertainment around from ship to ship...doing two different cruises with the same line presents the possibility of getting "repeat" shows...

    3) You've got the same private beach stop (Princess Cays) twice...

    4) Cruising is a very social sort of travel...you tend to make "friends" onboard...14 nights gives you a chance to get to know people...

    5) Service tends to improve the longer the cruise...the waiters, the cabin stewards, the assorted staff, etc. all really get to know you...

  9. Beryl

    Beryl Trivia Specialist

    14 nights on the Grand just sounds a whole lot more convenient for me......the back to back would add that extra night between cruises (meaning at least 3 hotel nights added to the length of the cruise) and would probably make it a bit too long to leave the yappers...but then again maybe not...I would really love to sail on the Ruby! Are there no 10 nighters that appeal? That seems to be the perfect length for us! By the way...what approximate date are we looking at???

    Whoops....just saw the spring 2011 date....sounds good! Did you just get your Cruise Atlas???? :D
  10. Charles

    Charles Captain Weather

    Stay on the same ship E. That way you don't have to pack up twice :)

  11. Einstein

    Einstein Well-Known Member

    Thanx ALL for your comments and opinions. Did not take into account the Princess Cays twice option and even tough we like Princess Cays I am thinking that doing it within 2 days of each other might not be good. Thanx for point that out Bruin Steve. :clap:

    Charles U do make a GOOD Point as Life on vacation is meant to be simple. :banana:

    Did look at the 10 Dayers Beryl and they are on the Emerald because the Ruby is doing the 7 Day Western itinerary. :spyglass: Do have options but their pricing is almost equal to the 14 days on the Grand. Plus their itineraries are exactly what we did on the Emerald in 2008 and Equinox which is coming up.

    Plus ... perhaps its just me but the OLDER layout of the Grand/Golden/Star just seems to catch my eye appeal more than the Crown/Emerald/Ruby does. Not that the NEW design is NOT liveable but given the choice I think the Pool layouts on the Grand Class are BY Far IMO some of the Best available on any cruiseline. Now perhaps that would change if I went on the NEW Oasis but I doubt that is gonna happen anytime soon. :no:

    The convenience of staying on the same ship does seem to have a valid appeal. :boogie: Yup we did indeed get the Cruise Atlas Beryl ... as if I REALLY needed it says red. :D

  12. BSeabob

    BSeabob Reinststed due to good behavior-Subject to change Staff Member

    I won't say anything about Princess either :D

    and unless the one vs two ships themselves have a big difference for you personally I'd go with the 14 dayer.

    You can use a port day in a spot you have been before to cool off in that stretch of port days if you wish or just cut back a bit on each day (we do that)

    I like the Ports way better on the Grand tour also.
    & Two stops at P's Island..is that good or bad ?? you pick..

    Nice that you finally let Red in on it :cool: !!
  13. Beryl

    Beryl Trivia Specialist

    Just another thought...perhaps if you do the 2 ship option this might open things up to those who for budget and time reasons don't see their way clear to do the whole 14 night option....they could at least get onboard for one portion and be able to participate in a addict group cruise. It sure would be great if anyone who was of that frame of mind would chime in! Just a thought.
  14. tango55

    tango55 Well-Known Member

    I vote for the 14 dayer! Not sure if we could do it, depending on when, but I like the idea of not changing ships, and no repeat ports. We did a b2b a few years ago on Carnival, east then west - stayed on the same ship, no repeat ports and it was great!

    I like Princess too though, and get my Elite perks with them!

  15. ShipMaven

    ShipMaven Forever Remembered

    For those who can spare the time, the per diems on a 14 night cruise usually are less than per diems on two 7 night cruises when you total the cost of the two cruises - plus the added hotel night in Fort Lauderdale in between.
  16. Corky

    Corky Well-Known Member

    Even IF I wasn't already booked on a 14 day cruise on the Grand, I would pick that over the two 7 day cruises, having to get off the ship, go to a hotel and then head back to the ship the next day. Way to nerve wracking for me. :D

    Plus, the 14 day Grand is an awesome itinerary...hence the reason we booked it. LOL :banana:
  17. maw

    maw Wordsmith

    Looked at my Princess brosures and rthe price on the 14 day in 2010 was really good-hope for something like that in 2011----What are "we" thinking abt for fall of 2010?
  18. JANPEP

    JANPEP Well-Known Member Community Sponsor

    I would go for the 14 day over the 7 day. I wouldn't care to change ships.
  19. Jeanie

    Jeanie Well-Known Member

    We would take the 14 day over the 7 day for several reasons if we choose or could do a 14 day cruise. decisions, decisions that have to made. Only time will tell
    Last edited: Sep 26, 2009
  20. Einstein

    Einstein Well-Known Member

    :D I guess I know how to start rumors. I thank all of U for your comments and input. This is totally a research effort at this time and NO decision have been made as to whether or NOT it will turn into a Group. :spyglass: About the only thing that can be guaranteed is that at some time in the near future red & I will probably do one of these type of cruise vacations. As there looks like there might be some interest there might be some distinct possibility of opening it up for a Group. :confused:

    To answer your Fall 2010 question maw I can honestly say that we have looked at some things but again have taken NO direct steps yet. We have always toyed with the idea of getting something together out of New Orleans of Galveston and that might indeed be a thought or dream. One problem that exist there is that only Carnival & NCL sail from these 2 ports in the Fall of 2010. The other option might include Bermuda but those options are limited as well. :shrug: Some MORE research work will have to be put into this one.

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