The Cruise Bug Has Bit Again!
I’ve now lived in Wisconsin for almost 7 years. I grew up in the Midwest, so it’s not a huge change, but thing I hate is winter. Yep, I know I’m in the wrong state. But here I am.
For the past few years we’ve taken a warm-weather vacation when it gets colder here. Last year, we went to Orlando–and managed to miss the first big snow storm of the season! In 2014, we did Key West and had a blast.
After our first-time cruise experience to Alaska last year, we thought a warm-weather cruise in the winter should be next on our cruising list. We’re using it as a little thank you gift to me for completing my master’s degree!
I looked at itineraries on Princess, Celebrity, Holland America, Norwegian, Royal Caribbean, and MSC. I was tempted to do Princess again because we sailed with them to Alaska and loved the experience, but decided to focus more on itinerary and price, as opposed to loyalty.
We knew we could swing 7 days, but no longer–and the shorter 3-4 day “booze cruises” don’t really appeal to us.
In the end, we selected Celebrity Cruises. It’s similar in profile to Princess and they happened to be offering a good deal for December. When we cruise we don’t need water slides or rock walls. We just want to relax and explore the ports–so Celebrity is a good match for us.
We’ll spend a couple days pre-cruise in Miami Beach. I’m still thinking about shore excursions. In San Juan, we’ll be happy just strolling through Old San Juan. I’m an airplane enthusiast, so St. Maarten will probably include a trip to Maho Beach to watch the planes come in. I’m not really familiar enough with St. Kitts yet, but the volcano hike sounds like a challenge worth taking!
If you’ve been to any of these locales and have suggestions, please let me know! I’d love to hear about your experiences. But for now, I’m just going to enjoy summer here!