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Seatrade 2007: Are You Bored With the Caribbean?

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In his presentation at the State of the Industry panel Tuesday, NCL's Colin Veitch asked the question a lot of people are thinking: Are cruisers bored with the Caribbean?

True, it's no secret that there's not the same interest in the Caribbean as there used to be (as we reported earlier this week, one industry wag noted that the Mediterranean is the new Caribbean). Fares are so cheap that it's almost more expensive to stay home -- literally. Just last week I saw an advertisement for a seven-night Eastern Caribbean cruise on Carnival Destiny for $249 ... that's $36 per day!

Having just returned from a fabulous Southern Caribbean trip that called at St. Kitts, Nevis, Martinique and St. Croix -- with nary a big ship in sight -- my vote is "no." I still love the islands, especially if you scratch below the surface; I find new discoveries every time I step off the gangway. The weather is fabulous (particularly in the months of January through March when our temps up north are anything but tropical). And the experience can be quite pleasant if you avoid the big-ship cattle call islands of St. Thomas and St. Maarten, for instance, in the highest of high seasons; definitely visit, just try a cruise in June instead, and avoid the congestion and native burnout.

We want to know what you think. Are you bored with the Caribbean? Have you said "enough is enough"? Or do you love the rhythm and the culture and the beaches and the music?

Vote in our poll. We'll reveal results tomorrow.

--by Carolyn Spencer Brown

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