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5 Night
U. S. Pacific Coast Cruise
Leaving from:
Vancouver onboard
Ruby Princess
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    Vancouver
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Ruby Princess - Princess Cruises

Pros

Excellent service and array of dining and entertainment options

Cons

Upselling is a bit excessive

Bottom Line

Friendly ship, with more free dining and activities than for-fee alternatives

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Ruby Princess Reviews
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Overall
4.0/5
Cabins4.3
Dining3.9
Service4.2
Value3.9

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4 Day
Western Caribbean Itiner
Leaving from:
Miami onboard
Carnival Victory
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    Miami
  • Day 2
    Key West
  • Day 3
    Cozumel
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  • Day 5
    Miami
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Carnival Victory - Carnival Cruise Line

Pros

The ship is fun and affordable, offering old-school charm and short itineraries

Cons

Public areas are congested; ship lacks most of the line's newest restaurants

Bottom Line

It's a great ship for first-timers and groups looking for short getaways

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Carnival Victory Reviews
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3.5/5
Cabins4.1
Dining3.8
Service4.1
Value4.0

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4 Day
Bahamas Itinerary
Leaving from:
Port Canaveral onboard
Carnival Liberty
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  • Day 1
    Port Canaveral (Orlando)
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    Cruising
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    Princess Cays
  • Day 4
    Freeport
  • Day 5
    Port Canaveral (Orlando)
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Carnival Liberty - Carnival Cruise Line

Pros

The crew goes out of their way to ensure you're enjoying yourself

Cons

Enrichment opportunities could be tailored to actually enrich the Bahamian experience

Bottom Line

The carefree atmosphere and abundance of activities make it a great value

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Carnival Liberty Reviews
Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
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4.5/5
Cabins4.4
Dining3.9
Service4.2
Value4.1

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4 Night
Key West & Havana Cruise
Leaving from:
Tampa onboard
Majesty of the Seas
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    Tampa
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    Tampa
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Majesty of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

Pros

Fun-filled, short cruises that tick all the boxes -- sun, sea, sand and booze

Cons

Older ship with limited attractions, especially if you're used to newer ships

Bottom Line

If you want a good value short-break cruise in the sun, you can't go wrong on Majesty

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Majesty of the Seas Reviews
Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
3.5/5
Cabins3.6
Dining3.9
Service4.3
Value3.8

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5 Day
Western Caribbean Cruise
Leaving from:
Galveston onboard
Carnival Valor
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    Galveston
  • Day 2
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    Cozumel
  • Day 4
    Progreso
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  • Day 6
    Galveston
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Carnival Valor - Carnival Cruise Line

Pros

More free than for-fee specialty dining venues

Cons

Unusual kids' club location near spa and Serenity deck

Bottom Line

Excellent value and fun, comfortable atmosphere for all ages

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Carnival Valor Reviews
Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
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4.0/5
Cabins4.3
Dining4.0
Service4.3
Value4.2

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4 Day
Baja Mexico Itinerary
Leaving from:
Los Angeles onboard
Carnival Inspiration
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  • Day 1
    Los Angeles
  • Day 2
    Catalina Island (California)
  • Day 3
    Ensenada
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    Cruising
  • Day 5
    Los Angeles
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Carnival Inspiration - Carnival Cruise Line

Pros

Fun-loving vibe, very few extra-fee attractions

Cons

Old ship has very few cabin and dining options

Bottom Line

Affordable cruise makes for the perfect short getaway

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Carnival Inspiration Reviews
Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
4.0/5
Cabins4.1
Dining3.9
Service4.2
Value4.1

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4- Day
Havana (overnight) & Great Stirrup Caye: Free Bar
Leaving from:
Miami onboard
Norwegian Sky
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  • Day 1
    Miami
  • Day 2
    Havana
  • Day 3
    Havana
  • Day 4
    Great Stirrup Cay
  • Day 5
    Miami
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Norwegian Sky - Norwegian Cruise Line

Pros

Open bar included in fare; itineraries include an overnight in Havana

Cons

Ship is older, is showing wear despite refurbs; lacks modern amenities of new cruise ships

Bottom Line

Perfectly sized ship for short trips to Bahamas and Cuba, with fun, festive atmosphere

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Norwegian Sky Reviews
Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
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3.5/5
Cabins3.6
Dining3.5
Service3.9
Value3.9

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3 Night
Bahamas Cruise
Leaving from:
Port Canaveral onboard
Enchantment of the Seas
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  • Day 1
    Port Canaveral (Orlando)
  • Day 2
    Nassau
  • Day 3
    CocoCay
  • Day 4
    Port Canaveral (Orlando)
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Enchantment of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

Pros

Lots of enjoyable onboard entertainment, a highlight is the parade of flags

Cons

Older ship starting to show wear and tear

Bottom Line

A good value for families with lots of onboard fun

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Enchantment of the Seas Reviews
Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
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4.0/5
Cabins4.0
Dining4.0
Service4.4
Value4.0

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5 Night
Bermuda Cruise
Leaving from:
Bayonne onboard
Anthem of the Seas
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    Bayonne (Cape Liberty)
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    King's Wharf
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    King's Wharf
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  • Day 6
    Bayonne (Cape Liberty)
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Anthem of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

Pros

Cruisers are spoiled for choice when it comes to activities, restaurants

Cons

For-fee dining, additional activities can come with hefty price tag

Bottom Line

Ship is fun, beautiful and perfect for families and those looking for a resort experience

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Anthem of the Seas Reviews
Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
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4.5/5
Cabins4.5
Dining3.7
Service4.0
Value3.5

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5 Day
Western Caribbean
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Carnival Paradise
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  • Day 1
    Tampa
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Grand Cayman
  • Day 4
    Cozumel
  • Day 5
    Cruising
  • Day 6
    Tampa
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Carnival Paradise - Carnival Cruise Line

Pros

Extremely friendly service and outstanding entertainment

Cons

Older ship with limited dining options

Bottom Line

Lots of fun to be had onboard; cruises to Cuba offer enrichment

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Carnival Paradise Reviews
Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
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3.5/5
Cabins3.9
Dining3.7
Service4.2
Value3.8

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4 Night
Bahamas Cruise
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Miami onboard
Mariner of the Seas
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    Miami
  • Day 2
    Nassau
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    CocoCay
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    Miami
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Mariner of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

Pros

Something surprising to see or do around every corner, no shortage of action onboard

Cons

Some specialty dining reservations were impossible to come by due to the short sailings

Bottom Line

Activity-filled, weekend-friendly itineraries and great food make an ideal sailing

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Mariner of the Seas Reviews
Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
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5.0/5
Cabins4.5
Dining4.0
Service4.4
Value4.0

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5 Nt
Key West & Havana Overnight Cruise
Leaving from:
Fort Lauderdale onboard
Majesty of the Seas
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    Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
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    Cruising
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  • Day 6
    Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
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Majesty of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

Pros

Fun-filled, short cruises that tick all the boxes -- sun, sea, sand and booze

Cons

Older ship with limited attractions, especially if you're used to newer ships

Bottom Line

If you want a good value short-break cruise in the sun, you can't go wrong on Majesty

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Majesty of the Seas Reviews
Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
3.5/5
Cabins3.6
Dining3.9
Service4.3
Value3.8

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3 Day
Bahamas Itinerary
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Miami onboard
Carnival Victory
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    Miami
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    Nassau
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    Miami
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Carnival Victory - Carnival Cruise Line

Pros

The ship is fun and affordable, offering old-school charm and short itineraries

Cons

Public areas are congested; ship lacks most of the line's newest restaurants

Bottom Line

It's a great ship for first-timers and groups looking for short getaways

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Carnival Victory Reviews
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3.5/5
Cabins4.1
Dining3.8
Service4.1
Value4.0

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4 Day
Bahamas Itinerary
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Port Canaveral onboard
Carnival Liberty
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    Port Canaveral (Orlando)
  • Day 2
    Cruising
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    Nassau
  • Day 4
    Freeport
  • Day 5
    Port Canaveral (Orlando)
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Carnival Liberty - Carnival Cruise Line

Pros

The crew goes out of their way to ensure you're enjoying yourself

Cons

Enrichment opportunities could be tailored to actually enrich the Bahamian experience

Bottom Line

The carefree atmosphere and abundance of activities make it a great value

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Carnival Liberty Reviews
Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
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4.5/5
Cabins4.4
Dining3.9
Service4.2
Value4.1

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5 Day
Western Caribbean Cruise
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New Orleans onboard
Carnival Triumph
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    New Orleans
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    Cruising
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    Cozumel
  • Day 4
    Progreso
  • Day 5
    Cruising
  • Day 6
    New Orleans
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Carnival Triumph - Carnival Cruise Line

Pros

Lack of pretension and solid dining and entertainment; great for first time cruisers

Cons

Outdated hardware and tired color schemes

Bottom Line

Triumph delivers a classic, fun cruise experience that allows passengers to let loose and relax.

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Carnival Triumph Reviews
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3.5/5
Cabins4.1
Dining3.9
Service4.2
Value4.0

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5 Night
Bermuda Cruise
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Baltimore onboard
Grandeur of the Seas
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    Baltimore
  • Day 2
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  • Day 3
    King's Wharf
  • Day 4
    King's Wharf
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  • Day 6
    Baltimore
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Grandeur of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

Pros

Smaller size, veteran crew and repeat clientele give the ship a homey feel

Cons

Cabins feel old; ship lacks line's newest bells and whistles

Bottom Line

Affordable ship in Baltimore draws families, seniors and everyone in between

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Grandeur of the Seas Reviews
Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
4.0/5
Cabins4.0
Dining4.0
Service4.5
Value3.9

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