Hi, found that very useful. I had read somewhere else it was chaos to get off in new Orleans so to avoid booking a trip with an independent company. I'll have to look closely at the itinerary and ship when the dates get released. I did a fly cruise to the Caribbean with my daughter in January but hubby doesn't want to fly so we will be having those long sea days.. ..
Teabelly69 June 12, 2019 3:46 pm
Teabelly69 June 12, 2019 3:40 pm
Wow, different kind of send off!!!! Still really want to go tho, hubby wants to go on a gondola whilst I'm not sure it's worth it. Have just booked the Cavtat and Dubrovnik tour so looking forward to that
cruiser1955 June 12, 2019 3:35 pmOn 6/10/2019 at 11:58 AM, Teabelly69 said:
Hi, thanks for your quick reply. We normally just do our own thing in port but have done Cagliari before so thought a trip would be nice. I don't drink wine so my husband will get double!
I notice earlier in the thread you said you did USA and Caribbean earlier this year, was that the one that goes to New Orleans? I want to do that in 2022. Any advice or have you put anything on another thread I could look at?
I've done two 35 night P&O cruises to the Caribbean and USA/Central America and was due to do a third back in Jan 2019 but I cancelled that one.
First was back in 2016 on Oceana which included a partial transit of the Panama canal, several stops in Central America and a number of Caribbean islands along with Madeira and the Azores. A very good itinerary, good passenger mix, entertainment and speakers. However, I'm not a fan of Oceana.
Feb 2018 I did the Caribbean and USA on Ventura. Again, a good itinerary. However,, I wasn't impressed with the speakers and it was difficult to get into the theatre to see shows as the theatre in my opinion isn't big enough for the number of passengers. Immigration into the USA was carried out in New Orleans and there were very long delays. I picked up a ticket to disembark just after 08:00 and didn't get called until after 15:00. One way around this would have been to book an early excursion which would have fast-tracked me through immigration but sometimes when doing immigration in the USA, you are not allowed back on the ship until all staff and passengers have been cleared. Weather is unpredictable, but there was very bad weather on the way back to Southampton meaning that the Azores were missed and ended up with 11½ sea days - sorry, but Ventura isn't designed for that number of consecutive sea days.
Jan 2019 I was due to repeat the 2018 cruise with a very similar itinerary, but I decided to cancel it as there were fewer port days and more sea days. I'd only paid a £50 deposit, so an easy decision to make.
I would consider doing a 35 night USA/Caribbean cruise again, but it would need to be on a smaller ship - say around the size of Arcadia. I would also try and avoid one that had the first port of call in the USA as New Orleans. I notice that some lines are now using Cape Canaveral as the first port of call in the USA - when there in 2018 they said it was planned to be the largest cruise port on the east coast.
It's a longer reply than I planned but thought it would give reasons behind my thoughts.
cruiser1955 June 12, 2019 2:45 pm
On one of my previous visits to Venice, as the ship departed there were protests on the Grand Canal near St Marks Square. Here is a link to the video I took and put on YouTube. Hope I've got the security right for this site and it plays 🙂
Teabelly69 June 12, 2019 11:00 am
Hi, I was thinking the same thing. Really hoping to do Venice before the ban on large cruise ships comes into force. Sounds like Venice is going to be really busy that day, thought it might be quieter outside summer.