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Levi Jul 18th, 2002 08:00 AM

Best cruise ever for you? When and where?
 
What was your most favorite cruise you have taken, where did it go a when did you go?

Bill Jul 18th, 2002 08:04 AM

Millennium Cruise out of Sydney, Australia on the Legend of the Seas. Went from Sydney to Melbourne to Hobart, Tasmania and then over to New Zealand. Saw the New Zealand fiords, Dunedin, Christchurch, Wellington, Bay of Islands and several more fantastic stops in New Zealand.

Meagan Jul 18th, 2002 08:56 AM

Best of Europe cruse on RCCL. <BR><BR>Started in Barcelona and went to Gibraltor ( very cool ), Lisbon Portugal, LaHarve, France ( Paris day trip ), Hamburg, Germany, Oslo, Norway, Copenhagen and ended in England. <BR><BR>It was an incredible route and the ship and service were top notch.

Peter Jul 18th, 2002 10:06 AM

Grandeur Barcelona round trip thru Villefranche, Livorno (Florence), Civitaveechia (Rome), Naples and Malta.

Kyle Jul 18th, 2002 10:30 AM

Grand Princess out of Istanbul which went to Kusadasi, Athens, Venice, Monaco and Barcelona.

Marge Jul 18th, 2002 12:44 PM

Hey Paul, I would like to see your answer to this question.

Andy Jul 18th, 2002 01:00 PM

The Windsurf--in the MED last year in May--from Rome to Nice--<BR>went to Portoferraio,Portovenere,Portofino,Monte<BR>Carlo, (FLorence for a day),St Tropez and Nice----<BR><BR>Laid back and upscale casual-THE BEST!!

Patty Jul 18th, 2002 01:02 PM

R3 10 days French Polynesia (Tahiti, Moorea, Huahine, Raiatea, Bora Bora)

Paul Therault Jul 18th, 2002 10:39 PM

To answer Marge I have been on so many cruises I have to group them into categories. Difficult since some itineraries were the best yet the ship was not. Some cruise lines are more fun than others. Some cruise lines have the best service. Some have the best food.<BR><BR>I guess the two best for exotic itineraries, service and food is World of Residensea and Silversea. But no fun and sleepy-time entertainment. Great seminars and itineraries.<BR><BR>In another category is the massive Royal Clipper masted vessel through the Med. <BR><BR>Another was the Expedition ship Galapagos Explorer II.<BR><BR>Here's a great one. Crown Blue Line will rent you a yacht very reasonably that you can self-pilot through the canals of France and have your food catered to the boat from the best restaurants in each town.<BR><BR>I'm still confused on which is the best. You pick 'em.<BR><BR>Paul

Pat Jul 23rd, 2002 08:07 PM

We took a Blue Lagoon in Fiji about 4 years ago. Lucked out and got upgraded to their new ship, only about a year old. The maximum number of passengers was 78, but there was only 11 of us. Very relaxed, very informal but like another world. Nothing like snorkeling off the end of the boat at 6 am. <BR>Crew was Fijiians - wonderful people.<BR>

tom Jul 23rd, 2002 08:10 PM

baltic cruise on the galaxy

Man Jul 24th, 2002 08:12 AM

Seabourn, anytime, anywhere. The product is so good nothing else matters.

Seabourn Jul 24th, 2002 09:44 AM

Man<BR><BR>Question about Seabourn. <BR><BR>How do those smaller ships handle the rough seas? Do you get a lot of movement? Do they have stabalizers on them?<BR><BR>I've thought about going on a smaller ship like Seabourn but have wondered about the amount of movement you get compared to the larger ships.

retodd Jul 24th, 2002 12:55 PM

Hey Paul:<BR> How about when was the last time you actually were on a cruise, being that you have been on so many!<BR>For the year or two I have been following this forum, I don't recall you mentioning any thing other than a trip to Vegas. <BR> This seems very odd for someone who cruises as much as you do.

Paul Therault Jul 24th, 2002 09:23 PM

And why, pray tell, should I mention my cruises unless someone asks. Some of my cruises are mentioned above .... if you have been reading.<BR><BR>I do not recall mentioning any of my trips to Vegas but I presume you know better. <BR><BR>Any specific ship you wish to know about? Haven't sailed 'em all but have been on 75. A few repeats.<BR><BR>Paul

Man Jul 26th, 2002 06:28 AM

Message: Seabourn<BR><BR>The Seabourn ships (like all the other small ships)won't handle well in bad/rough seas which is why you see the repositioning cruises from the U.S to Europe (and vice versa)at 50% savings. However if you look at the rest of the itineraries you'll note they hop from port to port, short distances at favourable times of the year ie French and Italian Rivieras, Greek isles April to October then the Caribbean in the winter. No problems there. I did Baltic 2 years ago across the North sea and up around the coastal Nordic areas, Oslo, Helsinki, St.Petes etc no problem there, ship handled beautifully. <BR><BR>I'd say beware of long ocean voyages on any small ship.

paulisaliar Jul 28th, 2002 06:14 AM

Ya Paul, with all of your childish reply's lately, 75 cruises does seem a tad far fetched, especially with the amount of time you spend here.

Paul Therault Jul 28th, 2002 11:42 PM

Oh, didn't I tell you that I am 93 years old and I started sailing when I was in high school. Still remember the inaugural cruise that I sailed in June of 1935 on the Normandie.<BR><BR>Would you like to make any other stupid statements? <BR><BR>Paul

DJ Jul 29th, 2002 08:56 PM

Hi Levi,<BR><BR>The best cruise I have been on was about 6 or 7 years ago in French Polynesia on a Windstar cruise. Really enjoyed the upscale intimate atmosphere without the pretentious dress codes. Good casual attire is all that is required which made everything very relaxing. Experienced top notch service and food onboard and found the cabins very comfortable. Now did have a completely different experience on the same ship about 4 years later on a Costa Rican cruise. The ship was not what it once was and definitely needed to be upgraded in all departments. Hopefully things have improved to date as I know that Windstar is sailing back in French Polynesia again. Another option for that area would be Radissons Paul Gaugain. Would probably try this ship in place of Windstar unless I was sure things had returned to a 5 star experience with their sailing ships.

Paul Therault Jul 29th, 2002 09:19 PM

Good advice DJ. I cruised Tahiti on the Paul Gaugin a couple of years ago and let me tell you I would never sail to Tahiti on any other ship. <BR><BR>I can not see any Windstar ship holding candle to the Paul Gaugin. Possibly others will agree.<BR><BR>Paul


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