Wilba - Answered a Question by howard (22 Oct 08 16:39)

They are both great cruises so why not plan both, depending on budget not in the same year of course. If I were to give one tip on either cruise, plan for a day or two extra for New York & Barcelona if you've not been to these great cities before, prior to your cruise. Regards Wilba.

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Neil & Ida Down - Answered a Question by howard (22 Oct 08 22:23)

If you liked Voyager you will like Explorer as they are virtually the same and that itinerary is a well trodden path, excuse the mixed metaphor, as all of that route and ports are geared up for tourists and there is so much to do and see that you can't really go wrong. Brilliance, to my mind, is a much different ship with a more refined atmosphere but it is a great ship and of the two I much prefer it. The eastern Med is more sophisticated as well and the ports generally offer a more academic and historic expedition. Hope that hasn't confused the issue. ..... Neil .

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Lacey - Answered a Question by howard (23 Oct 08 09:33)

If you want a REAL adventure but with a "safe haven" why not consider Thomson's Red Sea cruise. You get to see PETRA, WADI RUM, The Pyramids, Luxor, The Valley of the Kings, Karnak and the wonderful Nile. The ship is 100% British so at night you get great grub and entertainment with no health risks associated with the region. I loved this cruise. It is tiring - the trips can be long and there's a fair bit of walking, but the sights are incredible.

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Neil & Ida Down - replied to Lacey (23 Oct 08 12:14)

The sights might be great but comparing the ships is like comparing chalk and cheese, I'll leave you to decide which is which. ..... Neil.

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Lacey - replied to Neil & Ida Down (24 Oct 08 07:49)

Yes - I DO understand the gist of your comment. But only Thomson's have had the vision and guts to offer the Red Sea itinerary I referred to. Obviously I would prefer to do the circuit on RCCI or another line of similar stature, but they haven't (so far) put together an offering. It is sad really, because - as you have mentioned in another comment - the weather tends to be very good in January/March, the flights are reasonably short and the cost of shore excursions is reasonable considering the content thereof. Please keep up your excellent and informative contributions.

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Neil & Ida Down - replied to Lacey (24 Oct 08 14:44)

I agree with you but most Americans let alone American Compamies are not eager to go into territory over which they have little or no control and seem to have a abject fear of the Middle East. Regards. ... Neil.

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Lacey - replied to Neil & Ida Down (27 Oct 08 07:31)

Not too surprising that they are worried, but the UK isn't exactly LIKED in parts of the region. I have noted that RCCI is basing a ship in Dubai in 2010. It will be interesting to see where it goes! Best wishes David.

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Whittle - Answered a Question by howard (23 Oct 08 13:15)

Go for it!! The Caribbean is fantastic. I agree with Wilba, plan for some extra days in New York pre-cruise - so much to see and do. We also added a few days in Washington, post-cruise. Just under a 1hr flight from New York and, again, a wonderful city. Good luck.

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a - Answered a Question by howard (23 Oct 08 14:26)

I am doing Explorer next March so another vote for her - just to let you know Tortola has been dropped from many itineraries as the port is not ready, but as it was only a 4hr stop it is no big deal. And how can you go wrong with a few days shopping in The Big Apple!

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