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salem
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best 3-5 day cruise including key west

we are going to take our first cruise and would like to include key west. any ideas for the best cruise line? Imagine we will board in Miami.

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1. Re: best 3-5 day cruise including key west

You might want to look at cruise sites.

If you get one that stops in Key West, come on back here. we can help you.

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Canival has one that is 4 nights and wraps the weekend like we want. it's customer satisfaction seems ok. Canrinal Imagination is the shiop.

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Carnival? Best? They were stranded off Mexico and out of Tampa. Might try a better line.

hmmm...

Here's a list of all the ships that stopped in KW last month:

keywestcity.com/egov/…1293466274_430236.htm

I counted at least 15 before I quit!

Here's a website:

…cruisesfrom.com/c/8/8002/1449379_8002.htm

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A few years back we took the RCL Majesty of the Seas out of Miami. The 4day cruise stopped in KW Thursday from 9am-5pm. Our family really enjoyed it.

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What is your age group? Carnival tends to attract a young , heavy drinking party crowd. Royal Carribean is defintely more upscale, but toward an older demographic. There are a graet variety of ships that call in Key West on varying schedules- most folks don't have good things to say about MSC - a European bsed line with a poor attitude toward service, so I'd avoid them.

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"Best" is very subjective. Carnival and Royal Caribbean are more similar than they are different -- we've been on multiple cruises on both lines. The demographics are nearly identical. Typically, the shorter the cruise, the more of a party ship it will be -- and that definitely applies to both Royal Caribbean and Carnival. Seven night cruises will typically have more families on board, especially during summer and school holidays. In our experience, the longer the cruise, the older the passengers, especially when school is in session. The main difference in Royal Caribbean and Carnival is the decor of their ships. RC ships are more elegant looking and Carnival ships have a more fun look. We actually prefer Carnival. Shockingly, we've never been stranded anywhere nor have we been on a ship full of drunks. lol

For a lot of great information, you might want to check out Tripadvisor's sister site, www.cruisecritic.com -- they have message boards for each cruiseline and all of the ports.

Keep in mind you will only have a few hours in Key West when you arrive by cruise ship. A lot of the ships are only in port until 2:00 p.m. or so. We're frequent cruisers, but love our land vacations in Key West even more. :)

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7. Re: best 3-5 day cruise including key west

I would say trash the cruise and just vac. in Key West.

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8. Re: best 3-5 day cruise including key west

Have you looked at the www.cruisecritic.com forum - specilalizes on advice and experienced travelers on cruises

Edited: 8:49 am, January 12, 2011
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9. Re: best 3-5 day cruise including key west

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We will be on our first cruise next week with KW being

our first stop. I'd much prefer to be in KW for the duration

but we are trying something new. No I can't answer which

is the "best cruise line" but it is subjective for sure.

Our stop is sadly too short but for your 1st visit you can

get off the ship as early as possible to take a trolly tour

then explore the great side streets. You'll get a better feel

than just being on Duval St. There is sooooo much more

than meets the eye that a few hours will only whet your

appetite. Enjoy!

~Cheers

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10. Re: best 3-5 day cruise including key west

<I would say trash the cruise and just vac. in Key West.>

Yeah, I had to bite my tongue not to say that. lol

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