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Of all the holidays, which one do you think is the best one to celebrate on a Royal Caribbean cruise?

 

Christmas? New Years? July 4th? Arbor Day?

New Years as the captain is the designated driver and it's a very festive atmosphere. I don't see Christmas as equivalent to one at home where you're spending time with family and friends.

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Tough one, first thought would be new years. Mainly because it's a party holiday and I think it would be a great time.

Halloween sounds like fun too, the dressing up would be cool and seeing the MDR full of people in costume would be hilarious.

I don't think I'd like empty holidays (if I can call them that) just because the ship would be full of people taking advantage of being out of school.

Family/turkey holidays would be a no for me, id feel like im missing out.

Valentines day would be fun, maybe with a central park balcony.

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We do Thanksgiving onboard every couple of years.  The cruise prices aren't horribly inflated like they are at New Years and Christmas (but the airfare back from San Juan is still breathtaking; just picked up 4 tickets yesterday for Thanksgiving this year that I may need a second mortgage to pay for).  They also start doing some of the Christmas decorations on Friday so seeing them in the Centrum/Promenade when we leave the ship is a nice way to start the holiday season.

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GROUNDHOG Day! Early February is a great time to escape Ohio, and if I were lucky I would have a bill murry-esque experience and get stuck repeating the day endlessly!

 

We have done New years and honestly, I would not choose to do it again. High prices & endless Christmas music. We are doing Halloween this year... I let you know.

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I definitely can see the high prices. It's probably why I have never done a NYE cruise.

This is part of the reason we chose Allure next year. It leaves on January 2nd for a six day cruise and was one of the few "big" ships that's wasn't sailing over NYE as we could only go that week because of my son's school schedule. It ended up being a lot less expensive as a result.

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Only done Thanksgiving (6 or 7 in a row now though) and we enjoy it ... you usually get the Christmas decorations up for the end of the week as well so you get to see the ships dressed for the season as well as enjoying the holiday without cooking and cleaning.

 

bcarney, which airlines have airfares out for Thanksgiving already? Waiting on JetBlue/Southwest who both have direct flights to PR to roll their schedule forward.

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Only done Thanksgiving (6 or 7 in a row now though) and we enjoy it ... you usually get the Christmas decorations up for the end of the week as well so you get to see the ships dressed for the season as well as enjoying the holiday without cooking and cleaning.

 

bcarney, which airlines have airfares out for Thanksgiving already? Waiting on JetBlue/Southwest who both have direct flights to PR to roll their schedule forward.

Most airlines don't allow you to book more than 330 days out, but you can get some killer deals if you book way out. We're flying to Europe from LAX for under $700 round trip, but we booked right at the 330 mark. Last year we paid $1100 which was still about $400 below normal.

 

JetBlue and Southwest allow bookings about 4-6 months out, but I find the best fares when booking right when they open up.

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bcarney, which airlines have airfares out for Thanksgiving already? Waiting on JetBlue/Southwest who both have direct flights to PR to roll their schedule forward.

 

I wound up booking on United; the flights were a couple hundred cheaper than our usual choice, Delta.

 

I've never flown JetBlue; we've done Spirit before, but by the time all the luggage fees etc were tacked on the price was comparable to the 'traditional' airlines so we just stuck with Delta.

 

I flew Southwest once.  You couldn't pay me enough to fly on them again.

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I flew Southwest once.  You couldn't pay me enough to fly on them again.

I'm on the other side of that coin... my airline of choice is Southwest. I like their flexible pricing policies, and once I accept that flying coach is essentially being treated like cattle (assigned seat or not), I can deal with Southwest's boarding system. I do pay the extra $25 roundtrip to get an earlier boarding position in order to ensure getting a window or aisle seat.

 

Thanks to them not charging a fee to change flights, I've been able to reduce the cost of future flights by applying credits from earlier flights where the price has dropped. Plus, we've been able to change our minds about which flights we want without a penalty. I like having that flexibility.

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