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Old 25-02-2014, 06:49   #16
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Re: Which is cheaper, cruising the Med or the Caribbean$

Overall, we find cruising in the Med to be a much more enjoyable experience offering much better food, interesting places to see and pleasant people. The Caribbean is a place we enjoy more aboard a cruise ship, in order to have better food, and retain some distance from the annoying vendors.
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Re: Which is cheaper, cruising the Med or the Caribbean$

I've spent a lot of time in both places, both on and off a boat. I like both, for different reasons. I like the food and stylish cities in the Med. I like the beautiful islands, lower population, and "freedom" of the Caribbean. Yes, the local poor people in the Caribbean don't have the privileges and social services of the wealthier European coastline, and yes the vendors are annoying -- you'll see some poverty in the Caribbean.

I spent some time on cruise ships as well, but those aren't really my favorite, as they separate you from the realities (even if they're sometimes unpleasant) of the places you are visiting.

The very fact that people are on here arguing that the Med "can be" inexpensive if you eat pizza tells you what the reality is. But it's probably worth comparing chartering rates for the time of year you want to go, and thinking about the kind of vacation you're looking for.
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The very fact that people are on here arguing that the Med "can be" inexpensive if you eat pizza tells you what the reality is. But it's probably worth comparing chartering rates for the time of year you want to go, and thinking about the kind of vacation you're looking for.

I just picked that because you don't have top spend a fortune to get good food in the Med, equally in many Med countries lunch can be had for €6-8 , dinner for under €15. The difference being that elsewhere in the world a €6 lunch is processed crap.

I certainly found that the typical 3 course "dinner" was very expensive in the Carribean, the alternatives all appeared to be Western and American "fast" food like burgers, crappy mass produced pizza.

Of course if you want to go ashore and have fine dining, the Med is expensive, even if the food is good,

But I mean , I know a superb seafood restuarnet in Beaulieu in France , just above the the railway line, 10 mins from the marina that had fabulous set menus.

Equally Spain, Portugal, Italy, Greece, good food can be had reasonably. Drink can of course be expensive in restaurants and bars, especially beers, Buy those in the supermarkets. Supermarkets are very reasonable for stocking up etc.

I think people get the wrong impression of the Med, from encounters with mega tourist spots like Majorica, Croatia etc in the height of the season

Eat where the locals eat, not the tourists, Always go back one or two streets from the marinas/tourist areas, search of the cafe, little bar etc. A shot of expresso for €0.50 ( always stand at the bar =cheaper) and a croissant = heaven.

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Drink can of course be expensive in restaurants and bars, especially beers, Buy those in the supermarkets. Supermarkets are very reasonable for stocking up etc.

Eat where the locals eat, not the tourists, Always go back one or two streets from the marinas/tourist areas, search of the cafe, little bar etc.
This is, of course, true everywhere. Locals always know where to get decent food at a good price, and it's almost never in the tourist center, though it may not be too far.
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Re: Which is cheaper, cruising the Med or the Caribbean$

Another factor to consider is the quality of the sailing. I'd take the Caribbean over the Motorterranean if that is important to you.
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Another factor to consider is the quality of the sailing. I'd take the Caribbean over the Motorterranean if that is important to you.
Now that is very true. And where you go. I really like the BVI's - Fun.
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Re: Which is cheaper, cruising the Med or the Caribbean$

Having lived in the eastern Caribbean for a total of eight years, I found my experience to be in large part the opposite of what goboatingnow has posted. In this thread and numerous others, he seems to have a very negative impression of the Caribbean. I'm not sure why our experience was so different from his, but we truly loved the islands, the people we met and got to know there, and, yes, even the food. The wine, not so much, except on the French islands.

I think your experience when cruising anywhere will be largely what you make it to be.
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Re: Which is cheaper, cruising the Med or the Caribbean$

Cheap? Go to Med during winter and to Carib summers
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Having lived in the eastern Caribbean for a total of eight years, I found my experience to be in large part the opposite of what goboatingnow has posted. In this thread and numerous others, he seems to have a very negative impression of the Caribbean. I'm not sure why our experience was so different from his, but we truly loved the islands, the people we met and got to know there, and, yes, even the food. The wine, not so much, except on the French islands.

I think your experience when cruising anywhere will be largely what you make it to be.
Wine? Who needs wine in the Caribbean when the rum is cheaper than water?
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Another factor to consider is the quality of the sailing. I'd take the Caribbean over the Motorterranean if that is important to you.

What is the basis for that comment

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Having lived in the eastern Caribbean for a total of eight years, I found my experience to be in large part the opposite of what goboatingnow has posted. In this thread and numerous others, he seems to have a very negative impression of the Caribbean. I'm not sure why our experience was so different from his, but we truly loved the islands, the people we met and got to know there, and, yes, even the food. The wine, not so much, except on the French islands.



I think your experience when cruising anywhere will be largely what you make it to be.

My experience in the carribean was generally positive. However I found boating in a third world country that overlays a first world tourism not particulary nice. Also particularly in places like the BVI at Christmas , it feels a bit like a " spring break " outing.

As to sailing , we found lots of swell but little wind in the BVI. In other Islands better sailing but too advanced for many charters.

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Re: Which is cheaper, cruising the Med or the Caribbean$

An interesting thread this.

I would be interested in reading a 2 sentence summary of cruising in Croatia, Greece & Turkey.
I see a couple of people have said Croatia has become very expensive
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Re: Which is cheaper, cruising the Med or the Caribbean$

2 sentence summary of Greece:

Depending on where you go there are plentiful free anchorages with affordable tavernas within dinghy/walking distance. Good sailing as long as you don't set yourself a time schedule that is too tight.
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Re: Which is cheaper, cruising the Med or the Caribbean$

My word, I did not expect such full and plentiful answers. thankyou everyone.

So, I deduce that my assumption is not correct because it depends on where in the Med one is chartering from. It would seem from the comments that Greece and Turkey are possibly less expensive than the more north eastern area. As a further detail, could I ask for your thoughts on which parts of the Med you consider to be, shall we say, more affordable.
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Re: Which is cheaper, cruising the Med or the Caribbean$

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Are you telling us that you think the sailing is equal or better in the Med? Seldom do I disagree with you but here would. Once the trades set in you can reliably sail every day, all day. Quite the opposite in the Med as we tend to have no wind all day except a 3 hour window in the afternoon when we would prefer to already be anchored or moored.

I've only had about 120 days on the water in the Med but would estimate that of those, only 15 where great, long distance sailing days where we went "wow, that was kick a$$".

I'd still choose to motor-sail there any day though.
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