Time is not an issue
We are really not on a schedule at all and will likely not be returning directly to the US. In all likelihood we will go to Europe from the Caribbean via Bermuda and Azores. One of the reasons for considering the Thorny Path is the chance to see various places on the way. The admiral really wants to visit the Abacos for example.
BTW, if we did go offshore we would seriously consider the Caribbean 1500. Oh well, at least I have time to think about this.