The last cruise I was on, Norwegien Pearl, we had a group of around 90 Germans leave the ship and another 90 board the ship in Jamaica.
I got to thinking about this and wouldn't it be nice, with airfares as high as they are, to be able to combine a cruise and a all inclusive resort stay at the island of your choice?
Say you wanted to stay at Sandels in Jamaica for a week. You board a ship that has Jamaica in it's itinerary, get off when it visits Jamaica and then the following week you reboard the ship to finish your cruise.
I wonder how viable this would be. Would anyone else out there be interested in doing a cruise like this?
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I think something like this would have some interest. After all, they do something similar in Alaska where they have the combined land/sea tour. I believe most of those are completely run by the cruise line, including where you stay, but I bet they could make something like this work.
I personally would rather just do a 14 day Caribbean cruise rather than a 7 day land, 7 day sea vacation. I stayed at a Sandals in St. Lucia last year for my brother in law's wedding. While we had a good time, the all inclusive, 1 island resort just wasn't for us. There was nothing bad about the trip, but we just prefer cruising. Just like some people would prefer the all inclusive resorts over cruising. Its just PP.
I guess I just like the ship atmosphere too much to give it up for 7 days. Now if I cruised several times per year, perhaps my feelings/interests would change but I bet there would be quite a bit of interest in this, especially those that have never done either type of vacation. It gives them the opportunity to see what they would like best.
Cruise & stay is possible & what these people did sounds great, people do this from UK to the Med but a flight is involved. We can do this to the Caribbean from the UK, fly to Barbados, stay then cruise home on a repositioning TA.
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I remember that our S. Caribbean cruise took on passengers in San Juan on Sunday and Barbados on Wednesday. You could use either of these as a starting point and have some resort time before and/or after your cruise.
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Yes - Royal Caribbean is going to start boarding people in Gudeloupe, on the 4th day of cruise that started in San Juan. They just announced.
This is called "interporting" and they announved an expansion of it after the Concordia incident. It seemed like pretty odd timing to me.
NCL also announced they were starting interporting in Europe on Epic in 2013 - you can board in Rome or Naples (I think) and stay for seven days and get off in the same port.
When I worked for Holland America in 1993 we were taking passengers up to Juneau who then got off for a land tour and then returned to the ship afterwards (seven days later) for the return trip. So it isn't a completely new concept.