Hello, I'm not a Newbie but I would like to share my thoughts. I would rather have more ports to visit, because I'd rather sit by a beautiful beach than next to the crowded pools on the ship. Don't get me wrong I love being on the ships, because there is so much to do, but I do prefer being at port during the day and partying at night on the ship.
I would like to have a sea day followed by a port day. This to me would be the ideal mix.
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since I haven't cruised yet, I would prefer a day at sea then a day in port. Once I have cruised to all the ports and done all the excursions I wanted to, then more at sea days would be fine! But it seems like alternating days is a great way to do it, a day of ports, rushing around, then a relaxing day at sea, not having to rush to get back to the ship in time.
My vote: more ports and less days at sea...esp long days/nights at sea. I like the idea of daytime in port and night time at sea.
Also, 8-9 hours in port just is not enough time for me. In fact when we got home from our cruise, we started eyeing possible future flights to our cruise destinations so that we could stay longer to explore!
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I love going to ports and exploring. We have two back to back sea days on our upcoming cruise and I really am not looking forward to that, but my BF would be happy if ALL we had were sea days. He could care less about the ports. I like Gary's idea, alternate days, one sea, one ports, one sea, one port, etc.
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I usually gravitate towards the itineraries with the most port days. However, since my turn on the Liberty last week, I now think that I prefer a good mix of both if it is on one of Carnival's newer ships. The sea days are loaded down with so many great activities and it is nice, after a long day at port to know you can hang out late and not have to get up early to go visit another island. On this cruise, the weather was really soggy when we got to our last stop which was Nassau. At the last minute, since I had done Nassau a number of times, I decided to stay on the ship. It was wonderful and very relaxing.
I am booked on the Glory in September which is 2 sea days followed by 3 port days followed by 2 sea days. That leaves plenty of time for partying late into the night on the ship and loads of naps.
I think 3 sea days straight is too much but I would love 2 sea days on the newer ships with all of the bells and whistles. If it is an older or smaller ship, I want as many port days as possible.
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I am a newbie also. For our first cruise I have booked a destination with more port days them sea days. I choose this because we waited so long for this trip I want to see as much as possible it case we can't do it again for a while.
I vote for more sea days especially if I have been to the ports several
times. I just enjoy being on the ship--especially the casino. I guess in my case the exception would be more port days if they have casinos (Aruba, Puerto Rico, Bahamas, etc).
However, when we first started cruising I enjoyed more port days. There is a lot to see out there.
I'm a Newbie and have not cruised yet, but I think I would prefer more sea days than port days. I may change my mind once I cruise, but I think I would like all the activities onboard as well as just kicking back on deck and doing absolutely nothing at all! Just watch the ocean and all the people. Not to mention watching all the people flying overboard!
more sea days...1 long (perhaps overnight) port call..and 1 day at a private island..of course this is predicated on the fact that I have a balcony cabin..Fort Lauderdale -sea-sea-Aruba (overnight)-Half Moon Cay-Fort Lauderdale would be a perfect 7 day cruise for m
Because I have been to many of the ports multilple times, I prefer sea days. I have done most everything I want to do in each port, so now I prefer to spend the day on board with spa treatments or just hanging out by the rather empty pool.
Although we have only cruised once so for, at this point I would have to say that I would want more sea days. We did enjoy the ports, but also missed a lot of activities on board the ship. Maybe the ideal would be to have different itineraries, like they could do alternating cruises, one time the ship goes to 2 ports and stays a little longer and the next time it goes to 3 ports. That way you could book the one you wanted. More sea days OR more port days and it would be a chance of pace for each ship. Like the Conquest, that does the same itineray over and over and over ( they may all do this, but I am only really familiar with the Conquest and the Ecstasy because I live near Galveston).
Don't misunderstand, I loved the Conquest and would go again and again if I had the money, but it would change it up a little bit and add a little variety to the itinerary choices.
I think they already mix it up pretty well. Apparently, since the cruise business is growing so fast, they are doing something right. Besides, they have limitations due to other ships in port and travel time from one to another.
Imperial Maj 2001
For me it's no contest- more Port days! There's plenty of at sea time at night, to enjoy the ship and what not. Besides, if it turns out to be a rainy day- it automatically becomes a ship day. Okay...if it's GONNA rain- please be an "at sea" day then!
I am infavour of one sea day to one port day. So on a seven-day cruise three days at sea and three days in port. I don't care what order, just three days to do whatever on the sahip. I noticed how when in port there wasn't much to do on the ship, but they would cram as much as possible when at sea, especially the last day where it I stayed in the show lounge for three hours because it was one activity after the other!
Also, anytime I have Cozumel or Costa Maya on the itinerary I'll be more than likely (99.9% odds) stay on board. Mexico is dirty, people are pushy, and I don't like it!
We choose cruises with the most port days but I really enjoy the sea days too. I don't like it when the formal nights are on a port day since so much has already gone into that day, dressing up for dinner and stopping for pictures every 20 feet is anoying.
The last full day of the cruise HAS to be a sea day. A relaxed day with no set schedule after a week of cramming everything you can into every day.
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I enjoy the balance pretty much as it is. If it were to change, however, I'd prefer more sea days. If I never go back to ports like Costa Maya (aka: Costa Mucho) I wouldn't care. As most of you know, the lovely Mrs. Jones (Vita) and I rarely leave the ship anyway.