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Old April 16th, 2003, 09:15 AM
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Default Poll: Do you eat in port or on ship?

When the ship is docked, do you have a meal in the port of call? Or return to the ship and eat all meals exclusively on board?

It depends on the port - but we usually try to have lunch in whatever port we happen to be in, unless we just happen to be on the ship when we're hungry. We think it helps us get to know a port a little better when we eat there. Never dinner though.

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Almost always return to ship for the buffet lunch if time permits.

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Old April 16th, 2003, 09:26 AM
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When we're in St. Thomas and don't want to shop (yes that happens) we go to the Greenhouse. We get a couple nice chicken salads and a some Coronas, sit up high and watch the ships in the harbour and the people strolling by. Probably be there in three weeks.

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Old April 16th, 2003, 09:30 AM
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Default Re: Poll: Do you eat in port or on ship?

Happily eat in port, especially if it's an interesting city. Had an outstanding lunch in Quebec City last fall, and of course Med cruises are a foodie's delight. Alaska can offer wonderful eating finds as well. In Hawaii, we found we were so far from the ship in our rental cars that going back made no sense.

In many Caribbean ports it makes sense to eat on board. The good restaurants in places like Grand Cayman are far from the port, so you'd need a car.

Eating off the ship makes for some welcome variety, especially on long runs.

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Old April 16th, 2003, 09:41 AM
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Usually try to eat at local spots. The outdoor cantina in Cozumel is super for strolling guitarists/singers. Really good food and didn't suffer ANY MR. ;-)
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Old April 16th, 2003, 09:44 AM
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Usually eat on ship unless it is a long tour (if we are on one) in which case, a meal is usually included.
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Old April 16th, 2003, 10:11 AM
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We generally eat on board because we have already paid for that food. It also gives us a chance to change into fresh clothes as we usually snorkel in the morning and explore in the afternoon.
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Old April 16th, 2003, 10:18 AM
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We eat on the ship. This way we save money and we don't catch any "bugs"

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I eat the port and the ship. If you've seen the hull of the SS United States.... that's my leftovers

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Old April 16th, 2003, 11:40 AM
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We usually return to the ship for lunch unless we are on a tour that includes lunch.

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Old April 16th, 2003, 11:46 AM
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Usually go back to the ship for luch, unless on a long excursion that doesn't allow time to return to the ship for lunch.
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Old April 16th, 2003, 12:46 PM
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Hubby's rule of thumb: Don't pay for a meal when you can get one that's already paid for. In Jan. we had 2 excursions that got us back too late for lunch in the dining room. Anticipating that, we brought cheese crackers and water along with us (brought to ship from home) to tide us over and snacked at the Windjammer afterward. At Margaritaville in Ocho Rios we splurged and bought margaritas. In Cozumel we had complimentary margaritas on our tour.
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Old April 16th, 2003, 12:56 PM
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I ate all my meals aboard ship--except at Grand Cayman. The La Nina tour served fruit, vegetables, cheese, and bagels. That's the only food I had off ship. My wife, on the other hand, took a big chance in Cozumel. She and her sister took lunch in a little cantina, finishing off two bowls of local salsa. They came back to the ship full of trepidations about what they had eaten, after realizing the tomatoes, cilantro, onions, etc. were home grown and kitchen washed. Fortunately, they were okay.

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we will usually have a big breakfast, pack some snacks and head out - don't really bother with lunch unless its included in a tour. If we get hungry and are near the ship we will hit the buffet
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We have always eaten on board ship unless it was provided as part of the excursion. This last cruise when we were in Belize we at at port for the first time.

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Only time we eat off the ship is if we are on a long tour. That is usually not very often because we do not care for long tours.
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Old April 16th, 2003, 06:40 PM
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On our last cruise, we ALWAYS returned to the ship for lunch. They always kept restaurants open for late tours returning, too. Food was so good, we didn't want to eat ashore. Only thing eaten ashore was Key Lime pie in Key West.

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99% of the time on the ship. I'm too paranoid to eat in port.

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Old April 17th, 2003, 06:47 AM
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when in port eat in port

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I would never make a special effort to interrupt what I'm doing and go back to the ship just to avoid eating on shore. I love trying the native foods of the different places I'm visiting.

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Old April 17th, 2003, 11:18 AM
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We almost always eat ashore. We KNOW what's going to be in the buffet line (Ho-Hum) but we DON'T know what we're going to find in a local spot.

I don't blame anyone who doesn't want to fork out the extra bucks for an ashore fork (knife and spoon), but we're foodies. AND we're "porties" -- wanting to get every last ounce of time and experience in port.
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In port, whenever possible. Cruise ship food gets a little redundant after a while, especially on a longer cruise.
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Old April 18th, 2003, 11:33 AM
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Like most of you, we take as many meals on the ship as we can (already paid for, so why not?).

After I met my husband (working on a ship), but before he got off the ship and we got married (he was on for two years after we met) he would take me to a beach on Cozumel, San Fransisco Beach, and we would eat there. There was also a small restaurant close to Playa del Carmen (I think) that we would eat. They would go out at certain times and catch fish, and they would cook them for us. I am not a fan of fish, but this was so delicious! First time I ever had the whole thing served to me (head and all)!

Also at Playa they (my husband and his band members) would get the ingredients from the same restaurant owner and make fish head soup (Filipino dish, I guess). I never did try it.

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Old April 18th, 2003, 09:11 PM
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My husband and I typically eat in port on Carribean cruises and try to eat on the ship when in Mexico. I've been to Acapulco with a girlfriend where she got sick and it was not a pretty sight. Last time we were on a cruise in Mazatlan we went horseback riding on the beach and ended up at a beach bar. The tour guide assured us the food was fine so we indulged in shrimp and Coronas with no problems.
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Old April 22nd, 2003, 10:30 AM
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I PLAN ON EATING EVERYWHERE!!!!!

since i have lost close to 60lbs anticipating being on my first cruise, i am looking forward to pretty much " GRAZZING" any time the feeling suites me. one of the best things about being on vacation is just relaxing, taking in the sites and "filling-up" with all the great food they have to offer in the ports. so lets go for the gusto and eat, eat, eat.
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Always eat in port. Going back to the ship to eat while in port is boring and you will miss out on finding a small watering hole, etc. . Check out the culture and live a little.
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