What is your favorite, port days, or days at sea? Does the thought of getting off to investigate a port, get you all excited, with a tour, shopping, water sports, etc.................OR, does the thought of staying onboard, having a quiet ship to yourself, with great service, strike your fancy? Another shop, another tour, no way!
I think this part of my question, is geared mainly to crusiers who have been to a port many times before, so the dew is off the rose so to speak.
Now, another one to ponder....Some cruises like a trans Atlantic, or a Hawaii cruise, that, starts off in the mainland, have many, many days at sea. Would you get antsy, and feel confined, and need a port badly, or would you be in cruise heaven, with time to unwind and enjoy an extended time at sea?
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I like both. That is the fun of a cruise. You can get off at a port if you want or stay on board. I was very excited to see the Panama Canal especially after reading "The Path Between the Seas". all the effort, money, lives, politics, etc.
I don't care for the Bahamas any more, been to it so many times.
To visit the ports that are new to our adventures I like to see the culture, foods, and life. Even if it is a short visit, I can say I was there.
My favorite country is Costa Rica. I would like to do a land trip there some day.
Both! I love sea days because I am a sun worshipper (comes from living in the Great White North) and love to spend long days on a deck chair by the pool. But I equally love port days because even if I've been to a port before, there's always something new to discover, or a new beach to try, and I love beaches!
We've found that in ports we've already been to are great days to use the ship's facilities, like the spa. Everyone else is off the ship in port, and appointments are easier to get. We look for cruises with more sea days now and fewer ports, but it is nice to get off in a place you've never been to.
Majesty of the Seas - 10/03 & 02/07 & 11/08
Enchantment of the Seas - 10/04 & 10/11
Mariner of the Seas - 10/05
Vision of the Seas - 10/06 & 09/07
Carnival Liberty - 10/07
Adventure of the Seas - 9/08
Ruby Princess - 12/09
Voyager of the Seas - 9/10
Carnival Spirit - 11/10
Oasis of the Seas - 9/13
In the Caribbean I prefer more sea days than port days. Give me a 10 day Southern with five ports and five sea days and I would be a happy cruiser.
If it is Europe or the Far East I prefer more port days with overnight stays in as many ports as possible. An overnight stay gives you the ability to take in as much of a port as possible, including local restaurants and nightlife.
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Cruising to Hawaii from Vancouver: 4 sea days, but what you see when you wake up on day 5 is just awesome. We've been to St. Thomas numerous times, but I still love the island and especially the harbor. We never tire of the Bahamas and am really looking forward to Bermuda in October. We always love the private islands, but haven't been to one lately. Seadays help you recharge and anticipate.