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I guess I have just never understood why everyone spends so much money to eat on shore when there is such fantastic food on board that you have already paid for. Thoughts??
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To try , and experience the local cuisine.

Also if you're having a great day in a port of call why would you want to spoil it by running back to the ship for a meal?

If I have a day in Paris, or in Tuscany, or in Venice, or in Istanbul, or..... why would I want to run back to the ship for food?
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Ditto what kuki said.

Why travel the world if you are not going to experience the local cuisine? I agree about taking advantage of the "paid for" meals onboard; however, sometimes, I like to try the local treats. In addition, with full day tours, let alone overnight tours, you are forced to eat ashore.

What I have a hard time understanding is why someone would go ashore to get drunk at Carlos and Charlies or Senor Frogs when they can get drunk at home or onboard the ship for a lot less and not fear missing the ship.
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Yes sometimes they get so drunk that they can't even walk or like my cruise on the Caribbean Princess when a guy fell in the water when he returned to the ship in Cozumel.

But most of the times I don't see them eating local cuisine, but just hamburgers and fries
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But most of the times I don't see them eating local cuisine, but just hamburgers and fries
gfleo, you don't see the cruise passengers eating yuana or kabritu on their visits to Curacao? I didn't try either of those but I enjoyed the sunchi.
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I like tasting the local cuisine. I thought the food in Barbados was wonderful
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Yuana? actually they are not allowed to serve it, because it's protected by law here in the Netherland Antilles
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Some of the lovliest meals I've had while cruising have been in local restaurants and not aboard the ship.

Shipboard food is fine, but after a while a change of pace is welcome for the variety of food, of surroundings, of people, and because--as others have said--it's simply more convenient.

If the purpose of going on a cruise is simply to never spend a penny above the base fare, then going back to the ship to eat makes sense. Otherwise, unless you're on some Caribbean island where the food may be suspect, it's fun to "eat out."
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Yes , I can understand. But for me it doesn't make any sense, becasue since I live down here in the caribbean myself I've tasted all the cuisines available already.
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Yes , I can understand. But for me it doesn't make any sense, becasue since I live down here in the caribbean myself I've tasted all the cuisines available already.
Well, perhaps you should travel further afield then in the world !!! - go to the Med, eat a pizza in the streets of Rome, eat tapas in La Ramblas in Barcelona......




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Thanks guys
Since my cruise destination have been limited to Mexico and I am petrified of "drinking the water" I've been a little gun shy. Although I do have to admit that in Z/Ixtapa our favorite thing to do is sit on the beach eating fish tacos and drinking Pacificos
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Yes , I can understand. But for me it doesn't make any sense, becasue since I live down here in the caribbean myself I've tasted all the cuisines available already.
Well, perhaps you should travel further afield then in the world !!! - go to the Med, eat a pizza in the streets of Rome, eat tapas in La Ramblas in Barcelona......




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My DH would agree with Susan, probably, but last time we cruised, we did eat ashore. I agree with the rest of you.

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When we were in Skagway, AK we ate at a little place called "The Sweet Tooth Cafe".

Best fish sandwich I've ever had and we had a great time talking with our waitress.

I think it was called the halibut burger or something.........delicious.
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Kuki said it, there are some places you just have to try the local food
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When the ship docks in a port, you want to get the whole "cultural experience" of the port and that includes trying out the local fare. We usually ask people, who have been to that port before, their recommendations of restaurants, or sometimes, we go into a local business and ask where they go out to eat. I wouldn't miss trying the local fare. The money you save by eating on the ship negates what you palate experiences in the port!
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When the ship docks in a port, you want to get the whole "cultural experience" of the port and that includes trying out the local fare. We usually ask people, who have been to that port before, their recommendations of restaurants, or sometimes, we go into a local business and ask where they go out to eat. I wouldn't miss trying the local fare. The money you save by eating on the ship negates what you palate experiences in the port!
Even when the "local fare" stares back at you from the plate or attempts to walk off the plate?
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I have never hesitated to buy from street vendors in Mexico. I have had some of the best tacos from them. I love going to local restaurants in the different ports. What I don't get are those that get off the ship to enjoy the local "flavor" of the port then head to McD's for lunch.

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Laura, you are right; we can eat at Mc Donalds anytime at home. On vacation you should experiment with the tastes of the area. Who knows, your food reperatoire just might expand!
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Laura, you are right; we can eat at Mc Donalds anytime at home. On vacation you should experiment with the tastes of the area. Who knows, your food reperatoire just might expand!

It did, right along with my waist!!


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I'll admit that after a couple of weeks of cruise ship food, sometimes I really do want a nice greasy hamburger! And not the kind they cook up on the Lido.
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Laura, I would venture to say that most waists expand on a cruise, but it is all part of the fun of doing the greatest way to travel. I now have the front dest wake me up, when the ship is at sea, to go to the gym early in the morning!
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My wife and I have a shop in a tourist area and folks always ask us were the best place to eat is, "Where do the locals go to eat?" and What do you recommend?" are a frequent questions.

So that's what we do now when we go into shops in other tourist areas. That's how we ended up in the Sweet Tooth Cafe' in Skagway.
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I live in California and when I get to Madeira Island in May I will eat the local food. Because you can't get Espada (Black Scabbard Fish) here this cute little guy only swims near Madeira Island. http://www.theworldwidegourmet.com/?...w&id=488&lg=en They also make bolo de mel
(Madeira Honey Cake) I could make it but it's a very complex recipe. Also this fruit Anona(Cherimoya) grows best on the island.
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i feel that way about traveling and eating in different places. when i travel to places besides cruising the one thing that i do is look for resturants that we don't have here back home. for the life of me i don't understand while some of my friends would eat at chain resturants in istead of new places. the best bar b que in orlando is babaloos bodious bar b que ( not spelling it right) . we found a great seafood rest. my friends ate at olive garden. i refuse to eat at chain resturants. i am going to savannah in november, we can't wait to eat at paula deen's place and her brother seafood place.
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