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Old March 18th, 2010, 07:23 PM
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When you are in port, do you take the time to dine in one of the restaurants, and enjoy the local flavor? This is something I want to do next cruise..it seems I am either too tired, or too involved in an excursion, and just want to get back onboard, and eat there.

I know I am missing a slice of the island life, and a taste of the local cuisine..you too? I hope not....I need to really try this..Mike, I know you do, and enjoy it every time...
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Old March 18th, 2010, 07:45 PM
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Mike, I know you do, and enjoy it every time...
Yes: Most of the time I do enjoy it. Then again, on the last cruise we were in Mazatlan and I found that two things don't go together. "Cheap Mexican Buffet and Hog Intestines". However; the intestinos were less chewy than Royal Caribbean's roast beef.

Eating at different places are highlights of the cruise. It's great to sample local cuisine. We love to get as far away, as we can, from the port to find a good local restaurant. Cab drivers are a great resource to find a good place to eat.

Even Betty didn't want the Mexican Buffet but I just had to try it. We didn't get sick but the "intestinos" were only worthy of one bite. However, the chicharrones were great. We also found a great little taco place at the market in Mazatlan.

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Trip,

While I'm not into Caribbean cuisine (and that's the only place we've cruised), I would most definitely eat at a local restaurant(s) if I am ever able to take a cruise to Nova Scotia. The seafood must be absolutely marvelous. Matter of fact that cruise also stops in Boston and I would love to pig out on real New England Clam chowder!

Also I would definitely eat ashore were we to ever cruise Europe. But being realistic, that ain't ever gonna' happen.

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We usually don't have anything more than some salsa and a beer ashore (at the port restaurants where we feel "safe") ! Like you, by the time we've done whatever, all I want to do is get back on board, relax and eat later.

My stomach is not happiest when I eat unusual (to it!) things , which is another factor.
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Yes Trip, if possible time wise we do like to try a local restaurant. In Hawaii we had a chance to eat a nice place out on the point with a view to bad it was dark. We had a late dinner off the ship in Venice and listened to the groups play music in St. Marks square. There are not that many occasions when the timing will allow you to eat on shore. It always seems like the ship can't wait to leave the port. I often wonder if there are charged by the hour. Mike
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When you are in port, do you take the time to dine in one of the restaurants, and enjoy the local flavor? This is something I want to do next cruise..it seems I am either too tired, or too involved in an excursion, and just want to get back onboard, and eat there.

I know I am missing a slice of the island life, and a taste of the local cuisine..you too? I hope not....I need to really try this..Mike, I know you do, and enjoy it every time...
I often will stop someplace ashore for a snack, or perhaps for lunch if I go ashore with a companion, but I really can't see paying money to dine ashore when I have already paid for a nice dinner ("fine dining" or better) on the ship.

The most significant exception to this, for me, is on cruises to Europe, where typical shore excursions are "all day" ventures, often to cities that are some distance from the port of call, with lunch included.

That said, I sometimes add a pre-cruise or post-cruise stay -- or both! -- to a cruise, during which I obviously dine ashore.

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When we first started cruising, my DH was of the well-I-already-paid-to-eat-on-the-ship mentality. Gradually, we got away from that restrictive attitude. We had some good meals in Europe, in the Med., the Caribbean, and in Mexico.

Recently, we enjoyed one so-so lunch in Hilo, I think it was, and an excellent lunch on Maui. We could have had dinner in Honolulu and should have planned ahead to do that. But, we spent a lot of time on the Battleship Missouri. (If you do that, I suggest you don't have lunch on the battleship, as we did!) When the tour ended, we shared a cab back to the Zaandam with another couple. We were tired and just glad to be back on our own ship.

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