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Old October 31st, 2005, 06:30 PM
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Default Is it weird to stay on the ship?

Am I the only one with no real big desire to go ashore? I might make a brief visit to one of the ports, but frankly the whole point for me is to experience the ship. I can be on land for the rest of the 51 weeks out of the year. I've read posts in other forums where people moan n groan about sea days, but that is what I'm looking forward to the most.

I understand the main dining room will not be open for lunch on port days and the casino will be shut down as well. But I've heard that there are still plenty of things to do on the ship, does this sound right?

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While I've never stayed on the ship the entire time we were in port, I have gotten off for only a short period of time.

I don't think it's weird at all and many people stay on the ship in certain ports. There is plenty to do, although not as much on port days. There are, however, often very good deals in the spa on port days.

My favorite days are days at sea and have been since my first cruise. Enjoy!

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i love sea days! it gives you a chance to relax, roam the ship, take part in activites if you wish.
Lots of folks stay on board when the ship is in port. No crowds by the pool, good discounts at the spa.
We usually do go ashore at least for a little while, just to explore and maybe replenish some supplies, if we are visiting a port that we have already visited in the past we may stay on board.
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I noticed all the ship's stores were closed during those times we were docked too.
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We find it great to be on the ship when its half empty. Sometimes we just go ashore and do some sightseeing/shopping and get back onboard for lunch and to relax, its wonderful.
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I always tell my clients that the ship is your real destination, that is why there is so much to do onboard.

Lot's of our clients skip the trips to port and take advantage of the empty ship.
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Steve - I love the sea days as well but when you get off the ship there is all that SHOPPING! And I love shopping!!!!!

If we aren't on an excursion we just get up and eat then go ashore and wander and come back to the ship and eat then wander some more then come back and eat again. With all that food it's no wonder we have to wander

On most ships the spa offers great deals on port days - that's a great way to pass some time and be treated like a king!

The very best thing about cruising is you can do everything, something or nothing - it's up to you. There are no rules. Enjoy!

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I will probably do a bit of everything including spend downtime in my stateroom. As Jennifer knows, the month of May in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska can be a bit on the chilly side. I doubt many people will be spending much time in bathing suits. I picked an outside stateroom with those things in mind. And because I treasure my privacy, I went ahead and paid the single occupancy supplement-Steve.
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when were in port we do what call half and half day we go and explore in the moring come back to the ship for e lunch why spend money on food
when you can get lunch on ship do can also get lunch on the lideo deck
and then we relaxe
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Exactly Paddletoe!! I'm already paying through the nose, I don't want to go ashore and have to pay for more. I like the 1/2 n 1/2 idea, I might do that. Steve
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1/2 and 1/2 days are very popular. We do that a lot. We might take a morning excursion or just go into town, go back to the ship for lunch, drop off our stuff and purchases, and then decide what to do after lunch.
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I cannot imagine not exploring a new port, or checking out new things in a port that I visited previously! Yup, I think it is weird to stay on the ship the whole time while in port! That being said, isn't it great that there are choices and NONE are wrong? 8)

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PS, I grew up in Seahurst.

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Ron, just checked your web site, no offence but it really needs updating.
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I usually stay on the ship in Nassau in particular, or other ports I've been in before, unless I'm cruising with somebody who hasn't been there before. In Nassau, I'll usually get off just long enough to pick up some Cuban cigars and then I'm back on the ship.

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We have stayed onboard while in port with no problems .The dining room is still open and it is a good time to do laundry if you need to !

Still things to do more ships cater to those that stay onboard with games etc...
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In certain ports where we've been before we'll stay on the ship too. We may walk through the shops on the pier to pick up a few souvenirs for people back home but that's about it.

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Hi Seattle Guy! You should go on our cruise. There are I think 6 (YES SIX) sea days from Hawaii to Ensenada. April 1, Norwegian Wind. And its discounted now!

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Shellyjean, I'm already booked and fully paid for, but I appreciate the offer. And I'd like to hear all about your cruise when you get back, I've toyed with the idea of taking that cruise when I do Hawaii sometime in the future.
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In every port ther is some percent of passengers that stays on ship. There is nothing wrong with that. And everything is organized to make sure they don't miss anything. Yes, sometimes casino or gift shop can be closed earlier...

But especially on mega-ships over 100.000 tons, entartainment options are endless. They don't call them "destination for themselfs" for nothing
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Seattle guy...

You're not the lone stranger in this. I won't be going to shore when my son and I sail off in March. I have no interest in going off to an island. In my opinion, it's called a Cruise, going to an island is a vacation? No, not the word I am searching for.

I guess what I am trying to state, badly at that, is if i wanted to visit the islands, i would fly there. A few hours to go see and touch and spend money, just isn't worth it.

Besides, I have been to most of the tropical islands for work, and I guess I am the odd ball, but after a while, they all look the same.
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There are several ports that we don't get off the ship - San Juan, Belize, Cozumel, Costa Maya...

We have been there, done that, and enjoy the time we spend on the empty ship.

We get off on the other ports for shopping and beaches now, but that is about it.

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Steve,
It's your cruise, do what you want!! No one is going to put a gun to your head and say get off! If staying on the ship is your thing, go for it! It sounds like what you want most is just to relax. Nothing wrong with that.
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Am I the only one with no real big desire to go ashore? I might make a brief visit to one of the ports, but frankly the whole point for me is to experience the ship. I can be on land for the rest of the 51 weeks out of the year. I've read posts in other forums where people moan n groan about sea days, but that is what I'm looking forward to the most.

I understand the main dining room will not be open for lunch on port days and the casino will be shut down as well. But I've heard that there are still plenty of things to do on the ship, does this sound right?

Steve in Seattle
on this cruise we are going to do the same at one of the ports. i cant wait to have the ship more empty, be able to get in a hot-tub or pool and possibly a massage at a cheaper price. it will be very relaxing. and we have not made any tours either. if we go ashore it will be a '' what ever interest thing '' that we do. cant wait to let everyone get off and have the ship somewhat to ourselfs.
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I loved the port days...everyone rushed off to shore and left the lounge chairs and buffet tables behind....worked for me! It always seemed silly to go pay for lunch in a port when they had such great meals on board. We did get off at Key West and wander around for an hour or so but that was about it. If you're racing around from one excursion to the next, you defeat the purpose of a truly relaxing vacation where you don't have to go anywhere. Just my humble opinion..... So, if you're idea of a vacation is staying on the ship, then that's what you should do with no qualms about it!
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[b]This being our first cruise, we are more interested in enjoying the ship as well. We don't plan on taking any excursions our first time around but would like to get off the ship and explore the new piers and possibly shop at nearby stores and possibly enjoy the nearby beaches.

I do have one newbie question however: When in a port that you have to tender to, can you get off the ship and then after a few hours get back on the ship, or is there a time schedule for the tender boats? What I am really wanting to know is, when you tender into port, how long until you can get back on the ship. We are taking a Caribbean cruise 7 day to Montego Bay, Jamaica/Grand Caymen/Cozumel[/b]
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The only tender port you have is Grand Cayman, and you do want to get off and walk around this port. Usually the tenders run about every thirty minute to an hour. You can get on and off as often as you like. The ship will take you 7 days to see. There is alot to do on the Conquest and I hope you enjoy!
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Thank you so much Reverendjeff. That will ease my mind a lot. That was one of my biggest concerns. I love this forum and the help that I have received from all of you.
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Hey Steve:

You are not alone in not leaving the ship, many older cruisers never leave. Sea days are favorites for many cruisers, especially when there are critters about. Enjoy seeing flying fish, myself.

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Am I the only one with no real big desire to go ashore? I might make a brief visit to one of the ports, but frankly the whole point for me is to experience the ship. I can be on land for the rest of the 51 weeks out of the year. I've read posts in other forums where people moan n groan about sea days, but that is what I'm looking forward to the most.

I understand the main dining room will not be open for lunch on port days and the casino will be shut down as well. But I've heard that there are still plenty of things to do on the ship, does this sound right?

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staying on board while in port is "Heaven"; you have basically the whole ship to yourself; a great time to explore the ship; and even better time for lounging by the pool deck anywhere you want! Also, as the crew are not as busy it is a great time to converse with the crew and ask questions about working on a cruise etc...
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