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What your favourite spot when the ship leaves port. I like to be in the crow's nest stretch out in a nice comfortable chair and of course
a little liquid to celebrate the departure.
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What your favourite spot when the ship leaves port. I like to be in the crow's nest stretch out in a nice comfortable chair and of course
a little liquid to celebrate the departure.
Well after so many cruises, sailing out of port on embarkation day isn't as exciting as in years past; even then, if we have a balcony it is fun to sit out and watch the land go by. Another wonderful spot is the top deck bar, always a different name, depending on the cruiseline, but whatever you can sit your favorite beverage and say goodbye to the real world for a week or longer. NMNita
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We usually check out the Sail Away party on the Lido when leaving the initial port. When leaving other ports, we will enjoy it from our balcony or the promenade.
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Depends on the weather and the cruise.

If I worked the night before and headed right to the port after my shift, my favorite spot is my cabin and bed. I take a nap after lifeboat drill and generally miss sailaway.

If I didn't work the night before and the it's cold the day of sailaway, then like you ... the Crow's Nest.

If I didn't work the night before and it's warm the day of sailaway, then the aft deck ... with a drink in hand enjoying the festivities.

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We usually try to book an aft suite or aft veranda cabin. Thats a really nice place to enjoy the sail away. Its kind of fun watching the land just fade away.

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Old March 29th, 2007, 10:16 AM
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We usually try to book an aft suite or aft veranda cabin. Thats a really nice place to enjoy the sail away. Its kind of fun watching the land just fade away.
Just one of those "out of curiosity" questions.

Do you find that having a balcony encourages you to stay in your cabin more on a cruise? Do you find it keeps you from getting out and about more? That's my main concern with booking a balcony stateroom. The one time I had one it seemed I spent way too much time in the cabin and didn't have as good a cruise experience because of it.

But I certainly will say ... those private balconies are nice!

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I agree, thats what happen on my last cruise. usually I cruise alone
(can't find any body that likes cruising). I went with a friend, so this time I book a SS suite on the westerdam. first time with a balcony,
I spent a lot of time on the balcony, I felt at the end that I miss
part of the cruise. I wasn't mingling with the people or walking around the ship getting into it. Next cruise is alone and a outside stateroom.
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We usually try to book an aft suite or aft veranda cabin. Thats a really nice place to enjoy the sail away. Its kind of fun watching the land just fade away.
Just one of those "out of curiosity" questions.

Do you find that having a balcony encourages you to stay in your cabin more on a cruise? Do you find it keeps you from getting out and about more? That's my main concern with booking a balcony stateroom. The one time I had one it seemed I spent way too much time in the cabin and didn't have as good a cruise experience because of it.

But I certainly will say ... those private balconies are nice!

Blue skies ...

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Rita, I don't think we have found ourselves in our cabin more with a balcony, maybe slightly, but we still spend the majority of our time mingling with others, playing trivia or whatever. This may be one reason we are not 100% sold on balconies. I will say, the one time we did find ourselves in the public area 95% of our waking hours was the only time we ever tried an inside cabin and it was on an older RCI ship (the ship is still sailing), OMG, I thought we would go crazy. the money we saved on the cabin was spent in the gift and duty free shops, we had to have some way to pass the time: it just happened to be one of thouse cruises with awful weather to add insult to injury. Yes, we have been on one cruise we didn't like.
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i love a windy, forward observation deck for sailaway -- particularly in ft. lauderdale. hearing those horn blasts as the ship enters the channel and heads to open sea is the most liberating sound on this earth to me. pure joy.
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We usually try to book an aft suite or aft veranda cabin. Thats a really nice place to enjoy the sail away. Its kind of fun watching the land just fade away.
Just one of those "out of curiosity" questions.

Do you find that having a balcony encourages you to stay in your cabin more on a cruise? Do you find it keeps you from getting out and about more? That's my main concern with booking a balcony stateroom. The one time I had one it seemed I spent way too much time in the cabin and didn't have as good a cruise experience because of it.

But I certainly will say ... those private balconies are nice!

Blue skies ...

--rita
Our first couple cruises, we booked outside cabin with no veranda and we certainly spent much more time in the public spaces, mostly near the pool and the upper sun decks. We found having to search for a chair everytime we wanted to be outside and the large number of other people packed on the the public decks to be kind of annoying. Its not that we are unfriendly, quite the opposite actually, but DW and I really enjoy to spend our vacations together, peacefully.

For the last several years, we have always booked a veranda cabin and almost always a suite. There is no doubt that we spend much less time in the public spaces when we have a suite with a nice veranda. But, that is what we like and everyone likes something different. We are 100% sold on veranda cabins and will never cruise without being in one. We especially enjoy the aft verandas. Peaceful and calm with very little wind. And sitting there watching the wake is just mesmerizing, perhaps even theraputic. The aft corner suites on the HAL's vista ships are our favorite cabins.

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