7 Reasons to Stay on the Cruise Ship When in Port


by John Roberts

Is staying in the cruise ship when at port, a good idea or merely a bad one, says a report by Cruise fever.

Why they don’t plan to get off?

Maybe cruisers get too worn down if they go out every day on a schedule that has back-to-back-to-back port days. Or perhaps they are veteran cruisers who have already visited a particular port multiple times. This happens on Caribbean cruises, where it might seem that you are stopping at Cozumel or St. Thomas on every cruise ride.

Possible reasons to stay on a cruise ship

Spa Discounts — Your cruise ship spa knows that most passengers head ashore. So, you’ll see big discounts on port days. Ships offer savings like 2-for-1 deals, bundled treatments and up to 40 percent off from regular pricing to entice cruisers to spend some of their time (and money) on a massage or other spa treatment.

Room to Roam — I love to get off the ship to explore new things to do in port, but I must admit that it is really nice to just stay on the ship and enjoy the calm and lack of crowds. You really notice how jam-packed the high-traffic areas can be on sea days and embarkation day. But on port days, the ship is quiet and you can hit the jogging track to get in a run without the worry of dodging fellow passengers and the numerous lounge chairs that inevitably creep onto the path. The fitness center also will be blissfully free of crowds, so you can perform your workouts at your pace and on any piece of equipment you like.

No Lines at the Buffet – No standing around, pushing or shoving at the buffet or poolside grill or pizzeria or soft-serve ice cream machines. You can stroll on up anytime you want and quickly get what you are looking for — with no waiting. This allows you to speedily resume your stress-free day of fun and relaxation.

Peace and Quiet – The lounges and all public spaces are quiet on port days. You can settle in and really appreciate some of the finer details of your cruise ship, which might feature unique art displays on the walls or in statuary or other installations placed around the ship. This is also a great time to enjoy a good book by the pool or in a quiet and calm interior space. You might even find yourself drifting away into a relaxing afternoon nap.

Ship is Your Playground – You can play mini-golf and get on the waterslides, ziplines, ropes course, surfing simulators and other activities, all these blast without having to wait. This way you get more time to play on your favorite attractions.

Pool Time — The cruise ship pools always are chaotic on sea days. I love the vibe around these spots when the ship is in port. I can always find a sun lounger in a prime location, plop down and enjoy a magazine, island breezes, sunshine and nearly empty pools for cooling off as needed.

Speedy Bar Service – Your favorite bars will be all clear when almost everyone is ashore. This means no frustrating jostling, elbowing in and trying to get a bartender’s attention when you sidle up to get a beer or cocktail. You’ll also have the chance to engage in friendly conversations with the bar staff and any other passengers who have decided to stay onboard with you. You might also get to know other smart cruisers.

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Source: Cruise Fever