Have you ever got to your exotic destination and not got the ship? All you want to do is look out from your balcony and enjoy it from there. Is a silly feeling or what? Let me know.
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YES! For a few reasons...
1. After years of Caribbean cruising, we've pretty much seen every island and have already done the excursions we wanted.
2. When everyone gets off the ship, it becomes a tranquil haven where you have your pick of deck chair and/or prime spa time.
3. Speaking of the spa, there are substantial discounts for services in the spa. Why spend more than I have to?
4. Discounts are also given at reservation-only places like Alcoves, Sanctuary (depends on the line you are on).
5. If you are disabled, it is a lot easier to navigate the ship when it is nearly empty so getting lunch in the cafe is not a life endangering experience
6. There are no lines to get a cappuccino at the cafe.
I am sure there are other reasons I could come up with but those are off the top of my head.
When we have been able to, we will leave the ship and walk around the port area, if there are places to shop. We can return to the ship for a nice lunch and then go out again. We did this in Bermuda and had a great time. Same as Ensenada.
Port days are some of the best days to enjoy being on the ship when most people are off the ship. The ship gets nice and quiet, easy to get good places to sit by the pool, easy to get a nice table by the window at the buffet to sit down, eat and read a book (With the soft serve Ice Cream near by), easy to get a padded lounge in the shade at the serenity deck.
For me cruising can be about being on a ship and not so much the ports. I found this out one cruise where I was recovering from an illness and still not feeling great. I only made it into one port, the other port days I just enjoyed being on the ship when most people were of the ship. I had almost canceled that trip and used the trip insurance but Im happy I went. Being on a ship is a great place to recover, everything is done for you so you can just relax and rest.
It all depends on what you want from your vacation. Nothing is foolish. If I go to a port that I have never been to previously, I want to go out and explore everything. My husband would be just as happy staying on board. Some passengers don't want the hassle in foreign ports of dealing with language difficulties and foreign money. I can understand that. It can be overwhelming to travelers.
I have neighbors love to travel and go everywhere but now the husband had mobility issues. The wife takes ship shoe excursions and he stays on board. They both are satisfied. Bottom line, do what feels comfortable for you and don't concern yourself with what others may think or say about your choice. Just enjoy your travels wherever they take you.
We have also done the Caribbean enough that sometimes the ship is our destination. We get to enjoy the nearly empty ship, and the amenities, like the spa pool. Dining is a pleasure without being rushed.