Do You Ever Stay on a Ship While it is in Port? Which port and Why?

The only time we stay onboard when in a port is in Nassau.  I have been there so many times.  It just seems so crowded in town and hardly worth the effort to get through the  taxi cab hawkers.  I usually think twice now about taking a cruise that stops here.  The last time we stopped here we made an exception, however.  It was on a Sunday and everything was pretty quiet in town since many stores were still closed.  We walked to a nearby beach and enjoyed several hours swimming.  Gloria

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On our first cruise, our last stop was Ensenada. Friends of ours went to shore early, but they came back quickly. We only went to the dock beside the ship and spent the rest of the time on deck with some friends. Others that we met showed up early from their excursions. Probably just a gut feeling about the port.

I've never been to Ensenada. Thanks for replying, Johngold. Gloria

We stayed aboard at Tallinn, Estonia. All the tours Regent offered had too much strenuous walking for my husband. We also stayed aboard at Warnemunde, Germany. The tours there involved long bus rides and a lot of walking, too.

Living in the greater Los Angeles area I have access to the Baja and Mexican Riviera cruises rite out of Los Angeles or Long Beach. I have done these trips a number of times (twice last May alone). I have done the tours and not much left to see.

I find it nice on the ship to lay out by the pool when most people have gone ashore. It is nice and relaxing when the ship is not crowded. On the last few trips I have noticed that Carnival has activities going on when the ship is in the port of Ensenada.

For me the destination can be the ship, not the ports if it is a quick get away cruise, For us the cruise is less expensive then a few days in San Diego or Ventura so the ship is the destination.

After 62 cruises we’ve been to several ports numerous times but we still try to step foot ashore every visit. We’ve found that there’s always something new to see or experience. (Okay, sometimes we just go somewhere for free internet…) There have been a couple times when the folks we were traveling with didn’t want to tender in to port so we stayed aboard with them.

But, as others have said, it really is wonderful having the ship almost to yourself while everyone else is in port. That’s why sometimes we’ll only spend an hour or two ashore – sorta the best of both worlds!

Yeah, getting off just to access the computer is something we have done in port. I do enjoy the quiet atmosphere on board after everyone else goes ashore. I have my pick of lounges by the pool without loud music playing - heaven. I feel like the ship is mine. And, no long lines at the buffet. Gloria


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