In another thread, Todd mentioned how much he enjoyed his pre-cruise stay at a hotel in Cocoa Beach.  This got me thinking about how important a pre- or post-cruise stay can be to an overall cruise vacation.  Sure, it’s a good practice to arrive at the embarkation port a day early as a buffer for travel delays, but how about really exploring and enjoying that port city?  If all you do is get on and off the ship, you may be missing one of the best ports of the itinerary!

Do you extend your trip before or after your cruse?  Where did you stay?  What did you do?  Where did you eat?  Tell us about your pre- and post-cruise experiences!