Do you pre or post stay?

Do you pre or post stay in your ports? I know some people are afraid about missing the ship so they go early and some stay an extra day. Do you?

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If I have to fly to the port, I fly in the day before. I like to have time just in case there is a flight delay or cancellation. Coming back, I catch the return flight the same day that I arrive back in port.

We fly to our port city 2 days pre cruise because flights are often delayed or cancelled due to weather, such as today. We also stay for close to a week,post cruise to enjoy a land vacation - usually in our favourite area of Florida. We enjoy land vacations as much as cruises, so we do both!

We fly to our port city 2 days pre cruise because flights are often delayed or cancelled due to weather, such as today. We also stay for close to a week,post cruise to enjoy a land vacation - usually in our favourite area of Florida. We enjoy land vacations as much as cruises, so we do both!

Since we prefer to sail in the Winter and live in CO, it is foolish not to add at least one extra day prior to any sailing.  My husband says it is cheap insurance. We rarely add a day at the end however, only if the air fare difference is drastically beneficial to do so.

 

We do both, but 90% of the time it is pre-cruise, sometimes up to four or five days early. Number one reason is we want to be acclimatized before boarding the ship, since our home is usually on the other side of the globe. Number two reason, inclement weather or other factors may delay our arrival meaning we may see our ship "Hull down on the horizon" when we arrive at the pier at the last minute. Number three reason is that it gives us an opportunity to enjoy and understand the culture and history in the part of the world we are embarking from.                         As far as post cruises, I would like to spend more time after the cruise. Wife wants to get home ASAP. But one time after getting off the cruise in South Africa we did an eight day inland safari into five South Africa countries. We both loved it.                              

Since I have only sailed from US ports, I don't really have the need to study the culture too much. When sailing from FLA, I will generally arrive (driving or flying) 4-7 days early to visit family about mid-state. Otherwise, I will aim for a day early just to make sure I don't get delayed by weather or traffic. Also, it gives me a chance to shed the travel stress before the cruise.

When I have a long flight into a USA port I will come in a day or two before to see the area. For Cape Canaveral we did the Kennedy Space Center. For ports outside of the USA I will go in a few days to a couple weeks early, if the cruise ends in other country I will spend some time post cruise. When I did the San Juan PR to London cruise we did a week in San Juan pre cruise and 1 1/2 weeks in London after the cruise.

Since we have to fly great distances, we stay one day pre cruise at least and we look at one day post---depending on the destination. Boston is a great Pre and Post city as is New York.

I like to drive down to Port Canaveral 2 or 3 days prior and hang out on the beach or a good bar.

I try to get port area the day before the cruise. 

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