How often you take a pre or post cruise vacation when sailing from a distant port? On my last cruise a back-to-back I sailed from Seattle. Since I live on the opposite coast & it was hurricane season, we left two days early and did some independent sightseong. . We do that often. Do you?
Do You Take Pre-Cruise or Post-Cruise vacations when cruising from Distant ports?
We generally will stay a couple of days to a week either before or after depending on where we are.
I did a couple weeks in Rome before leaving Italy on the transatlantic. On the Cruise from San Juan Puerto Rico to London, we spent a week in old San Juan pre cruise and a couple of weeks in London post cruise. One the Greek Islands cruise we did a week in Rome before the cruise and 1/2 week post cruise.
If Im in flying into a city for a cruise I may as well see that city, No point rushing from the airport to the cruise terminal. Going to Europe takes a long expensive flight I may as well enjoy a week or two there, before the cruise.
We now make it a point to give us a few days Pre and Post to fill out the holiday time. It also make it impossible to miss the boat when you arrive two days before sailing.
We never arrive at the port community airport the same day we sail. We have been shooting for at least two nights in a hotel pre-cruise. Last year we did four nights in Stockholm before our Baltic cruise and circumnavigation of the British Isles, we loved Sweden so really glad we did that.
After, we usually fly directly home, or night over in Seattle on the way home to Anchorage. A few times we did stay overnight post cruise. Only one time we bought a pre-cruise or post-cruise "cruise tour" and that was a post cruise "Safari" out of Cape Town, for a little over a week. We went up to Botswana, Namibia and Zimbabwe (Victoria Falls). Ended in Johannesburg and from there flew home. We bought the Safari through Princess. One of the finest cruises and post cruise adventures we have ever been on.
You all sound like seasoned cruisers and know how to ensure that you do not miss your cruise. Thank you all for replying. Gloria
We usually arrive at the port city a day or two before the cruise, and maybe do some sightseeing. For our upcoming cruise out of Long Beach, hubby is thinking of taking the train. Again, arriving a day or two before.