Mystery Cruise?

Would you intentionally take a cruise where you didn’t know what ports you’d be visiting? Itinerary changes due to storms got me thinking about this. I know it isn’t logistically possible, cruise lines plan their port stops years in advance and all the information is on the internet from numerous sources, but just imagine…

I’m picturing a Southern Caribbean cruise from San Juan (on your favorite cruise line, so you know you’ll enjoy it!) with at least 5 port days – but there are dozens of ports within sailing distance and you don’t know where you are visiting until you wake up each morning! Or maybe you find out when you get that newsletter in your room each night so you can fall asleep thinking about it.

I bet there are a few people who experience travel this way (their spouse planned/booked the cruise and did most of their packing). For the sake of argument, let’s say you can book whatever shore excursion you want in each port without worry. Would you book a cruise where you didn’t know what specific ports you’d be in each day?

14 Answers

I'd go for it. I think it would be fun to just wake up and see where I get to explore for the day. I'd think it would need extra long port stops so you would have time on shore to get excursions.

I would go for it. Might be fun.

Maybe. With my luck, we'd just circle around Freeport and dock there every day Big Smile

I would go for it as long as I knew if I packed for caribbean and the ports were caribbean (meaning the surprise wasn't we were going to canada or alaska or somewhere cold...)

Definitely - as meghad23 says as long as it's not somewhere cold.

No teleporting in this imaginary scenario (maybe that’s another discussionBig Smile). You know the embarkation port and how many nights the cruise will be. So packing shouldn’t be a problem.

Interesting. Sounds almost like our honeymoon cruise. We didn't know until about a week before what ship we would be on, or where we were going except it would be in the Caribbean.

I'd go for it as long as I had packed appropriately. Life's an adventure.....enjoy it! I don't think there is any such thing as a "bad cruise" and if I don't like the port, I'll just stay on the boat and have a massage or enjoy the pool! Big Smile

I really do not go for mystery vacations including cruises. I mainly pick a cruise for the itinerary. But, if I just wanted to experience the ship then I wouldn't care where the ship really went.

I have found the mystery trips are usually trips that the promoters do not think would sell well on their own. I used to run day trips for a club that I still belong to. I would do a day trip as a mystery if i wasn't sure it would sell on its own merits but that I knew would be enjoyable. Lots of people like the mystery aspect. If the trip received good reviews afterwards, i would run it again later as a non mystery trip.

That could prove interesting. Might be enticed for that. They would probably have to promote it by stating that you would visit 5 out of the following 12 ports and list the possibilities. Problem with that is I am sure some would complain because they did not get to the port they wanted.


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