Port Days or Sea Days?

What is your ideal balance?

Some would be happier just sailing for the entire trip, others seem to prefer sailing only at night and porting every day.

Personally, I like an even balance (porting every other day on the average) but would be perfectly happy with a few extra sea days.

Any thoughts on the matter?

12 Answers

I am exactly like you...I prefer an even balance. Port days are fun, but I love the sailing days too-so relaxing.

While I enjoy port days very much, I look at cruises(like Hawaii) that can have more sea days than port days. I love the sea days more. When we did the Panama Canal there was a great balance of both. The last cruise ( Bermuda) was perfect as a destination cruise. We have booked it again.

But to the younger crowd who want to go go go I can see the attraction of a new port every morning.... My Son did that twice with friends....

I agree with johngold, 50% sea days would be okay however we could go with 75% sea days. The older you get the more you like sea days. On one cruise, a southern Atlantic TA cruise, we did 8.5 consecutive sea days. We loved it, you should have heard the complaining though. It wasn't intended but an injury on the ship forced us to miss one port on the way across.

I like a mix. It does not have to be 50/50, but a mix. When I did the 10 night Greek Island cruise we only had one day at sea ant the rest in port. Those ports were very active with lots of activity and walking (not just vedging on a beach with bar service). Even the kid who is in good shape and only 30 said he wished for an extra sea day or two on that trip. I have done a couple transatlantic cruises and I loved the 5 sea days in a row.

The day we were at the private island in the Caribbeans it was so hot an humid we looked around the island for 1/2 hour and went back to the ship. Being on ship on a port day is great, nice, quiet, no kids, no lines for the buffet and plenty of good pool lounges.

I enjoy sea days. That's when you're actually cruising.

Right on.....Big Smile

We love our sea days

I am not a big fan of sea days

I personally like more port days than sea days but I can see the validity of the sea days when you are headed BACK home and you have some time to chill and relax before getting back to the grind of your everyday life after visiting some great ports.

Although the lure of new adventure and new ports and cool things to see, etc are great and always give you those interesting conversations once back home, the sea days offer you the ability to relax, unwind, have a favorite frosty drink (in so desired) and enjoy life at a pace that is far better than your average day. I would say my vote is for Sea Days! :)


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