For us, its all about the ship, its amenities, entertainment, and of course, the crew. We hardly ever get off anymore, unless its just to stretch our legs...Been to many ports, many excursions back in the day..same ol junque, and jungle...and those piers are getting longer and longer...unless of course we get a jitney..besides….whatever ship you happen to be on...it becomes a DIFFERENT world in port...more than half the passengers get off....That's when the hot tubs and spas and bars and even the buffet become....well...way more pleasant...I really need to wake up one day a gazzillonnaire….then I could own a yacht...a big yacht...but until then, staying on board on port days will do very nicely,,,and its way cheaper too....
Staying on board
For us it still depends on which port as we haven't seen them all, yet!
I'm still cruising for the ports -- feel free to have my spot at the hot tub during the port calls!
I agree with the poster... But not all ports. I always leave the ship and check it out even if I've been there before. BUT! this next trip is my third time the Western Caribbean. I will stay on board on the Belize stop. It's disgusting! So... As the OP stated. I'm going to chill out on the ship.
We enjoy the ship but some ports we return to we get off for a short duration then return to the ship to enjoy areas we less frequent due to crowds.
I really enjoy each port, and even though we planned to stay onboard in Nassau last spring we had a great time just wandering the shops looking for gifts for a couple of our grandsons.
Todd, have you considered doing the cave tubing excursion in Belize? You do travel through the city and see how sadly the people live, compared to the tourists visiting their poor country, but the cave tubing was a really enjoyable excursion that we would love to do again if we ever have the chance.
We loved the Magic at port. But some ports we want to experience. When we go on our Greek Isles cruise in September 2019. I know for a fact we will be off at every port. Now excursions that's a different story because I don't want to rush around trying to get off the boat for an excursion at every port.
And also we have excursions booked for our Alaskan cruise in May in every port.
We are beginning to say ok, we are getting off here but staying on there too.
LOVECRUISES 1992...Alaska wasn't bad...Actually liked the tour we took of Victoria, and the Butchart Gardens...that's the one "city" we've visited over the years out of the US we could live in...and the gardens were spectacular....ALso, if you haven't booked it, you MUST do the White Pass RR out of Skagway...I rode between the cars on a little platform the entire trip...took 200 pics. Well worth the price...the float planes were ridiculous...didn't do it...Spoke to all kinds of folks in "towns"...turns out nobody lives there in the winter...they all come from the lower 48...just come up during the cruise season, selling junque to tourists on the cruise ships..The run up to the glacier was ok...the ship gets rotated 360 so everyone gets to see it...or whats left of it....wouldn't do it again...oh yeh...dress appropriately....nuff said....
We love the ports and we love the ship. Many of the ports I would love to go back to ... again and again
We rarely repeat cruises and choose based on the itinerary. This means that we do not go to ports that hold no interest for us. If most of our cruises were to the Caribbean, we would likely stay on the ship, but to be honest, those cruises do not appeal any longer. Our next cruise is from Singapore to Hong Kong and we are looking forward to all the ports.