View Full Version : do you mind visiting same ports over and over?

sailor moon
April 12th, 2004, 05:01 PM
What port have you visited the most on your past cruises? By this coming Thanksgiving, we will have been to Cozumel 4 times since last August. I would love to branch out but it is hard to get to ports from the middle of Texas! Time is a big factor when you add in travel.

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Chuck & Phyllis
April 12th, 2004, 05:16 PM
Well, this September we will be sailing to Bermuda for our 10th time. We sail there about once every three cruises. We've been to a few ports multiple times, but Bermuda is they only cruise where we're repeat the actual itinerary. Others are a mix of new and old.

Chuck & Phyllis

April 12th, 2004, 05:16 PM
I don't mind visiting most of the ports repeatedly. I guess the exception would be Ochos Rios which I can do without. Grand Cayman is always great to visit and It's always nice to take another trip to Stingray City. In other ports where we have already seen the sights we just head for the beach.

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April 12th, 2004, 05:25 PM
I've been to St. Thomas, Cozumel and Grand Cayman way too many times. I love them all but I would love for RCI to get some new itineraries!

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April 12th, 2004, 05:28 PM
I've done Eastern Caribbean 4 times and Western 5 (I think) and the ports are unimportant. We stay on the ship in Ocho Rios but love Cozumel and also have vacationed there for a week at a time on 3 occasions. The ship and it's activities are the main event, IMHO. (Actually, I love sea days. Maybe I need to look into a repositioning cruise!)

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April 12th, 2004, 05:33 PM
my last 3 cruises were all on the somewhat same itenerary, with all hitting Bermuda on its ports. So, needless to say i have been to bermuda 3 times....we just booked our 4th cruise, and the whole time we were deciding i kept saying : "i do not want to go to bermuda".....so, we decided on the western carribean for this up and coming 4th cruise going to key west, coz and belize.....upon doing my research i have found that in the years since i have been to bermuda things have changed, and new changes can always be a good thing....so, now i am ruling bermuda back in to a port that i wouldnt mind hitting again....hopefully new scenery, new things to do, etc.


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April 12th, 2004, 05:45 PM
i usually try and do itineraries i've never done before so that i don't hit the same ports, except for the alaskan ports.

i've done alaska twice and plan to do it again a third time next year. i had almost the same itinerary on my two alaska cruises, the only difference being that on the first one i get sitka and on the second one we got skagway. needless to say, i've done juneau and ketchikan and glacier bay (though thats not a true "port") twice, and i can honestly say that no matter how many times i do an alaskan port city it will never be enough! its so gorgeous and wonderful in alaska that i've considered maybe in the future getting a summer home up there or something!

ultimately though, i think we all go for the cruising experience more than for the port experience, so any cruise, any port, any itinerary is great for me!

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8/95 - Jubilee - Mexican Riviera

April 12th, 2004, 06:47 PM
I wish they had 10-14 day panama and southern caribbean cruises in the summer. We have kids and are tired of the same old ports. We stay on the ship in jamaica and freeport. We love the private islands.

April 12th, 2004, 07:05 PM
We have done 20 cruises. 2 to Hawaii, 2 to Mexico, and 16 to the Caribbean. We still love St. Thomas, St. Maarten, San Juan, and Aruba, no matter how many times we see them. http://messages.cruisecritic.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

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April 12th, 2004, 07:11 PM
Lets think........some old been to it a bunch of times port...or at work cubicle?

HHHMMMM...OK one more time in Cozumel!!!

Al Rosenberg

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Sensation 09/01
Carnival Destiny 03/01

April 12th, 2004, 07:51 PM
24 cruises....all in Caribbean except 1 Hawaii and 1 Bermuda.....don't care where the ship goes because to me the ship is the vacation.
You can visit the same island several times and do differant things.

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vie lee
April 12th, 2004, 07:58 PM
We are going on our 9th cruise this May 2nd and we have decided that what we really love about cruising is the ship. We have gotten to the point we really don't care about the ports because chances are we are not going to get off anyway. We love port days when most people go off the ship and we have it to ourselves. Now we just look for good deals and we don't care where it is going. http://messages.cruisecritic.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

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April 12th, 2004, 08:25 PM
I agree with cruisn fool, The ship is the vac. I used to say just sail straight out into the ocean for 3 and ahalf days then sail back to port. But with that said I don't mind going to the places I like over and over after all don't we do that here at home. But I won't go back to the places I didn't like. ie. if Jamiaca is on the itinery they can keep it.

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April 12th, 2004, 08:36 PM
I don't mind but DH likes different ports so I try to find something that he only has to see one port again instead of 2 or 3.


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Grand Princess 7/6/03
RCL - Nordic Empress 2/03 & 4/02
Crown Dynasty 7/00
Queen of Bermuda 7/87
Carnival - Mardi Gras 11/75

April 12th, 2004, 08:51 PM
Getting hard to do isn't it Jeepers...http://messages.cruisecritic.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

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April 12th, 2004, 09:41 PM
Ditto Chuck and Phyllis- We never tire of going to Bermuda and try to cruise there at least once a year because it is so convenient from New York. Our favorite southern port is Nassau where we can return again to Club Med Paradise Island where we spent many weeks playing tennis when we were younger.
The only port we are tired of visiting is St. Thomas. Too many ships and too many people on the same day often requiring tendering.

April 12th, 2004, 09:45 PM
I cant stand going to St. Thomas anymore... Now when we go there on the ship we might get off and go to the little shopping area right at the port. Other than that we stay on the boat..
I could and do go to Aruba a lot, We go there for about 3 weeks a year land vacations, and have been there 2 times on cruises in the past 4 months... We love it...

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April 12th, 2004, 09:53 PM
We love Aruba and St Maarten. We are doing the AOS in Nov. with ports in St Thomas, St Maarten, Curacao and Aruba. Can't wait.

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April 12th, 2004, 11:25 PM
50 plus times to St. Thomas (could skip it) but it's the only way to get to St. John...St. Maarten...five times and love that also....
Wouldn't care if I ever went back to:

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April 13th, 2004, 05:09 AM
I think Big Al said it all !

But in the end you book where you go. So if you want something different, dont book the same thing.


April 13th, 2004, 06:41 AM
posted 04-13-04 07:09 AM
I think Big Al said it all !

Where did Bi Al say this . Its not in this thread

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Destiny 6/02
Monarch 5/99
Holiday 4/98
Tropical 6/95
Asure Seas 3/93
Asure Seas 5/91
Holiday 3/88
Ms Southward 5/85

April 13th, 2004, 07:37 AM
i don't mind repeating stops, but the one place i have seen enough of in my lifetime is ochos rios. have done it 3 times and was with different groups of people each time - so i have climbed the falls 3 times. enough!!!!!

have been to grand cayman a few times, but as long as we snorkel at a different place, it feels different to me!

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Carnival Paradise - 08/02

April 13th, 2004, 08:30 AM
Our favorite itinerary by far is the southern route, however, we usually try to do something different in each port that we haven't done before. I could sit on the beach on St. Lucia or Antiqua every year for the rest of my life and be a happy girl.

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April 13th, 2004, 09:31 AM
I don't mind repeating ports, but usually try for an intinerary that adds at least one new port of call to our experience. We try to go to a different beach at St. Thomas, St. Martin or Cozumel. Variety keeps the stops interesting. We also try to do different tours if the port is not famous for beautiful beaches; cave tubing at Belize, Ocean to Ocean train tour at Panama, etc.
Bon Voyage

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Sea Princess 2/22/1999
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April 13th, 2004, 09:38 AM
More than visiting the same discussion topics over and over and over again. http://messages.cruisecritic.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif I couldn't resist. http://messages.cruisecritic.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif


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April 13th, 2004, 09:46 AM
Interesting topic. We are going on our 8th cruise on 5/2/04 on AOS for 10 days to the S. Caribbean. This will be our 5th time to Aruba which is our favorite port. We also like Curacao, St. Maarten, & Barbados. We have cruised 2 times on the partial Panama Canal. We would go again. We like going thru the Canal, & we also get many Sea Days that way.

So as of right now, we like the S. Caribbean & Panama Canal. Options in the future might be Hawaii, Alaska, Mexican Riviera, & Tahiti.

The ship has also become our destination. They need more cruises added with more Sea Days.


April 13th, 2004, 11:22 AM
To me Grand Cayman never gets old... I could live there. I'm pretty much done with Ocho Rios. Labadee is always nice for a relaxing beach day and Cozumel is always great for partying, shopping, and swimming.
We are cruising this May and are excited to see Belize and Costa Maya, along with Grand Cayman and Cozumel.

April 13th, 2004, 02:51 PM
Nope, we don't mind doing the same ports over and over...if it's one we don't care for we just treat it like a day at sea and stay on the ship and enjoy!

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