do you mind visiting same ports over and over?

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#1
San Antonio, Texas
1,257 Posts
Joined Sep 2003
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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#2
NY
765 Posts
Joined Jul 2002
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

#3
Parts Unknown
4,497 Posts
Joined Jun 2001
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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#4
Florida
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Joined Mar 2000
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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#5
Ft Lauderdale, FL
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Joined Mar 2004
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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#6
PA
273 Posts
Joined Jan 2004
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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#7
Yorba Linda, CA
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Joined Feb 2004
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
30 Posts
Joined Sep 2003
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.
#9
Henderson, NV
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Joined Sep 2002
Hi,
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.


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#10
New Hamburg, Ontario, Canada
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Joined Apr 2002
Lets think........some old been to it a bunch of times port...or at work cubicle?

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

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#11
Kansas City Mo
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Joined Mar 2001
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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#12
Las Vegas, Nevada
1,234 Posts
Joined Sep 2001
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.

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#13
Monterey,Calif.
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Joined Apr 2002
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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#14
Dagsboro, DE USA
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Joined Aug 2000
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.

Debbie

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#15
Monterey,Calif.
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Joined Apr 2002
Getting hard to do isn't it Jeepers...


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#16
Commack, New York
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Joined Jan 2002
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.
#17
West Peabody, MA
45 Posts
Joined Nov 2003
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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#18
Pittsburgh, PA (Churchill)
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Joined Jul 2003
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.

Cindy
#19
Jersey Shore, USA
2,154 Posts
Joined Aug 2002
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:
Curacao
Bahamas
Cozumel

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#20
Mesquite, Tx, USA
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Joined Sep 2003
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.

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