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I am wanting to do a warm weather Caribbean cruise but both of us don't really like the Caribbean. Is there anything that says you have to get off the ship? Is there still plenty to do on port days? We may have the same feeling on some of our Alaska ports as well.

Last time I went to the Caribbean was 1994 and swimming pools were closed in port, as well as the casino of course.

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The swimming pools will be open on port days.

The thermo spa and salon will be open.

The shops and casino will be closed. The dining room for lunch may also be closed on port days -- check your daily On Location for this.

There will not be a lot of activities.

A couple of the bars/lounges will be open as well as the Explorations Café and Library and Internet.

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If the dining room is closed, the Lido is open as well as room service. There is always food available on a cruise ship.


I've stayed on board on some port days in the CAribbean and enjoy the quiet. I can read in the Crow's Nest looking out at the ocean, or sit on a teak lounger and watch the ocean go by. It's nice to have the peace and quit. By lunch time though, people tend to trickle back.

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If you have your own laptop/netbook/iPad, some of the ports have free wifi in the terminals now, and you can get connected to CC for a while! :)


By lunch time though, people tend to trickle back.
Many excursions are just 1/2 day.


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We have cruised the Caribbean for years and often stay aboard on port days. It is very relaxing around the pool and for lunch with fewer people around. Sometimes we take a walk around in port during the morning just to stretch our legs and people watch, but we spend very little time doing that because we "hear the ship calling to us". :D

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We often stay aboard in Ports we've visited before.. We enjoy sitting out on Promenade deck while reading, people watching or napping..LOL

Sometimes they have vendor's in or around the port.. Then we might go for a quick walk just to see if there is something we can't live without.. ;)But more often than not, we just take a quick walk & go back on board with nothing exciting..


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I wilt fairly quickly in the Caribbean heat, so we often stay aboard, especially for Carnival owned ports.


There's usually a movie (some far better than others). And we give the art a good look. And sit in the shade with a good book and tall cool drink.


It's like being in a off season resort with great weather.

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I forget which stop it was, but we got off for like an hour and then got back onboard. I loved my "private" Lido pool. My partner and I were the only ones there for well over a few hours. Very nice.



Sent from my iPad

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You may find the iPod art tours of the art on the ships of interest. It's a recorded tour of the different art pieces on board. You can use your own device or borrow one from the library onboard. Good information and better to do it on a port day (vs. a sea day) when there are fewer people out and about.

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