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When you are holidaying on an island beach you think wouldnt it be great to be on that cruise ship as they pass in the distance.When on a cruise and you see a small beach island you think wouldnt it be nice to be that little island!

 

I have done many island holidays but never a ship only cruise and when you think about it everything you need is on the ship except (in most cases) Pseudo culture tarted up for the cruisers benefit.

 

I suppose if you have never done a beach island holiday or visited a bit of the world then all the ports can be fun.

I went to Montego bay on a cruise a few years ago and was so excited but if I ever went again you couldnt drag me off the boat lol

Bobby Bloom had you inspired for no reason then.

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Sorry, but I could never skip a Port on a cruise. We like the shipboard life, but also the Ports, crikey, just spent about 3 grand on shorex for this years cruises on Sapphire & Royal Princesses.

 

The Sydney Harbour Ferries should stop at Pinchgut Island/Fort Denison for a VB cocktail and a Four'n Twenty pie. :hearteyes:

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I have tried to skip the dis-embarkation port to no avail, the buggers keep finding me!!!! :(

Buggers like that ain’t they.

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Sorry, but I could never skip a Port on a cruise. We like the shipboard life, but also the Ports, crikey, just spent about 3 grand on shorex for this years cruises on Sapphire & Royal Princesses.

 

The Sydney Harbour Ferries should stop at Pinchgut Island/Fort Denison for a VB cocktail and a Four'n Twenty pie. :hearteyes:

Would be nice.

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They check everywhere apparently.:D

Even under the stairs according to Dobby.

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I love the empty ship on port days. We are early risers so at tender ports in the South Pacific we often get off on the first couple of tenders, spend two or three hours swimming and lying on the beach and then hop back on by 11am just as everyone is getting off the ship. Best of both worlds and easy to nab a shady deck chair for a hard afternoon of more lazing around!

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I love the empty ship on port days. We are early risers so at tender ports in the South Pacific we often get off on the first couple of tenders, spend two or three hours swimming and lying on the beach and then hop back on by 11am just as everyone is getting off the ship. Best of both worlds and easy to nab a shady deck chair for a hard afternoon of more lazing around!
Likewise, back on board before the lunchtime rush as well.:D

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I've skipped ports. I recall having swine flu off of the coast of Mexico (which seemed fitting) and I lay in bed for a couple of days. I missed a good stop but realistically on those days I was going nowhere. The lesson I learned here was never rationalise a cheap cabin on the basis you'll never be in it. That was out last inside cabin - we now only use suites.

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I've skipped ports. I recall having swine flu off of the coast of Mexico (which seemed fitting) and I lay in bed for a couple of days. I missed a good stop but realistically on those days I was going nowhere. The lesson I learned here was never rationalise a cheap cabin on the basis you'll never be in it. That was out last inside cabin - we now only use suites.
Good point about the cabins.:D

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There's nothing wrong. no crowds, ship to your-self. Plus you got the booze & nothing to distract you. Have done it a number of times. Been to Lifou 3 times & NEVER got off the boat. love snorkling & have priority dis-embarking & once in Noumea. I did send the DW to Marlene to buy some duty free Booze.. Oh only problem is most cruise companies do the security drill in Noumea at about 10:00. Those alarm are very LOUD. LOL

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Keep thinking I am going to stay on ship, but always go ashore, there might be something different, even in Noumea or Mystery Island. Lol. Generally have a stroll around, come back to lovely quiet ship.

 

 

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There's nothing wrong. no crowds, ship to your-self. Plus you got the booze & nothing to distract you. Have done it a number of times. Been to Lifou 3 times & NEVER got off the boat. love snorkling & have priority dis-embarking & once in Noumea. I did send the DW to Marlene to buy some duty free Booze.. Oh only problem is most cruise companies do the security drill in Noumea at about 10:00. Those alarm are very LOUD. LOL

Yes, the drills can be very loud, no sleeping in on those.

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It's almost as if they wanted them to be heard.

Goes right through ear plugs and noise cancelling headphones as well.;p

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My Dad stays on board ship at almost every port on every cruise he goes on. He’s ex-Navy and is on the ship for the ship not the ports, plus he’s not as mobile as he used to be and loves sitting in the lounges with the bar tender pretty much to himself. Mum gets off the ship and does her own thing.

 

 

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I haven't done this yet, but I would love to. Off the top of my head, I can think of a couple of port stops I regretted getting off the ship. One time I only made it to the end of the pier and headed back, so I guess that almost counts as staying on board. I can say it was amazing to basically have the ship to myself. Everyone flocks to get off the ship, but very few consider just staying put.

 

There are a couple of cruises I have looked at recently, and had the idea to just stay onboard. To me, it makes perfect sense.

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If I get the Drinks package we are staying on if we dont I might get off at Mystery Island for a snorkel it looks like they have changed it a bit since my last trips.

 

Drinks package on RCI is so hum ha?yes/no? over the price I may have to toss a coin!

$1480 for ten nights,not sure we have ever spent that much on a cruise before.

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Tomorrow we are doing something like that - a music Harbour cruise. No port stops for us, unless I guess they run out of grog :D

 

Have fun, and behave.

 

We had fun, & behaved. Great day, but very hot. The cruise covered the inner harbour ie west of the bridge & so went into bays etc that are not on 'normal' harbour cruises. The vessel was the 'Rythmboat'.

 

No port stops, plenty of food & entertainment & no shortage of drinks, although they ran out of limes, so not so different to a sea cruise :)

 

Just to stay with the nautical theme, on Sunday morning we walked from Darling Harbour thru the city down to the Quay to take a look at Solstice & then caught the ferry back to Pyrmont - good weekend!!!

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We had fun, & behaved. Great day, but very hot. The cruise covered the inner harbour ie west of the bridge & so went into bays etc that are not on 'normal' harbour cruises. The vessel was the 'Rythmboat'.

 

No port stops, plenty of food & entertainment & no shortage of drinks, although they ran out of limes, so not so different to a sea cruise :)

 

Just to stay with the nautical theme, on Sunday morning we walked from Darling Harbour thru the city down to the Quay to take a look at Solstice & then caught the ferry back to Pyrmont - good weekend!!!

Good job, Mr walker. Glad you had a fabulous time.

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About 5 years ago when we did the Baltic sea, there was a group of ladies who would never get off the ship. Used the port days to have the Lotus spa to themselves, getting their hair, face, nails etc done ready for dinner. At the time I thought they were crazy, given the amazing destinations we were stopping at. But having gone around umpteen times before, the thing they looked forward to the most was booting us all off at port.

 

I'm starting to see the appeal...

 

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Ok splurged out on the drinks package,woke up at 2am in a panic with the dreamy anxiety thought "what was I thinking!" lol $1480 We cant drink that much!

 

Anyway I will let you all know how 10 nights no ports was like "hic" :)

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Ok splurged out on the drinks package,woke up at 2am in a panic with the dreamy anxiety thought "what was I thinking!" lol $1480 We cant drink that much!

 

Anyway I will let you all know how 10 nights no ports was like "hic" :)

If you can remember anyway.;p

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If you can remember anyway.;p

 

I will remember that much money on alcohol forever!

 

Now I just need to convince myself it is worth every cent for convenience alone!:D

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I will remember that much money on alcohol forever!

 

Now I just need to convince myself it is worth every cent for convenience alone!:D

Good luck, maybe book your self in for a detox session after the cruise straight away.

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If we haven't been to a port before, then we'll generally get off and either do a tour or just wander around the port. Either way, I like to get back onto the ship as early as I can. If we've been there before then we'll stay on the ship, unless there's good snorkelling. The only exception is Noumea, my favourite place in the south pacific. We always get off. Sea days are the best part of the holiday. The more there are the happier we are.

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About 5 years ago when we did the Baltic sea, there was a group of ladies who would never get off the ship. Used the port days to have the Lotus spa to themselves, getting their hair, face, nails etc done ready for dinner. At the time I thought they were crazy, given the amazing destinations we were stopping at. But having gone around umpteen times before, the thing they looked forward to the most was booting us all off at port.

 

I'm starting to see the appeal...

 

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How could they not get off at the Baltic Ports? So much history.:cool: Looking forward to ours in June, doing shorex at every port, not there for a haircut.:halo:

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If we haven't been to a port before, then we'll generally get off and either do a tour or just wander around the port. Either way, I like to get back onto the ship as early as I can. If we've been there before then we'll stay on the ship, unless there's good snorkelling. The only exception is Noumea, my favourite place in the south pacific. We always get off. Sea days are the best part of the holiday. The more there are the happier we are.

I first ported at Noumea in 1992 on an overnighter and vowed never to go back - such was my experience. Years later I went back and took the family to Lemon Beach and the Aquarium.

 

Now I always get off in Noumea - go to the supermarket, buy icecreams, stock up on munchies and get back onboard. :D

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I first ported at Noumea in 1992 on an overnighter and vowed never to go back - such was my experience. Years later I went back and took the family to Lemon Beach and the Aquarium.

 

Now I always get off in Noumea - go to the supermarket, buy icecreams, stock up on munchies and get back onboard. :D

love re-stocking at The CASINO; supermarket... Go there & Marlene duty-free just across street..:)

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I just did noumea and lifou for the second time in 9 months.

 

Did excursions in both ports the first time. I had a more laid back time the second time.

 

The second time I went to stock up on Perrier at the casino supermarket and took the train. I love going there. They even took my New Zealand dollars when I ran out of xpf ❤️

 

Oh yes and a man yelled at me to speak French!

 

Lifou - my sister and I wandered around the market and got $10 massages. More than happy to get onboard after that.

 

No danger of double up ports on the next trip. I’m going elsewhere to have some new adventures

 

 

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Oh yes and a man yelled at me to speak French!

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LOL We always at least say bonjour and Merci beaucoup - that's about the extent of my high school French retention. :D

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LOL We always at least say bonjour and Merci beaucoup - that's about the extent of my high school French retention. :D

 

The French in France and in French Territories around the world can get a little aggro re people using the English language, as can the French Canadians.

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LOL We always at least say bonjour and Merci beaucoup - that's about the extent of my high school French retention. :D

But that seems to be all they want, a basic attempt.

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But that seems to be all they want, a basic attempt.

 

 

 

I agree. We have even had people tell us 'no speak English' until we try to dig out enough French to get our point across very poorly. Thing is you know they can understand us just fine so poor are our attempts at French! :D

 

That's why we learnt to start with a big smile and a bonjour!

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I went to Montego bay on a cruise a few years ago and was so excited but if I ever went again you couldnt drag me off the boat lol

 

 

 

Jamaica is BEAUTIFUL when viewed from the ship .

 

 

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