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Sea Days or Port Days, what is your preference?

Sea Days or Port Days, what is your preference?  

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  1. 1. Sea Days or Port Days, what is your preference?

    • Sea Days
      15
    • Port Days
      21
    • I like them both equally
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I hate sea days.  There is no way to tell you how much I hate sea days.  My best-of-all-possible cruise would have zero sea days.  

 

DON

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Considering our most recent cruise and the one leaving this Sunday are round trip crossings, I think that would indicate a preference for sea days.

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Balance of both with 2-3 sea days on a 7-day itinerary being ideal to me.  Just did an 11 day repositioning a few months ago with 6 port days and 5 sea days.  Very nice combination of both IMO.

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Need the sea days to actually relax!

Trips are selected for  the itinerary & ports visited.  More & more sea days are important to us...

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Arrrgh!  I accidently voted for sea days.  I much prefer going to a different port every day.  I get bored to easy on ship and my ADD kicks in.

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Most of our cruises have been to Europe, and itinerary is important.

Our next cruise is 12 days, 2 sea days.  That's good for us.

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I mainly cruise for the itinerary and ports, so port days are important. However, I do like an occasional sea day to relax and refresh -- to get ready for the next batch of ports.  About 1 sea day per 4-5 port days would be my preference.

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On most cruises we prefer a balance of a few port days, followed by a relaxing 1 or 2 sea days. However, I am also comfortable with sea days and would enjoy a relaxing 4 weeks at sea with no ports.

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Depends on the ship.

 

When I have been on Enchantment, Jewel, or Adventure (RCCL) I could not get off the ship quick enough! On the Oasis class ships, I could never get off the ship and be 100% okay with that!

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I prefer port days because port days are far less crowded and we can enjoy the ship.  We have nothing against sea days, they're rather nice, but too many people on the ship.  BTW, we seldom do excursions because we enjoy the almost empty ship.

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Since we pick cruises for the ports, I voted for port days. Sea days are fine too. Actually DW used to not like sea days at all, but now also likes them. Still I had to vote for port days.

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Cruise are vacations we take maybe once every year or every other  year.   I do take many vacations per year, it is all about the ports and desire to do a a port / day or 6 ports in 7 or 8 days.   Beats doing that by land, nothing in life or vacation is optimal as a port per day is sometimes too short, and mostly just enough, so all about the ports

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I like my cruise to be divided in port and sea days. Because when we are in port, we feel it's a shame to stay onboard with a world to be discovered outside. So we tend to need the sea days to relax and get ready for the next port day.

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I prefer days at sea. Even when we are in port for a full day we are normally back on the ship for lunch. Not because we have paid for the lunch but because we prefer to be on the ship. 

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1 minute ago, sverigecruiser said:

Not because we have paid for the lunch but because we prefer to be on the ship. 

Why is that your preference?  We've had some incredible meals when traveling.  Actually what we remember as the two best meals of our lives were in Barcelona and Budapest.

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Best of all are sea days travelling through scenery, such as the fjords..

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I like both! I could take a cruise to nowhere or a trans-whatever....However, I also enjoy visiting places I haven't been, or for which I have an affinity. 

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14 hours ago, ilikeanswers said:

And does your preference ever change?

 

Not in the last 40 years.

 

In this race, port days definitely come in second place.

 

Sea days are better.  

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Of course it depends on the ship and the ports.  If I were somehow on a cruise with stops at Freeport, Falmouth, Nassau and the like, I would stay on board.  On the other hand, if I wanted to see Rome, Venice and Paris,  I surely would not book a cruise stopping at Civita Vecchia, Livorno, and Cherbourg - I’d take a land trip. If I were on an NCL ship, I’d surely want to go ashore to get a good meal.

 

Our next cruise is in December on QM2 - primary motives were to have someone else handle the holiday hoopla, and to get away from Northeast chill for a bit without having to fly (or drive much more than an hour).  Having been on all the islands, the key decision to stay aboard or go ashore will depend upon the weather and our mood each morning.

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Ideal for us would be 2-3 port days followed by 1-2 seas day to rest and relax, then repeat.   Can't do too many port days in a row any more.    The most sea days we've had was 9 days, (Yes, in a row!) on a LA>S. Pacific>LA cruise.    That was a little much, though it really didn't get to us until about Day 6.   

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8 hours ago, clo said:

Why is that your preference?  We've had some incredible meals when traveling.  Actually what we remember as the two best meals of our lives were in Barcelona and Budapest.

 

People cruise for different reasons. I know that one of your reasons is to try local food but I don't care about that. I want to relax and don't think that it's relaxing to try to find the best local food. 

 

I have eaten great food in Barcelona too but that was before the cruise when I needed to find something to eat. 

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