Ports of Call or Sea Days?
After booking a passenger yesterday on a 24 night Caribbean cruise from Southampton return it got me thinking about the different itineraries, some that are port intensive and some that have lots of Sea days, as this one did.
Having taken my first Cruise back in 2002 on board the QE2 transatlantic to New York I fell in love with the cruise experience during those sea days. There was always something going on, be that Ballroom dancing or learning the tango (I didn’t do any of this for the record) or fantastic lectures, arts and crafts and quizzes. By far one of my favorite things do do on a Sea Day was to sit with a good book and relax.
I do speak to people about cruises and when going through an itinerary with them, stop me and say no too many sea days. I understand everyone is different and some people want to be in ports and off out and about every day but I do think that a couple of sea days in an itinerary really are beneficial.
Like a ship such as say Oasis of the Seas – Imagine being off the ship every day when would you get the opportunity to ride the Zip Wire or show off your surfing skills on the Flow rider or maybe have a go on the Climbing wall?
Okay so yes the bigger ships are a resort themselves and should be seen as such (making Sea Days an important part of the itinerary), but what about smaller ships without the myriad of facilities? Well as I said above of my QE2 experience there is always something going on – Why not have a spa day? Relax by the pool?
What about a Galley tour as I did on MSC Splendida – It was FAB!!
Don’t get me wrong I love visiting ports of call and ticking them off my list – what other holiday can you have where you are able to visit so many great places and only unpack once? So yes ports of call certainly are important and the cruise lines go to great lengths to plan itineraries as it will always be the ports of call that ultimately sell the cruise (The ship in some cases can, but that’s a story for another day), but embrace those sea days.
What are your thoughts? Do you avoid itineraries with lots of Sea days? or do you avoid the port intensive itineraries? Do you opt for a happy medium? It would be great to hear.