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    Hi Everyone

    What would your ideal cruise day consist of?
    Whether it's a sea day, or a port day what is your favourite way to spend your time.

    I like a combination of being on board, when the ship is half empty, but also love a stroll into the port, a beer in a pub so I can people watch. A beautiful beach with a very blue sea, sun shining a frozen daiquiri while watching the waves.

    I really miss it , it's been far to long .................................................. .......Carol

    #2
    I like the thrill of going somewhere I've never been before ,coming back onboard to your own little haven a nice slonk on deck or on your balcony, a visit to the buffet(or another snack facility)and a little liquid refreshment.
    Then another slonk whilst contemplating what's for dinner tonight πŸ˜€

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      #3
      All with wife - up late (after laughter-night before), light breakfast, wander ashore in warm sunshine to see a few β€˜sights’ and have a couple of beers or wines in outside bar with local music. Wander back aboard to lie in sun with dips in spa pool, stateroom balcony late afternoon viewing surrounding area with a cocktail and preparing for evening. Cocktail bar and chat with sociable cruisers, dinner, ballroom dancing and theatre (if good entertainment), end evening with couple more dances. Oh when will it happen again?!

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        #4
        Sea or port day, not bothered, siting on the balcony, in the shade with a glass of something cold in hand, whilst cruising in the Indian or Pacific Oceans, watching the turtles, flying fish and dolphins.

        Or, the other extreme, on deck, huddled up under a blanket and reading a good book, with coffee or a glass of something cold depending on time of day. Either way, ports of call are secondary to being on the ship as we love it when Victoria is in port and the ship isn't as busy.

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          #5
          Carol, your title surprised me! So what is "cruising", remind me?

          Originally posted by Mrs M View Post
          Either way, ports of call are secondary to being on the ship as we love it when Victoria is in port and the ship isn't as busy.
          There are lots of things to enjoy about cruising of course, but I think my favourite bit is exploring a ship that I have not cruised on. On today's mega-ships this can take up much of a sea day or more!

          I do enjoy walking on a wrap around prom deck during a sea day. In fact we always have a walk before we go to bed, unless conditions do not allow.

          Personally I think the ship itself is more than 50% of the experience - simply because you are often on-board more hours than you are in the ports. For me maybe it is 70% of the experience in terms of importance?
          Last edited by Malcolm, Essex; 17th June 2020, 02:33 PM.
          See my cruise blog: HERE

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            #6
            I enjoy the whole experience of a cruise. As the choice has always been itinerary driven, coupled with a ship that we like.

            I wouldn't choose to go on a cruise with a company that doesn't meet my preferences, just for the sake of going on any cruise.

            I love sea days equally to new ports of call.

            Right now, I wish I was on a sun lounger on deck in some shade reading a book/looking out to sea/ snoozing/drinking a cocktail in any order.
            Jill

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              #7
              Oh Carol! We should have been boarding Silhouette on July 4th to cruise the Baltic again. As long as the weather is cooperative any kind of cruise day or combo of Port and then lounging around is fine by me. A few g&t’s by the Martini Bar or on deck and I am a very happy bunny. Dinner with our favourite waiter Santos serving us followed by a show and some live music or the silent disco and I am as happy as Larry. When, oh when will we Ben able to do so again? 😒

              Take care and stay well. Helen

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                #8
                Originally posted by Smith7 View Post
                I enjoy the whole experience of a cruise. As the choice has always been itinerary driven, coupled with a ship that we like.

                I wouldn't choose to go on a cruise with a company that doesn't meet my preferences, just for the sake of going on any cruise.

                I love sea days equally to new ports of call.

                Right now, I wish I was on a sun lounger on deck in some shade reading a book/looking out to sea/ snoozing/drinking a cocktail in any order.
                Yes it's the whole experience right from starting to choose it, the anticipation, researching the ship if you don't know it, the itinerary, deciding what to take and then the cruise! Magic!

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                  #9
                  On a port day we have a Leisurely breakfast, walk into port for a wander, stop off at a cafe to people watch then back on ship by 2 or 3pm to lie and soak up some rays.

                  sea days we have a long lie and miss breakfast so go to dining room for lunch. We will then attend any good lectures or have a wander around the ship. We will then find a quiet place in the sun to read and chill.

                  cruising is such a hard life isn’t it? πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
                  don't want to work, just want to cruise.

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by Issyalex, Glasgow View Post
                    On a port day we have a Leisurely breakfast, walk into port for a wander, stop off at a cafe to people watch then back on ship by 2 or 3pm to lie and soak up some rays.

                    sea days we have a long lie and miss breakfast so go to dining room for lunch. We will then attend any good lectures or have a wander around the ship. We will then find a quiet place in the sun to read and chill.

                    cruising is such a hard life isn’t it? πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
                    πŸ‘ Saved me typing all of that on the iPad 😊

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                      #11
                      We like to have an early, light breakfast in our room on sea days. It is great to wake up to a breakfast tray with tea and just enjoy the peace and quiet whilst you eat your breakfast. Just a great way to relax. Then we will have another snooze for an hour, before going out for a stroll around the decks to catch some sunshine and fresh air, usually as high up as possible on the upper decks where you can get a panoramic view of the sea. We will then find a sun lounger somewhere tucked away in a shady spot and relax. Sea days are a great way to relax and wind down from our busy lives. If there are any interesting lectures, we will go to this, or see a film. We will go for a snack if we feel like it. Evening, we don't tend to bother with the entertainment in the theatre too much, unless it is something that we particularly want to see. Cruising is all about relaxing for us as we are so busy in our working lives, it is just great to often sit and just watch the sea go by.

                      By the time we have had a couple of sea days, we are then ready to get to a port to have a look around, soak up the atmosphere and buy a few things to remind us of the visit. I do like buying clothes on the continent as they are slightly different to home. It is great when we go to ports we have never been to before, but we also like ports we have been to many times before as well, as this means we know our way around and if there are particular shops we want to go to, or cafes we particularly like in a great spot.

                      Cruising for us is one long relaxing holiday. It is a holiday you don't have to worry about anything as it is all done for you. The sea is a massive draw for me as I find it very relaxing to watch and the different ports you can visit in a short space of time without having to drive or fly there is another bonus.The ideal length for us is no longer than 17 nights, otherwise our clothes start to feel a bit tight and we are then ready to get off and face the world again, with recharged batteries.

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                        #12
                        I am an early riser, OH is not, so I can get up around 5.30, shower and dress and quietly leave the room and he doesn't notice. I love sitting up on deck before anyone else is there, I can happily sit and watch the sea for hours. I do like going ashore on port days if it's somewhere I haven't been before or if there is somewhere I want to return to but often we stay onboard and enjoy the quiet spell while everyone is off ship. One thing I love about cruising is that everything is there should you choose to enjoy it. Entertainment in the evenings takes many forms - we usually go to the theatre if anything decent is on. For us it is a great opportunity to relax, do our own thing and recharge our batteries. I love it!!

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                          #13
                          Love reading all your accounts of life on board. I really hope we get to do it again soon. I do like land based holidays, but you really can't beat being at sea ...............................................Car ol

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by carol, welwyn garden city View Post
                            Hi Everyone

                            What would your ideal cruise day consist of?
                            Whether it's a sea day, or a port day what is your favourite way to spend your time.

                            I like a combination of being on board, when the ship is half empty, but also love a stroll into the port, a beer in a pub so I can people watch. A beautiful beach with a very blue sea, sun shining a frozen daiquiri while watching the waves.

                            I really miss it , it's been far to long .................................................. .......Carol
                            All of that

                            LMM


                            Lawnmowerman

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                              #15
                              I cruise for itinerary preferably from continent to continent. e.g. starting in Asia and ending in North America or from the southern hemisphere to northern hemisphere. I try and imagine what it must have been like for those 1st sailors on those 1st sailings. It must have been fun to try and discover new routes.

                              Availability of sun loungers around the pool - I couldn't care.

                              Food - as long as I can find something to eat - I am good with that.

                              Prefer live music to theatre and once I have tested every bar to find the best cocktail barman, I am sorted.

                              Annie

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