5 Reasons to Skip Going Ashore - skip the port stop

Already Visited a Port? 5 Reasons to Skip Going Ashore

Posted November 3rd, 2017

You’ve booked yourself onto a fabulous cruise, sailing to numerous exotic locations and seeing the world from the bow of a luxury liner.

But what happens when you’re pulling into port in a city you’ve already visited? You could disembark and see the same sights – or you could take advantage of having a cruise liner almost entirely to yourself.

Here are five reasons why staying on deck might be the better option.

1. More pool, less party

If you’ve been on a cruise before, you already know the pools fill up with people quickly – almost from the moment passengers start boarding. On any sea day, they’re also frequently overrun with excited kids.

But when the ship pulls into port, the pools become virtually empty. The hot tubs, ordinarily snapped up quickly while sailing, are also free for the taking. Why not skip a familiar port in favour for a blissful pool day?

2. Spas are cheaper on port days

What you’ll sometimes find is that numerous amenities that typically charge for use will offer substantially discounted rates on port days. This is because, while the ship is practically deserted, these services still need to turn over a bit of cash. It’s a great way to save some money and make sure you get a chance to luxuriate in a spa uninterrupted.

3. Hello, gym time

Keeping up an exercise regimen at sea can be a bit of a challenge, made harder by the hundreds of others trying to do the same. When the ship empties out at port, this is when you can make the most of the onboard gym. While the usual gym fiends are out exploring, you’ll have your pick of any machine you want.

4. Skip the queue on laundry day

Clean clothes on a cruise ship are a precious commodity. The laundry always seems to be busy on sea days, so waiting for a port day to do your washing could be a great idea – especially if you have a lot of clothes to get through. Our recommendation? Travel as light as possible so that you only have to worry about the laundry for an hour or so – then you can get back to enjoying the pool or spa!

5. No waiting at mealtimes

Port days spent on deck are amazing for your tummy because the food lines vanish and you basically get the lunch buffet to yourself. This is the perfect opportunity to indulge yourself without having to line up hungry – and you’ll still be full by the time everyone else comes back for dinner.


Want to find out what other amenities you’ll get to enjoy during a port day? Speak with one of our expert cruise consultants about what to expect during your getaway at sea. We’ll help you find an itinerary with the perfect balance of familiar and new ports – so you can enjoy the best destinations and the best parts of your vessel. Call us on 1300 769 228 today. 


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