Poll Position: Before and After — Pre- and Post-Cruise Stays

August 6, 2012 | By | 5 Comments

Cruising is great, but it’s got its pitfalls, not the least of which are getting to port with enough time to avoid missing sailaway and saying goodbye to a weeklong escape at disembarkation. That made us curious to know how many cruisers have allotted extra vacation time or softened the post-cruise blow with a pre- or post-cruise port stay.
What we asked: Have you stayed in port pre- or post-cruise?
What they said: The majority of voters — 44 percent — have done both. Another 42 percent have done a pre-stay. A further 12 percent have never stayed in port, and the remaining 2 percent have extended their trips with post-stays.
What it all means: It seems most people enjoy the buffer of extra time afforded by post-stays. “Removes fear of missing embarkation on pre and helps relieve the let down of leaving the ship on the post,” say Gray and Mamie Sullivan on Facebook.
Meanwhile, Roberta Gerlach enjoyed an unexpected post-stay: “We HAD to stay in Seattle after an Alaskan cruise due to Hurricane Charlie back home. Travel Insurance paid for the whole 2 days, which I had wanted to do in the first place, but couldn’t afford. Great time!!!”
Still, some folks don’t have much of a reason to stay, as was summed up by Betty Thabet: “I live in NYC and always sail from NYC.”
What about you? Have you stayed before or after a cruise? Tell us in the comments below.
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    5 Responses to “Poll Position: Before and After — Pre- and Post-Cruise Stays”

    1. Sylvia
      August 6th, 2012 @ 9:38 pm

      Yes, I’d like to spend a couple of days before cruising. Especially in the winter, when it gets dicey of delayed flights due to weather. I’d rather be safe than sorry.

    2. Scott
      August 7th, 2012 @ 9:17 am

      Back in 2005 we did the Mexican Rivera cruise on NCL (Cabo, Mazatlan, Puerto Vallarta) for my birthday. We made it an extended vacation by staying in beverly hills for 3 days afte the cruise and seeing the sights around LA. Great way to wind down a great cruise! (and we loved Puerto Vallarta so much, we went back there for 5 days later that year).

    3. Brian
      August 7th, 2012 @ 7:31 pm

      Our one and only cruise (so far) was a midnight sailing out of Seattle, so we didn’t need to stay overnight prior to the cruise. But we did stay an extra night in Seattle after the cruise, and we were glad we did. We love that city!

    4. Sheila Greenwood
      August 8th, 2012 @ 3:31 am

      Back in 2008 we went on our honeymoon. First we went to Key West (which we’d loved on a previous Cruise stop-off), then we flew to Las Vegas. We did the Grand Canyon, the Cirque de Soleil Beatles Show and Barry Manilow (it had to be done!!). Then we flew to LA and went on a Royal Caribbean Cruise down the Mexican Riviera. What a memorable honeymoon!! And we were in our late 50s!

    5. Rae
      August 10th, 2012 @ 6:26 am

      I’m pre staying in Orlando but were leaving kinda early so well be in Orlando after the cruise just not staying over :(

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