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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