Cruise Critic Live! We Chat About Homeports

June 20, 2014 | By | 6 Comments

Every Thursday at 3 p.m. (Eastern), Cruise Critic Live! takes a look at all the things to love about cruising, from favorite destinations to amazing dining experiences to the latest and greatest new ships on the oceans and rivers. We also welcome outside experts including cruise line CEOs and newsmakers.
Next week, we’re chatting about cruise ship homeports. When it comes to homeports, many of the biggest are trying to persuade cruisers to spend more time in town before (or after) setting sail. You can camp in Cape Canaveral or bag some great bargains in Galveston. Our globe-trotting editors will take your questions and give our favorite tips for finding the best deals in homeports and tell you which ones are worth spending a little extra time visiting.
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    6 Responses to “Cruise Critic Live! We Chat About Homeports”

    1. Chris (Wargobaby)
      June 22nd, 2014 @ 8:27 am

      Getting Around In Galveston, TX? We are staying at the Hilton on Seawall before our RCCI cruise. We want to go to The Strand and The Ellise. How is the public transportation?? Or should we just do a taxi??

    2. Deborah Sampson
      June 22nd, 2014 @ 10:32 am

      We’re looking at a roundtrip out of Rome. Certainly, we want to spend time there before and after. After all, airfares are nearly as high as the cruise, so we want to make the most of it, but we don’t have much money left over for Rome time. Good, relatively inexpensive hotels, places to see, especially when jetlagged and waiting until we can check in to the hotel.

    3. Dick Smith
      June 22nd, 2014 @ 3:15 pm

      Cruise Ship Homeports.
      Hmm if your ‘Globetrotting Experts’ or Editor of above synopsis can only come up with Cape C and Galveston then I wouldn’t call them experts.
      What is a ‘Homeport’ to start with. A homeport to me is where the vessel is Registered not an American port that a ‘Carnival Company’ considers its vessels departure/arrival port as. Tax evasion, flags of convenience. How many ‘Carnival’ vessels are ‘Registered’ in the USA?
      Valparaiso, BA, Amsterdam, Southampton, Barcelona, Civitavecchia, Sydney or Auckland to name a few other supposedly ‘Homeports’.
      Ok I’ve sailed some ‘Carnival’ vessels but there are other Companies that are better that don’t sail from the USA. Bet you don’t print this!!

    4. Ian clack
      June 22nd, 2014 @ 3:44 pm

      We have started to go the day before we sail from southampton when possible. Stopping in a hotel and eating out the evening before so we can can take in the local sights. It also takes the stress off getting stuck in traffic.

    5. Judy
      June 22nd, 2014 @ 4:28 pm

      Stayed at Sheraton cruise centre in Fort Lauderdale. There is a cab driver named Fleepe , he took us around and showed us the sites. We even went to Seagrass. Mall, it is a 500 outlet store mall shaped like a alligator. Great shopping. Took a water taxi ride along the channels seeing Spielburgs yacht other celeb homes. The captain was explaining . Can’t remember the cost think it was about five bucks. Next time I will spend a few extra days in Fort Lauderdale. Happy Canadian from BC Canada

    6. Jeannie
      June 22nd, 2014 @ 8:25 pm

      I want to know if I fly into San Juan a day early for a Princess Cruise if I can do an excursion thru the cruise line

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