I'm heading to Bermuda in September, and my husband mentioned that much of the ship is shut down while you're in port for those three days. I had never even thought about that! Does that feel weird? Can you even get like basic necessities in the ship store, or do you have to go ashore? Is there less entertainment available during these port days? How does the 24/7 on-off work? What would you recommend doing on Bermuda?
Booked on Carnival Freedom, Feb. 2012 (Cozumel, Costa Rica, Panama)
NCL Gem, Sept. 2011
NCL Jewel, Feb. 2011
NCL Dawn, Sept. 2010
NCL Spirit, Feb. 2010
NCL Gem, March 2009
RCCL Explorer of the Seas, Feb. 2008
Carnival Miracle, May 2007
Carnival Conquest, April 2006
Caribbean Princess, Feb. 2005
From what I understand from going on 2 previous cruises, international law prohibits shops from being open while you're in port, which is why probably most of the shops are closed on the ship while you're in port.
Not sure what kind of entertainment is available on the ship while you're in port.
Not sure what cruise line you're going on, but the on / off privileges work something like this. When you debark the ship, you insert you SeaPass card into a slot on the gangway. This records that you have left the ship. When you return, you insert your SeaPass again, and the system logs that you returned. When you want to leave again, just go through the same process.
2007 - Majesty of the Seas (Bahamas)
2009 - Enchantment of the Seas (Western Caribbean)
2010 - Freedom of the Seas (Western Caribbean)
2013 - Golden Princess (Alaska, roundtrip from Seattle)