maybe someone can answer this. on a 7 day cruise you will see that a ship will have either 3 ports of call or 4. why do they do a 3 ports of call and have 3 fun days at sea. they are so close to other island they could make it a 4 port stop. we will never go on a 3 port stop cruise. we love the many ports the better. there only so much you can do on fun day at sea.i dont mind the eating part though
Not sure what factors into the choice of itinerary, could be cost, could be the size of the ship, something with logistics, just not sure. I do know there are some of us that love the sea days as much if not more than port days. Sometimes, the ship is the destination.
As Penny states there are those who love days at sea. This is one thing the cruise lines take into consideration. They offer itineraries to satisfy everyone. The ship certainly will make more money on that extra sea day. Another factor they have to consider is port congestion. How many other ships are in the port on the day they would need to be there? Can they dock or have to tender, and cost of more port fees. Fuel consumption is another factor. Do they use more fuel leisurely sailing around at a slow speed for 24hrs; or would they use more speeding it up several knots because they're now under time constraints after stopping at that fourth port?
When it comes to the Caribbean I am not a port-intensive person. I prefer fewer ports and more sea days. Too many of the islands are just variations on each other with little of real interest to me anymore. I do like Cozumel though.
I'll Roger that Dave - After years of cruising and repeating many ports the days at sea sometimes becomes the best part of a cruise. It is amazing to see how many passengers remain on board during port calls - then again - there is always Cozumel!!
lol!! i bet it did. that must have been on the carnival victory out if SJU. i bet it was fun though
It was out of San Juan, it was the Holiday though. It was fun because some of the ports were new to me, or only my second visit.
I'm getting to were I like the sea days to alternate with the port days. It gives me a day to rest up in between. I don't like too many sea days back to back though. I can only take so much of lido fun and games, and trying to stay out of the casino.
Yep, I love the days at sea. As far as why some are 4 ports and others 3 ports, I'm sure it has everything to do with profit, that includes having cruises for all types, fuel consupmtion, port fees and everything. But I can add this, Days at sea are busy for the entertainers and social hosts. If there are extra shows this ADDS cost as the performers are paid by the show. When my daughter dances 5 shows per week her pay is more than a 3 show per week schedule. Maybe that's why I like sea days, more shows.