I am seriously contemplating this for our upcoming cruise to the Western Caribbean (Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Montego Bay). On our very first cruise, we were in awe of one of our tablemates who stayed onboard the entire length of the cruise to enjoy the ship. As our last few cruises have been very port intensive, and we have been to these Western Caribbean ports before, I can now understand -- and this may be our chance to try it out. The thought of having the pools to ourselves is enticing, as is lingering over meals, having air conditioning close by, and not having to watch the clock during the day.
The only time I can remember never going ashore was many years ago when Princess tried summer cruises to the Mexican Riviera. I think it was in July or August and I remember walking down the gangway and turning around and walking right back up--the heat and humidity was THAT oppressive. Of course nobody else went ashore either so it was just like a sea day.
But when going to Mexico, which I do a lot because it is so convenient for me, many times I will skip one or even two of the ports for the very reasons you mention. But I've found that there is a point where "quiet" can actually turn into "lonely" :-)
We'll likely go ashore in Cozumel because we like the place. As for Georgetown we might go to the Boatswain's Beach Adventure they have developed at the turtle farm. Sure it it touristy but I want to be able to comment on it for the members.
We have skipped a few ports but never a whole cruise, altho it may happen. I love the ship. The heat gets to me now. thats why I love the late winter and late fall cruise. Some ports just dont hold any intrest for me.
We have skipped a few ports also but I need to get off once in awhile
That said we are doing a Panama canal cruise next year & been to most of the ports so may just stay & enjoy the ship or maybe get off in a couple of ports.
It is 18 days so I may need to make sure my land legs still work
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I've skipped Freeport a few times is all. You should at least take the short walk on GC to Abanks and get some conch fritters. I might could miss a few ports on the Dream to explore the ship, the Elation probably not as I know those ships very well.
Besides if you don't go ashore you can't really say you've been there. I remember being ill the first time I went to Dominica. I was still determined to walk to the end of the pier and set foot on the ground. Cozumel is one of my favorite ports. You can read a book under an umbrella at Paradise Beach. Rumor has it that Tom has wifi set up at the bar now so you can check your email etc. if you like. I just can't imagine staying on the ship unless I had to. Then again, I am more acclimated to hot and sticky weather than you are probably, and even I don't cruise in July.
To borrow a phrase from the Nation of Why Not.."Get Out There!"
On my 3-night cruise aboard the Sovereign in 2008, I stayed aboard in Nassau and went ashore at Coco Cay for about two hours - really just to take photos, I didn't stay for lunch but instead had that on the ship where there was no feeding frenzy. So that was it - I boarded the ship and only left it for a couple hours until we returned home.