Crusing Without Port Stops

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Would you take a cruise with no port stops?

Today on the podcast we are exploring the idea of cruising without port stops. While we were cruising the Mexican Riviera onboard the beautiful Carnival Panorama one of our ports stops was cancelled. Since we had not intended to get off the ship in that port it was not a big deal for us, but it did make us think more about the possibility of other ports closing. With Covid seemingly here to stay, missed ports have become fairly common. We decided to poll our readers about their thoughts on cruising with no port stops. 

Your thoughts on taking a cruise with now port stops

Here’re a few of the questions we’ll be asking our readers:

  1. Would you take a cruise with no port stops?

Then we asked you to fill in the blank. I’d book a cruise with NO port stops if…

Here were your top 7 contingencies:

  1. Warm weather
  2. Balcony cabin
  3. Reduced Price
  4. Lots to do onboard
  5. Mega ship, mostly RCCL
  6. Drink Package or free drinks
  7. Reduced Capacity
young woman in a sea cruise no port stops

Here’s how our readers said they’d spend their time

  1. Eating
  2. Activites & Entertainment – all the shows! Lee- theme park like intensity!
  3. Deck by deck ship walk & exploration
  4. Actually relax (naps, sleep in, solarium)
  5. Reading
  6. Pool time- hot tubs, sunbathing, LOL reading BY the pool
  7. Spa time
  8. Casino 
  9. Bingo
  10. Drinking was actually mentioned, but wasn’t popular

We also asked if our readers had tips for cruising with no port stops, and here are those results

  1. Ship choice was crucial- for most choosing a newer ship was key. 
  2. Enjoy all ship offerrings
  3. Take your time, be leisurely
  4. Bring books games and ipads
  5. More ship research than usual: Plan more than usual. Make reservations for things. Angie said “learn the ship early”. But at same time, don’t try to do it all on the first day.
  6. Spend money on a better cabin
  7. Be a kid. Do all the things. STuff yo’d normally not try.
  8. Stay positive, don’t stress, chilax, go with the flow, no expectations
  9. Use the daily newsletter

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Sheri and her family are California based cruise content creators focused on providing practical tips and advice to new and seasoned cruisers. CruiseTipsTV’s audience enjoys following Sheri and her family as they travel the world by ship creating travel films. Sheri has visited destinations like Japan, Mexico, Alaska, Europe and the Caribbean, and has experienced 33 cruises on 6 cruise lines. She was named one of Porthole Cruise Magazine’s 10 Travel Influencers Changing How We Vacation in 2018 and 2019. Sheri has been quoted in the New York Times, CNBC, Forbes, Prevention, and Business Innovator Radio. Her YouTube Channel, CruiseTipsTV has over 87,000 subscribers and 17 million views.