Happy Sunday Everyone!
I don’t know about you guys but I am a deep reflector after going on a trip. I always try to think of the great things to tell you all about but I also think of the things that could have made it even better for next time. Especially with cruising in the Caribbean, there is a chance you will repeat and island here or there. My friends and I booked this cruise because of all the ports (Barbados, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, St. Maarten and Antigua). To recap this was a 7 night Southern Caribbean cruise out of San Juan, Puerto Rico. Now that I have done it, I have some thoughts!
I’ve come to the conclusion that I like at least 2 sea days on the itinerary. I tend to do more physically active excursions like snorkeling and free diving so I’m usually pretty tired when I get back on board. This sailing had one sea day and it was the day after embarkation. I personally enjoy being at sea. I love sitting on the helopad or top decks in front of the ship while taking in the sea air and the wind (my hair doesn’t appreciate the massive comb session later but it’s worth it).
There are so many fun things to do onboard during sea days. There is normally a huge pool party with a belly flop competition, dance classes and so much more. Of course with the beauty of cruising, you spend your day the way that you want. Not to mention, sea days get you the most bang for your buck. The vast majority of the activities are included in your cruisefare and you get to make good on your promise to outdrink the worth of your beverage package. I like when they are scattered through a sailing so you get to recoop from your island fun!
The beauty of these ships is that it never feels like there are as many people on them as there actually are. Even when the pool deck gets crowded for the belly flop competition, that is not even close to the amount of people that are onboard. There are so many different activities that cater to many different types of people. I think the only gripe that I have about sea days are the people who get up early and clip down 7 towels to reserve 7 chairs on sea days and then don’t show up until almost noon ( you know who you are haha). I’ve never had a problem finding a pull chair though on the plus side.
My next cruise to Cuba and Mexico in April 2017 has two sea days. That will be on Empress of the Seas and they do brunch with complimentary mimosas and bloody marys on sea days so again, all hail sea days! The cruise after that is on Oasis of the Seas on February and that has 3 sea days. What about all of you? Do you like more sea days or a nonstop itinerary?
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