Your cruise ship has finally docked at its next port of call. As the announcements are being made and your fellow passengers are making their way to the gangway, you remain poolside with a drink in hand. Today, you have decided to stay on the ship. Why? Because sometimes staying onboard the ship during a stop at an island can be just as rewarding.

This is especially true if you frequent these ports or have recently visited on another trip. While we certainly do enjoy exploring our destinations with various shore excursions, sometimes we just want a low key day. Not convinced? Here are 7 Reasons to Stay on the Ship at Your Next Port of Call.

7 Reasons to Stay on the Ship at Your Next Port of Call

You Can Catch up on Some R&R

No one really wants to wake up early on vacation to catch that 7:30am tour or tender. When you stay onboard during a port of call, you can sleep in as late as you want. Who doesn’t like a few extra hours of sleep to recharge the batteries? Lounge around your cabin, perhaps with some breakfast on your balcony, or stake claim in your favorite lounge chair to catch some rays.

No Waits at the Restaurants (and Bars)

When you stay onboard during a port of call, you won’t have to worry about waiting for a drink or a seat at your favorite restaurant. Once the crowds head out to the island, the dining venues and bars will be all yours. Sometimes, the ship will even offer discounts on food and drinks while in port like special buy-one-get-one promotions or % off coupons.

Harmony of the Seas BarsAn Empty and Open Pool Bar on a Port Day

You Can Actually Swim in the Pool

On a typical sea day, you will be sharing the pool with a few 100 of your new friends. If you are looking to stretch out or perhaps even take a few laps for exercise, stay onboard the ship at your next stop. You will actually get to enjoy the pool deck without feeling claustrophobic.

Norwegian Getaway Western Caribbean Cruise ReviewIf Only Everyday on the Ship Was Like This

Explore the Ship

Some indoor venues like the shops, casino, and select bars will not be open while in port, but with no crowds, you can stroll up and down the decks to explore every nook and cranny of the vessel. This is also a great time to score some ship photos and selfies in normally high traffic areas. It is the fool proof away to ensure that your vacation pics are not photo bombed.

Try out All the Activities with No Lines

Explore the ropes course, splash down the waterslides, play a round of mini-golf, or utilize the sports court. With most people off the ship, the busy areas are open for you to call your own. No matter what you choose, you own the outdoor space when you stay on the ship at a port of call. Granted, the crowds will return by mid-afternoon, so test out the ship’s signature attractions early.

Stay on the Ship While in PortRace Down the Abyss With No Wait Times

Pamper Yourself for Cheap

If you decide to stay on the ship, be sure to look for deals. The spa and onboard salon almost always run port day specials. Exclusive areas on the ship might offer day passes or discounts while in port as well. Use all that money you saved from not going ashore to splurge on a discounted couple’s massage or enjoy a day pass to the thermal suite. You’ve earned it!

Stay on the ShipEnjoy the Spa While Others Are Ashore

Hit the Gym

The onboard gym is often packed with other passengers, except when the ship is docked. You can utilize all of the equipment without any hassle. Or, if you’d prefer to enjoy the weather, go for a run on the jogging track. While the ship is in port, you won’t have to worry about dodging other travelers as you will have the deck almost exclusively to yourself.

Do we have you convinced yet? The next time you are reviewing those shore excursions and tours, consider a change of plans. Pack an extra bathing suit and enjoy your cruise ship’s amenities while you stay onboard at your next port of call.

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7 Reasons to Stay on the Ship At Your Next Port of Call

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