Cruising is all about choice, and that’s one of the many reasons people choose cruising as their favorite type of vacation. Are quaint destinations on your bucket list or do you prefer visiting the popular, must-do cities? Outside stateroom or suite? Longer voyages or a weeklong getaway? Do you want an itinerary that is port-intensive or one that has an abundance of relaxing days at sea?
With Holland America Line’s weeklong “Get Up & Go!” promotion that runs Oct. 7 through Oct. 14, we’re giving you more choices to plan that last-minute cruise vacation in 2015. Details are down below, so after you read the perks of choosing an itinerary with more sea days, ports days or a perfect combination of both, choose your cruise and set sail this November or December to a variety of destinations!
We asked our Facebook fans to tell us which they enjoy more: sea days or port days. And it came as no surprise that the overwhelming choice is … both! Guests love the leisurely days at sea where they can unwind and take advantage of the ships’ amenities, while port days reveal exciting new adventures and bring foreign cultures to life.
AHHH … RELAXING DAYS AT SEA
Days at sea open the door for a variety of possibilities and provide a little extra time to do everything and anything. Do you want to sit back, relax and let the world sail by? Find a cozy chair on deck, curl up with a good book and breathe in the incredible sea air. For a bit of pampering, indulge in a treatment at the Greenhouse Spa. If it’s knowledge you seek, visit the Culinary Arts Center presented by Food & Wine for a cooking demonstration by a world-renowned chef, learn how to share your cruise photos at a Digital Workshop powered by Windows, attend a lecture or get ready for your next port of call by participating in an On Location event. The day is yours to embrace, so you can fill it with as many or as few activities that you wish.
Here’s why some of our fans prefer the sea days:
I love sea days the best!!! While enjoying ports is great, nothing is better than the “cruise” experience itself. 28-day cruise and only 7 ports was one of my favorite cruises. In other words, I don’t care where it’s going, just get me on the ship!!!! — Paula C.
I love sea days because they are so relaxing and that’s why I take a cruise-to simply relax. — Mike Pam W.
Days at sea because there is never a dull moment with Holland America. — Mary H.
I love the days at sea! You get to enjoy all the fun things to do on the ship and you don’t feel like you have to miss anything to do it! — Alicia S.
At sea, so relaxing, peaceful, stress free and serine. — Rebecca M.
We prefer sea days. All I need is a good book, an adult beverage and a comfy chair and I’m a happy sailor! — Suzanne M.
I enjoy the enriching days at sea. I am usually sailing to rest up, read some books that I enjoy, hit the gym & get a little sun. I enjoy the meals in the main dining area & meeting folks I am sailing with. I go up to the observation deck, grab a tazo tea & doze off if the mood hits me. I go ashore for some of the excursions if there is something I would enjoy seeing or doing. The sunset sail off Aruba was beautiful & the crew were great. Looking forward to my next cruise in 2017 on the Koningdam. — Donna R M.
I love doing transatlantic cruises … just being able to relax on board the ship is my idea of a great vacation. — Pam H.
CULTURES COME ALIVE WITH MORE PORT DAYS
Cruising is the easiest, most economical way to see the world. You travel from port to port, country to country, and only unpack one time. Dining, entertainment, enrichment activities are all included. All you have to do is bring your passport!
Holland America Line explores the world. From the tip of the Arctic to the depths of Argentina, from Australia to the Caribbean, there truly is a cruise for everyone. If you want a more laid-back experience, a Caribbean cruise is a great choice. If it’s culture and knowledge you seek, a trip to Europe is a must. Enjoy the exotic? Perhaps Asia is for you. Great food, wine, gorgeous landscapes and cuddly creatures on your checklist? Then book a cruise that heads Down Under to Australia. And scenic beauty is found all over the world, but it’s especially abundant in Antarctica, New Zealand and the Chilean fjords.
Here’s why our fans prefer days in port:
I love seeing new things on shore! Such a great way to travel and not have to unpack each day and travel by bus to another locale. — Melinda R.
I love port days. I want to see as much of different countries as I can. I love to travel. — Sue P.
Port days because you get to see a taste of the country and city to see if this would be a land trip in the future. — Susan C.
Port days! Hands-down. Heading back out to sea before sunset is definitely a perk, but I love spending my days checking out other corners of the world. — Kimberly L.
Guest Terry W. love port days for a different reason than most: “Almost everyone gets off and we stay onboard and have the ship mostly to ourselves.”
Port days! I love seeing new places & meeting new people- new cultures. Sea days are for recovery & watching the water go by. — Ann T.
I like exciting adventures ashore. I like seeing and sampling the culture of other places. — Julia M.
I really enjoy going ashore any doing whatever even sightseeing is nice, but we always pick at least one adventure also. — Larry C.
Love to visit new places and learn about new cultures, then come back to the ship to look at the pictures and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere. — Jacquelyn O.
A BALANCE OF BOTH IS THE IDEAL CRUISE
Many of our cruises provide the prefect balance of sea days and port days. A lot of travelers love to have time onboard to experience the ships because they are destinations unto themselves. And sea days also are the ideal time to recharge from busy days ashore. Then there’s time in port exploring the different cultures. The Sip, Savor, Sail cruises are a great choice if you want the best of both worlds. Each voyage features a local celebrity guest chef onboard and guests can attend cooking demos that showcase regional dishes. Then it’s time to go ashore and explore their cultures to see where they draw their inspirations from.
From cuisine to the history, beaches to glaciers, monuments and museums, seeing new places and meeting new people are the reason we travel.
Here’s why our fans love a balance of sea and port days:
Port days are like food for thought! Sea days are like balsam for soul! Just my La Opinion. — Thomas F.
I cruise because I can have both in one vacation — days to explore new places and days to relax and recharge! — Beverly Druga L.
Oh … what would one be without the other … a land trip!!! — Fran A.
Every day is a perfect day because on the ship you can sunbathe, relax, party, whatever you wish to do then when on port you can go for a walk around wherever you arrive at or go off on a trip so you see a cruise is the perfect holiday blend for every one. — Alan R.
We love both actually. The relaxation of the ship and the finding of the adventures of the shore excursions. What a life… — Patricia D.
I like mostly port days, with a few sea days to catch my breath. On our recent Baltic cruise we had sea days on days 3 & 10 of a 12-day cruise. It was perfect. — Journeys & Jaunts
Nice to have time to enjoy some on board activities. There’s been times I’ve had to miss out on something on board to do a shore excursion! Too many choices! — Betty A.
Holland America Line does a wonderful mix of both so you don’t have to choose one or the other. — Addie O.
We love both for different reasons! Port days are fun and exciting, but then we need the sea days to relax and enjoy the ship! — Diana H.
We love all days because we rarely leave the ship, we love to just cruise, read, meet for games, sit on our balcony, see nature that has as little of a human footprint as possible, and if we do leave the ship it’s for a very special tour, private fishing in a remote river, or golf in Ushuaia, wine tasting … thanks HAL for great trips. Oh and on shore days when everyone leaves the ship it’s spa time at discounted rates and we have a private ship to ourselves… — Ellen W.
Holland America provide the best of both worlds! Loved the activities and classes available as well as taking advantage of exploring off the ship. — Sandy Ken S.
I used to love cruises with a lot of ports. Now getting older I enjoy seadays more than ever. Quiet, peaceful and relaxing. — Miezers G.
Love the port days in the Med. Really enjoy the sea days on a transatlantic cruise attending great lectures and meeting people. — Patty R.
I love both, especially when the “at sea” days fall in-between the port days. — Judy K.
Both do have their merits. We try to do a combination of them. (One cruise we booked an excursion every port – wasn’t a good idea for us.) It’s lovely to have the ship be quiet while every one’s in port. Almost like having it to yourself. At sea days, amazing – especially in Alaska. From our veranda we could see the most amazing scenery I’ve ever witnessed. Absolutely breathtaking! — Barbara T.
GET UP & GO!
Starting tomorrow through Oct. 14, Holland America Line is featuring a weeklong Get Up & Go! sale on select cruises in October, November and December 2015, including Holiday sailings. Starting at just $399 per person, you can enjoy an incredible vacation in Europe or the Caribbean. Cruises to Mexico, South America, Australia and Asia also are included in the promotion, so you can choose the ideal destination for your holiday. And, if you book an interior cabin, you can upgrade to an ocean-view for just $100. Select sailings also feature onboard credits up to $400 per stateroom. And a 20 percent discount on airfare helps make the journey all the more affordable.
Which do you prefer – port days or sea days? And will you Get Up & Go this October, November or December? Tell us below!