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Old 04-04-2013, 01:33 PM   #16
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We usually take one big vacation a year. My DH has been requesting a beach vacation, but the boys have been begging to do DCL. So, we'll spend our port days at the beach. It's a compromise we're all happy with!
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Old 04-04-2013, 02:51 PM   #17
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We love the beach too, but the closest one (South Padre Island) is a 10-hour drive from us. We eat up the time we can spend on a Caribbean beach.
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Old 04-04-2013, 03:17 PM   #18
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It's like a two-fer?

Disney + beach .= two vacation experiences at once?

We don't care to shop, aren't big on fish, etc.

most cruise lines include beach days at private islands, so I'm guessing it must be pretty widely enjoyed.
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Old 04-04-2013, 03:57 PM   #19
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Different strokes for different folks.

If they weren't popular and well attended, they wouldn't be offered.

When dh and I travel alone, we rarely book ship excursions.

When we travel with the kids, we almost always book ship excursions, partly because we know the transportation will be taken care of, and partly because they're self limiting options.

My kids like the ocean. We don't have an ocean within a day's drive.

I like to sit and chill out - and when my kids are at the beach and in my eyesight, I can do that.

Don't pass judgement on how I choose to vacation, and I won't pass judgement on how you choose to vacation. If you don't like something? Don't do it. Problem solved
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Old 04-04-2013, 04:19 PM   #20
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We love the beach too, but the closest one (South Padre Island) is a 10-hour drive from us. We eat up the time we can spend on a Caribbean beach.
Oh isn't that the truth. And the water in that part of the gulf is best described as brown.
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Old 04-04-2013, 04:21 PM   #21
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I don't go on beach excursions most of the time but I am not a big beach fan. I only go to Castaway Cay to have lunch, not hang on the beach. Unless I'm with someone else who wants to hang on the beach. On the other hand, there are people who absolutely love beaches, and will go to whatever beach is available.

Sand in the pants, yuck.
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Old 04-04-2013, 05:39 PM   #22
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Well why not? The beach is the best feature of some ports.
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Old 04-04-2013, 11:05 PM   #23
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In New England our beaches are totally different, more rocky and colder. So a Caribbean beach is a real treat. I might feel differently if I was from Florida and had access to nice beaches. It's kind of like when we see cruises going up the east coast to Maine and Nova Scotia. Why would anyone want to do that? But for some people it is very different and a neat thing to do.
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If you live by a beach, the beach is no big deal. If you live in a place that does not have a beach, it is a big deal. Or if you are like me where we have a beach 2 hours away but it is so cold all the time that you cannot go swimming, then the warm beaches of the Caribbean is a big deal.
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Well why not? The beach is the best feature of some ports.
We live less than 10 minutes from the beach. i was just there today for 3 hours And even though i wont do a beach at every port, ilove different beaches and everything about beaches.
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Don't pass judgement on how I choose to vacation, and I won't pass judgement on how you choose to vacation.
Wow, that's a little harsh. The OP wasn't passing judgment or telling you not to go to the beach, just asking for information.
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Well why not? The beach is the best feature of some ports.
True..my DH likes to do all inclusives in the area around Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Gorgeous beaches, nice resorts, free food and drink..all good. BUT..I HATE leaving the resort..icky icky tourist traps with people hollering at you to come buy their junk. I live little over an hour away from Juarez, no thanks...but the beach experience time is laid back and lazy and fine (I just get a little stir crazy after a few days into a 7 day trip ). Visiting the ruins at Tulum was nice, and Xel Ha was good (Ixcaret not so much) but I told DH that if we ever go again, I'm not setting foot off the resort.
I live in the desert and see that every day and wonder..why on earth would people want to visit here???
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We love the beach too, but the closest one (South Padre Island) is a 10-hour drive from us. We eat up the time we can spend on a Caribbean beach.
Same here!!! We used to live in NC an hour from the beach and were there all the time. Been in DFW for almost 5 years and still have never made it to the beach in Texas.
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Different strokes for different folks.

If they weren't popular and well attended, they wouldn't be offered.

When dh and I travel alone, we rarely book ship excursions.

When we travel with the kids, we almost always book ship excursions, partly because we know the transportation will be taken care of, and partly because they're self limiting options.

My kids like the ocean. We don't have an ocean within a day's drive.

I like to sit and chill out - and when my kids are at the beach and in my eyesight, I can do that.

Don't pass judgement on how I choose to vacation, and I won't pass judgement on how you choose to vacation. If you don't like something? Don't do it. Problem solved
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Old 04-05-2013, 08:40 AM   #28
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Can you help me understand what are the different reasons people take an excursion to spend a day at the beach while cruising? I can see if this is their only vacation of the year and they love to hang out at the beach. I really just want to know if I am missing something else from the beaches at different ports. Thanks a lot for any inputs.
Op..where do you live? Are you close to a beach? Are you just not interested in spending time at beaches at all or you don't understand visiting beaches on vacation? Or are you wondering why people would do an excursion to a beach instead of doing one on their own? Just trying to understand the question better as it is pretty random...like asking why do some people like pizza?

Most reasonable answer is because people like the beach!!!

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Old 04-05-2013, 08:43 AM   #29
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Why would one go to a gorgeous tropical island and NOT go to a beach??

I think most people only take 1 vacation a year, if that, and if they're not from a beach area, they'll go to the beach. At least I would

I look at the ship as a moving resort taking me to beautiful places where I want to relax on a beach. If my plans were to just stay on the ship, I'd find myself a nice all inclusive resort and go there instead
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Why would one go to a gorgeous tropical island and NOT go to a beach??
ITA

To be honest I never understood why people piled on busses with the masses for a paid tour to go shopping? Like it has been mentioned before different strokes for different folks.
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