Does anyone eat lunch on the ship while in port?


DIS Veteran
Nov 7, 2010
We often do. The food is already paid for and in many cases I prefer the 'safety' of the ship food over island food but I'll admit to being very cautious when it comes to eating in countries I'm not familiar with.


Apr 19, 2017
We're going on a southern in January too. My preference is not to eat on the boat. I'd rather eat while we're out doing stuff and not worry about coming back to the boat. With that said, in Aruba we're going to Eagle beach and if we can't find a lunch place we will come back and have something on the ship.
  • ladyofthetramp

    DIS Veteran
    Apr 3, 2014
    We usually eat on the ship, depends on what we are up to. Alaska was different. Our excursions kept us busy and we tended to eat in port. Nassau? Alaways on the ship. lol


    DIS Veteran
    Nov 13, 2017
    So I see that some of you just stay on the ship after you come back for lunch, but do some of you leave again? We’ll definitely be looking to maximize our time in port so we won’t want to stay on the ship after lunch.


    DIS Veteran
    Oct 8, 2007
    It depends on what we are doing that day. If we are off the ship for the full day we eat at a restaurant, if not we eat when we head back to the ship.


    DIS Veteran
    Mar 4, 2000
    We always ate lunch on the ship no matter which port we were in! Personally felt we already paid for it so take advantage.
  • cruisehopeful

    Wishing I was taking a nap on a ship.
    Oct 25, 2015
    If I am close enough to the ship, it's my preferred place to eat. The food is good and the service is great. It's a gamble with both of those off of the ship.


    Apr 7, 2016
    If we went in for lunch, our kids wouldn’t want to get off the ship again (ages 7,10,12,15).
    We’ll eat a big breakfast before we leave but don’t always eat lunch in port. We’ll usually come back to the ship early (3ish) and they will have snacks poolside and swim before we have to get ready for dinner


    DIS Veteran
    Feb 16, 2012
    Another reason I will eat on the ship (except at Castaway) is because I am gluten-free due to a wheat allergy, and that is not always easily accommodated off the ship in ports. (Obviously depends on where you are - Italy is amazingly easy. Greece was not so easy, even with an allergy card written in Greek by my Greek-American friend so I know it was correct.)

    Any food allergies I would 100% eat on the ship (as I said, other than Castaway since that is Disney operated) to prevent any issues.
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