What to Bring on Cruise Port Days

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What to bring on cruise port days … that’s the big question! Well I’m going to give you my cruise tips on what you should pack on “dry” port days and “wet” port days.

You may have your day in port all planned out, or you may not. If you know you’ll be going to the beach, or to a cenote, or somewhere that involves water make sure to bring the items below!

• Tote bag or backpack (waterproof bags work well too!)

• Waterproof Sunblock that you know works well! Keep in mind if you’re doing an excursion on a boat you’ll need lotion not spray as they don’t usually allow the spray type sunblock on the boat.

• Dry clothing

• Towels (your own towels or towels from the ship, but if you use ship towels don’t lose them or they’ll charge you for them!)

• Hairbrush

• Sunglasses

• Hat (floppy and/or visor)

• Snorkeling equipment

• Cash

• Credit Card(s)

• Shipboard card

• ID or Driver’s License

• Waterproof housing for your phone and/or camera

• Battery pack or power bank for your phone

• Extra camera batteries/ SD card

• Medication you may need for the day (prescription, anti-diarrheal, tums, tylenol, advil)

• SPF Lipbalm

• Bug spray

• Snacks (prepackaged and sealed items like energy bars)

• Water (at least one bottle to do you until you get to your destination)

• Water shoes or sandals

• Extra contacts and eye drops for dry eyes

Of course you can bring more but remember, you have to carry this bag all day long and the walk to and from the cruise ship can be a long one.

Check out my video going over what to bring on port days and make sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel for more cruising tips, cruise vlogs, and videos weekly!

 

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Caribbean Ports of Call

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Below you’ll find all of the ports we’ve visited on our many cruises, and the excursions we did there.

Click on one to start watching the adventure!

Antigua:

Getting to the Beach via Local Bus and  Valley Church Beach

Dominican Republic:

• Puerto Plata: Amber Cove Cruise Port, Creative Arts, Music, Sports (CAMS) impact travel experience, Mount Isabel de Torres Reforestation (impact travel experience), Re-Papel (recycled paper cooperative) impact travel experience, Chocal Chocolate Factory impact travel experienceTop 10 Best of Puerto Plata Island Tour

• Samana: Walking Tour around Town from Cruise Ship Part 1 and Part 2

Cococay:

Tender to the island

Barefoot Beach

Cozumel Mexico:

• Chankanaab: Snorkeling, Tequila Tasting

• Sky Reef: Taxi info, Snorkeling, Beach Lunch

Freeport (Grand Bahama Island):

Beaches & Caves excursion through the ship

Cruise Port and Market

Shopping & Conch Salad at Port

Grand Cayman:

Cayman Turtle Center

Stingray City

Key West:

Favorite places to eat

It’s Sugar Store

Kermit’s Key West Key Lime Shop

Oldest House Museum (Free attraction)

Shipwreck Treasure Museum

Trolley Tour

Mexico:

Cenote and Mayan ruins

Chichen Itza

Dzibanche Mayan ruins

Kohunlich Mayan ruins

Mr Sanchos all inclusive

Tulum Mayan ruins

Nassau:

Ardastra Gardens Zoo and Getting there by local bus

Cabbage Beach (free beach at Atlantis)

Cable Beach Resort area by Local Bus

Junkanoo Beach by Foot from Cruise Ship

Downtown & Straw Market

Queen’s Staircase and Fort Fincastle

Taxi Tour (Atlantis, Fort Fincastle, Queen’s Staircase, John Watling’s Distillery)

Walking Tour from the Ship

Princess Cays:

Tender to the beach & Exploring the Island

St. Thomas:

Boss Underwater Adventure

Island Tour w/Magens Bay

Private Sail Boat rental

St. John snorkeling

Taxi Tour (Mountain Top w/Views)

Tortola:

Island Tour

Walking Tour from Cruise Ship and Back to the Ship

We hope that by watching these cruise vlogs you will be able to plan and learn about the islands you’ll be visiting. We show prices of taxis, bus and jitney fares, and car rentals whenever we come across them, as well as routes and tips and best places to visit at each Caribbean destination.

Our favorite beach was Valley Church Beach in Antigua, and our favorite excursion was the cenote cave snorkeling in Mexico. The most interesting port we’ve ever visited in the Caribbean was Pointe-a-Pitre Guadeluope, where Costa ships embark, and disembark. It was also the scariest cruise port we’ve ever visited!