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Why More Cruises Are Staying in Ports Overnight

Night owls, take note. Big changes are happening in the cruising industry that will help you explore a port of call more easily once the sun goes down. Historically, various factors-tight sailing schedules, old-fashioned itineraries that favor daytime activities, and a desire to maximize the time passengers spend in onboard restaurants and bars-have meant that gangplanks are usually up by cocktail hour. But with guests seeking ways to explore destinations more slowly and deliberately, cruise lines have been introducing more late-night and early-morning departures.

“We saw an uptick in passengers requesting port overnights, specifically in ports such as Barcelona and Rio de Janeiro, where there is a lively nightlife,” says Barbara Muckerman, CEO of Silversea Cruises. The company started offering the option in both cities last year and plans to do the same in Bangkok and Ho Chi Minh City on voyages starting this October. Read more…

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