Everyone assumes that on a port day, you should get off the ship for as long as you can. While I do recommend getting off at least for a few minutes to put your feet on steady ground, there are certain ports where we would much rather stay onboard and enjoy an “empty” ship. Not to mention most things on the ship you have already paid for! Here are my eight best tips for things to do on those days.


1.)  Head to the pool: Port days ware your best bet for not waiting in a long line for waterslides, and for actually getting a chair to sunbathe in by the pool. We waited to do the aquaduck on a port day and were able to ride it over and over again with a less than ten minute line.


2.) Go to the gym/walk: My family likes to workout, so hitting up the gym or jogging around the track is something we do several times on a Disney cruise. The gyms aren’t that big, so if you want more space, port days are when it will be the quietest.


3.) Make an appointment at the spa: What better way to relax than by getting a massage or by taking a nap on a heated tile lounge chair in the rainforest room? Enough said.

4.) Movies everywhere: There is no shortage of movie opportunities on a DCL cruise. There are movies playing in the theatre all day, and also in your stateroom you will find pretty much every Disney movie you can ever think of “on demand” on your TV.


5.) Board games: Board games are available for you to play onboard, typically in the lounge/pub in the adults area. On sea days, these can be harder to snag since everyone is onboard, but you will have your choice of them all on a port day.

6.) Meet characters: While character lines are much shorter than at Walt Disney World, you could still be in for a wait during peak times and on sea days. Catch your favorites on a port day with minimal lines.


7.) Eat Fancy: While this is an option you can do every day, I always find myself in such a hurry to go go go that we usually just grab a quick bite at the buffet. However, when everyone is cleared off the ship, it can be nice and relaxing to have a leisurely sit down, full service breakfast or lunch in a near empty dining room. Check your navigator for times and locations.


8.) Take a nap: You are on vacation! Recharge for the evening or the next day. You deserve it.

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