Cruise holidays offer the opportunity to visit multiple destinations on one trip, docking in various ports along the way. Port days see travellers in their masses departing from the ship to explore on land. However, finding yourself in one part of the ship on a port day could slow your whole day down.
Speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk, Emrys Thakkar, founder of cruisehive.com, explained: “Many cruise ships will tender to shore depending on the port.
“If this is the case you won’t want to be stuck in long lines getting to the small tender boats.
“Try to avoid the lifts and wait until the first series of tenders have taken fellow guests ashore.”
Indeed, as the mass of passengers head to get off the boat, the line to get into the lifts is expected to be far longer.
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Instead, opt for the stairs and hotfoot your way down to the smaller boats.
Not only will this ensure you beat the queues on port days, the stairs are useful for something else, too.
Along with saving time, cruise holiday enthusiasts Ben and David shared another great reason to avoid the lifts on their Youtube channel.
“We asked on our Facebook page what do you do to stop gaining weight on a cruise and everyone said to take the stairs,” said David.
Ben adds: “You can actually burn up to 150 calories a day for doing 10 minutes stair walking a day.”
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Opting for the stairs is a good way to kick start a healthy port day.
David continues: “Enjoy the port and you’ll be getting your daily steps in and earning those calories.
“There are some fantastic walking tours that you can do in most ports now. “With this, you can really rack up those steps.
“Or you can wander around the port yourself and make your own walking tour.”