Cruise and stay vacations give travelers the option of extending a trip by enjoying a few additional days in the city where the cruise departs or disembarks. Travelers book these vacations through the cruise line or hotels. They include top-class accommodations and transportation between the hotel and cruise terminal.
While much of the focus of cruise vacations is on the ports of call, the departure and arrival cities usually also have many points of interest. Sometimes the city is a port of call on another cruise. The cruise and stay option gives travelers the opportunity to explore these cities and discover these attractions without the expense of returning to visit them later.
Cruise lines and hotels coordinate these vacations so they include transportation between the lodging and cruise terminal. An early arrival or departure reduces the chance of missing a flight or the ship. Transatlantic cruise and stay vacations allow travelers time for discovering Europe in a seamless trip. With Alaskan cruises, they have the option of exploring the rugged state by land and sea. With a cruise along the west coast of North America, the tourist might choose to explore Los Angeles, San Francisco or Vancouver at one of the ends of the cruise.