How to Have a Great Shore Leave

Wherever you land on shore leave, you should always make the most of the port town while you visit and try to see as much of the local sights as you can. Your stay will be limited, so the key to a great shore leave is preparation and planning. A good itinerary for the city you visit will help you navigate the many attractions you want to visit while you are there.

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    Find good local websites.
    • Every port town has a town or city website, which is usually run by the local council or city tourist office. Websites that are run by the tourism board are often the most up to date and contain calendars of upcoming events.
    • The official town and city websites are always a good starting point to research places of interest and will often link to outside sites for more information about specific locations.
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    Study the city events calendar.
    • Check to see if there are any cultural or entertainment events that coincide with the dates of your visit. Prioritize special events over local attractions that you can visit anytime.
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    Compile a list of venues you'd like to visit.
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    Use the city website to find a map of the area and plan a route between the attractions you want to visit.
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    Plan for time to eat and rest. Don't over-schedule your time off the ship.
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    Compare notes.
    • Pool resources with your shipmates to see where they will be going and see if you can visit attractions in small groups.
    • Your fellow shore leave companions may have the inside track on a good place to visit or have friends who can show you the sights a little off the beaten track.

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