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Why don't ships stay longer in port?

Discussion in 'Royal Caribbean International' started by BOB IN CT, Jan 4, 2005.

  1. BOB IN CT

    BOB IN CT Guest

    We were on the AOS in St Thomas and departed at 5pm for a 85 mile run to San Juan. We almost drifted over with the tide we were so close. Why not have a late departure like the 10pm Aruba one? Anyone have any ideas of why they do not stay longer?
     
  2. frito

    frito Guest

    It's a little more complicated than just sailing up to a port and stopping and / or staying as long as you want. The local port authorities have control over who comes in, where they tie up, how long they stay, etc. They usually are working with several ships coming and going and sometimes they have to cut port time a little short. It's not a matter of how close you may be to your next port, just how long the port has allotted for your stay. The ship has little or no control over the ports.
     
  3. AJ coast

    AJ coast Guest

    I wonder how much $$$ the authorities charge the cruise line per hour to tie up one of those ships.
     
  4. Ken_2001

    Ken_2001 Guest

    Interesing question. I know port charges are included in your cruise fair.
     
  5. RichardK

    RichardK Guest

    Aruba, for example has casinos. St. Thomas has none, as of the moment. So you leave St. Thomas at 5pm, and the casino opens @5:30pm. In comes a huge source of revenue that you wouldn't have if tied up at the dock!! Revenue for the cruise line, that is............
     
  6. chuckg0413

    chuckg0413 Guest

    I wondered about this also. When we were in St. Maarten I asked. I was told that the docking / slip charge was $5000.00 an hour.

    Chuck
     
  7. BOB IN CT

    BOB IN CT Guest

    Thanks for the info. I bet it's because of the ships casino as a revenue source. And I also bet the port fees are on per day basis not per hour. You would think with the money the passangers spend on each island that the countries should [or maybe do] pay the cruise line to pick their island as a stopping point.

    As a stockholder I will try to get an official answer from them on this.
     
  8. Searcher

    Searcher Guest

    BOB IN CT Wrote:
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    > Thanks for the info. I bet it's because of the
    > ships casino as a revenue source. And I also bet
    > the port fees are on per day basis not per hour.
    > You would think with the money the passangers
    > spend on each island that the countries should
    > pay the cruise line to pick their island as a
    > stopping point.
    >
    > As a stockholder I will try to get an official
    > answer from them on this.

    On our "Enchantment" Christmas cruise we left Key West at 2 PM as The Grandeur was pulling in. The Grandeur got to see the Christmas lights as we did last year when we stayed until 2 PM while on The Grandeur out of NO.

    Makes one wonder if it is a per day, per stop or per hour port charge or is each port different.

    Bah! Who cares. ;)
     

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