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Why don't ships stay longer in port?

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BOB IN CT

Guest
#1
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?
 
M

MrsPete

Guest
#2
The biggest reason: Most cruisers drink several alcoholic drinks during the evening (1-2 at dinner, 1-2 after dinner), and that's a HUGE profit-maker for the cruise line. If they allow you to stay in port, you'll give your drink dollars to the local restaurants.
 
C

Cruzman

Guest
#3
And let's not forget about the onboard shops and the casino which cannot be open while in port.
 
R

rirri

Guest
#4
Local regulations may be part of it. Perhaps cruise ships are required to leave at a certain time or after a certain number of hours. The berthing fee may go up after 5.

I'll be on VOS next month and we'll be leaving St. Thomas at 5pm for the same short ride to PR. I'll try to get an answer from someone on board.