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Offline pete cain

Caribbean gridlock
« on: Jan 10, 2010, 11:01 AM »
From todays Sunday Times travel section...'Perhaps it's best to avoid Tuesdays on the Caribbean island of St Thomas. This is the day when the 14,000 passengers disgorged by the 5 cruise ships already docking there are now joined by ocean- going leviathan  Oasis of the Seas, adding up to 6,300 passengers and 2,000 crew to the mob onshore. St Thomas isn't complaining- '' anyone with a car can be a taxi driver'',one islander said, but as far as those deserted beaches? '' Last Tuesday at Trunk Bay it looked like Coney Island'', said resident Mary Bartoluuci.'         nothing else to say is there?

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Re: Caribbean gridlock
« Reply #1 on: Jan 10, 2010, 06:40 PM »
Just a result of how cruising is going....I certainly wouldn't want to be one of the thousands disembarking thats for sure......would be as well to go to a beach in spain....would be quieter cause they are all on a cruise ship on the caribbean! 

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Re: Caribbean gridlock
« Reply #2 on: Jan 11, 2010, 12:19 AM »
Why on Earth don't the cruise lines spread it out, one ship each day on five days of the week instead of all five at once each week?

And then put Oasis in on the 6th day.....??

It would be much less hassle for all concerned wouldn't it?
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Re: Caribbean gridlock
« Reply #3 on: Jan 12, 2010, 06:34 PM »
Common sense doesnt seem to be a necessary 'qualification' in the cruise industry ....does it?

Offline andy liney

Re: Caribbean gridlock
« Reply #4 on: Jan 13, 2010, 10:26 AM »
Why on Earth don't the cruise lines spread it out, one ship each day on five days of the week instead of all five at once each week?

And then put Oasis in on the 6th day.....??

It would be much less hassle for all concerned wouldn't it?

They DO land cruise ships all week, it just so happens that Oasis has chosen Tuesday to join in the fun, and whichever day she had chosen would then automatically become the busiest. Having said that, I was there on Tuesday 15th. December (Oasis's second visit) and it seemed no busier than usual, and Magen's Bay (commonly regarded as the best beach on St. Thomas) was reasonable - even in the beach bar when it rained!

There are two cruise terminals on St. Thoams, incidentally, and I've noticed in both that passengers seem to be returning to ships as fast as others are leaving. I get the impression that the main activity is a quick dash into Charlotte Amalie for some Tanzanite jewellery (whatever that is!) and back for lunch.


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Re: Caribbean gridlock
« Reply #5 on: Jan 13, 2010, 10:31 AM »
I see, so the five ( now six ) regular Tuesday calls aren't the only calls there?

That was the impression I was getting!  So, if there are ships there daily it looks a lot less awkward to me now. :)
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Offline andy liney

Re: Caribbean gridlock
« Reply #6 on: Jan 13, 2010, 11:03 AM »
I see, so the five ( now six ) regular Tuesday calls aren't the only calls there?


No, prior to my recent visit, I'd been there twice before on cruises (once on QM2) and neither time did we dock on a Tuesday. Each ship/cruise line seems to have their own regular itinerary.

 

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