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Sailing on AOS the end of Janaury and just got the dreaded broken propulsion email. I am a super optimistic guy who loves sailing once or twice a year but this is the second port switch to Nassau in a month. First rerouted from Havana on Majesty and now we won't make Roatan so back to Nassau.

I am sure we will have a great time but Roatan was going to be a highlight. 

Seems like Nassau is the Bermunda Triangle of cruise changes. 

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I just received the email for my Dec 1 cruise. I was hoping they would fix the propulsion system before the cruise but I guess they are waiting for dry dock. I booked this cruise for a number of reasons and one of them was to go to Roatan because I was never there before. I haven't gotten off the ship in Nassau for a few years but recently (I thought in this blog) I heard there was some sort of pilot simulator here so I might try that.

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Sailing on the Oasis and got the email - the itinerary is changing because of Allures problems. I guess Oasis and Allure can’t be in the same port.

Orginal itinerary was St. Maarten -> Puerto Rico -> Labadee and now its flipped the other way around. However, the times we are at the ports are longer and in my opinnion better. Labadee is unchanged i guess, from 7am to 4pm. Arrival to Puerto Rico is at 1pm and departure 9.30pm - I like the idea of evening departure. St. Maarten stop is now from 8am to 6pm, which is nice.

The timetable in the email talks still about St. Maarten, but in the text part they are talking about Charlotte Amalie.

"...Then, we’ll make our way over to Charlotte Amalie where you can unwind while taking in harbor views, explore colonial landmarks like Blackbeard’s Castle, or sip on some local lager at a quaint microbrewery."

We are on the Allures Western Caribbean sailing as well and I was waiting to visit Roatan. Bummer. But maybe we "the real deal swimming pigs" from Nassau 🐷.

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1 minute ago, Matt said:

Where is this figure of "30 more" coming from? Just curious.

There's an Oasis itinerary change letter from Royal that refers to it.

Stolen from another site:

Dear Guest,

We’re really looking forward to welcoming you onboard Oasis of the Seas and wanted to share some itinerary changes with you.

Our sister ship, Allure of the Seas, has a technical limitation which lowers her maximum speed. Over the past few weeks, we’ve been working feverishly to find alternate ports for Allure’s sailings. Now you’re probably wondering, “what does this have to do with my cruise?” Well, since we had to change Allure’s itineraries, some ports will now have more ships than originally planned. So, to ensure you have a wonderful time in each destination with less crowding, we’ve rearranged the order we’ll visit each port. The good news – you’ll have additional time to enjoy each one! Oh yeah!

Overall, we’ve had to make changes to 30+ itineraries and yours is one of them. (Talk about “ship” happening!) Below, please find our new itinerary for January 5, 2020 on Oasis of the Seas.

Day

Port of Call

Arrive

Depart

Sun

Miami, Florida

 

4:30 PM

Mon

Cruising

 

 

Tue

Labadee, Haiti

7:00 AM

4:00 PM

Wed

San Juan, Puerto Rico

1:00 PM

9:30 PM

Thu

Philipsburg, St. Maarten

8:00 AM

6:00 PM

Fri

Cruising

 

 

Sat

Cruising

 

 

Sun

Miami, Florida

6:00 AM

 

Not sure what to do with your extra time? How about an exciting ride down Dragon’s Tail Roller Coaster for a spectacular view of Labadee? Or, if you’re looking for a more relaxing retreat, melt the stress away with Labadee’s signature drink, the “Labadoozie”. Next, uncover one of Puerto Rico’s richest historical landmarks, El Morro, or explore the countryside on a 4x4. Then, we’ll make our way over to Charlotte Amalie where you can unwind while taking in harbor views, explore colonial landmarks like Blackbeard’s Castle, or sip on some local lager at a quaint microbrewery. Either way, adventure awaits!

Our Shore Excursions team will reschedule any impacted Royal Caribbean International shore excursions that you’ve already pre-paid. In the next few days, you’ll receive an email with your updated excursion details. Then, feel free to continue browsing the many options available for your vacation in Cruise Planner!

Thank you for your understanding!

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Just catching up on the replies right now as I'm in the middle of a 27 hour road trip from Maine to Florida. As I said we were very disappointed in losing Roatan as a port. We went through the  multiple emotional stages of itinerary change and came up with a substitute sailing.

For the same price we booked the junior suite on empress for the same week. The ports are Roatan, Belize, Cozumel, and Key West.

I know we've gone from the largest class to the smallest ship but for us it's still YOLO.  It's a chance to experience a small ship and a different type of cabin. At some point I'll start an empress tips and tricks thread to get some great advice it for now we'll just get excited! 

 

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On 7/25/2019 at 10:39 AM, lharris9 said:

I just received the email for my Dec 1 cruise. I was hoping they would fix the propulsion system before the cruise but I guess they are waiting for dry dock. I booked this cruise for a number of reasons and one of them was to go to Roatan because I was never there before. I haven't gotten off the ship in Nassau for a few years but recently (I thought in this blog) I heard there was some sort of pilot simulator here so I might try that.

Jetline Simulation was terrific!  Here's their website -- they were listed on our Excursions List when we were on Enchantment of the Seas in February, but just in case you can't see them there . . .  https://jetlinesimulationbahamas.com/

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+1 for Jetline sim.  They've gone back & forth between booking thru their own site vs. booking thru the RC excursions.  If you don't see an excursion offered in the cruise planner, contact them directly to see if they have openings.  You can have up to three people in the simulator for the cost of one booking. One person gets to act as captain with the pilot trainee, and the other two can sit in the back row and watch, take pictures, videotape, etc.  You can also easily walk there from the ship so you really don't need transportation.

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This will be the second time that we will be on Allure and this has effected our cruise itinerary, however we won't let it bother us and will make the most of it.  I see no need to change ships as we've been to St. Thomas before and will miss it,  however RCL is changing out that port stop for San Juan and shortening our stay there, we should be compensated something.  I'm not asking for much...i would settle for 5 free drinks or free wifi for a day.

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The letter seems to indicate that the 30+ itineraries affected include ships other than the Allure (overall). 

Due to the Allure being forced to change ports and times, it’s resulting in other ships being bumped in order not to overcrowd the port. That’s good planning!

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On 7/25/2019 at 3:02 PM, AshleyDillo said:

Tsk Tsk.  I haven't seen the Allure letter but the other site has folks reporting they were offered full refunds for the St. Kitts replacement which is pretty generous.

I have yet to see where they offer anything more than port charges for St. Kitty, which by law they have to do that..so I see nothing generous about it.  Did I miss something else?

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3 hours ago, mworkman said:

I have yet to see where they offer anything more than port charges for St. Kitty, which by law they have to do that..so I see nothing generous about it.  Did I miss something else?

The change letter that I saw offered a full refund if they wished to cancel the cruise.  No price protection to move it or airplane/hotel change fees offered, but did offer the cancellation which is more than they technically have to per the cruise contract.  That's the part I thought was generous.

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Hmm... looks like our change went through. Puerto Rico 7 AM to 1 PM. If we are off the ship by 8:30 AM and head straight to Castillo San Cristobal, would we have enough time to explore if we wanted to be back on board by around 11 AM? Or maybe just don't bother and walk off for a coffee and a walk around OSJ and walk back on? Thoughts?

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