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On 2/17/2021 at 4:18 PM, SandyW said:

It's an idea.  Just like the idea that I had of all the cruise lines pulling out of US ports and going to other ports.  Example:  Grandeur now going to use Barbados.

But Barbados has been an embarkation point for quite some time, it’s not the same. 

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I think we found the more likely candidate to bypass the CDC the next time a pandemic comes to America. https://www.royalcaribbeanblog.com/2021/03/12/royal-caribbean-close-purchasing-grand-lucaya

This is the most succinct description of the problem that I have with the CDC too. And, I don't think that the cruise industry is big enough outside of FL and maybe AK for those who love cruising to h

Somewhere around a decade ago on a Carnival ship from San Juan they offered embarkations in Barbados as well as San Juan on that itinerary.  I remember seeing victims guests do their muster as we returned feeling little pain from the Jolly Roger in Barbados.

P&O has used Barbados as a home port as well.

Barbados has a long history in this role.  Warehouses are in close proximity to one side of the cruise ship harbor so resupply isn't a challenge.

I can see the appeal for Royal to move a ship the size of Grandeur with no other clear place to move her.  Barbados could prove to be a smart call as a home port for this ship.    

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I think we found the more likely candidate to bypass the CDC the next time a pandemic comes to America.

https://www.royalcaribbeanblog.com/2021/03/12/royal-caribbean-close-purchasing-grand-lucayan-resort-freeport

This project was in the works before COVID-19 came calling but looking at the project with fresh eyes, if it had been completed and in operation today, this would be a more ideal candidate to bypass the CDC and a place to launch ships from.

Royal has already shown how it can charter airplanes for Barbados, chartering aircraft for direct flights from the US to Grand Bahamas would be even easier.  There is established ferries to the islands of the Bahamas from Florida.  Chartering a couple of ferries is also an option and easy for FL residents.

With a hotel on Grand Bahamas guests could also stay there for a night or more and then board a cruise departing from Grand Bahamas. 

Supplies to replenish the ship could also be sent over from Florida using freezer containers on barges for loading on cruise ships.

Looking beyond the pandemic, this could also be used to avoid running foul of the PVSA but allow guests greater flexibility for itineraries involving different US cities. 

Galveston to New York with a night in a hotel on Grand Bahamas in between cruises and the PVSA is satisfied.  To repo a ship from Miami to New York today means no passengers since it violates the PVSA.  Sail the ship from Miami to Grand Bahamas.  Guests get off and spend a night or two in a hotel.  Other hotel guests board the ship and do a two night cruise to Cococay.  Ships returns and any hotel guests who would like to sail from Grand Bahamas to New York can do so without the PVSA becoming involved.

Grand Bahamas becomes a transportation hub.  Bayonne to GB,  Baltimore to GB,  Canaveral to GB, Miami to GB, Tampa to GB, Galveston to GB, GB to Western Caribbean, GB to Eastern Caribbean, etc.  Mix and match for your perfect getaway.

#gamechanger

 

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20 hours ago, twangster said:

I think we found the more likely candidate to bypass the CDC the next time a pandemic comes to America.

https://www.royalcaribbeanblog.com/2021/03/12/royal-caribbean-close-purchasing-grand-lucayan-resort-freeport

This project was in the works before COVID-19 came calling but looking at the project with fresh eyes, if it had been completed and in operation today, this would be a more ideal candidate to bypass the CDC and a place to launch ships from.

Royal has already shown how it can charter airplanes for Barbados, chartering aircraft for direct flights from the US to Grand Bahamas would be even easier.  There is established ferries to the islands of the Bahamas from Florida.  Chartering a couple of ferries is also an option and easy for FL residents.

With a hotel on Grand Bahamas guests could also stay there for a night or more and then board a cruise departing from Grand Bahamas. 

Supplies to replenish the ship could also be sent over from Florida using freezer containers on barges for loading on cruise ships.

Looking beyond the pandemic, this could also be used to avoid running foul of the PVSA but allow guests greater flexibility for itineraries involving different US cities. 

Galveston to New York with a night in a hotel on Grand Bahamas in between cruises and the PVSA is satisfied.  To repo a ship from Miami to New York today means no passengers since it violates the PVSA.  Sail the ship from Miami to Grand Bahamas.  Guests get off and spend a night or two in a hotel.  Other hotel guests board the ship and do a two night cruise to Cococay.  Ships returns and any hotel guests who would like to sail from Grand Bahamas to New York can do so without the PVSA becoming involved.

Grand Bahamas becomes a transportation hub.  Bayonne to GB,  Baltimore to GB,  Canaveral to GB, Miami to GB, Tampa to GB, Galveston to GB, GB to Western Caribbean, GB to Eastern Caribbean, etc.  Mix and match for your perfect getaway.

#gamechanger

 

Why wait until the next time ... there isn't any evidence to suggest the CDC isn't currently in need of being bypassed.

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