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15 minutes ago, Atricks said:

Ok that explains a lot, seems HIGHLY likely the itinerary on our Sep 5th Odyssey trip will change too.  It stops in Falmouth, Labadee and Nassau already, so my guess Maybe Coco Cay in place?

That would definitely be the best option! ?for you!

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10 minutes ago, uradoll786 said:

That would definitely be the best option! ?for you!

Thanks for the email!   Yep, I'm going to hope that works out similar to that.  (Unless near peak hurricane season gets in the way...)  I know from experience sailing that type of year can result in some unusual itinerary swaps at times.

 

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For early September and Odyssey's 9/5 sailing, it doesn't look good to get CocoCay added.  Cococay is pretty full.  They already have overcommitted 9/7 to 3 ships at CocoCay.

 

9/5 - Freedom

9/5 - Mariner

9/6 - Adventure

9/7 - Adventure

9/7 - Brilliance

9/7 - Freedom

9/8 - Oasis

9/9 - Freedom

9/9 - Mariner

9/10 - Symphony

9/11 - Allure

9/12 - Freedom

 

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2 hours ago, twangster said:

For early September and Odyssey's 9/5 sailing, it doesn't look good to get CocoCay added.  Cococay is pretty full.  They already have overcommitted 9/7 to 3 ships at CocoCay.

 

9/5 - Freedom

9/5 - Mariner

9/6 - Adventure

9/7 - Adventure

9/7 - Brilliance

9/7 - Freedom

9/8 - Oasis

9/9 - Freedom

9/9 - Mariner

9/10 - Symphony

9/11 - Allure

9/12 - Freedom

 

Wow 9/7 seems impossible as is.  Mixing Adventure with anyone is mixing Covid rules, so i'm not sure how that will fly.  9/6 or 9/10-11 seems like the only possibility for Odyssey (can they mix ships right now), but it would probably wind up with a very big alteration of the schedule.   So It'll be interesting to see what happens, or if Odyssey winds up being the first back to Labadee or the whole route gets a revamp.

 

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8 minutes ago, Atricks said:

wow 9/7 seems impossible.  Mixing Adventure with anyone is mixing Covid rules, so i'm not sure how that will fly.  9/6 or 9/10-11 seems like the only possibility for Odyssey (can they mix ships right now), but it would probably wind up with a very big alteration of the schedule.   So It'll be interesting to see what happens, or if Odyssey winds up being the first back to Labadee.

 

Once Mariner starts sailing she overlaps with Freedom on a recurring basis.  Mariner sails from Port Canaveral, Freedom from Miami. Both do a 3/4 rotation.  Should be interesting to see how they handle that.

My money is another sea day for Odyssey.  There's not a lot open for her.  They could look to add Cozumel though.

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While we're down a port (-Labadee-San Juan+Philipsburg) for the first half of our B2B on Symphony sailing Sep 18th, we'll just have to "suffer" with an extra sea day on an Oasis class ship...something tells me we're gonna survive this unforeseen tragic "hardship". ? ? ??????

With all the COVID-related changes going on weekly (if not daily), I fully anticipate more adjustments will occur over the next several months. 

The good news is that while all of our itineraries are in flux, we're still sailing on wonderful ships while enjoying great company, imbibing fun cocktails and eating delicious food. ? 

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  • 2 weeks later...

Our Odyssey Sep 5th itinerary was completely changed, just got the email, Labadee dropped, as were Nassau and Falmouth:

 

ABOUT YOUR UPCOMING TRAVELS
 

Dear Guest,

We’re looking forward to welcoming you onboard Odyssey of the Seas for our September 5th, 2021 cruise. As we countdown to your sailing, we have an itinerary change to share with you.

As part of the guidance received from the CDC, we’ve implemented new boarding protocols, so we’ll need some extra time for check-in. As a result, we’ll depart from Fort Lauderdale, Florida at 6:00 PM, instead of 5:00 PM. Separately, to maintain your safety and wellbeing, we’ll no longer visit Labadee due to the unrest in Haiti. Additionally, due to some itinerary planning changes, we unfortunately will no longer be able to visit Falmouth, Jamaica, and Nassau, Bahamas. Instead, we’ll now visit our private destination, Perfect Day at CocoCay, and Costa Maya, and Cozumel, Mexico. We know how much time and effort go into planning your cruise with us, and we’re sorry for any inconvenience caused by this. However, we’re excited to take you to new ports! We know you’ll have an excellent time. Below, please find our revised itinerary.

Day

Port of Call

Arrive

Depart

Sun

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

 

6:00 PM

Mon

Perfect Day at CocoCay

7:00 AM

4:00 PM

Tue

Cruising

 

 

Wed

Costa Maya, Mexico

11:00 AM

6:00 PM

Thu

Cozumel, Mexico

7:00 AM

6:00 PM

Fri

Cruising

 

 

Sat

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

6:15 AM

 

Get ready to explore the wonders of the Western Caribbean! Perfect Day at CocoCay is a private destination unlike any in the world. While there, lounge in the Caribbean’s largest freshwater pool, Oasis Lagoon, or take the plunge down North America’s tallest waterslide, Daredevil’s Peak! Soar to new heights on Up, Up & Away or just unwind at your leisure. Next, we’ll head to Costa Maya, where you’ll find ancient Maya ruins and mysterious jungles just begging to be explored, as well as private beach clubs and trendy restaurants – all in one place. It’s 250 square miles of paradise packed with entertainment and history. Then in Cozumel, explore Chichen Itza, one of the seven wonders of the world, and its surrounding pyramids. Relax on one of the best beaches, Paradise Beach, or discover Parque Chankanaab’s lush botanical garden located less than 4 miles away from the port. Whether you’re looking for thrills or simply want to chill, these ports have something for everyone!

As a reminder, we kindly ask that you arrive to the port during your pre-selected check-in window. This is imperative to ensure minimal wait time and less crowds during the boarding process.

Any pre-paid Royal Caribbean International shore excursions booked for Labadee, Falmouth, and Nassau will automatically be refunded to your original form of payment. In the next few days, your updated tour information will be e-mailed to you. In the meantime, feel free to browse all the exciting shore excursion options for your sailing in Cruise Planner.

Thanks for your understanding. We can’t wait to welcome you onboard Odyssey of the Seas!

--

Interestingly Cocoa Cay would be Sep 6th, which (according to Twangster) is a day Adventure is scheduled to be there.

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7/30 Update: Nassau was shifted to day 3 (which is preferred).

Got the confirmation yesterday - Sept 11 Odyssey dropped Labadee on day 3 and replaced it with Nassau on day 2. All other ports and cruising remain the same.

Was really hoping we'd get Coco Cay since we had planned for a cabana beach day in labadee and didn't really like Nassau all that much when we went before. But I'm happy to be going at all and we have time to plan to make it better.

(*suggestions on RCI Nassau all-inclusive beach day excursions welcomed!)

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7 hours ago, smokeybandit said:

Today's earthquake will probably extend any delays. I wonder if RC will send one of its offline ships there for support efforts

This time, it's going to be tricky for Royal.  There's the unrest and the kidnappings.  Hopefully, these activities will be put on hold as Haiti recovers from the earthquake but it's iffy nonetheless.

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38 minutes ago, PG Cruiser said:

This time, it's going to be tricky for Royal.  There's the unrest and the kidnappings.  Hopefully, these activities will be put on hold as Haiti recovers from the earthquake but it's iffy nonetheless.

Plus the need to get island employees vaccinated in the country that has likely the lowest vaccination rate in the Caribbean

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17 minutes ago, wstephensi said:

I received an email last week that the 24 Oct Allure sailing lost both the Labadee and Jamaica ports of call.  Replaced with Cozumel and Costa Maya.

I guess I may receive a similar email soon then.  Thanks for the update.

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