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Hi Everyone, I am going on Mariner of The Seas for a quick 3 day weekend getaway.  I haven't been to the Port of Nassau and I understand that a new state of art one is being built.  From other blogs & videos that I have seen taken/done in late summer it looks like quite a few town shops & restaurants that are close to the port aren't open due to the decline of tourism, etc. due to COVID.  Has anyone gone recently and if so what was open?  Thank you. 

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The waterfront area is under construction and you heard right, many shops are closed. The bars that are there tend to open around noon or so.

My advice is book something in advance rather than meandering around the port.

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28 minutes ago, Montana21 said:

Looks like they cancelled Nassau on the November 19th cruise (Independence of the Seas). So, keep an eye to your itinerary, Nassau may be cancelled as well. I honestly prefer they cancel Nassau for my November 26th cruise.

Do they replace the port with something else? Another day at coco cay or anything?

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As far as port fees and taxes I'm not expecting a refund of those.  Looking at my sail date the port fees and taxes are higher today for a new booking compared to what I paid back when I booked it.

Most of port fees and taxes cover expenses related to the US embarkation and debarkation port.  Pilot fees, longshoreman to handle the lines and loading supplies, dock fees and other expenses are fixed costs that don't change if there are 4,000 guests or 400 guests on board.  With reduced capacity and bookings soft these fixed costs are spread over a lower number of passengers.  in some cases Royal may be losing money on these charges otherwise they'd need to come back and ask for more money from guests and that's not going to happen.  

So when the port that charges the least amount of port fees drops off the itinerary that is negligible in the bigger picture of reduced capacity and the much higher fees charged by American ports where labor costs are significantly higher and some of those workers are unionized.   

They also will have a higher fuel bill now with a sea day but hopefully they can offset that by keeping the casino open.  That is unrelated to port fees and taxes though.

Put it all together and I'm not expecting to see any drop in port fees and taxes for my modified sailing that skips Nassau.

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We have a cruise on Allure 11-14-21.  The original itin was Nassau, St. Thomas, St. Maarten.  They recently changed it to San Juan, St. Maarten and St. Kitts.

This is actually very good news for us as it eliminates all of the prohibited ports and adds new ones that do not prohibit unvaxxed.  Whether Royal will let us sail is, of course, a completely different issue....but at least there is hope now.

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2 hours ago, Montana21 said:

Looks like they cancelled Nassau on the November 19th cruise (Independence of the Seas). So, keep an eye to your itinerary, Nassau may be cancelled as well. I honestly prefer they cancel Nassau for my November 26th cruise.

They cancelled Nassau for the December 13th cruise (Independence of the Seas), also.

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12 minutes ago, Phillip said:

They cancelled Nassau for the December 13th cruise (Independence of the Seas), also.

Nice, so I would expect they cancel Nassau for November 26th cruise as well. I honestly don't like the excursions for that day at Nassau. Nassau is not receiving good reviews in the Shipmate app these days.

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5 hours ago, twangster said:

I got a sea day to replace Nassau on Indy early November.  The short Florida cruises don't always have a lot of options for alternate ports.  

I'm okay with a sea day.  Totally fine with this update.

I hope this is a thing for my 12 November cruise on the Indy. I haven't seen anything yet though.

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9 hours ago, twangster said:

I got a sea day to replace Nassau on Indy early November.  The short Florida cruises don't always have a lot of options for alternate ports.  

I'm okay with a sea day.  Totally fine with this update.

Was that the November 1st sailing?  If so, did you get an email? I have not seen anything yet?

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11 hours ago, Montana21 said:

Looks like they cancelled Nassau on the November 19th cruise (Independence of the Seas). So, keep an eye to your itinerary, Nassau may be cancelled as well. I honestly prefer they cancel Nassau for my November 26th cruise.

How did you find this out? It looks like Nov 5th and Nov 19th have been changed...I'm just hoping to hear something soon for my Nov 12th cruise <fingers crossed>

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9 minutes ago, bryresangel said:

@twangsterwhen did you get the email for that sailing?

TA forwarded email this morning 

 

Dear Guest,

Due to a change in itinerary planning, we've replaced our visit to Nassau, Bahamas with a sea day. We know how much time and effort go into planning your vacation, and we're sorry for any inconvenience caused by this. We're confident you'll have an amazing time at our private destination, Perfect Day at CocoCay! Below, please find our revised Independence of the SeasNovember 5th, 2021 itinerary.

Day

Port of Call

Arrive

Depart

Fri

Orlando (Port Canaveral), Florida

 

5:00 PM

Sat

Cruising

 

 

Sun

Perfect Day at CocoCay

7:00 AM

5:00 PM

Mon

Orlando (Port Canaveral), Florida

7:00 AM

 

Independence of the Seas is a destination in itself! Our thrill seekers can take the plunge on our dual waterslides - The Perfect Storm, surf the waves on the Flowrider, then show off your skills in our ice-skating rink. If relaxing is number one on your to do list, we also have you covered. Enjoy live music as you sip a cocktail, enjoy a game of mini golf with friends, or grab a bite to eat at one of our specialty dining venues. Your sea day has no limits! Perfect Day at CocoCay offers the Caribbean's largest freshwater pool, Oasis Lagoon, and North America's tallest waterslide, Daredevil's Peak! Soar to new heights on Up, Up & Away or just unwind at your leisure. Whether you're looking for thrills or simply want to chill, this port has something for everyone!

Any pre-paid Royal Caribbean International shore excursions booked for 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 Independence of the Seas!

Sincerely,

Aurora Yera-Rodriguez

AVP | Guest Experience

Royal Caribbean International

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5 minutes ago, PPPJJ-GCVAB said:

So is it only certain ships cancelling Nassau?  Just wondering if my Oasis cruise (already has had 2 itinerary changes and Nassau is now one of our stops) will see yet another change?  

Hard to know.  I imagine as construction continues there will be times when the outer pier isn’t available in the near term then the inner pier at other times.  

I was surprised to see Allure using an inner pier recently.  Certain ships work better in specific locations.  That makes it wild and crazy to plan pier closures and then rescheduling when CocoCay is already taking two ships on some dates.  Add other cruise lines and their different ships   

Not sure I’d want that job at Royal that has to rebuild the jigsaw puzzle every time one piece changes shape as you are working on the puzzle. 

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7 minutes ago, LSUWAG said:

Just checked Nassau is no longer on Nov 21 Harmony schedule.  Bummer I haven't even received an email yet.  No replacement listed just a sea day.

If I'm not mistaken Nassau was never a stop. Antigua, St. Thomas, and CocoCay.

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