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Biggest Cruise Ships Avoid Caribbean Ports of Call

Jan. 12th, 2010 | Comments 4 | Make a Comment   
Luxury Cruise News: The world’s newest and largest luxury cruise ships are now spending more time at sea, sometimes wandering the Caribbean for up to six days. And because they are so large, they can’t go to interesting small ports such as St. Lucia, Dominica or Grenada. In fact, the only actual ports that are large enough to receive these ships are typically the overcrowded docks of St. Thomas, Nassau or St. Maarten.

Take for instance the new 6,000-passenger luxury cruise ship, Oasis of the Seas. Every other week, the Oasis will spend three of its six days of weekly operation simply sailing the high sea, with no destination in sight. On two other days, it will make its way to “private beach areas,” which are really no more that artificial villages designed to offer those onboard some downtime. Off the coasts of both Haiti and Mexico, the private beaches, Labadee and Costa Maya, provide an array of entertainment options ranging from beach activities to shopping excursions from merchants, who are often under the employ of the cruise line.

Of course, these new humongous vessels ― which are built to dazzle ― offer a new kind of onboard experience filled with plenty of exciting toys and games. So while you might miss some ports of call, you will certainly be entertained. Really, this is a win-win situation for both the cruise lines and passengers alike because rather than spending those hard-earned vacation dollars at nearby islands, money is now staying on board, and as such, by investing billions into these new luxury liners, passengers are guaranteed a fantastic and rewarding onboard experience.

The new Oasis of the Sea may have everyone talking, but we must not forget the other luxury liners that have devoted three of their six days to simply sailing the open waters. Following suit is the The Freedom of the Seas (another Royal Caribbean Cruise Liner), as well as the Norwegian Epic, and the Carnival Dream.

For JustLuxe Christina Stewart

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Eddie Tours & Taxi commented on January 13, 2010

It is a wish that these cruise lines come to Dominica, the Nature Isle of the Caribbean, where their passengers can enjoy Mother Natures work of art, a friendly people, and a Port that is becoming the most "want to visit" in the Caribbean. Just like others, the ship can drop anchor and tender its passenger ashore, where they will be meet and be given a warm Dominican welcome. So I say to these MEGA CRUISE LINES, do take a day off from cruising the High Seas and pay an un official visit one day to Dominica, the nature Isle of the Caribbean, where one can Defy the Everyday.

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Anthony commented on January 13, 2010

Yes, they do make stops in St. Thomas, Nassau and St. Maarten, just not as often as they use to.

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a friend commented on January 13, 2010

all cruise ships that sail from florida on the 7 day routes have sea days. small and large. it actually takes time to get to the eastern and western caribbean. the ships only go 22 knots ish. I was just on Carnival dream and St Thomas and St martin also Nassau were the ports we stopped at. The oasis of the seas docked in St thomas and St martin too while i was there. so in 6 days there is 3 stops and the time it takes to sail to each island is at sea. just as its always been.

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Cruise Observer commented on January 13, 2010

I am sure there are also cruise passengers who enjoy the people, nature and culture of the Caribbean Islands.

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