Posted April 19th, 2013, 08:14 AM
The Setting: RCCL headquarters, Executive offices earlier this afternoon.
[ RING RING.... RING RING -- picking up phone]
That post was really funny - and clever! Really!
Some people seem to take things way to seriously when it comes to discussing the NJ/NY part of the equation. It's not personal - it's about business.
Rest assured...there has been alot of communication already going to RCI regarding their choice of port for Quantum. There will be plenty more.
Put simply - it's a real shame to have their latest flagship positioned with such risk and limitations in terms of passenger access. There is no doubt there is a large passenger candidate population in the NJ/NY area. That said, once you get outside the NorthEast...things will be impacted quite differently in terms of any attraction to traveling there for a Caribbean cruise.
Just in 4 cruise site forums and 2 other locations alone...the feedback has been very consistent:
- People in the NorthEast are excited and looking forward to Quantum (the WOW view)
- Many people outside that part of the country are frustrated and moving into alternatives in the future (the FAIL view)
Informal polls of frequent cruisers....with far more frequent past cruises than our own pace...reflect very similar results.
Those things are reality and won't change no matter how much any of us debate the point from either vantage point. So at least now everyone knows the initial plan...and can proceed accordingly.
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Independence of the Seas (Western Caribbean) - 3/23/14
Adventure of the Seas (Southern Caribbean) - 2/23/13
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