Eastern Caribbean Port changes

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#21
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From reports coming in ....
St. Kitts is "good to go".
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That is good news to hear St Kitts and Grand Turk are good to start receiving ships. I'm sure they could use the tourism. And I think a lot of people would rather keep their Eastern itineraries with St Maarten removed then go Western.
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Has anyone heard anything about Amber Cove, D.R.?
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#25
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Originally posted by missygirl
We go Nov 5 and I pray they don't send us western
I would be praying for the people who lost their lives and or everything they have ever owned instead of OMG I have to go to a port I don't want to go too.

8 day cruise to no where>0 days of no cruise....
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#26
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Originally posted by 13cheermom
Actually no they usually don't do any kind of price adjustment from eastern to western itinerary change. We've had this to happen twice to us due to hurricane or tropical storm situations. The only thing you can recoup is port fees if those ports aren't visited. However one year we had a Bermuda cruise booked and it got rerouted to an eastern itinerary and we did receive some compensation for the difference. I think it was a 25% off future cruise offer which really only benefited someone on a future cruise. The Bermuda cruise was a more expensive cruise than an eastern itinerary would have been for that time of the year but that was all we received. Don't expect anything and you might be surprised at the outcome. We were glad to be out of harms way and had beautiful weather on our re-routed itinerary so we were thankful for that!
We have a Eastern Caribbean cruise on Splendor next week, on the 23rd. I'm curious to see if there will be any changes to our itinerary. I'll be happy to go where ever as long as I'm on vacation. This will be my 12th cruise on Carnival and have been to many of the Caribbean Island. There has been such devastation due to the hurricane of late, they can use our financial contribution.
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Hi! Has anyone heard anything about St. Thomas? Wondering if they're port is open, will be cruising their way in two weeks.
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#28
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https://www.usatoday.com/story/trave...ths/660863001/

I would think if only one island (or two even) was affected on the itinerary then they will either replace it with a different island or have only 3 stops instead of 4. As people have mentioned, in the case of one less stop you would be refunded the port fees.

They probably wouldn't want to divert the full cruise because the Western Ports might not have the space for all of the Eastern cruises to go there too, and also places that still sustained damage but have an open port such as Grand Turk and San Juan would welcome the tourism revenue. Not sure if it's true, but someone told me once that Carnival paid to help build up the terminal in Grand Turk so they would have a vested interest in keeping cruise ships going there. And obviously to Amber Cove as well.

I'm scheduled on the Magic on 10/7 to San Juan, St. Thomas, Amber Cove and Grand Turk. I heard that St. Thomas might be replaced with St. Kitts.
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On another place in cruise critic- St Thomas is in ruins and mayhem everywhere.

I'm going on Vista November 4, and hoping for southern also.


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#30
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We are scheduled to do an Eastern in October. Highly doubt we will go to St Thomas, but I would be fine with an extra sea day. When we first started cruising, Carnival had 3 sea days on their itineraries and I much preferred that. I would be super happy if that is what they do.
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Originally posted by bphawk64
This is a great question and we are booked on the Vista leaving October 7th. Our itinerary was Grand Turk, Puerto Rico, St. Maarten and St. Kitts so pretty much zero chance of that happening although from what I understand the only one that"s 100% out is St. Maarten. We also booked this for the itinerary and it was pretty much Carnival's priciest itinerary due to New Ship and the itinerary. While I understand the circumstances and we are going to have a good cruise regardless of where they take us I have to admit I'll be a bit disappointed if this gets changed to a western itinerary as I could have booked one for 60% of the price of this cruise...oh well, unless they wait to change it until we're on board I can always cancel (bought the insurance) and just rebook a last minute cruise Either way, I feel really bad for all the people affected by this storm and having a cruise rerouted isn't really being affected much. Who knows...maybe we stay on the Eastern route and can help with the rebuilding process.
We are leaving this Sunday on the Magic for that same itinerary. I will comebback and let you know if we visited the ports. We have the social media internet package, maybe I will be able to post while on the ship.

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With St Kitts, San Juan and Grand Turk up an running, I am guessing the Vista will don't original route planned for Oct 7 . Maybe replace St martin with half moon Cay? I would be fine with that!

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Originally posted by taram999
With St Kitts, San Juan and Grand Turk up an running, I am guessing the Vista will don't original route planned for Oct 7 . Maybe replace St martin with half moon Cay? I would be fine with that!
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I don't think the Vista can go to HMC. Something to do with the size. At least that's what I recall hearing. Whatever the reason is why it doesn't go there regularly.
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#34
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Originally posted by taram999
With St Kitts, San Juan and Grand Turk up an running, I am guessing the Vista will don't original route planned for Oct 7 . Maybe replace St martin with half moon Cay? I would be fine with that!

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Nassau more likely
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Originally posted by elcuchio24
Nassau more likely
God! No!

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Originally posted by elcuchio24
Hahahaha, I know, I know. I will hope for something else for you!
Thanks! At least if it happens then I will get an extra day enjoying the Vista....

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#38
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We're on the Conquest 11/25. We always book a cruise that stops at Saint Martin so we can spend a great nude day at Club Orient. Guess that's not happening.
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#39
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The thing people seem to fail to take into account is that it's just not that simple for the cruiseline to change ports. Other nearby ports may already have the berths full.

People often complain and say "why didn't we just go to wherever" as though all the captain has to do is change course.

Folks need to just wait and see what happens. I'm on an 11-night HAL cruise leaving 11/8. First port was supposed to be St Martin. Next-to-last was supposed to be St Thomas. Maybe they'll be able to substitute other ports, maybe we'll get more sea days.

If there are changes, I don't expect any sort of compensation. After all, the cruise contract says they can (and often do) change ports at the last minute. We're purchasing the cruise, not the port stops.

I also mostly book based on the ports, not the ship. But if there are changes, so be it. That's how it goes sometimes.
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We also will be on the Vista leaving Oct.7th. Don't really mind if we just have a extra sea day. One more day on board to enjoy a beautiful new ship 😃
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