Go Back   Cruise Critic Message Board Forums > Cruise Lines "P - Z" > Royal Caribbean International
 
Register here!
Forgot Your Password?


 

Notices

Royal Caribbean International
NEW! Find Your ROYAL CARIBBEAN Roll Call

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old April 17th, 2012, 12:37 PM
printingchick's Avatar
printingchick printingchick is offline
Blue Ribbon Cruiser
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 4,420
Default Dominica in 2014??

Anyone heard rumors about whether Dominica will be added back to the southern Caribbean itineraries? I understand that RCCL is appeasing European travelers by providing a French-owned departure port with Guadaloupe, but in 2013 they eliminated Dominica from BOTH their southern Caribbean ships' itineraries. I'd jump to Celebrity, but they won't take my RCCL Visa points!!
__________________
70 days at sea...and counting!
2003 - Carnival Sensation
2005 - Carnival Valor (western Caribbean)
2006 - Carnival Inspiration
2006 - Carnival Valor (eastern Caribbean)
2007 - Carnival Destiny
2008 - Carnival Imagination
2008 - Royal Caribbean Adventure of the Seas
2009 - Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas
2010 - Royal Caribbean Serenade of the Seas
2011 - Royal Caribbean Voyager of the Seas
2014 - Royal Caribbean Jewel of the Seas

Last edited by printingchick; April 17th, 2012 at 12:38 PM.
Reply With Quote

  #2  
Old April 17th, 2012, 02:18 PM
erniesband's Avatar
erniesband erniesband is offline
Cool Cruiser
 
Join Date: May 2000
Location: Cleveland, Ohio,USA
Posts: 2,355
Default

We also like Dominica as a port of call and I think Vision has some stops there in 2013, so I'm hoping that they'll still stop there in 2014.
__________________
" That's my opinion, I could be wrong! Who wants pie?" D. Miller

F.O.T.





Rhapsody 3/99
Sovereign 3/00
Monarch 1/01
Enchantment 8/01
Radiance 5/02
Monarch 8/02
Radiance 1/03
Serenade 1/04
Empress 1/05
Serenade 1/06
Serenade 1/07
Serenade 1/08
Celebrity Summit 1/09
Serenade 1/10
Serenade 1/11
Serenade 1/12 B2B
Adventure 1/13
Jewel 1/14 B2B
Reply With Quote

  #3  
Old April 17th, 2012, 02:32 PM
printingchick's Avatar
printingchick printingchick is offline
Blue Ribbon Cruiser
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 4,420
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by erniesband View Post
We also like Dominica as a port of call and I think Vision has some stops there in 2013, so I'm hoping that they'll still stop there in 2014.
Thanks, Ernie! I hope so!!!
__________________
70 days at sea...and counting!
2003 - Carnival Sensation
2005 - Carnival Valor (western Caribbean)
2006 - Carnival Inspiration
2006 - Carnival Valor (eastern Caribbean)
2007 - Carnival Destiny
2008 - Carnival Imagination
2008 - Royal Caribbean Adventure of the Seas
2009 - Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas
2010 - Royal Caribbean Serenade of the Seas
2011 - Royal Caribbean Voyager of the Seas
2014 - Royal Caribbean Jewel of the Seas
Reply With Quote

  #4  
Old April 17th, 2012, 05:44 PM
spyder209's Avatar
spyder209 spyder209 is offline
Cool Cruiser
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: South Carolina
Posts: 439
Default

I was in Dominica on the Carnival Victory and it was probably my favorite port of all time. The sulpher springs were amazing!
__________________
Aventura Spa Palace-04/25/04
RCCL Explorer of the Seas-04/17/05
Carnival Miracle-05/07/06
Carnival Victory-04/18/10http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1192180
Palace Resorts-05/01/11
Carnival Fantasy 08/31/11http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1478052
RCCL Monarch of the Seas-12/05/11 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1531173
RCCL Oasis of the Seas-05/12/12 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1637853
Occidental Grand Xcaret-05/06/13
Reply With Quote

  #5  
Old April 17th, 2012, 06:40 PM
printingchick's Avatar
printingchick printingchick is offline
Blue Ribbon Cruiser
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 4,420
Default

I was so disappointed when RCL dropped it. I wrote to Adam Goldstein. (Yeah...I know...like one opinion about a port is going to change itinerary selections!) I hope they put it back into the rotation. I love that port!!
__________________
70 days at sea...and counting!
2003 - Carnival Sensation
2005 - Carnival Valor (western Caribbean)
2006 - Carnival Inspiration
2006 - Carnival Valor (eastern Caribbean)
2007 - Carnival Destiny
2008 - Carnival Imagination
2008 - Royal Caribbean Adventure of the Seas
2009 - Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas
2010 - Royal Caribbean Serenade of the Seas
2011 - Royal Caribbean Voyager of the Seas
2014 - Royal Caribbean Jewel of the Seas
Reply With Quote

  #6  
Old April 17th, 2012, 09:46 PM
hazeleyez3 hazeleyez3 is offline
Cool Cruiser
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Baltimore, MD
Posts: 2,836
Default

Dominica is on a couple of Vision's cruises next year.
__________________
Past Cruises
Liberty of the Seas 2013 (Thanksgiving)~ Legend of the Seas 2013 ~ Liberty of the Seas 2013 (Birthday) ~ Briilliance of the Seas 2012 ~ Adventure of the Seas 2012 ~ Oasis of the Seas 2011 ~ Carnival Miracle 2010 ~ Freedom of the Seas 2010 ~ Independence of the Seas 2009 ~ Mariner of the Seas 2008 ~ Norwegian Star 2008 ~ Pride of Hawaii 2007 ~ Sapphire Princess 2007 ~ Carnival Valor 2006 ~ Carnival Imagination 2005 ~ Norwegian Sea 2005 ~ Norwegian Crown 2004 ~ Carnival Jubilee 1995 ~ Canadea/New England ~ Costa 1988
Reply With Quote

  #7  
Old April 17th, 2012, 10:44 PM
printingchick's Avatar
printingchick printingchick is offline
Blue Ribbon Cruiser
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 4,420
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by hazeleyez3 View Post
Dominica is on a couple of Vision's cruises next year.
Vision...sailing out of what departure port?
__________________
70 days at sea...and counting!
2003 - Carnival Sensation
2005 - Carnival Valor (western Caribbean)
2006 - Carnival Inspiration
2006 - Carnival Valor (eastern Caribbean)
2007 - Carnival Destiny
2008 - Carnival Imagination
2008 - Royal Caribbean Adventure of the Seas
2009 - Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas
2010 - Royal Caribbean Serenade of the Seas
2011 - Royal Caribbean Voyager of the Seas
2014 - Royal Caribbean Jewel of the Seas
Reply With Quote

  #8  
Old April 17th, 2012, 11:51 PM
cjnalley's Avatar
cjnalley cjnalley is offline
Cool Cruiser
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Posts: 133
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by printingchick View Post
Vision...sailing out of what departure port?
Fort Lauderdale in November.
__________________
Reply With Quote

  #9  
Old April 18th, 2012, 01:07 AM
hazeleyez3 hazeleyez3 is offline
Cool Cruiser
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Baltimore, MD
Posts: 2,836
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by printingchick View Post
Vision...sailing out of what departure port?
Ft. Lauderdale. One is in Jan, another in Feb
__________________
Past Cruises
Liberty of the Seas 2013 (Thanksgiving)~ Legend of the Seas 2013 ~ Liberty of the Seas 2013 (Birthday) ~ Briilliance of the Seas 2012 ~ Adventure of the Seas 2012 ~ Oasis of the Seas 2011 ~ Carnival Miracle 2010 ~ Freedom of the Seas 2010 ~ Independence of the Seas 2009 ~ Mariner of the Seas 2008 ~ Norwegian Star 2008 ~ Pride of Hawaii 2007 ~ Sapphire Princess 2007 ~ Carnival Valor 2006 ~ Carnival Imagination 2005 ~ Norwegian Sea 2005 ~ Norwegian Crown 2004 ~ Carnival Jubilee 1995 ~ Canadea/New England ~ Costa 1988
Reply With Quote

  #10  
Old April 18th, 2012, 04:31 AM
Bobal's Avatar
Bobal Bobal is offline
Blue Ribbon Cruiser
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Herts, U.K.
Posts: 3,236
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by printingchick View Post
I understand that RCCL is appeasing European travelers by providing a French-owned departure port with Guadaloupe,
How is this appeasing European travellers?? As a European traveller I'm not sure what you mean.

We also loved Dominica and would really like to visit again - such nice people.
Reply With Quote

  #11  
Old April 18th, 2012, 05:58 AM
printingchick's Avatar
printingchick printingchick is offline
Blue Ribbon Cruiser
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 4,420
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Bobal View Post
How is this appeasing European travellers?? As a European traveller I'm not sure what you mean.

We also loved Dominica and would really like to visit again - such nice people.
I could be mistaken, but I believe Guadeloupe was added to both legs of the Brilliance itinerary to make boarding easier for Europeans because the island is French owned. Currency is Euros, language is French, I assumed clearing customs was less complicated?
__________________
70 days at sea...and counting!
2003 - Carnival Sensation
2005 - Carnival Valor (western Caribbean)
2006 - Carnival Inspiration
2006 - Carnival Valor (eastern Caribbean)
2007 - Carnival Destiny
2008 - Carnival Imagination
2008 - Royal Caribbean Adventure of the Seas
2009 - Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas
2010 - Royal Caribbean Serenade of the Seas
2011 - Royal Caribbean Voyager of the Seas
2014 - Royal Caribbean Jewel of the Seas
Reply With Quote

  #12  
Old April 18th, 2012, 06:07 AM
Bobal's Avatar
Bobal Bobal is offline
Blue Ribbon Cruiser
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Herts, U.K.
Posts: 3,236
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by printingchick View Post
I could be mistaken, but I believe Guadeloupe was added to both legs of the Brilliance itinerary to make boarding easier for Europeans because the island is French owned. Currency is Euros, language is French, I assumed clearing customs was less complicated?
Ah, now I understand. I didn't realise it boarded in Guadeloupe. Possibly trying to encourage French passengers as they probably have flights directly there.

Thank you
Reply With Quote

  #13  
Old April 18th, 2012, 08:12 AM
printingchick's Avatar
printingchick printingchick is offline
Blue Ribbon Cruiser
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 4,420
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Bobal View Post
Ah, now I understand. I didn't realise it boarded in Guadeloupe. Possibly trying to encourage French passengers as they probably have flights directly there.

Thank you
The Brilliance itinerary allows boarding in either San Juan or Guadeloupe.
__________________
70 days at sea...and counting!
2003 - Carnival Sensation
2005 - Carnival Valor (western Caribbean)
2006 - Carnival Inspiration
2006 - Carnival Valor (eastern Caribbean)
2007 - Carnival Destiny
2008 - Carnival Imagination
2008 - Royal Caribbean Adventure of the Seas
2009 - Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas
2010 - Royal Caribbean Serenade of the Seas
2011 - Royal Caribbean Voyager of the Seas
2014 - Royal Caribbean Jewel of the Seas
Reply With Quote

  #14  
Old April 18th, 2012, 11:45 AM
slm517's Avatar
slm517 slm517 is offline
Cool Cruiser
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Durham, NC
Posts: 130
Default

The fact that the Celebrity Summit goes to Dominica and Grenada was one of the major factors in my booking Celebrity for my southern caribbean cruise. And the Summit looks almost brand new now that it's been "Solsticized."
__________________
RCI Liberty of the Seas 2010
RCI Liberty of the Seas 2011
RCI Navigator of the Seas 2011
RCI Oasis of the Seas 2012
RCI Liberty of the Seas 2012
RCI Liberty of the Seas 2013
RCI Liberty of the Seas 2014
Reply With Quote

  #15  
Old April 18th, 2012, 11:59 AM
printingchick's Avatar
printingchick printingchick is offline
Blue Ribbon Cruiser
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 4,420
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by slm517 View Post
The fact that the Celebrity Summit goes to Dominica and Grenada was one of the major factors in my booking Celebrity for my southern caribbean cruise. And the Summit looks almost brand new now that it's been "Solsticized."
I'm MORE than tempted, believe me!!! The problem for me is that - due to economic factors - I've had to abstain from cruising in 2012 and 2013!! (Yes, it's very painful...trust me!!!) While accumulating more slowly (also due to economic factors), I am compiling a lot of RCL Visa points and should be able to discount a 2014 cruise by $500 or $600 using points. The points don't work on Celebrity, so that's a HUGE price difference.

I'm really HOPING I can find what I'm looking for on a 2014 RCL itinerary. I should know next week, if the deployment schedules are remotely accurate!

Thanks!!
__________________
70 days at sea...and counting!
2003 - Carnival Sensation
2005 - Carnival Valor (western Caribbean)
2006 - Carnival Inspiration
2006 - Carnival Valor (eastern Caribbean)
2007 - Carnival Destiny
2008 - Carnival Imagination
2008 - Royal Caribbean Adventure of the Seas
2009 - Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas
2010 - Royal Caribbean Serenade of the Seas
2011 - Royal Caribbean Voyager of the Seas
2014 - Royal Caribbean Jewel of the Seas
Reply With Quote

  #16  
Old April 25th, 2012, 12:20 PM
printingchick's Avatar
printingchick printingchick is offline
Blue Ribbon Cruiser
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 4,420
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by printingchick View Post

I'm really HOPING I can find what I'm looking for on a 2014 RCL itinerary. I should know next week, if the deployment schedules are remotely accurate!

Thanks!!
Deployment schedule release has CHANGED! Now we won't know until next MONTH! Grrrr...
__________________
70 days at sea...and counting!
2003 - Carnival Sensation
2005 - Carnival Valor (western Caribbean)
2006 - Carnival Inspiration
2006 - Carnival Valor (eastern Caribbean)
2007 - Carnival Destiny
2008 - Carnival Imagination
2008 - Royal Caribbean Adventure of the Seas
2009 - Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas
2010 - Royal Caribbean Serenade of the Seas
2011 - Royal Caribbean Voyager of the Seas
2014 - Royal Caribbean Jewel of the Seas
Reply With Quote

  #17  
Old April 25th, 2012, 01:43 PM
negc's Avatar
negc negc is offline
20,000+ Club
 
Join Date: May 2000
Posts: 24,813
Default

When one of our Jewel repositioning cruises included a stop in Dominica, a couple stood up at the evening cocktail reception and told everyone not to get off the ship because it was a "horrible" port. Fortunately we ignored their comments, got off the ship and took a wonderful tour and encountered several very wonderful residents. Good to see that others share our view of Dominica.
Reply With Quote

  #18  
Old April 25th, 2012, 03:40 PM
Miss Vickie's Avatar
Miss Vickie Miss Vickie is offline
Cool Cruiser
 
Join Date: Jul 2000
Posts: 2,719
Default

We sailed Summit several years ago specifically because Dominica was on the itinerary (along with Bonaire) and Royal wasn't going to either destination yet. It quickly became one of our favorite ports, and we've been back twice more on Serenade. I'm really hoping Vision repeats her 2013 itineraries in 2014, as we are already booked for 2013 and are hoping to do Vision to Dominica in '14.
__________________


http://www.flickr.com/photos/jl_cleveland/sets/
Rhapsody of the Seas, March 1999, Southern Caribbean
Sovereign of the Seas, March 2000, Bahamas
Enchantment of the Seas, August 2000, Western Caribbean
Monarch of the Seas, January 2001, Southern Caribbean
Monarch of the Sears, August 2001, Western Caribbean
Radiance of the Seas, January 2002, Southern Caribbean
Radiance of the Seas, January 2003, Southern Caribbean
Serenade of the Seas, January 2004, Southern Caribbean
Serenade of the Seas, January 2005, Southern Caribbean
Empress of the Seas, January 2006, Southern Caribbean
Serenade of the Seas, January 2007, Southern Caribbean
Serenade of the Seas, January 2008, Southern Caribbean
Celebrity Summit, January 2009, Southern Caribbean
Serenade of the Seas, January 2010, Southern Caribbean
Serenade of the Seas, January 2011, Southern Caribbean
Serenade of the Seas B2B, January 2012, Southern Caribbean
Adventure of the Seas, January 2013, Southern Caribbean
Jewel of the Seas B2B, Southern Caribbean, Jan. 2014
In the future:
B2B on Jewel of the Seas, Southern Caribbean, Jan. 2015
B2B on Jewel of the Seas, Southern Caribbean, Jan. 2016
Reply With Quote

  #19  
Old April 25th, 2012, 04:15 PM
printingchick's Avatar
printingchick printingchick is offline
Blue Ribbon Cruiser
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 4,420
Default

I'd prefer to get there via San Juan than via Fort Lauderdale (picky, aren't I?), because I prefer more port-intensive cruises. Trying to do the southern Caribbean from Florida means too many sea days, not enough port days for my taste. I'm looking ahead to the winter of 2013/2014, hoping for some itineraries more like Summit (or the 2012 Serenade!).
__________________
70 days at sea...and counting!
2003 - Carnival Sensation
2005 - Carnival Valor (western Caribbean)
2006 - Carnival Inspiration
2006 - Carnival Valor (eastern Caribbean)
2007 - Carnival Destiny
2008 - Carnival Imagination
2008 - Royal Caribbean Adventure of the Seas
2009 - Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas
2010 - Royal Caribbean Serenade of the Seas
2011 - Royal Caribbean Voyager of the Seas
2014 - Royal Caribbean Jewel of the Seas
Reply With Quote

  #20  
Old April 25th, 2012, 04:53 PM
Miss Vickie's Avatar
Miss Vickie Miss Vickie is offline
Cool Cruiser
 
Join Date: Jul 2000
Posts: 2,719
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by printingchick View Post
I'd prefer to get there via San Juan than via Fort Lauderdale (picky, aren't I?), because I prefer more port-intensive cruises. Trying to do the southern Caribbean from Florida means too many sea days, not enough port days for my taste. I'm looking ahead to the winter of 2013/2014, hoping for some itineraries more like Summit (or the 2012 Serenade!).
We much prefer the port intensive itineraries, too, which is one of the reasons we've nearly always sailed from San Juan, and we're doing our first Voyager-class cruise on Adventure out of San Juan in January 2013. However, that Vision itinerary, with the addition of St. Vincent and the opportunity to go back to Bonaire looked so good that we decided we'll put up with the sea days if they do it in 2014.
__________________


http://www.flickr.com/photos/jl_cleveland/sets/
Rhapsody of the Seas, March 1999, Southern Caribbean
Sovereign of the Seas, March 2000, Bahamas
Enchantment of the Seas, August 2000, Western Caribbean
Monarch of the Seas, January 2001, Southern Caribbean
Monarch of the Sears, August 2001, Western Caribbean
Radiance of the Seas, January 2002, Southern Caribbean
Radiance of the Seas, January 2003, Southern Caribbean
Serenade of the Seas, January 2004, Southern Caribbean
Serenade of the Seas, January 2005, Southern Caribbean
Empress of the Seas, January 2006, Southern Caribbean
Serenade of the Seas, January 2007, Southern Caribbean
Serenade of the Seas, January 2008, Southern Caribbean
Celebrity Summit, January 2009, Southern Caribbean
Serenade of the Seas, January 2010, Southern Caribbean
Serenade of the Seas, January 2011, Southern Caribbean
Serenade of the Seas B2B, January 2012, Southern Caribbean
Adventure of the Seas, January 2013, Southern Caribbean
Jewel of the Seas B2B, Southern Caribbean, Jan. 2014
In the future:
B2B on Jewel of the Seas, Southern Caribbean, Jan. 2015
B2B on Jewel of the Seas, Southern Caribbean, Jan. 2016

Last edited by Miss Vickie; April 25th, 2012 at 04:54 PM.
Reply With Quote

Reply

Bookmarks


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 06:58 AM.


© 1995 - 2014, The Independent Traveler, Inc. All rights reserved.
"A Community of People Who Love To Cruise"
All of the information contained within Cruise Critic is protected by copyright. You may, however, download a single copy only for your personal use.
Check Cruise Prices
Cruise Line:
Destination:
Month:
Compare deals from top travel sites
Loading vendors ... please wait.
No vendors are available. Try selecting options