Dominica in 2014??

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#1
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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!!
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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.
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Originally posted by erniesband
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!!!
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I was in Dominica on the Carnival Victory and it was probably my favorite port of all time. The sulpher springs were amazing!
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#5
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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!!
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Originally posted by hazeleyez3
Dominica is on a couple of Vision's cruises next year.
Vision...sailing out of what departure port?
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Originally posted by printingchick
Vision...sailing out of what departure port?
Fort Lauderdale in November.
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Originally posted by printingchick
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.
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Originally posted by Bobal
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?
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Originally posted by printingchick
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
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Originally posted by Bobal
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.
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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."
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#15
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Originally posted by slm517
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!!
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Originally posted by printingchick

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...
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#17
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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.
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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.
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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!).
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Originally posted by printingchick
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.
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