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Poll: What do you think of Carnival's two-day Cabo stop?
Poll Results
What do you think of Carnival's two-day Cabo stop?

Glad for the extra day. I love Cabo!
82
19.81%

I'd rather go someplace else for variety
81
19.57%

I wish the ship stayed in Cabo later each night
72
17.39%

I wish the ship would stay overnight -- I love the nightlife
166
40.10%

None of the above -- I'll post below
13
3.14%

Voters: 414.  You may not vote on this poll.

#1
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Carnival has just announced a new five-night itinerary on Carnival Elation, sailing roundtrip from San Diego and featuring two full days in Cabo San Lucas. But there's a catch: the ship will not overnight in port, but instead will depart at night and return the next day.

What's your take on this unusual itinerary option? Please vote in our poll and share your opinions below.
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We were one of the lucky people already booked and allowed to change itineraries when Carnival made the change. We are booked on the 8/8/09 sailing and looking forward to 2 days in Cabo.

My thoughts are, the stays in Cabo have historically been to short to do much. These 2 longer days will give us a beach day and a day to tour and bar hop. I really would have preferred one night be longer so that guests could take part in sunset cruises and/or dinner cruises. While Carnival might lose some money in the casino or bar they would make up for some for it in offering these type excursions.

I can't wait it only 17 weeks away!!
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At least if you miss the ship on the 1st day you know they will be back for you the next day.
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Originally posted by HeidiHo
At least if you miss the ship on the 1st day you know they will be back for you the next day.
Cabo is a tender port. If the waters rough and they can't tender back in you are SOL...
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I dont get it. It sails out to sea to sail in circles and then comes back in the morning?
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#7
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Originally posted by maxamuus
I dont get it. It sails out to sea to sail in circles and then comes back in the morning?
No different the the Ensenada and Catalina cruise except you have 2 ports
#8
Utah
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Originally posted by Kurbanfan
No different the the Ensenada and Catalina cruise except you have 2 ports
My point is why sail away if your coming back to the same port tomorrow?
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seems crazy, but they want you to gamble in the evening, if they stay over no casino! The idea of two days is great, I love Cabo, but its poorly executed here!
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Originally posted by KLMMD11
seems crazy, but they want you to gamble in the evening, if they stay over no casino! The idea of two days is great, I love Cabo, but its poorly executed here!
Ok that makes sense. I knew there had to be a reason to blow fuel but the casino makes sense.
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#11
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Originally posted by maxamuus
My point is why sail away if your coming back to the same port tomorrow?
I would assume revenue....can't open up shop while in Mexico....
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The non-overnight stay is nothing but a way to make on-board revenue. If the ship stays in port the casino must remain closed, the on-board shops must remain closed, and greatly reduced spending in the bars. Carnival is using the ploy of a multi-day stop to lure passengers with false ideas of partying in Cabo under the stars. Instead they will pull up anchor head out to international waters and open the cash-registers. How much do you want to bet that on at least 60-70% of sailings (or more) one of the 2 port days is missed due to "unfavourable tendering conditions"! Deceptive and all too typical of the cruise industry in general
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This is very cool, what are the Dates if anyone knows?


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Originally posted by scottamiller
The non-overnight stay is nothing but a way to make on-board revenue. If the ship stays in port the casino must remain closed, the on-board shops must remain closed, and greatly reduced spending in the bars. Carnival is using the ploy of a multi-day stop to lure passengers with false ideas of partying in Cabo under the stars. Instead they will pull up anchor head out to international waters and open the cash-registers. How much do you want to bet that on at least 60-70% of sailings (or more) one of the 2 port days is missed due to "unfavourable tendering conditions"! Deceptive and all too typical of the cruise industry in general
PloyDeceptive LMAO!!! Carnival is not an airlines. If you want to stay overnight in Cabo you have an option to fly
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July 2nd, 2009. They will do 3,4 & 5 day cruises. The 5 day is 2 days in Cabo.

Yes, I believe to it is all about revenue..

Deceptive.. Not.. You know before you book you are NOT staying overnight. It's your choice..
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Originally posted by scottamiller
The non-overnight stay is nothing but a way to make on-board revenue. If the ship stays in port the casino must remain closed, the on-board shops must remain closed, and greatly reduced spending in the bars. Carnival is using the ploy of a multi-day stop to lure passengers with false ideas of partying in Cabo under the stars. Instead they will pull up anchor head out to international waters and open the cash-registers. How much do you want to bet that on at least 60-70% of sailings (or more) one of the 2 port days is missed due to "unfavourable tendering conditions"! Deceptive and all too typical of the cruise industry in general
God forbid a cruiseline should act in such as a manner as to GENERATE revenues. Those rascally Capitalists ! !
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Originally posted by scottamiller
The non-overnight stay is nothing but a way to make on-board revenue. If the ship stays in port the casino must remain closed, the on-board shops must remain closed, and greatly reduced spending in the bars. Carnival is using the ploy of a multi-day stop to lure passengers with false ideas of partying in Cabo under the stars. Instead they will pull up anchor head out to international waters and open the cash-registers. How much do you want to bet that on at least 60-70% of sailings (or more) one of the 2 port days is missed due to "unfavourable tendering conditions"! Deceptive and all too typical of the cruise industry in general
??? I think your statistics are off. Never missed a port yet in the 4 cruises I've been on that had them. (I didn't count the two cruises to nowhere.) Carnival also makes tons of money from shore excursions and kickbacks from shopping in port - I had a CD tell me that port days vs. sea days were almost equal money makers assuming the ship wasn't in port late into the evening. I certainly don't see any false advertising - they disclose the port times each day.
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Originally posted by Litewait
July 2nd, 2009. They will do 3,4 & 5 day cruises. The 5 day is 2 days in Cabo.

Yes, I believe to it is all about revenue..

Deceptive.. Not.. You know before you book you are NOT staying overnight. It's your choice..
Thanks for posting the dates, as you can see July 2nd is one of the most expensive time of the year to cruise. Hope they have this 5 dayer in Oct and Nov.


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Cabo is all about the night life. The place doesn't get rocking until 10 or so! The beaches are OK, but the real fun is Cabo Wabo and El Squid Roe
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what ever happened to the notion of cruiselines trying to conserve fuel? How often do ships really miss Cabo due to high seas...I bet its a lot less than CocoCay or Half Moon Cay or Princess Cay. I'm sure there's a poor fisherman (who is used to the seas and works in it everyday) in town that would be happy to take you out to the ship if the tenders are too chicken! For a handsome fee!