How often do ships miss Coco Cay?

#41
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Originally posted by panzafit
... I just wish that CocoCay was our first stop that way if we have to miss it then we could split Nassau into part beach day part walk around day. ...
The 4-day itineraries out of Port Canaveral have Coco Cay as the first stop. If they miss Coco Cay on that first day, they get another shot on the last day.
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Originally posted by Host Clarea
The 4-day itineraries out of Port Canaveral have Coco Cay as the first stop. If they miss Coco Cay on that first day, they get another shot on the last day.
That indeed has happened to us several times.
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Originally posted by island lady
And not just Coco Cay and Labadee, Key West and Grand Cayman is often missed due to high winds.
Yep, we've missed both of those

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Originally posted by John&LaLa
Yep, we've missed both of those

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Me too.
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#46
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Originally posted by BEENSAILING
If the Captain does a switch of Nassau and Coco Cay (determined by weather conditions) and you have something you booked and paid for in Nassau (not thru the cruise line) you would need to reach out to where you did your booking and see if they would alter the date.
This is good advice. I have a private snorkel booked this June through Stuart Cove, Nassau. Never have done a private excursion there before, other than a resort for a day on our own. Thanks!

I'm hoping to make Coco Cay in June, of course we'll have fun regardless. I get a chuckle out of those that give Coco a 1star review just because they couldn't make it.
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Originally posted by Merion_Mom
Small correction: If your excursions are cancelled, the money will go back on your SeaPass account.

If you don't spend it, it IS refundable.
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Originally posted by Milwaukee Eight
Actually, we have never missed any scheduled port, period. I guess we have been lucky.


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Originally posted by island lady
And not just Coco Cay and Labadee, Key West and Grand Cayman is often missed due to high winds.
One of the times I missed Grand Cayman, they added Key West for us. It was the best debarkation ever. Our last stop was Grand Cayman and then returned to Miami. That night, we were informed that Grand Cayman was closed and would have an extra day at sea. (we were supposed to have a day at sea before returning to Miami). The next day, they told us we would be stopping at Key West the next day instead AND to prepare to be processed through immigration in Key West. We had to go through the immigration check point at Key West on the ship. We all lined up in the morning. Once we did that, we were free to disembark and enjoy Key West. When we returned to Miami, there was no check point. All we did was walk off the ship and hand our declaration form to the guard at the door as we left the terminal.
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Originally posted by Rogueperson
One of the times I missed Grand Cayman, they added Key West for us. It was the best debarkation ever. Our last stop was Grand Cayman and then returned to Miami. That night, we were informed that Grand Cayman was closed and would have an extra day at sea. (we were supposed to have a day at sea before returning to Miami). The next day, they told us we would be stopping at Key West the next day instead AND to prepare to be processed through immigration in Key West. We had to go through the immigration check point at Key West on the ship. We all lined up in the morning. Once we did that, we were free to disembark and enjoy Key West. When we returned to Miami, there was no check point. All we did was walk off the ship and hand our declaration form to the guard at the door as we left the terminal.
Nice! We were on board one Brilliance 5 night cruise with scheduled stops in Key West and Cozumel. Had to skip Key West due to high winds that closed the port to cruise ships, then ended up with only one port of call. Nothing was subbed.

Though lately, now that you don't have to fill out custom forms for U.S. to U.S. cruises...it goes pretty quickly at disembarkation to just present the passport and go. Has sped things up a bit I think.
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Originally posted by island lady
Nice! We were on board one Brilliance 5 night cruise with scheduled stops in Key West and Cozumel. Had to skip Key West due to high winds that closed the port to cruise ships, then ended up with only one port of call. Nothing was subbed.

Though lately, now that you don't have to fill out custom forms for U.S. to U.S. cruises...it goes pretty quickly at disembarkation to just present the passport and go. Has sped things up a bit I think.
I *think* I had to fill out the customs form in Baltimore last July. I'm almost certain that I did it last February. But the guy took my passport, took my form and said welcome home. Didn't ask a thing.
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Originally posted by Rogueperson
I *think* I had to fill out the customs form in Baltimore last July. I'm almost certain that I did it last February. But the guy took my passport, took my form and said welcome home. Didn't ask a thing.
Have not had to fill out those customs forms for the last six cruises we have been on, except for San Juan. They were not even given out any longer. First time I actually asked our cabin attendant where it was when he gave us our disembarkation tags, and he correctly told me they don't use them any longer.
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Haven't had them for at least a few years either.
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Originally posted by John&LaLa
I've heard 3rd quarter. Personally I'd be surprised if it's done by October.

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Was just reading up Royal refurbishments and in the section about Mariner of the Seas, it states

"The six-week drydock in Cadiz, Spain, will take place in May and June 2018. The updates will coincide with the June 2018 opening of the newly constructed dock at Coco Cay, Royal Caribbean's private destination, which will play a major role in the Mariner's itineraries."


link is https://www.******************.com/2018/01/16/guide-royal-caribbean-2018-new-cruise-ships-and-refurbishments


There is a separate link about CoCo Cay which talks about other changes going into 2019 but if article above is correct, then it's saying June for the dock


P.S. - The full url was blocked but it's under royal caribbean blog site
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Originally posted by LuCruise
Was just reading up Royal refurbishments and in the section about Mariner of the Seas, it states

"The six-week drydock in Cadiz, Spain, will take place in May and June 2018. The updates will coincide with the June 2018 opening of the newly constructed dock at Coco Cay, Royal Caribbean's private destination, which will play a major role in the Mariner's itineraries."


link is https://www.******************.com/2018/01/16/guide-royal-caribbean-2018-new-cruise-ships-and-refurbishments


There is a separate link about CoCo Cay which talks about other changes going into 2019 but if article above is correct, then it's saying June for the dock


P.S. - The full url was blocked but it's under royal caribbean blog site
Original plan, no way they'll meet that schedule

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John&LaLa, thanks for clarifying. Too bad they are far behind.
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#57
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Originally posted by LuCruise
John&LaLa, thanks for clarifying. Too bad they are far behind.
This is still just my opinion, nothing official.

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We missed it on Anthem in January, as had the previous sailing. We had wonderful weather for the whole cruise, and this was the one day with wind and what I would term a moderate chop. We could barely feel this on Anthem itself to give you an idea of what might cancel tendering. There weren't swells or anything close to heavy seas. It's an understandable call though considering the number of passengers and the tendering process.