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2 day cruise is just too short! Let's see if they can do a 3 day and include a beach day, perhaps subletting one of the private stops from the major cruise lines. 3 days is short too, but at least it starts to feel like a cruise.

 

I hope this line and business is able to thrive.

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Why not one 3 night and two 2 nights cruises per week ? Say fri/sat 2 night 2 sun/mon 2 night then Tues-Thursday 3 night

 

 

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Fri sat sun 3 night for local weekend warriors.

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They can't compete in the 3/4-night cruise market. Norwegian, Carnival and Royal Caribbean already offer that product. Their niche is 2-night cruises at better price points plus the local resort stay option that the others don't offer. And they make a lot of money off the timeshare and advance purchase cold calls. They must stick with what they know and stay out of the hair of the big boys.

 

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They've got a much bigger ship with bigger venues, more cabins (and much larger) to fill. If the cold calling doesn't do it they may have to try to compete. Will have to see real world prices but if it is 149 and higher pp for 2 nights I can hop on any number of 3 or 4 night cruises by dart throw from anyone else.

 

Resorts World Bimini is supposed to be $129pp for a Saturday night one night; did that last month for $25 - tax included, oceanview stateroom included, 3pm-9pm open buffet, $30 casino credits, free drinks at the island casino, breakfast the next day. $7 cash to do a bridge tour; that was the best $7 ever spent:D

 

So I remain cautiously optimistic for real world prices and I'm certainly open to trying them out and supporting a business that supports locals (the port is less than 30 minutes from my home). I actually have some business at the port for end of January, maybe she will be in at that time already.

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They can't compete in the 3/4-night cruise market. Norwegian, Carnival and Royal Caribbean already offer that product. Their niche is 2-night cruises at better price points plus the local resort stay option that the others don't offer. And they make a lot of money off the timeshare and advance purchase cold calls. They must stick with what they know and stay out of the hair of the big boys.

 

BobK/Orlando

 

Sorry, Bob, I disagree. I do not believe that CCL, NCL or RCL "own" the 3-4 night cruise market. They can service the resorts while still doing longer cruises, even if they are cruises to nowhere with Freeport included.

 

We're talking West Palm here, not Miami, or Fort Lauderdale or Port Canaveral.

 

Granted, the resort stays are attractive, but their cruise price points are not, unless you get some deal. Two night cruises are rarely a good value.

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Seems like the competition got the message loud and clear.

 

Looks like Resort World Superfast will be dropping their 1 night cruise, at least temporarily, and from end of Jan - end of Feb will offer 2 and 3 night cruises. $89PP on the 2 nighters, $129PP on the 3 nighter. For the first time they are instituting a fixed daily gratuity. The 3 nighter cruise has more port time than most 7 day cruises and includes use of their new resort and casino.

 

Looks like things are heating up in the farm team markets in FL.

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loubetti, I just don't see them going after the 3/4-day market. While they have an advantage to those of you who live in Palm Beach County, for everyone else, we do have options at those other home ports. We also don't know to what extent the Bahamian government subsidizes them to deliver hotel guests every other day to GBI. Just my opinion and only time will tell.

 

LMaxwell, I had looked at booking a short cruise on that Resorts World ship and the initial price seemed decent. But once they added their taxes & fees to the price, the price was ridiculous and did not include meals. Maybe they've repriced things and I need to give them another look. Would love to visit Bimini for a change!

 

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loubetti, I just don't see them going after the 3/4-day market. While they have an advantage to those of you who live in Palm Beach County, for everyone else, we do have options at those other home ports. We also don't know to what extent the Bahamian government subsidizes them to deliver hotel guests every other day to GBI. Just my opinion and only time will tell.

 

LMaxwell, I had looked at booking a short cruise on that Resorts World ship and the initial price seemed decent. But once they added their taxes & fees to the price, the price was ridiculous and did not include meals. Maybe they've repriced things and I need to give them another look. Would love to visit Bimini for a change!

 

BobK/Orlando

 

I took the Bimini Superfast about a month ago with a Travelzoo deal. To me, they need to get their act together to be considered a "cruise." Food was marginal and non-existant other than dinner and breakfast buffet. No shows and no pools. The casino is center stage for the whole adventure. It was an overnight cruise and I felt bored coming back to Miami the next day. I have been on more than 100 cruises and can never say I felt bored.

The upside was the price was right and like someone else said, we got $30 in casino play. Price of a bucket of Kalik beer was around $50.

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Look up and follow Resorts World Bimini on Facebook, they are always putting out deals and coupon codes. In fact, when I went for $25 all in, they offered me use of one of the beach front bungalos for the night for $25 more dollars but I passed it up. Then I saw the bungalos. MY MISTAKE LOL.

 

Anyways, as it is right now, before gratuities, but with port fees, taxes, and resort feet (seems like they bag you here) you are about 389 for a 2 night and around 460 for the 3 night. There is a lot less to do on the ship than other cruises. And the rooms are tiny. The ship is very modern and spotless clean. When I did the 1 nighter you couldn't really use the resort, so I can't say much about it, but we did have a good time at the casino. With the 2 and 3 nighter including resort use, maybe it is a value, maybe not? Just seems like Resort World is responding to Bahamas Celebration model.

 

If Bahamas Celebration can offer 3 night deals with similar features as the "big boys" and be under $500 all in they may have a good niche for themselves. It's a real cruise ship with many, many more venues and cabins than Bimini Superfast.

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Look up and follow Resorts World Bimini on Facebook, they are always putting out deals and coupon codes. In fact, when I went for $25 all in, they offered me use of one of the beach front bungalos for the night for $25 more dollars but I passed it up. Then I saw the bungalos. MY MISTAKE LOL.

 

Anyways, as it is right now, before gratuities, but with port fees, taxes, and resort feet (seems like they bag you here) you are about 389 for a 2 night and around 460 for the 3 night. There is a lot less to do on the ship than other cruises. And the rooms are tiny. The ship is very modern and spotless clean. When I did the 1 nighter you couldn't really use the resort, so I can't say much about it, but we did have a good time at the casino. With the 2 and 3 nighter including resort use, maybe it is a value, maybe not? Just seems like Resort World is responding to Bahamas Celebration model.

 

If Bahamas Celebration can offer 3 night deals with similar features as the "big boys" and be under $500 all in they may have a good niche for themselves. It's a real cruise ship with many, many more venues and cabins than Bimini Superfast.

 

I agree they are trying to copy Celebration's 2 day model. In fact they were doing over and back in the same day until Nov of this year. They changed to all 2 nights except than 1 night on Saturdays.

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I agree they are trying to copy Celebration's 2 day model. In fact they were doing over and back in the same day until Nov of this year. They changed to all 2 nights except than 1 night on Saturdays.

 

What date were you on the ship? The food was average; the wait staff in the buffet were great. They cleared dishes and filled drinks and coffee so fast. During dinner time we must have been in there during a slow time and two waitresses were fawning over us. An office strolled through and said "Do you see? Other cruise lines, 1 waitress for 20 people, Bimini, 1 to 1!"

 

Crew were always friendly, always working, always cleaning. Embarkation and debarkation were exceptionally easy. It's not really a cruise ship, but for the right price it's really a great deal.

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What date were you on the ship? The food was average; the wait staff in the buffet were great. They cleared dishes and filled drinks and coffee so fast. During dinner time we must have been in there during a slow time and two waitresses were fawning over us. An office strolled through and said "Do you see? Other cruise lines, 1 waitress for 20 people, Bimini, 1 to 1!"

 

Crew were always friendly, always working, always cleaning. Embarkation and debarkation were exceptionally easy. It's not really a cruise ship, but for the right price it's really a great deal.

 

It was the Saturday after Thanksgiving. I agree the staff was great. I loved all the wooden deck chairs.

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Between Royal, NCL, Carnival and Disney, I think that there's VERY stiff competition in this short Bahamas cruise market, not to forget that Celebrity and Princess are now also doing 4 night cruises from South Florida.

 

Unless this "new" cruise line could provide a good product at significantly lower prices than the competition, I think that they would get slaughtered if they tried to compete "head on" in the 3/4 night market. The only reason why Celebration survived all these years doing 2 night cruises to Freeport from WPB is because they were offering a product that was different than what the other cruise lines were offering, plus the timeshare revenue.

 

 

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The food was average; the wait staff in the buffet were great. They cleared dishes and filled drinks and coffee so fast. During dinner time we must have been in there during a slow time and two waitresses were fawning over us. Crew were always friendly, always working, always cleaning. Embarkation and debarkation were exceptionally easy. It's not really a cruise ship, but for the right price it's really a great deal.

 

LMaxwell, I took another look and booked a 1-nighter on Superfast for about $74 per person including all taxes & fees plus two meals. I thought that was decent enough of a price. Looks like they have a pool party at the resort upon arrival in Bimini and then a late night party on the ship after that. Do you recall which restaurant on board is included for the "free" meals? Also, do you remember if the ship has a shop on board? We always like to by ship souvenirs. Thanks!

 

BobK/Orlando

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