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23 minutes ago, Jlk88 said:

How horrible, but thankfully nobody got hurt! Hope it's up and running again soon.

 

At the risk or sounding rude, won't it be horribly crowded to have two ships at Half Moon Cay? 

I am supposed to call there on the Elation at the end of February and am really looking forward to it. It worries me a little bit to think about how crowded the beach and buffet area could get with double the passengers if another ship gets rerouted there on our day.

Has anyone ever been there with two ships in port, or on a megaship? Was it fine?

I do see the other point of view. If I was supposed to call at Princess Cays, I would rather share HMC than go to Freeport or have another sea day.

 

That's not a rude question at all , very understandable.  And you would be correct two ships at HMC would be a crowded beach and a slower beach day. Slower because of the lack of tenders that would be available. Also the ships would tender the crew and the food from two ships to feed the masses before they debarked passengers .  Me I have been there several times with one ship, but I know a crowd when I see one .

 

 

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I agree. I would also take HMC over Freeport or Nassau. We have been on HMC with two HAL ships and it was busy but still lots of room. Had no problems finding a spot to sit. We tend to walk down the beach and sit near the rentals where there is shade from the trees on the edge of the beach in front of the rentals. Great spot if you want shade and very close to the shipwreck bar.

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On 1/29/2019 at 2:53 PM, CruiseDude69 said:

 

Were there a lot of real buildings on the island? or was it more those tiki-hut type buildings....I can see those catching fire QUICK 😳

there were some structures of substantial construction, but most were just frame with plywood - not anything that would stand up to flames. 

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A post by Princess on the Princess board says they will be open for visits starting Feb. 4.  It's post #126, at the top of page 6.  EM

 

 

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21 minutes ago, Essiesmom said:

A post by Princess on the Princess board says they will be open for visits starting Feb. 4.  It's post #126, at the top of page 6.  EM

 

 

 

Thanks for the update (and thanks to Princess, too)!  This is good news.  I guess the damage wasn't that bad after all.

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JH just posted on FB that PC is currently hosting guests from Carnival Liberty.  Everything is hopefully "back to normal".

 

Good to hear they got it turned around so quickly!

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I was on the Liberty and we did call on Princess Cay.  Things were not at all back to normal but they were ok enough.  Some power was out, there were jugs of water in the bathrooms to wash hands, ice and drink machines were not working at lunch.  CCL staff was filling up lemonade and water glasses for guests out of drink jugs.

 

Everyone made the best of it, of course!  There was a new fence up blocking what I assume to be where the fire was and they were working hard behind it!

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So weird that they are having ships go there in that situation. I would think they would try to schedule some for other ports  until the water is fixed like they did at first. 

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27 minutes ago, 30scruiser said:

So weird that they are having ships go there in that situation. I would think they would try to schedule some for other ports  until the water is fixed like they did at first. 

 

It seems rather in control to me , in other words the damage was not that severe .  However cruising over the years I have been shocked when Carnival returned to ports where hurricanes had literally demolished said ports.

For example , Hurricane Ike left many of the locals homeless in Grand Turk and living in tents . Most of us know the dangers of storm related debris.

 

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We were on the Liberty and we spent a day at Princess Cays on Feb. 5th.  There was not 100% power, but I thought it was remarkable that they were able to make the best of the situation.  Fortunately, this time of year, the weather is perfect -- not too hot and a nice breeze and the water is SO clear (but chilly) -- certainly worth the port of call.  The toilets flushed -- so that was a good thing and the potable water for hand-washing was fine.  There was only one restroom on the south end that wasn't open.  There were a few inconveniences but it was still enjoyable.  It was a good thing because otherwise, the workers on the island would be unemployed if ships didn't make it to Princess Cays.  

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