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Serenity to be sailing in Bahamas starting July . . .


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2 hours ago, cruisr said:

But will you be allowed to wander around on your own?  Will you be able to go to a beach by yourself?  Will you have to take the (overpriced) shorex as that is the only way to visit the islands?

 

If none of these are allowed it is basically a cruise to nowhere.  As noted above tenders will also be needed and how many at a time allowed to tender?

 

I was just at a luxury resort with lots of elevators and always had one to myself.  I have been on Crystal enough to know that waiting for elevators that allow a max of 2 or 3 guests will be interesting.

 

It is a nice positive if it pans out.

I consider this a cruise to nowhere as it is nowhere I want to go.  LOL  This is not about the ports.  It's about getting on that ship and enjoying the ship.  Other than the swimming pigs on Great Exuma I have no interest in beaches, skin cancer and wrinkles.

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12 hours ago, bitob said:

I consider this a cruise to nowhere as it is nowhere I want to go.  LOL  This is not about the ports.  It's about getting on that ship and enjoying the ship.  Other than the swimming pigs on Great Exuma I have no interest in beaches, skin cancer and wrinkles.

I'm happy to hear that you and many others would find these summer Bahamas cruises to be very attractive.  For us, we really would like a big change in scenery if we are going to take any substantial time off, and staying mostly in a cruise ship and/or desperately trying to find shade do not count as something worth our time.  We like the Crystal ships, but after being essentially cooped up mainly indoors for most of the year, we are really looking forward to enjoy the ever-changing scenery cruises (used to) offer.  When we were younger, we did a few Caribbean cruises (never in the summer) but these days we are not all that interested in the Caribbean either for the same reason.

 

However, if enough people would book this cruise, it might help Crystal survive somehow, and that's a good thing.

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A year ago, if you had asked me about cruising in the Caribbean or the Bahamas I would have turned up my nose and said -- NOT EVEN FOR FREE

 

A year at home has made all the difference.

 

 

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On 3/11/2021 at 5:44 PM, bitob said:

we are going to book 2 weeks in July -- pre-hurricane season

I too would like a cruise to nowhere -- all sea days suits me fine.

These ports do not interest me one iota

But put me in a suite with a butler, feed me, entertain me, make my bed, wait on me, take care of me -- and count me in.

Bitbob, I like your attitude.  🙂

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If we get our vaccines we will look at this seriously. Just need a bit of room service and a different four walls. Also love being on the ocean. Can sit for hours on the balcony feeling the ocean breezes with my iPad!

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Forgive me if this has been asked and answered.  Currently the US requires a negative COVID test within 3 days to re-enter the country.  I hope this requirement will be dropped for vaccinated individuals.  If not, will passengers be able to have a test done on board prior to debarkation in Nassau or Bimini?

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We have an Azamara cruise booked for July and Regent for Sept/Oct, but I don't think either of these will sail. A Bahamas cruise with Crystal might be an alternative, but given Genting's precarious financial situation, I certainly wouldn't give Crystal any money this spring! If our 2 cruises tank, a Crystal Bahamas cruise would truly be a last minute booking. Would prefer they extend it to late November, tho (bit cooler, less rain, end-of-hurricane season).

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4 hours ago, seadaze10 said:

Forgive me if this has been asked and answered.  Currently the US requires a negative COVID test within 3 days to re-enter the country.  I hope this requirement will be dropped for vaccinated individuals.  If not, will passengers be able to have a test done on board prior to debarkation in Nassau or Bimini?

Good question.  It has not been answered.  However Bahamas requires another COVID test 5 days after arrival.  That test would meet the current requirement if you would fly after disembarking.  In 4 months who knows. 

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8 hours ago, seadaze10 said:

Forgive me if this has been asked and answered.  Currently the US requires a negative COVID test within 3 days to re-enter the country.  I hope this requirement will be dropped for vaccinated individuals.  If not, will passengers be able to have a test done on board prior to debarkation in Nassau or Bimini?

Starting to give all of this a second thought.....Not so sure I want to have my nose reamed out twice in 10 days....once to get into Nassau and another to get back into the US....will have to think about that. I wouldn't mind the "spit in the tube" sort of test, but doubt they'd use that one.  Would be nice since we'll all be vaccinated, to present our cards and that would be it.....but that would probably be too easy.....

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3 minutes ago, Mudhen said:

Starting to give all of this a second thought.....Not so sure I want to have my nose reamed out twice in 10 days....


Have you actually had a nasal Covid test? 

I've had a couple and didn’t find them painful at all. Sure the swab goes to places that have never been touched before 😂but if anything it tickles a little 

 

If that’s what it takes to travel and cruise again then I’m up for it 

 

Are we sure that it’s that type of nasal test required? 
At least it’s not the anal Covid test as they do in China! 
https://nextshark.com/anal-swabs-covid-19-test/

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Thanks for that Stickman, that's made my day.  Sorry, but LOL a lot!  Such a skinny tiny little swab ... right?  Oh, blokes get a bit "funny" about all that, don't they? 😏

 

Mudhen, try having a camera inserted up your nose and down your throat.  Not pleasant but ... Covid test is just a swab.  C'mon don't be a sissie, pull up your big boy/girl panties and get on with it.  It will be what it will be.  And you'd be on a cruise, remember? ... whoop-dee-doo! 🙄

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Please keep in mind if you are vaccinated no one know for sure if you got COVID-19 if you could spread the virus to someone else.  So I suspect that is why they require you to take the test.  Might this change who knows but if you are going to book the cruise now you just have to make the decision.

 

LC1950 good point.  I recently had a camera inserted in a different location than you mentioned but I would take the COVID-19 test (which we did before a Colonoscopy) anytime over that one.  In fact, I would it 7 times in a week over that one time.  Maybe every day for a month.  LOL.

 

Keith

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Sounds like a start, these out islands they stop at are going to be really just beach days. Anyone going must get a Bahamas Travel Health Visa, buy the government health insurance for the duration of the trip and abide by ALL the Bahamas protocols I would guess. I think it's great to have this option for a cruise after this year however I would not go until the CDC lifts it's no cruise order. I realize that order has no bearing on this trip however I have vivid recollections of cruise ships sitting off California and Florida unable to dock last spring, guess I am just gun shy!! President Biden has aggressive goals regarding vaccinating the large majority by July 4th while Italy is closing down again and Brazil is overrun with some super strain, Time will tell!!

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3 hours ago, LC1950 said:

Thanks for that Stickman, that's made my day.  Sorry, but LOL a lot!  Such a skinny tiny little swab ... right?  Oh, blokes get a bit "funny" about all that, don't they? 😏

 

Mudhen, try having a camera inserted up your nose and down your throat.  Not pleasant but ... Covid test is just a swab.  C'mon don't be a sissie, pull up your big boy/girl panties and get on with it.  It will be what it will be.  And you'd be on a cruise, remember? ... whoop-dee-doo! 🙄

Geez, ok.....big girl panties coming up!

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I am curious about something else that has not yet been brought up here regarding this announcement.  I understand the home port of Nassau can sometimes experience high surf and waves making conditions for docking less than desirable.  I took a short cruise in November 2016 on Celebrity Infinity. The morning after we departed Port Everglades the ship ended up making a u-turn away from Nassau because of the rough seas.  A crew member told me this happens frequently.  We spent the day at sea and made an unplanned docking at Freeport the next day missing our other scheduled stop at Coco Cay.  
Now just so you know I am totally okay with a cruise to nowhere on Crystal Serenity.  A day at the Bimini resort and a couple of other tender stops exploring deserted beaches would be fine with me after a year and a half of no cruising.  But  the seas will need to be calm enough for tendering to safely take place at those tendered ports.  Maps pretty much indicate to me no docking facilities at any of these out islands capable of accommodating a cruise ship.

Also I would hate to fly into Nassau expecting to board the ship on embarkation day and learn the ship is delayed getting into the port because of waves.  I am not trying to be negative, but it is something that would give me pause when considering this itinerary.  Thoughts?

 

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I agree...  I’ve never heard of not being able to dock at Nassau as being a chronic problem, especially for a ship of Serenity’s specs.  Weather can cause you to miss any port anywhere, but as Caribbean ports go I wouldn’t think Nassau is one of the riskier ones by nature.  Now the tendering at the out islands, on the other hand, are going to be a mixed bag.

 

Vince

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17 minutes ago, rafinmd said:

I would expect that would be a problem with Bimini


Ah yes memories of the long tender ride into Bimini when we were there in August 2018 on Crystal Symphony - I think it was a good 30 minutes or so ride and a little choppy 

 


and the casino might not even be open at the moment 

 

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I for one am not going to worry about the "what ifs."   We are going.  I do not care if the ship cannot tender anywhere.  If I can board in Nassau i do not care if the ship just sails aimlessly for the 2 weeks I am on it.

 

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.

 

 

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bitob has it right.

 

You can worry yourself to death.

 

What happens if the airlines go on strike the day you are leaving.

 

If the ship can't anchor at Bimini to pick up or drop off guests they'll have to do it later in the day or the next day.

 

As Vince said there are plenty of other ports which are used for turn around that have challenges from time to time.  Cape Town is one that readily comes to mind.

 

Repeating an itinerary has many benefits in this very challenging time as over the years it has had benefits for cruise lines who do it all the time such as 7 days cruises out of Miami or Fort Lauderdale.  

 

As to the other stops several people have been on voyages which had port stops disrupted.  I think back to the Atlantic crossing I believe on Symphony which Larry and others were on with missed stops as you bumped around the Atlantic and we took a 14 days British Isles Cruise on Serenity which some were on from this board and we missed an incredible number of tender stops.  We still had a wonderful time and I would do it in a heartbeat with or without missed ports.    The good news is we made it to the most important port on the itinerary;  You guessed it.  Liverpool.

 

Then there was the famous Symphony Cruise from San Diego to.........(I can't remember now since it changed every day) that folks like Rob and Patty were on.  

 

And for those of you who have been to the Falkland Islands you know the risk.  Easter Island has its challenges.  I am sure we could all list many.  

 

Keith

 

 

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Yes Falklands is a good example 3X all missed.  On one the ship lost an anchor and could not setup for tendering.  Finally made it with an Expedition on Silversea.

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Keith was referencing the infamous Flying Dutchman cruise, the Guam to Hong Kong, no, Taiwan, no,  finally Singapore took pity on us!! We had a great time floating around the South China Sea, joking we would be fine as long as they didn't run out of booze and toilet paper. Little did we know at that time about the toilet paper issue once we returned home!!!

 

Patty

 

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5 hours ago, bitob said:

I for one am not going to worry about the "what ifs."   We are going.  I do not care if the ship cannot tender anywhere.  If I can board in Nassau i do not care if the ship just sails aimlessly for the 2 weeks I am on it.

 

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.

 

 

I totally agree with bitob! I cannot wait to cruise.  And now that I stayed in my covid bubble for a year and I worked hard to get my 2 shots of the vaccine, I would be more than happy for a week of just sailing on the ocean.

 

To those who are nay-sayers on here (and we all hear you OVER and OVER and OVER): Thank you for your input, but frankly, my dear, I don't give a .....  Go play a different tune. It is time to move on and move ahead.  

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