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Old April 3rd, 2002, 11:09 AM
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Default port charges ??

I've been reading a lot of postings of ports being missed and the cruiselines aren't refunding the port charges. It hasn't happended to me. What exactly do the port charges pay for? Do the cruiselines have to pay to the city or island fees to utilize the ports? I thought that a lot of the docks were owned by the cruiselines so I wasn't sure what fees the cruiselines would have to pay. Can't they get money back if they never arrive in a port?
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Old April 3rd, 2002, 07:35 PM
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Default Re: port charges ??

If the ship misses the port they refund the port fees to the passengers. Port fees are a combinations of goverment fees, arrival and departure taxes for each passenger, hoarbor pilot charges, docking charges, water, trash, etc, etc, charges. Many islands make most of thier money by charging cruise ships. We were recently onboard the Spirit that attemped to dock in Costa Rica and could not do so safely because of large swells. Because the ship actually tried to tie up CCL was charged port fees just as if they had been there the entire day, go figure.

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Old April 3rd, 2002, 11:02 PM
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Default Re: port charges ??

I was on the Norway in January when we missed a port (St. Maarten) because the ship was almost dead in the water for 24 hours ... no refund. That whole trip was absolutely awful.

And I'm going on the Crown Princess April 9 and they're skipping Cartagena - no refund or "credit onboard" - I asked.


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