As a first time cruiser to Europe, I was fascinated, with all the different ships in the ports. One of them, Livorno, was bustling, with cargo ships and ferries. The tour guide told us how important this port was,and reading John's blog tonight, I found just how important the cargo ships are.
It seems that the Magic was going to get bumped out of port, for a cargo ship...what a shame this would have been. After much going back and forth trying to get an alternate port, and, the Captain finally being allowed to port, the crew was happy, and, the passengers knew from nothing So, more than rough waters can make you miss a port, something I never knew, even with a schedule made months prior.
In the Caribbean, specifically with a pier as long as the new one in St Maarten, I always wondered how it was determined who gets the best parking spot First one in, just pulls up the farthest?
Maybe if Bruce reads this, he can shed some light on this.
Trip, with her book & tea!
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In the Caribbean some of the cruiselines own their own piers so they will not get bumped off.
Carnival Liberty New Year's Eve 2007
Liberty of the Seas 5/2008+11/2009
Allure 1/16/ 2011
Vision OTS 2-14-2015
Remember sailing to Mykonos and hearing the pier side berth was first come first served. I think we arrived around 1:30 AM and got the prime spot. Show up too late and you are tendering.
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