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Old October 27th, 2009, 07:55 PM
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Default FYI Costa Rica port workers on strike!

We returned from a Holland America Panama Cruise, great trip, great weather, calm seas.

Our last port was Costa Rica where we had planned shore excursions. We pulled into port only to have the Captian announce the port workers were on strike.

Captian Turner went on to say they were notified of the strike the night before but the workers have a clause in their contract that says they will service cruise ships, the ship was given a green light for entry.

The workers had other thoughts on this clause and ultimately after negotiations the Captian decided it was in the passengers best interest to leave.

Due to the time spent going to the port at Costa Rica and negotiating we were not able to visit a different port. The ship headed for home leaving some distraught town folks besides themselves.

My thoughts were, if folks are on strike then administrators at the top should really just make the decision to go to plan B. Passengers should not be caught in the middle of negotiations. The popular opinion was to leave anyway.

Too bad we didn't get out in time to go to Grand Cayman!

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