Can they do this? I am scheduled on the EOS in April and I found out when I called to confirm my room today. They cancelled our stop in the Bahamas and informed me that they are NOT replacing it with another island. Is this their normal practice? I dont think it is fair that after you pay they can change the amount of islands you visit. (
They told me that Nassau said that the ship is unable to dock there. I asked them if they make the arrangements before the intinerary is given out for purchase. The RCI rep explained that the island has the final answer.
Dont get me wrong, I am OK with change but I thought it would be changed for another port. I picked this cruise based on the number of different island I would be able to see. I dont get to travel much and wanted to get as much in as possible.
nnnnnn, welcome to cruising. Every cruise line will cancel ports or change itineraries from time to time. Port arrangments are like a huge jigsaw puzzle, and the cruise lines are at the mercy of local authorities. In addition, we see comments (complaints) about port changes due to onboard mechanical problems, weather, etc. etc.
I learned from a wise cruiser several years ago...if you really, really want to go to a specific destination and consider it a critical part of your vacation experience, don't cruise there. Instead, get on a plane and fly there. There are no guarantees in cruising.
To date, we have missed Grand Caymans (twice), Martha's Vinyard, Montego Bay, Coco Cay, Tracy Arm Fjord and Ocho Rios due to changes in itinerary. Do we still cruise? You betcha!!
P.S. - You might check with RCI or your TA to see if you will receive refund of the port fee.
There might be a reason more that you aren't aware of. There's always stuff going on behind the lines that you'll never find out about.
It might be a possibility that the port is full. There are quite a few cruise ships out there in the Caribbean now & the ports are getting crammed with people which I'm sure you have probably witnessed. Each time a ship is built, that's one more in the ocean.
And its not like the big cruise lines are retiring any ships for every new ship built. Plus, you have to get special permission from the islands & its not just a pick up the phone & make a call for a yes/no answer. It's a whole political thing.
I agree, feel relieved you don't have to stop in Nassau. I found it to be dirty, with overly aggressive vendors standing at the tip of the pier waiting for you to walk past them. The simple "no thanks" does not work because I found myself saying it EVERY time I passed someone. Just annoying after about 10 minutes!