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Thread: Carnival Cruise Ship..close, but no cigar :(

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    Carnival Cruise Ship..close, but no cigar :(

    Do to the winds today, the Carnival ship that was supposed to be docked in aruba for the day was unable to dock
    because of the unusually high winds.

    Lots of disappointed passengers, vendors, taxi drivers etc...

    My contact person tells me that this was a first!

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    Interesting. I'm surprised they didn't do tenders. We once had a roller coaster ride on a Regent cruise off the coast of Ville Franche that gave us mucho green face.

    I'm sure it wasn't related to the fact we were drinking and gambling in the casino until 3:00 am. 😜 🎉 👼
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    Most Carnival cruises that go to Aruba have a lot of at sea days. For those that like being in port, that's gotta be an even bigger disappointment. When we cruised we couldn't wait to get off the ship.
    Not sure when, but we will be back

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    Quote Originally Posted by Traceyd14 View Post
    Most Carnival cruises that go to Aruba have a lot of at sea days. For those that like being in port, that's gotta be an even bigger disappointment. When we cruised we couldn't wait to get off the ship.
    Ugh. I'm having flashbacks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Traceyd14 View Post
    Most Carnival cruises that go to Aruba have a lot of at sea days. For those that like being in port, that's gotta be an even bigger disappointment. When we cruised we couldn't wait to get off the ship.
    Agreed, Tracey. We've cruised a lot and we are usually among the first off of the ship.

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    We went on a cruise a couple of times and enjoyed it. Problem is DW hates to get up early on vacation and has been known to get a touch of mal de mer. Usually had to be up early in port in order to eat breakfast and take a tour. She calls our trips to Aruba her new way to cruise. The condo is her stateroom with balcony overlooking the Caribbean Sea and Aruba is the ship and she can eat in many different dining rooms, shop in many on board boutiques, take day trips to snorkel or sightsee and hit the casino frequently. I have to agree with her. It is definitely more relaxing on the good ship Aruba.

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    absolutely arubabob
    i would take a land based vacation anytime in aruba over a cruise

    the play by play that i got from my friend that was at the cruise port was amazing.
    the pilot went out twice to guide the ship in and both times had to call it off due to the wind associated dangers.

    when a ship of 3,000 +/- passengers does not make it in, so many are affected negatively.
    i would wager that many of those passengers are not happy with aruba's "tradewinds". (usually one of the perks)

    and another note re the wind............numerous umbrellas became projectiles yesterday on the beaches and pool area. some palapas were uprooted and overturned on eagle beach. some resorts instructed pool personnel not to open poolside umbrellas.

    ahh the tradewinds....cannot live with out them, or apparently with them

    Quote Originally Posted by arubabob View Post
    We went on a cruise a couple of times and enjoyed it. Problem is DW hates to get up early on vacation and has been known to get a touch of mal de mer. Usually had to be up early in port in order to eat breakfast and take a tour. She calls our trips to Aruba her new way to cruise. The condo is her stateroom with balcony overlooking the Caribbean Sea and Aruba is the ship and she can eat in many different dining rooms, shop in many on board boutiques, take day trips to snorkel or sightsee and hit the casino frequently. I have to agree with her. It is definitely more relaxing on the good ship Aruba.

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    Anyone know which Carnival ship this was?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cindyo View Post
    Anyone know which Carnival ship this was?

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    I just commented in Randi's trip report that I saw the story about the cruise ship not being able to dock. Even though I don't care for cruises, I "liked" the PTZtv facebook page that keeps people updated on different ports and ships. Yesterday, they had a sad pic from the vantage point of the port to the Carnival ship sitting out at sea.

    Indeed, sad for the businesses that were counting on the visitors from that ship. I wonder how many of those passengers will try to get back to Aruba or will never want to see Aruba because of their experience.

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