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Thread: Rona's Article on Cruise ships

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    Rona's Article on Cruise ships

    https://batibleki.wheninaruba.com/ki...ships-goodbye/

    this op-ed leaves me speechless.

    I love being on a cruise and stopping in Aruba.
    We contribute to the Aruban economy...we take a cab or rent a car and we go to Reflexions and rent chaises and umbrella and eat and drink there.

    Cruise passengers always say Aruba is one of the best ports of call!
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    Her thoughts seem quite radical.....
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    I see lots of shopping being done and the restaurants and bars are hopping. If the stores and bars weren't making $$$, they would not be open. It is crazy with three and especially four ships in, but to do away with them is insane. To say people don't spend money is crazy. I know what we have spent in ports (never here though) and it wont make anyone rich, but it is surely contributes to the local economy. In fact, when we have cruised, we prefer to eat in port vs the ship.

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    I for one would like to see some stabilization of the amount of cruise ships on a given day. sometimes there are 4 ships in. They have no problem invading your space like you are not even there, moving your stuff over on the beach. We get to the beach early to get a palapa. If they want shade, rent an umbrella. We now have been forced to bring sheets and surround ourselves so there is no available space around us. Though if it is a local, I have gone up to people and asked if they would like to share the shade, especially if they have young children. They are so kind and respectful. But the cruise ship people, not so much.

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    I think removing the cruise ships would be a disaster for the Aruba economy. I know its not me buying stuff downtown from all of the shops....its often the cruise folks who purchase and keep all those businesses profitable IMO. Its not my island but I would hate to see dramatic changes having unintended consequences like many of the shops closing up downtown....closed shops do not make a good impression on visitors and certainly won't help the people that were employed by them.

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    If We had not stopped on a cruise to visit this beautiful island many years ago we would not be vacationing every year and own a timeshare. So far the cruise ships have not hindered our time on the beach, etc.
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    I think it's probably different from a locals perspective. We do go downtown and spend freely. Gifts for friends back home, a piece or two of jewelry, meals and drinks, and we go several times per visit. That said, we try to avoid going when there are multiple cruise ships in port. When there is a ship in, shops and streets are clogged with people but I've noticed there isn't a lot of spending going on, just a lot of looking. I imagine from the islands point of view it's quite a lot of impact on infrastructure for a low economic impact in return.


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    Totally agree with that article can't argue the overcrowding is awfully and if there is no income then what's the point as regular visitors time share owners and such use the restaurants buy food goods and alcohol and the never ending supply of souvenirs does anyone know if / how much ships pay just to dock or is it just an empty promise of bringing people in to spend money
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    I think that the port fees for the ships are pretty hefty, but I have no idea of the amount. Since we are timeshare owners and also cruisers, we have mixed emotions about the cruise ships. We are there every year when there are 4 ships in port, and downtown and Eagle and Palm are chaos. There have been a number of times when I've left the palapa to just go to the bathroom, to return just a few minutes later and find it taken over by cruisers, or my chairs gone (even with our towels on them). We came to Aruba on a cruise two years ago, and my husband remarked, " are we going to be Those people?"

    We have made several large jewelry purchases while on cruises, and like to eat in port, but the majority of people that we've met go back to the ship for dinner at night, instead of eating locally.

    When we vacationed in Charleston, S. C. a few years ago, many people had signs posted on their homes, protesting the docking of cruise ships in their harbor. There were also articles in the local paper about how much they hate the cruise ships. Venice recently stopped letting cruise ships in the grand canal.

    I think that there needs to be a balance on the amount of ships allowed in ports throughout the Carribean. Most of the islands can't handle 3 or 4 ships at a time. I can tell you as a cruiser, it isn't fun to dock with that many ships in a port, especially when the 5,000 + passenger ships are there.
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    I believe that the cruise ships' ports of call to places like Nassau, Freeport, Turks/Cacos, are "saviors" to those places.

    I am enjoying reading all of the opinions.
    Quote Originally Posted by hatteras View Post
    I think that the port fees for the ships are pretty hefty, but I have no idea of the amount. Since we are timeshare owners and also cruisers, we have mixed emotions about the cruise ships. We are there every year when there are 4 ships in port, and downtown and Eagle and Palm are chaos. There have been a number of times when I've left the palapa to just go to the bathroom, to return just a few minutes later and find it taken over by cruisers, or my chairs gone (even with our towels gone). We came to Aruba on a cruise two years ago, and my husband remarked, " are we going to be Those people?"

    We have made several large jewelry purchases while on cruises, and like to eat in port, but the majority of people that we've met go back to the ship for dinner at night, instead of eating locally.

    When we vacationed in Charleston, S. C. a few years ago, many people had signs posted on their homes, protesting the docking of cruise ships in their harbor. There were also articles in the local paper about how much they hate the cruise ships. Venice recently stopped letting cruise ships in the grand canal.

    I think that there needs to be a balance on the amount of ships allowed in ports throughout the Carribean. Most of the islands can't handle 3 or 4 ships at a time. I can tell you as a cruiser, it isn't fun to dock with that many ships in a port, especially when the 5,0000 + passenger ships are there.
    ​In a world where you can be anything, be kind!
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