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Mantas
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Re: First cruise ship back on November 11 [Re: Eric_Hill]
      #1747731 - 09/27/17 11:09 AM (173.162.34.45)

Seems the government and most likely the businesses is pushing for bringing people back (and their tourism dollars) ASAP. While at the same time many on this board (who have no skin in the game) are pushing for people to not go back for the foreseeable future because you will just be in the way of the rebuilding and you will do more harm that good (I've read a bunch of posts echoing that sentiment and by multiple posters).

Edited by Mantas (09/27/17 11:09 AM)


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Re: First cruise ship back on November 11 [Re: Mantas]
      #1747741 - 09/27/17 12:07 PM (174.193.152.27)

The government (or the port, not sure which or if they're the same) gets a fee for every cruise passenger. I think they get that whether or not the passenger disembarks in port. That alone would increase revenue, not to mention whatever provisioning the ship does while there. Neither of those activities would tax the island's infrastructure to the extent that overnight guests do. Just my opinion.

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Re: First cruise ship back on November 11 [Re: GaKaye]
      #1747759 - 09/27/17 02:36 PM (73.112.165.173)

What has the government done in pre-Irma with those passenger fees??? Who is to say how they will use the fees post Irma? A lot of them have big pockets.

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Re: First cruise ship back on November 11 [Re: LBI2SXM]
      #1747760 - 09/27/17 02:50 PM (73.255.141.246)

Actually I THINK those cruise pax fees go to the PORT of St. Maarten, not to the government.

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Re: First cruise ship back on November 11 [Re: Carol_Hill]
      #1747766 - 09/27/17 03:06 PM (75.133.113.202)

So if all those cruise passenger fees go to the Port Authority and NOT the government, where do all the airport fees go, and are these 'authorities' not connected to the government?

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Re: First cruise ship back on November 11 [Re: pat]
      #1747769 - 09/27/17 03:51 PM (73.255.141.246)

Although I am not certain, I believe that the airport fees again to go the airport authority. Both of them are technically owned by the government, but they are separate companies.

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Re: First cruise ship back on November 11 [Re: LBI2SXM]
      #1747779 - 09/27/17 04:48 PM (72.192.9.241)

Amongst other things, I think part of those fees built the causeway.

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Re: First cruise ship back on November 11 [Re: PelicanPirate]
      #1747833 - 09/27/17 10:24 PM (98.29.235.208)

Ok, they'll anchor and tender in.

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Re: First cruise ship back on November 11 [Re: PelicanPirate]
      #1747878 - 09/28/17 08:21 AM (107.77.253.3)

Have you been on one of those 5,000 pax ships?? If they can't dock, they won't come.

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Re: First cruise ship back on November 11 [Re: Carol_Hill]
      #1747897 - 09/28/17 09:59 AM (174.233.134.132)

They are gonna need a smaller boat.......from Jaws.

No i draw the line at the just over 3k limit. Emerald princess size. Actually no line drawn just havent been on one bigger. But i have been on much smaller, like 500.

I did tender into phillipsburg on the celebrity constellation a few years ago .......aboutt 2000 pax........ Wasnt that bad. Just like an out island or grand cayman. Just get all the boats going in a merry go round.

Grand cayman didnt have any real security on the landside dock. Just a dude looking at cruise cards before you boarded the life boat in lines we all established ourselves on the return.

The dock the princess tender hooked up to in grand cayman wasnt all that big. Plus i remember twoo other ships at anchor that day including one of mickey mouses.

Just saying all the modern trappings might not be fully in place and a little improvisation might need to be in order to get things going.

Same with the airport. You dont need a jetway. In fact i have never used a jetway in st martin. Always air stairs. Ive gotten wet luggage all arounf the U.S.

Maui used to have open air baggage claims under a roof.....polynesian island feeling.

Again, im talking interim measures until all can be repaired to what we are accustomed to.

Good thing im not making any real decisions



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Edited by PelicanPirate (09/28/17 10:14 AM)


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