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Cruise ships at anchor instead of port #274545
01/31/2022 04:24 PM
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For several days now cruise ships have anchored off Simpson Bay. No travel to shore. I assume it is a Covid issue. Jewel of The Seas has been there 3 days now. Herald says some ships in port, others at anchor. No fun for passengers. When ship[ returns to US, does everyone need a negative covid test? Could be a real mess.

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Re: Cruise ships at anchor instead of port [Re: Bluesfan] #274546
01/31/2022 04:37 PM
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No port charges at anchor.

Re: Cruise ships at anchor instead of port [Re: Bluesfan] #274550
01/31/2022 04:45 PM
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Bluesfan--as has been reported here numerous times, those ships that are at anchor out there do not have passengers on them. There are many ships that have never returned to passenger service since the pandemic.


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Re: Cruise ships at anchor instead of port [Re: Bluesfan] #274551
01/31/2022 04:47 PM
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Been like that for 2 years!


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Re: Cruise ships at anchor instead of port [Re: Bluesfan] #274558
01/31/2022 05:25 PM
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Yup...they just hang out and occasionally go for a ride or dock for a day probably for supplies....as was mentioned this is not a new event

Re: Cruise ships at anchor instead of port [Re: Bluesfan] #274586
02/01/2022 09:30 AM
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According to today's Daily Herald, all 4 ships due in today will be at anchor and not docked. Don't know that I've ever seen that.

Re: Cruise ships at anchor instead of port [Re: Mikel] #274587
02/01/2022 09:31 AM
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The seas are rough. Perhaps a reason?


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Re: Cruise ships at anchor instead of port [Re: Bluesfan] #274594
02/01/2022 10:03 AM
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Northwest swells today. Over here at Dawn Beach it is very calm.

Re: Cruise ships at anchor instead of port [Re: Bluesfan] #274595
02/01/2022 10:09 AM
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I know I’m seriously dating myself but there used to be a time, before the cruise port was created, when most if not all the passenger ships arriving at SXM anchored in Great Bay. We used to take our girls into Philipsburg for breakfast at Pinocchio’s and we’d sometimes get to see them anchor and tender the shore-goers into the main (and only?) dock of the time. Those were the days, My Friends…….. 😊😊


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Re: Cruise ships at anchor instead of port [Re: pat] #274596
02/01/2022 10:14 AM
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For sure, I remember tendering into P'burg many times, right by the Greenhouse. At the time, I think maybe San Juan and St. Thomas and Cozumel had piers, and that was it! Of course, the ships were much smaller then, not such an ordeal to tender in, with 1200 pax, versus 5000!!


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Re: Cruise ships at anchor instead of port [Re: Mikel] #274600
02/01/2022 10:24 AM
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We're south southwest and the sea is really churning.


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Re: Cruise ships at anchor instead of port [Re: Bluesfan] #274601
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Some of my fondest memories are of sitting on Sam's balcony having lunch and watching the cruise passengers lugging their duty-free liquor back to the dock at the end of the harbor and thinking how good it was to actually be staying on the island.

Re: Cruise ships at anchor instead of port [Re: Rbailey] #274602
02/01/2022 10:44 AM
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Yes, I remember one day sitting at the Greenhouse in Pburg after a long hard day shopping, watching the pax boarding the tenders. We have been on the last tender back to the ship, on numerous occasions!! laugh On this occasion, we were staying on island and we were sitting at the bar. The bartender told it us it was last tender, and we said "we think we'll just stay!". laugh


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Re: Cruise ships at anchor instead of port [Re: Bluesfan] #274609
02/01/2022 11:39 AM
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Yes. Our first cruises to St Maarten were always tendered in to Philipsburg. That was back in the late 80's and 90's

Re: Cruise ships at anchor instead of port [Re: Bluesfan] #274617
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Just an update, was in town earlier and there were 3 big ships, all docked at the pier.

Re: Cruise ships at anchor instead of port [Re: Bluesfan] #274669
02/02/2022 08:15 AM
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These are ships scheduled for port calls. Jewel of the Seas finally left this morning.

Re: Cruise ships at anchor instead of port [Re: Bluesfan] #274670
02/02/2022 08:17 AM
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Last November we were buzzing the "westside" of the island on our Rhino's and a huge cruise ship was anchored of the coast of Marigot, the others were short distance to Beachside villa's for a week or so!


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Re: Cruise ships at anchor instead of port [Re: Bluesfan] #274700
02/02/2022 01:08 PM
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Whoops. Jewel did not leave this morning. Strange that it is moored at the edge of the yacht anchorage area and in the lane followed by port bound cruise ships. There was an idle cruise ship moored some distance out almost to Saba when I got here.

Re: Cruise ships at anchor instead of port [Re: Bluesfan] #274703
02/02/2022 01:28 PM
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Yes. They are just hanging out there as they have been doing during the pandemic.


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