I admit, after visiting the Bahamas one time I have no desire to return there. I will be one of the people staying on the ship. This article does explain to me why ships visit this port.
Without incentives, will the cruise lines stop? Now that is a good question.
Some will still stop as they need that foreign port to meet the requirements of the Jones law.But some may now find alternate stops. All in all I enjoyed Nassau and did not find it so bad. Was not aware of the paid incentice for the cruise lines but at least now it makes sense why so many ships always ported there
It will be interesting to se what happens.
Thanks for posting this. Seems like this makes much more financial sense for the Bahamian folks. That's kind of the point--if there were more to do, more folks would want to visit.
I liked the port but it does have its draw backs especially vendors near and at the Straw Market- very agressive and in your face. Yes, and even after you politely tell them "No."
Furthermore the port of Nassau has to rethink, refit options that are currently offered cruise passengers. Keep what is working and revamp or eliminate what is not. Gonna take work but they are all in the business of supplying what works.
As far as the PVSA (PVSA is the passenger version of the Jones Act, which concerns cargo) is concerned, I do not think that the Bahamas counts as a "distant foreign port", as it is only about 50 miles from Miami. The cruises originating from the Northern ports may have to scramble to figure something out, but Cuba or Bermuda are not that much further away, whereas the southern ports have many locations to choose from that are relatively close.
The Bahamas problem is simply that the passengers do not want to get off the boat in their ports. If they were to improve the atmosphere of the ports (crack down on the mob of aggressive street vendors) and offer something that the passengers were interested in, then the passengers would get off the ship in their ports.
If they were to quit paying the cruise lines to sail there, then I think that the cruise lines would simply go somewhere else, denying the Bahamas any of the passenger base.
It is the common problem of not taking responsibility for a problem, but rather transferring the responsibility to others. In this case, Bahamas are blaming the cruise lines for the passengers' not wanting to visit their port.
Actually it does qualify. I do not think that there is a minimum distance involved in the act which is why Nassau is used so much. Same as ships to Hawaii from LA make a quick stop in mexico or ships from Seattle to Alaska will stop in Victoria or Vancouver. Not so much the distance so long as it is a foreign port.
With round-trip voyages, the ship must stop at a foreign port (no distance specified). With an open trip (starting and ending at different US ports) it must be a "distant foreign port". (This is why the one way Alaska voyages don't start in Seattle).
My point was that there are a lot of other islands near enough to Bahamas that it would not be a lot of trouble for the lines to avoid the island altogether.
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