I've been reading many review posts here over the last couple of years where first time cruisers AS WELL AS seasoned cruisers complain about not being able to stop at a port when other ships were able to dock. Many of these reviews making a skipped port the main complaint of their review. Let's look at this in the hopes it will give cruisers one less thing to complain about in their reviews. There are many factors why an individual cruise ship may skip a port. The sole deciding factor is left to the decision of the Captain of the vessel. If he or she feels that the conditions may put the passengers, ship or crew in danger, they can decide not to dock there for any reason. Now just because you feel the seas are calm, does not mean that below the waves, the sea current isn't an issue. The newer the ship, the better it can deal with varied sea conditions above and below the sea surface. Also, there are some situations that may require a vessel to stop at a port and may use tug boats to assist in the docking procedures. If there is a medical situation on the ship, refueling, restocking is needed or if vessel parts are being procured in that port, the ship may chance stopping there unless weather or sea conditions totally prevent this. A Captain may decide to skip a port if there is a medical situation onboard where the proposed port does not have the facilities to care for the well being of the patient (such as cruise line private islands). Now don't look at it as if the Captain is just saying "let's just skip this stop". It goes WAY beyond that as dock space and payment had been organized many months ago. If you think that going to an alternate port in the event of a skipped port is the answer, WRONG! Some ports are limited to how many ships can dock there and arranging a stop there last minute is almost impossible as this is done months if not years in advance. In either situation, you WILL receive a refund of those port fees & taxes but the cruise line is in NO WAY obligated to afford you any other compensation (read your contract). Whether you like it or not, you need to realize you are booking a cruise, NOT the ports as the ports are just added amenities of your itinerary. Just remember, you may be disappointed you missed a port BUT your still on a cruise !
Why Did We Skip The Port But Other Ships docked?
The captain should always communicate
Yeah, we understand all this. But you have a whole new generation of cruisers who have been raised as if they are entitled as if everything they do is okay. And they don't like to be denied anything because they're special ( or so they think ). Me, me, me, I want, I want, I want........people who 10 years ago couldn't afford $3000 for a week's vacation, but can scrape up $549/pp. Its not easy filling up 2500 cabins at $1500/pp, but drop the price by 2/3, and suddenly the ship is sold out. I swear some of the people I run into on a ship could be close relatives of Honey Boo Boo. Their " matching luggage " is three bags from the same store.
Yes no one likes people who think they are special. But it is not someone's money or luggage that gives them class.
Good explanation Tim