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I read on Lonely Planet Thorn Tree Forum that Royal Caribbean is re-positioning a ship from Miami to Colon. Scheduled to leave Miami November 22. It is a 3 day trip, no stops...fare $99. This might be a good way for someone to bring back something too heavy for the airlines.
Yes, that's exactly what people here use it for. Fly to Miami, shop, and return by cruise ship.
John...can't find a site on-line that opens to this particular trip. Can you help? Anybody?
John...Ok I found it.
Booked room #7608.
I know others from Boquete are going. Now you have our room # if you wanna stop by .
Never been on a cruise ship but a friend of mine humorously described being on one as like being in a very crowded hotel with no exits & with the possibility of drowning...
Seriously though, has anybody taken one of those cruises? Are they comfortable? I have read about a TON of problems on them like, theft, rape & at times rampant illness. Is it an enjoyable experience besides all the problems I've read about? I wonder how prevalent they are? Royal Caribbean is definitely one of the lines I've read about with these problems.
Gotta say that 99 buck ticket is tempting...
It is great fun, a hotel that moves. I enjoy cruises a lot.
Can you share the link to this Cruise? My Husband and I used to work for Carnival. Its actually where we met!! Would be fun to go on a Cruise and not have to work!
try searching on Royalcaribbean.com
I think I googled re-location cruises.
The easiest way to book is on the Royal Carribean website (www.royalcarribean.com)
I have taken this cruise in both directions ever since RCCL started operating down here 3-4 years ago. In the late fall they moved a ship down here for the 'season' and in the spring they move it back North. The first few years were really great because they operated it like a 'normal' cruise - e.g. it was about a week long and stopped at several ports before it got to Colon (or Ft Laud depending on which direction you were going). They were cheap because a lot of people could not get their head around the idea of taking a cruise and not ending up where you started. Now RCCL just repositions and people still take it.
Security is NOT a concern on cruise ships. The incidents that 'make the news' are about as uncommon as crazy incidents that occur on an airliner - maybe less so.
See ya on board!
Good Info. thanks. Do you know of any other dates?
The ship sails out of Colon every week or so until the season ends about April. It sails on two slightly different itinerary around the Caribbean on alternate weeks. The cruises are popular, so do not expect a 'cheap' fare. Best I have seen is $600-700 a person
Can a non-resident use this cruise and enter the country of Panama without having proof of a departure date, or would we need proof an exit flight within the 180 day limit? What are the luggage size or weight restrictions? Do you get hit with import taxes on items you bring in?
I know nothing about this type of cruise... sorry for all the questions.