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Old 10-01-2012, 09:56 AM   #1
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Bow-in or stern-in at Castaway Cay?

We are on the Starboard side of the ship and I'm trying to rememher if they back in or pull in to Castaway Cay.....or does it vary?
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usually they pull in stern first....
so if you're on the starboard side, you'll be facing the family beaches side of the island..

however, i've heard that occassionally they pull in bow first....i guess because of conditions....but usually it's stern first..
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They do generally back in, but if the seas are rough I have been on board when they have just pulled in.
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Old 10-01-2012, 10:23 AM   #4
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I believe that since the infamous event where they pulled in bow first and then couldn't depart, the policy is to take the ship in stern first. It is easier to pull straight out from this position. Above poster is correct that prior to that event, it was the captain's choice which way the ship would dock, and both options were used.
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Old 10-01-2012, 11:07 AM   #5
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Awesome. Thanks. It will be nice to sit out on the verandah and have something to look at...and my wife can wave at my son and I as we head out on the jet skis. :-) Oh wait, no she can't...I booked her a massage at the same time. LOL oh well, still nicer to be looking at the lagoon than the dock.
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Old 10-01-2012, 02:18 PM   #6
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They generally back in however once a month or so they'll come bow in if conditions permit for port side lifeboat training or starboard side maintanace.
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They generally back in however once a month or so they'll come bow in if conditions permit for port side lifeboat training or starboard side maintanace.
Are you sure that this has happened since the ship got stuck at Castaway? Not challenging you, just asking.
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Are you sure that this has happened since the ship got stuck at Castaway? Not challenging you, just asking.
Yep. Main reason is that the ships are required to train a certain amount in a specific time period on both sides of the ship. They also have to paint/wash the starboard side occasionally and usually the only place they can do that is CC. There typically too busy at PC, and at Nassau,(Dream) they are typically port side to the pier, so that leaves CC. CG/SOLAS/IMO rules state how often lifeboats for example have to be launched for training and inspections. 1 week it might be the stbd boats at Nassau, the next the port side boats from CC.


The conditions have to be pretty close to pefect though for them to do it.
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Yep. Main reason is that the ships are required to train a certain amount in a specific time period on both sides of the ship. They also have to paint/wash the starboard side occasionally and usually the only place they can do that is CC. There typically too busy at PC, and at Nassau,(Dream) they are typically port side to the pier, so that leaves CC. CG/SOLAS/IMO rules state how often lifeboats for example have to be launched for training and inspections. 1 week it might be the stbd boats at Nassau, the next the port side boats from CC.


The conditions have to be pretty close to pefect though for them to do it.
Makes scene to me
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It makes perfect sense. We were told that they couldn't go in bow first since Captain John got stuck at Castaway.
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It makes perfect sense. We were told that they couldn't go in bow first since Captain John got stuck at Castaway.
Keep in mind that was also freak circumstances where it got very wind really quickly and was relatively calm all day.
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Keep in mind that was also freak circumstances where it got very wind really quickly and was relatively calm all day.
I do understand that. Just the fact that it only happened once since 1998 says it was odd at best....We watched them lower ALL the starboard lifeboats while in port on the Fantasy--I think it was St. Maarten day, but could have been St. Thomas. Memory fades.

And the Magic crew was seriously unhappy when the Italian authorities demanded a full lowering of ALL lifeboats there. One crew member voiced his opinion that they were just flexing their muscles--to show Disney who was in charge. As in they didn't make any other ship do it.....
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When was that? If it was one of the first times that the Magic was in a certain port, the officials might want to see the ship prove itself, while the others may have been "knowns" for lack of a better term.

Ive heard of the USCG do the same thing to cruise ships that have entered US waters for the first time.
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When was that? If it was one of the first times that the Magic was in a certain port, the officials might want to see the ship prove itself, while the others may have been "knowns" for lack of a better term.

Ive heard of the USCG do the same thing to cruise ships that have entered US waters for the first time.
I think it was the port that they use for Florence. It was the first Med in 2011, I believe. I just remember that they had to shut down all ships services for an hour or so and that our stateroom host told us that if he didn't get the room done before the drill, he'd get to it afterwards--for us to not be concerned (like we were anyhow). The only reason I'm hedging is that I remember my daughter being with me and she went to Florence....so it could have been Civitavecchia. I know it was on that cruise and it was definitely Italy.
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Awesome. Thanks. It will be nice to sit out on the verandah and have something to look at...and my wife can wave at my son and I as we head out on the jet skis. :-) Oh wait, no she can't...I booked her a massage at the same time. LOL oh well, still nicer to be looking at the lagoon than the dock.
Different perspective....facing the dock is awesome. While yes there is the dock there is also beautiful water just beyond the little piece of land that is beyond the dock so we feel it is the best of both worlds. There is so much interesting activity going on with crew unloading all the supplies and golf carts zipping here and there. We love watching us pull up to the dock and are amazed at the process of them throwing the ropes and tying up. It really makes you appreciate the effort put forth to make the guests' experience on the island wonderful. We also love watching them get the ship ready to leave.

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