Overnight at Castaway??

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  1. lgajohnson

    lgajohnson Mouseketeer

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    So there are a couple of new 2014 cruises that have 2 days in a row at Castaway....overnight at Castaway...anybody have any ideas how this would work?
     
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  3. PrincessShmoo

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    It's always been reported that they can't do overnight due to the extreme bug problem in the evening/nighttime.

    If they are going to be there 2 days in a row, I'd guess they are sailing out one night and back in the next morning.

    I guess the could just require everyone to be onboard by a certain time the first night, but there would still be the bug problem
     
  4. MouseMomx2

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    We once did a 4-day where the sea day was turned into a second Castaway Cay day...meaning we were there two days in a row. We sailed out at the end of the first day, had a night at sea and then re-docked the next morning. As has been mentioned, the bugs at CC are terrible at night so overnights there are not possible.
     
  5. jdb in AZ

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    A. Why don't they call in an exterminator, or are they afraid the chemicals will kill the Disney mice?

    B. How do the CM's who live on the island cope with the bugs?

    C. Are they mosquitoes, or cocky roaches, and/or other critters?
     
  6. smcsmc60

    smcsmc60 Earning My Ears

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    Just did the Christmas Cruise on the Dream that had 2 Castaway Cay Days in a row.

    The ship will go back out to sea overnight.

    Never heard about the bugs, but I would think that is a good reason.

    Here are a several others we were told by CMs.
    1. The ship needs to be out from land to be able to make fresh water from sea water.
    2. If it happens to be pirate night like it was on our cruise, the ship needs to be at sea in a certain wind direction.
    3. Since Castaway Cay is a port, the shops on the ship could not be opened while docked at Castaway Cay.
     
  7. PrincessShmoo

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    All of which sound like good reasons.
     
  8. ash-n-brensmom

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    Okay, now I am a little freaked out by the bug situation. I have been to Castaway Cay once and never saw any sign of anything, and I get that it's a part of nature, but anyone have any idea what kind of bugs we are talking about?
     
  9. Jareds_mommy

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    we had an over night in Cabo, and even though we were staying there over night, we had to be on the ship by 6 pm
     
  10. PrincessShmoo

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    Well, overnight, yes, but the ship did leave the bay. It doesn't stay anchored overnight at Cabo.

    Technically, someone could have opted not to return to the ship the first night. But they would be taking a chance on the ship not being able to port the next morning.
     
  11. Jareds_mommy

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    nope we stayed put in the bay for the night

    I just texted the other 2 families to double check, they said we stayed put too.
     
  12. neg58

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    The ships dock for 2 days at San Francisco. Do they pull out? I didn't think so.

    Nancy
     
  13. PrincessShmoo

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    No, that was an overnight stay, you could come and go from the ship all night, if you wanted.
     
  14. jdb in AZ

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    Sounds like they didn't want to tender the passengers back and forth after dark. that's understandable.
     
  15. lilpooh108

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    Reported in the news? In a thread? Interested in the bug thing...
     
  16. Donathius

    Donathius Cruisin' n00b

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    I recall reading somewhere that they have to pay quite a bit extra to the city to keep the ship in the bay overnight. It's cheaper to head back out. Plus on the MR cruise we were on back in January the night of our first day in Cabo was pirate night.
     
  17. Chokky

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    Hi,

    We were on the Dec 2012 New Years Double Dip cruise.

    For our first Castaway Cay day the weather was meant to be windy so the Captain actually came in and docked the night before.

    He did this to ensure we would get our Castaway Cay day and as passengers we were very grateful he did it.

    The boat just sat overnight and we disembarked like normal in the morning.

    No bug problems but it was December.

    Chokky
     
  18. 1KKH

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    And...the shops were all open....
     
  19. Kim&Chris

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    Can you tell me which dates have this itinerary? Thanks :)
     
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  21. Momma pls dont drink

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    No problems with customs as long as no passengers leave the ship.
    Staff and CM's can.
    The ship has to be cleared by Bahamian "Authorities" before passengers or guests are allowed off "officially".

    As for an overnight stay, how do you round up the passengers that know they "could" stay over night?????

    Not gonna happen unless extreme circumstances prevail!

    As for the CM that live there, they stay in fly and mossy screened rooms after dark!
    They have several buildings interconnected (no bugs) between their "Mess" and Rec room and Accommodation, and sleep under Mosquito nets.
    And they do swap between Island duties and Ship Rec work
     

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