Originally Posted by Dave
I just learned that Carnival Fascination will be using Royal Caribbean's Coco Cay as a stop on twenty-two upcoming cruises. They will stretch from 3/11/13 through 4/28/14.
The ship was supposed to stop at Key West but the Navy has decided to stop letting private and commercial ships use the Key West pier.
Carnival is calling it by it's legal name "Little Stirrup Cay" and the stops all are on Thursdays, which I am assuming is an open day for Royal Caribbean and Celebrity. Two things I'd love to know: 1. How much is Royal charging to use the island? 2. How will Carnival address the RCI logo signage on the island?
Also, since this appears to be a stopgap measure based on the Navy suddenly closing the Key West base to cruise ships, Royal had a lot of leverage. But on the larger scheme, what does the Navy's decision mean to other cruises that have Key West as a stop? This only leaves the pier in the downtown area open.
What is wrong with tendering? My first ever cruise was on the Fascination when it was based out of Miami doing the Key West - Cozumel and Nassau runs. On that cruise we were unable to dock (another ship beat us to the downtown pier), so we had to tender in.