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Old 08-17-2006, 09:11 AM
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I was looking at our itinerary for the Spirit voyage to the Mexican Riviera and was kinda wondering...
Why does it take only 8 hours to get from Acapulco, Mexico to Ixtapa, Mexico, yet it takes 13 hours to get from Ixtapa, Mexico, to Mananillo, Mexico.

Looking at the map I would think the second leg of that trip would be shorter.

Any suggestions as to why the extra 5+ hours???

Is this so we are on the ship longer, and will spend more money there rather than at the ports?
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Old 08-17-2006, 09:21 AM
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Well, ultimately, yes it is so you spend money on the ship.

But they will just cruise at a slower speed between the ports. Its not that the distance is longer. The cruise line pays for the privledge of docking in the port. The longer they dock, the more $$ it costs them. The port time is dictated by that, so they cruise slower or in circles wasting time so that they arrive in port at the specified time. They also leave port at the stated time, AND WILL LEAVE YOU BEHIND if you are not back on board, because if they are not gone by a given time, they get charged additional port fees.

Its always about the money.
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Old 08-17-2006, 09:39 AM
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However, there are a lot of activities on board that don't cost money. We were late on one of our excursions in Bonaire and boy was the captain mad. Not only did they have to wait, but Paul Allen's yacht was anchored out in the harbour waiting for the slip. Thankfully, it was on a sail/snorkel we booked through the ship. Hmmm let me rethink that, I could have been stranded on BonAire. Next time maybe I wont book through the ship.
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Old 08-17-2006, 09:58 AM
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That's the other reason. The ship has a "window" for the slip they are using as other vessels are scheduled for the same slip at a given time - not unlike the gates at the airport. Plane #1 has to pull away from the gate to let Plane #2 in to that same gate (even if Plane #1 winds up sitting on the taxiway waiting for clearance to takeoff).
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