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bushwacker Feb 6th, 2011 08:13 PM

Can I stay on island and catch another ship home
This is my first cruise question and I have searched for an answer before posting but don't see the information I am seeking. Can I take a cruise to the Bahamas and disembark the ship for 3 or 4 day stay on the island and then catch a different cruise ship back to the mainland? If so is the price any different than if I were to just stay on the ship and complete the roundtrip cruise? I am trying to research online and don't see that option. Thank you for your help.

bonniejns Feb 7th, 2011 02:44 AM

Nope, can't be done. You would have to pay full fare on both ships even if you got off or 'missed the ship'. The only way to get on a ship at it's next port is if you missed the ship and the ship will know that. Met a lady who missed the ship in Nassau and it cost her $1800 to fly via sea plane- to next port. She paid but ship set it all up. If you want to stay in the Bahamas just fly there, don't cruise there!

qwovadis Feb 7th, 2011 04:55 AM cheap flights from FLL

only way to go for me...

Eschew Feb 7th, 2011 02:01 PM

It can be done but not with any of the mass market cruise lines.

Check out Discovery Cruise. The ship is a bit old and the atmosphere is ... well ... very much party all the time. They run it like a ferry service with daily departures except Wednesdays.

I rhink the fare is cheaper than airfare, and they even offer a "crusie 'n stay" package. Their web site is:

I have never cruise with them. This is not an endorsement of any type, I just happen to come across their broucher while vacationing in Florida. They were offering $99 one day crusie inclyuding buffet and drinks.

Check them out and decide on your own.

doug_stallings Feb 7th, 2011 05:45 PM

There are some ferries between Florida and the Bahamas. But the short answer is no because in most cases that is illegal under US maritime law.

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