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dwmCA 14-04-2016 12:40

No cruisers Fla to Belize
 
Six days on a cruise ship - Ft. Lauderdale, north of Cuba, Belize, and Cozumel - and I didn't see even one sailboat or fishing boat...

I assumed I'd see four, five, six, ten. Where did everybody go or are there fewer bodies (and boats) out there than I imagined?

tuffr2 14-04-2016 17:29

Re: No cruisers Fla to Belize
 
I took crusise shop last year for a 7 day Bahamas/Caribbean cruise. This was in mid. Jan. I had a balcony room and did look out over the ocean a lot. I saw zero sailboats/catamarans crusing.

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Sailmonkey 14-04-2016 17:52

Re: No cruisers Fla to Belize
 
It's a big ocean, and the sailing population is a small drop in the bucket of total population.

Jack Lahr 14-04-2016 18:24

Re: No cruisers Fla to Belize
 
Even closer to home, on a direct transit trip between s. New England/Montauk and Cape May in the summer, maybe a few sailboats seen at most, like less than five perhaps?


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DotDun 14-04-2016 18:31

Re: No cruisers Fla to Belize
 
1) Most cruise ships travel Florida around the north coast of Cuba at night.

2) Sail boats don't like a west heading directly into the current of the Florida straits. We stay at the edges in the counter-currents, out of sight of cruise ships.

3) You probably won't see a sail boat more than 5nm away.

Hearts Content 14-04-2016 18:33

Re: No cruisers Fla to Belize
 
I waived, you weren't looking!

dwmCA 14-04-2016 23:54

Re: No cruisers Fla to Belize
 
A raft with Cuban refugees floated by our ship and declined assistance. They were going for it...

dwmCA 14-04-2016 23:55

Re: No cruisers Fla to Belize
 
Thanks, DotDun. I figured it was something like that. I would have been jealous anyway...

chuckr 15-04-2016 00:41

Re: No cruisers Fla to Belize
 
We sailed to the Bahamas three time and only saw one cruise ship at night not counting the 4 we saw docked in Nassau. We sailed from Miami to Mexico to Belize and did not see any cruise ships until we walked the beach in Cozumel -
are their fewer cruise ships?

We have sailed the Med for 3 years and we have seen only a couple of cruise ships and those were night sails - we have seen a couple on ais that we did not put our eyes on --

are their fewer cruise ships? maybe it is when they run vs when we run - you suppose?

GordMay 15-04-2016 04:04

Re: No cruisers Fla to Belize
 
Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, dwmCA.

Blue Crab 15-04-2016 04:46

Re: No cruisers Fla to Belize
 
Maybe the East Coast cruisers are all in the ICW. I see ~a dozen a day.

tuffr2 15-04-2016 06:52

Re: No cruisers Fla to Belize
 
Interesting point that cruise ships cruise at night. That is true on the way down thru the carribbean on my cruise. But on the way back the ship cruised around the close. During the day I was looking for any cruising cat or mono. Did not see any.

I did see them sitting in the swim areas around islands.

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chefstevenward 15-04-2016 08:34

Re: No cruisers Fla to Belize
 
I spent last December on Carnival, four different itineraries ... figured it would be a great way figure out where I really wanted to go. I found that cruise ship pretty much sail all night, and spend the day in port, while sailors sail all day and spend night at anchor.

seasick 15-04-2016 09:01

Re: No cruisers Fla to Belize
 
Motoring north on a calm, black sea, off Guatamala on January 31. Alone on watch, when the sky astern lit up as a cruise ship crested the horizon and came close aboard as the clock struck midnight. The ship exploded in celebration of New Year's Eve just as it passed. I keyed the mic on the VHF and wished the captain a happy new year. He replied in kind and was soon over the horizon ahead. It left a big smile on my face for the rest of my watch.

tomfl 15-04-2016 10:00

Re: No cruisers Fla to Belize
 
While I am happy with my boat name I have to note that one of the best names for a boat is the one my friend Irwin gave his boat, Speck.


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