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Crystal will be doing inaugural sailings to Bimini later this year and my wife and I are happily scheduled on one. My parents brought back a Calypso record from Bimini on their honeymoon almost 60 years ago and I am excited to finally get the chance to see it myself.

 

I am trying to figure out where the Symphony will dock. Since Bimini is so small it doesn't really have a cruise ship port. And since Crystal has never sailed to Bimini, there is no history to go on. Does anyone have any idea where the Symphony will dock? I am hoping it will be near Alice Town.

 

Sure, I could call Crystal or ask my TA, but it is loads more fun to post to CC! Thanks for any info, theories, or speculation you may have.

 

David

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I'll put $10 on tendering! ;p

 

Patty

 

See article from a few years ago about opening of pier in Bimini to replace tender dock, primarily used for one day trips from Port Everglades and Miami. Note also that Genting (Crystal's owner) owns a Resort World casino on the island and was instrumental in building the dock. We are on the Serenity when it visits Bimini on Thanksgiving Day and I assume we will be docking unless Serenity is too big for the dock. https://www.caribjournal.com/2014/09/19/biminis-new-cruise-ship-pier-opens/#

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See article from a few years ago about opening of pier in Bimini to replace tender dock, primarily used for one day trips from Port Everglades and Miami. Note also that Genting (Crystal's owner) owns a Resort World casino on the island and was instrumental in building the dock. We are on the Serenity when it visits Bimini on Thanksgiving Day and I assume we will be docking unless Serenity is too big for the dock. https://www.caribjournal.com/2014/09/19/biminis-new-cruise-ship-pier-opens/#

 

Interesting. I'll be there on the Symphony in August. Will report then.

 

Patty

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Thanks so much for the responses - they were very helpful. I look forward to the live report.

 

David

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Back to this thread - now that some of you have been there, what was Docking/Tendering like in Bimini?

 

 

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We tendered. Due to the navigation tenders, the journey time from ship to dock was about 40 minutes. It was also necessary, unless on a Crystal excursion, to get a ( complimentary of course) ticket for a specific tender there in advance. No need to book the return tender.

Hope this helps.

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1 hour ago, kool kruiser said:

We tendered. Due to the navigation tenders, the journey time from ship to dock was about 40 minutes. It was also necessary, unless on a Crystal excursion, to get a ( complimentary of course) ticket for a specific tender there in advance. No need to book the return tender.

Hope this helps.

Unfortunately, it does help.  Now I know it will not be possible to do what I wanted to do on that Island.  Have to decide between a visit to the Dolphin House, or snorkel with sharks.  I was hoping to do Doplhin in morning, then back to ship for the afternoon snorkel.  That will be tough with that long of a tender.   THANK YOU

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5 hours ago, kool kruiser said:

We tendered. Due to the navigation tenders, the journey time from ship to dock was about 40 minutes. It was also necessary, unless on a Crystal excursion, to get a ( complimentary of course) ticket for a specific tender there in advance. No need to book the return tender.

Hope this helps.

When we tendered after lunch tickets were not necessary and the tenders were not crowded going or coming from the port.

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Does anybody know how far the Dolphin House is from where the tender leaves people off?  If it is not walkable, how do you get to the Dolphin House?   Thanks.

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55 minutes ago, happy cruising said:

Does anybody know how far the Dolphin House is from where the tender leaves people off?  If it is not walkable, how do you get to the Dolphin House?   Thanks.

 

Too far to walk according to Google maps - but it’s a 10 minute car ride so you just need to find someone with a hire golf cart who feels like a drive - they seemed to be the major form of transport on the island 

 

 

 

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Call the Hilton hotel where the tenders dock. Ask to speak to the concierge and ask your question about transportation.

 

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15 hours ago, happy cruising said:

Does anybody know how far the Dolphin House is from where the tender leaves people off?  If it is not walkable, how do you get to the Dolphin House?   Thanks.

I contacted the DOphin House and they told me 5 -  6 miles.  They said taxi or Resorts WOrld Tram.

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This is all very helpful. 

 

Edgee and Kool Kruiser - I just wanted to confirm that the tender docks at the Hilton at Resorts World Bimini?   I am hoping that is right as it seems more convenient to Alice Town than the Genting resort.    

 

We will be visiting Bimini on the Symphony next Monday!

 

David 

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40 minutes ago, Woodrowst said:

This is all very helpful. 

 

Edgee and Kool Kruiser - I just wanted to confirm that the tender docks at the Hilton at Resorts World Bimini?   I am hoping that is right as it seems more convenient to Alice Town than the Genting resort.    

 

We will be visiting Bimini on the Symphony next Monday!

 

David 

David, The tender docks at Hilton/Resorts World Bimini. The walk from the tender dock to hotel door is shorter than walk from my cabin deck 8 forward on Serenity to Waterside Dining room each evening for dinner.😊

Ed

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Ed-

 

Thanks!  I looked again and the distance to Alice Town is further than I thought - a little over 2 miles.  Are there taxi's available to travel that distance?

 

Thanks again for all your help.

 

David

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I imagine the answer is yes, but suggest you call or email the hotel for an answer.

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Hi All,
The tender to Resorts World Casino is 45 minutes, we were on Symphony 3 weeks ago. It goes very slow, but its not far.

If you ask the Hotel front desk to phone a taxi for you, a ride to Alice town will only cost $10 max. If you go outside and hire a taxi waiting, they will try to charge you $20 at least each way. Our driver basically gave us an island tour, we stopped at the very small "straw" market which is mostly t-shirts with a few actual straw baskets. We saw the local specialty bread bakeries(get some). Stopped at the beach, learned about the island. He was very nice and waited for us while we looked around. I even took home some of the Casino's money!

Have Fun!

Bruce4fun

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We non-adventurous souls were happily tooling along in a golf cart, about 10 minutes after our tender arrived at the resort. We first went to the right, where the nice beach is located, then past the new construction of homes (not guarded as yet), then all the way to the other end of the island for the small cemetery and a nice view of the ship.

 

I think our tender ride back to the ship was longer due to slow-moving traffic.

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