Posted November 14th, 2017, 02:23 PM
Last edited by AryMay; November 14th, 2017 at 02:33 PM
I can see how the pool being unavailable was disappointing, if that were in someone's plans for the day. I agree with other posters who said this was an unfortunate rare situation - a last minute port change due to hurricane, combined with another ship's charter.
We usually dont spend much time off the ship in port, we got off the ship and walked around the shopping area for a little while. I noticed there were plenty of other tours and activities that were available, as well as a rental car kiosk. We met several other passengers who took a taxi to Puerta Plata and raved about their day. So while I do see why the pool being unavailable would be disappointing, it was far from the only available activity for the day.
In our case, had I known the pool was not going to be an option for the day then we WOULD have probably made plans in advance to do a tour or take a taxi to some of the area sights and got started early in the day. However, we took our time getting off the ship in the morning and took no credit cards and very little cash since we didn't figure we would be spending much money. Also, we were dressed for the pool...not a tour.
Just to get back on the ship to get cash/credit cards for a tour and change clothes would have taken a fair amount of time because of the long walk. And I will mention that the temperature and humidity must have both been about 110 that day!
We just gave up and went back and enjoyed the pool on the ship. Not a bad day, but not what we had planned. (But as was just pointed out...spending the day with a crowd of drunk, Carnival passengers wouldn't have been much fun anyway.)
My real frustration was not being denied access to the pool, but that HAL did not ACKNOWLEDGE that there was a problem. The EXC guides had even made a point at their port talks of saying the water park was an option for when we were at Amber Cove. At the very least it would have been helpful to us to have them announce that the pool was not available before we spent time going ashore.
Anyway...I don't have time for "grumbling" or being "less than patient" as was mentioned in a previous post. I have another cruise to plan!!