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Super Fast Canceled except weekends!

There have been many reports that the demand for the Resorts World Bimini SuperFast cruise service has been steadily diminishing after only a few months of operation. And now those concerns seem to be validated by a statement saying that the cruise service will only be taking place on weekends for the rest of the winter.

Resorts World Bimini stated:
"Management decided to cancel the cruises based not on forecasts but on statistical wave data that we have accumulated based on studies of the weather patterns on the island of Bimini. This data allows us to estimate the probability of rough weather not on specific dates of course but rather on percentage of days per month.
We have decided, however, to continue the cruises on the weekends so that our clients still have the chance to experience Bimini without having to take time off work and then being informed that we cannot sail due to adverse weather conditions."

More and more evidence is piling up confirming that this current service, and the damage it will wreak on the island, is NOT in the best interests of Bimini.

It also gives more value to our proposd "Better Plan for Bimini," which utilizes smaller fast-ferries landing at our Government Dock. Read more about it here:
http://www.biminibluecoalition.org/2013/08/10-reasons-this-is-better-plan-for.html


These RW guys are a marketing JOKE! We use historical data all the time for planning Ocean work, but you cannot predict that all calm days will be on weekends. Oct, Nov, Dec for instance have less than 7 average calm days per year by history. So any day of the week has a 23 in 30 chance of being rough.

The joke is in the marketing. No one, even RW wants to admit they may have made a mistake on predicting demand. Heck the guy who suggested they buy the 35 million boat has his **** in a wringer. Big problems getting a dredge there since all rock dredges in the US East coast are booked solid thru the winter. The original reports were that Great Lake is doing the dredging, heck Great Lakes is booked solid at Port of Miami and is already behind schedule for that two year dredging job!

Remember the original dates these Jacklegs gave for the Pier, Oct/Nov originally, at the current rate, it will be hard to have it ready by May of next year!

No matter, no one is going to buy those new multi million dollar homesites after seeing that pier built in front of their beach. Most large lots went to friends of Capo and those are gong now, they already have homsites.

Does RW think people who can afford multi million dollar homes are suckers? Who would built on Bimini with that money when you have Cat Cay?

Anyone remember a few years back when a developer was planning new homes on South Cat? They sold options at every boat show, but how many homes you see there now?

This is fun to sit back and watch these Malaysians implode slowly while they flush money down the Glory H
ole!

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  • Capt KurtCapt Kurt Posts: 410 Deckhand
    Based on what I know in the cargo ship business, although it doesn't cross that well into the cruise ship/fast ferry business, my guess is the "Super Fast" costs a minimum of $15,000 a day to operate. Logistically they wanted actually to have 2 trips over and back per day and now they are only going on weekends - one trip there and one trip back?? On the surface it looks like they don't know what they are doing, but my thought is they were never planning on turning a profit in the early months, only get their name & product out there. Maybe Monday - Thursday the numbers were just so ridiculous they had to "change course."

    I saw on the local South Florida ABC News that they had a small piece on RW and they interviewed some store owners who are excited to have customers in their typically "slow season." Seems like a big mess.
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  • biminibradbiminibrad Posts: 373 Deckhand
    I called rw directly, they now say January for pier. Told them my mom took ship but she would not do the ferry thing again. I asked if it was safe to book for February , they said hold off.
  • I know both of the two big dredge companies capable of doing the dredging and neither have a contract. In fact one would not quote until they see legitimate permits in hand. They are afraid RW is shopping the bid.

    Availability of a dredge the size required for this work is limited. Not many want to schedule a dredge for just 220,000 cy of rock digging. Hard to schedule around the big work on the East Coast of US. Best option is if Great Lakes Dredge and Dock have some available time once they start Port of Miami dredging, but are you going to screw up the schedule on a $200 mill job to do a $2 mill job? I don't think so.
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