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New booking policy for Clearly Cayman Beach Resorts

Discussion in 'Cayman Islands' started by RCB1882, Apr 15, 2019.

  1. KathyV

    KathyV ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I don't think so, because if they are planning to allow folks to book 10+ days and that will create some long weekends that they will be eager to book as soon as possible.

    It seems like they are trying to figure it all out, but it's great that they are also trying to be open and responsive to guest requests while still attempting to address the flight issues that have been so problematic in the past. Maybe just give it a little time while things are getting sorted out and then enquire - it can't hurt to ask.

    And as mentioned there are other dive resorts and condos on Little Cayman (but probably not during the August through October shutdown) and the Brac Scuba Shack offers diving and accommodation packages, see the link below:
    https://www.bracscubashack.com/about-us/accommodations
     
  2. ReadyDiverOne

    ReadyDiverOne Barracuda

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    Yes, the 10-day option just means us long weekenders are even more likely to get shut out. Getting a Thurs-Tue rez at LCBR within 90 was always a crap shoot now I fear it will be virtually impossible. What a bummer. I really think this is going to backfire on them. And I agree wholeheartedly with whomever said it’s going to be (politely) a s*#*show checking in 80-100 people all at the same time and getting them on the boats. Moreover, it may well be a lot more than 80-100 given the planned room expansion at LCBR. Oy.
     
  3. jdcpa

    jdcpa Manta Ray

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    The Club condos are individually owned and managed by LCBR. The units are not owned by LCBR, although the owners of LCBR own at least one of the units at the The Club.

    I hope that clears it up.
     
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  4. jdcpa

    jdcpa Manta Ray

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    From KathyV. post earlier: "It involves increased air lift at the times divers need to get to/from Cayman Brac and Little Cayman while avoiding the crowded Immigration and Customs lines in Grand Cayman."

    I must be reading this wrong. It appears to say that they may create some arrangement with Immigration/Customs to get their guests through quicker.

    They have no control over when the flights get into Grand Cayman. That is what causes the crowding, not flights to Little and The Brac.

    There are only so many Twin Otters available (2) to get to Little, unless they are planning to send guests to The Brac on the Saab and ferry them over to Little?

    I just don't follow the logic of that statement.
     
  5. Damselfish

    Damselfish Solo Diver

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    80 would be current, assuming full occupancy of 40 rooms. if they add 16 rooms, that would be 112. Plus catering to however many units they are booking at the Club. Of course, there are the other resorts trying to get guests there, not as big but that's still more people trying to get flights.

    Yeah they have no control over the crowding that occurs at certain times. Speeding up entry for sister island bound passengers wouldn't hurt, and seems like something they could do if they really wanted (special line/route through airport?) But that will only help those who have a tight connection to their interisland flights. Not much help if you can't get an inter-island flight to begin with. They need more seats, but if it's possible to add flights when they're needed, with the planes they have and without lights at LC, you have to wonder why they didn't do it long ago. It's hardly a new problem, even without going out of their way to push more arrivals/departures to Saturday.

    I guess we'll have to wait and see what this magic bullet is.
     
  6. ReadyDiverOne

    ReadyDiverOne Barracuda

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    Great point, no way to get that many folks there on those planes all on same day, would need at least 5.7 flights (80 people/14 seats). And I can't believe Cayman Air is buying new plans for Clearly Cayman. Maybe they have and will fly bigger planes? I'm not even sure that little runway can handle a much bigger aircraft, anyone know??
     
  7. Damselfish

    Damselfish Solo Diver

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    Not just on same day, but mostly same _afternoon_ after the international arrivals.
     
  8. KathyV

    KathyV ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I am sure that more will become clear soon, but it is possible that they are planning to bypass GC altogether. The Cayman Brac airport is a large, modern, and underutilized facility and the government is always trying to increase air traffic to CYB.

    Cayman Air already offers a few direct flights to Brac, from Florida I think, so they may be planning to increase them. I guess that we will just have to wait and see wait happens.
     
  9. ReadyDiverOne

    ReadyDiverOne Barracuda

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    Indeed.
     
  10. KathyV

    KathyV ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Here's another thought, in the past the Cayman Immigration Department has tested the idea of creating a Fast Track Immigration screening process at the departure gates in Miami, see link below.

    Now that the new GCM airport is almost complete and things are settling down perhaps they plan to expand that program, especially for heavy travel days like Saturday.

    But that doesn't quite fit because it would apply to all travelers to Cayman, not just to the Sister Islands.

    I am interested to see what changes they're planning to make it worthwhile to travel on busy Saturdays. This is a long-time problem and annoyance so an innovative solution may be worth considering!

    Cayman Islands signs deal for immigration fast track system in Miami
     

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