The store owners I saw like the idea of responsible development in Bimini that offers to improve their economy.
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And what was the motive?: Terrence McCoy's September 12 article about the woman wrongly sentenced to death, "Set Her Free," was incredible (and well written). Nicely done. One thing I don't get (and maybe I missed it as I was watching Jose Fernandez pitch his final game of the season while reading this), was that if Steven Heidle was the shooter, did he have any motive? Or was he just a violent and sadistic jerk? FatHand
How about this case?: And yet the smell of a dead body in the trunk of a pathological mother whose missing daughter was later found dead was too circumstantial. Oh, yeah, Florida. Betty Perez
Jiminy! Let's Go to Bimini!
This little piggy is patient: I used to work at the Port of Miami for a major cruise line, so when there was a delay on my first trip aboard Genting's Bimini SuperFast ("An Eight-Hour Tour, Jose Duran, September 12), I didn't get upset at all. From my experience, delays come with the process of getting people on board, no matter what ship it is. The delay at departure didn't dampen my enjoyment of the ride. I love the SuperFast. It is beautifully decked out, and the stewards were gracious and helpful. The food was good. (I opted to dine in the Ponce de Leon.) Still, the prices were very affordable, and it was a nice change of pace from my usual visits to land-based casinos. stinkyfoote
This one is relaxed: I liked your review of the SuperFast. I was thinking about booking a night cruise. Thanks for reminding me the night cruise is full of 20-somethings. They're entitled to a good time. My friend and I took a getaway cruise. We're both retired and have no deadlines to meet. We had a good time on board, and once we were in Bimini, we spent two days touring Alice Town and relaxing on the beach. The casino is amazing too. I had a little luck at roulette. We had fun at the kind of relaxed pace we like at our age. Jessie W.
This one is disappointed: This shit is whack. Huge waiting time to get on the boat, and it took three hours to get off the ship. Residents don't like the cruises since they only bring business for a few. Bimini was way better before they turned it into a cheap vacation location. Luis C. Sosa
This one is a gambler: Well, I didn't take the night cruise, which seems adapted for youngsters. Staying up all night is no longer my idea of fun. The day cruise was spectacular. For those of you who need a cruise-ship fix every so often, this is your ticket. For under $100, you can get the same thrill you might in a ten-day cruise all in one day. This is a perfect excursion to amplify any out-of-towner's trip to Miami because you can squeeze in an actual visit to a foreign country during your domestic vacation. I would fully recommend it to anyone who seeks fun on a budget and enjoys gambling. Rod Kuntzman
This one travels: What a tremendous ride. My wife and I can't believe you could get so much value for so little money. You cross the Gulf Stream effortlessly, and before you know it, you are in an exotic country with warm Caribbean breezes and crystal-blue waters. It was a shame to have to leave, but that's what this cruise is about: It's fast. The casino experience is first-rate, and the food is good. We will go again. Milton Bershefsky
This one is skeptical: Before Genting sends its trolls over to praise how awesome this cruise is, check out the company's Yelp page. They've been on the defensive — flagging negative posts — and have a few clearly fake reviews (that have also been flagged). Harry the Handyman
This one will return: I went and had a great time for my anniversary. I had no problems with customs or anything else. Bimini was much larger than I thought it would be, but it's easy to get around. I hired a car with a driver for only $20 for the entire day. We drove around the island and stopped at all of the best beaches. I'll be back. jjjohn2920
And this one won't: This cruise is a weak attempt at a party boat. If this is what Genting thinks Miami wants and needs, we are better off without its casino. Good idea, bad execution, and a mediocre experience at best. lickwidspace
The store owners I saw like the idea of responsible development in Bimini that offers to improve their economy.
Let's see what Biminites, who have been kept completely in the dark about the Superfast plans, have to say:
Harry the Handyman himself, is a paid troll.He works for Magic City Casino at Flager, so he’s paid to say anything to discredit the competition. Genting is the competition. Who but a troll would refer to the Resort World Bimini SuperFast as Genting, the parent company?Real customers don’t.Before I took a day cruise I read real reviews and I’d say 99% of the reviews didn’t mention Genting.The cruise wasn’t perfect.Itt was only for a day and there was lots of hurrying around.I didn’t have enough time to play all the games I wanted to on board the ship and I didn’t get a chance to gamble in the casino but time was short.It was a day trip, after all.But I’m going to go again and stay two or three days next time.
Old timers remember that Miami had ships much like this in the past called "Sea Escape." The Superfast is superior. For starters, it has a real casino with all the trimmings, not like local offerings Magic City dogtrack or Gulfstream. Anybody with two eyes could see for themselves in the last New Times review that people were having a great time in the video. You never saw that kind of partying on Sea Escape. It is great that after about five years of stagnation where we've seen entertainment options around town shrivel up something nice comes along. People really like these kinds of "short form" cruise experiences and I predict that this Bimini cruise will do very well.
"Harry The Handiman" is a douche bag that has been handling himself too much but you have to feel a little bit sorry for him having to work for Magic City which is a kind of depressing place. Why doesn't someone chip in a buy him a ticket on the Superfast cruise. It is a cool ride.
Bimini has live dealers and real games. Been on both and magic city is a far second. Just saying, Bimini Superfast is better.
Who cares about Magic City. That place is sooo yesterday. Bimini has table games and real live dealers. Their casino overlooks the ocean and their ferry has two casino's that are both better than Magic City.
The Magic City "Casino" only has cards and some slots, and nothing else. It is a dump!
Bimini is better.
I agree. Harry the Handyman seems like a paid "commenter" trying to make Magic City Casino not appear as bad as it actually is. The place smells rotten, and that's not the only thing that is fishy about the nasty casino parlor. I went there once and felt like the dealers were cheating me, or the games were rigged somehow. It didn't feel as safe and above-board as the Vegas casinos I'm use to. I will also never go back to Magic City Casino. Now that the Bimini Superfast ferry is in service I'm sure Magic City will be out of business soon. I doubt the elderly will go to Bimini so Magic City might be able to stay afloat a little longer if they can keep their past-their-prime clients on life support.
Harry The Handyman must be a paid troll for MAGIC CITY CASINO at Flagler. He is trying to prop-up that tired old dump. I would NEVER take a anyone to the Magic City Casino. I feel we would both be raped, either from the homeless people who surround the place, or at the table games - that all seem to be fixed. I have always lost at Magic City and I will NEVER go back.
Some single women become sexually aroused in casino environments. Don't ask me about the deep psychological triggers, I only know that it happens. There is no shortage of single women in any given casino but if you get to know them say at the slots they expect to see some action fast. Where do you get a motel room without bugs near the Magic City Casino? Answer: nowhere. If you're at the Hard Rock, a room is to be had right there . . . for $500. Now, along comes this Superfast cruise where you can book a cabin for next to nothing. The ship is rocking with scores of eligible women and they like it just like the boat, Superfast. It is a serious party boat with benefits.
In my view Genting has shown a great favor to Miami by starting up this service. The ship has had a goodly number of passengers to start defraying the costs of purchasing and modifying this huge ship. Now consider the cost of operation with crew, food and fuel. It is a big expense for the modest profit the casino offers. People who live near 37th Avenue will still flock into the decrepit Magic City Casino. The superfast cruise is for a slightly more sophisticated party crowd. Meanwhile, those that want to visit the Bahamas for a great price have a marvelous mode of transportation to get there. It makes Miami a more valuable tourist destination and it generates plenty of local commerce at the port.
My trip on the SuperFast was quite pleasant. I think this cruise has spoiled me for any other.The ship has two casinos!I found more than I could do at the casinos I’d been to in the Miami area.I played craps for a while and switched to blackjack hoping to win.I didn’t but I had fun playing the games.I did win about $32 on the slot machines.I had some hassle in the line to board the boat to the island but I didn’t think it was a big deal.I loved the casino in the resort.It’s beautiful.More roulette but no luck.I had drinks and dinner at the Healing Hole Rum Bar.I choose it because I liked the name and I wasn’t disappointed.The drinks were good.
Bimini is the best place in the Bahamas. I LOVE it there, although travel has always been a problem. I haven't been on the Ferry yet but I plan on going soon. I waited until the kinks got worked out with the new boat - but it looks like it's ready to roll.
If you like to fish, hang out in crystal clear water and drink and eat with some very interesting people - Bimini is for you. With a rate of only $50 for a round trip ticket I can afford to go whenever I want - without having to take an expensive plane ride. AWESOME!
I've been on the Genting ferry to Bimini twice. The first time it was a pain to get through customs, but the staff was friendly and made it enjoyable. They gave us free drinks and tokens for the casino for the net time we came back. I did come back and I won $230 on my return trip. The second cruise was great. It only took 30 minutes to clear customs this time. overall I really liked the adventure.
@casinojohnny69 Yes, and then this happened: http://www.tribune242.com/news/2013/sep/03/bimini-suffers-its-worst-state-ever/?c=22199
@ks22 I had never been to Bimini so I did some research before I booked a trip. While there is a sadly misinformed environmental protection group called the Bimini Coalition that fears progress, the residents and shop owners overwhelmingly support Resorts World and look forward to the added business. This is not Resorts World's first rodeo and they have a worldwide reputation for making places better then the way they found them and that includes ecology. The greatest danger to Bimini is it's aging and disintegrating water and sewer system, something the pious coalition fails to address. The casino did not overlook the problem because they performed a details environment impact study prior to even thinking about investing in the island. They plan on ponying up the money to allow a first class upgrade to the water and sewer systems. Another falsehood is that the building of a dock to moor the boat will destroy precious reefs that dot the coastline. The opposite is true. The dock builders plan to tip-toe about in the relatively shallow waters will create an environment that will protect the reefs and preserve them for decades to come.
@HarryTheHandyman I have taken the trip twice and it is a great party boat. I also applaud what the casino is doing to help the island. I guess that makes me part of the "defensive team" huh?
@InezOh Uh, no I don't. For one thing I don't gamble. Plus the one time I did wander in there, that place is a dump. On top of all that, there's the fact that I've never mentioned anything negative OR positive casinos. I've just addressed the fact that there's tons of suspicious positive reviews about this cruise.
@jblume321 Agreed. When Bimini's ferry's are better than Magic City as a whole...
alphonsecandice - Unfortunately, you are the one who is sadly misinformed, since, as you explained, you had never been to Bimini. Therefore, it is not entirely your fault because you only have what you read on the internet to go by. I, on the other hand, lived there for many years and even did a PhD on the marine ecology of Bimini. The long, controversial history of this entire development is so much deeper and complicated than your overly simplistic and quite frankly incorrect summation. In addition, it is entirely clear from your statements that you are not only misinformed, but also you do not know the first thing about how a marine ecosystem functions. The people at the Bimini Blue Coalition have proposed a much more sustainable plan for bringing business to Bimini that does not involve destroying the reefs upon which Bimini's economy is based. The plan has been well publicized in the Nassau Guardian, Nassau Tribune, Bahamas Weekly and The Eleutheran newspapers. In addition, the Bahamas National Trust, the body entrusted with conserving and managing Bahamian national resources, does not support the construction of the cruise ship terminal. You can read the article about that in the Nassau Guardian from six days ago: http://www.thenassauguardian.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=41839:bnt-bimini-cruise-terminal-would-be-huge-disservice&catid=40:business&Itemid=2