Originally Posted by Mike M
I researched this on my own almost three years ago and posted it in a few threads.
How late is too late
That was actually incorrect information that even I believed. It was that way for about a month after 9/11 and that was it. I also believed who I thought was a "reliable" source that it was 72 hours but have now learned I need to verify things on my own.
The manifest must be submitted to Homeland Security one hour before sailing. It was 24 hours a few months ago.
The current booking requirements are:
Carnival: Day of sailing
RCI: 24 hours before sailing
I see I posted on that thread, maybe it was my informtion you were confirming. ;-)
Mike the new
rule has always been the 1 hour. Some may have insinuated it was longer, but it never was.
Previously it could be several days after sailing provided that the 1st call was NOT a U.S. port. If so it was 24 hour prior to arrival of that port.
RCL: 24hrs is an internal company rule. They have always been different from Carnival and you couldn't do walk ups inside the 24 hours for a long time-even b4 9/11.
This has always been the #2 misconception out there about cruise requirements or regulations. #1 is muster drill, but I don't want to open that can of worms.