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Old April 25th, 2009, 04:47 PM
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I notice that several European cruises begin or end with an overnight at the port or embarkation or disembarkation. This seems like a great way to have a little extra time in one of your gateway ports.

What I am wondering is, how do things work on embarkation day? I assume that there is still a window of time for official embarkation. Is that correct? Also, is the gangway open all night? You don't get to visit many night spots while cruising.

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Old April 25th, 2009, 04:54 PM
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I notice that several European cruises begin or end with an overnight at the port or embarkation or disembarkation. This seems like a great way to have a little extra time in one of your gateway ports.

What I am wondering is, how do things work on embarkation day? I assume that there is still a window of time for official embarkation. Is that correct? Also, is the gangway open all night? You don't get to visit many night spots while cruising.

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Hi Bob

Our only experience was in Barcelona, we were allowed to embark on the day of sailing after 10 am ish.... we sailed on the Celebrity Millennium.

As far Disembarkation goes .. our only experience was in Venice.. and we docked the day before so the ship was our hotel.. and yes we could come and go as we pleased until disembarkation at 8 ish am..
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Hi green_rd:

We've only had one experience, which was on our last Princess cruise in the Amazon. We embarked in Manaus Brazil in the afternoon and stayed overnight there.

The next day we had breakfast and joined our tour group to explore the river and some tribes, and other cool stuff. When it came time for the ship to set sail (5 PM), it was as it usually is...people running on board at the last minute, etc.

The ship remained "open" all day and from what I could tell, through the night. We were not "locked down", lol. We were free to come and go - although for security reasons, am glad we stayed put. However, if we were in Barcelona or London, wouldn't hesitate to stay out later.
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I notice that several European cruises begin or end with an overnight at the port or embarkation or disembarkation. This seems like a great way to have a little extra time in one of your gateway ports.

What I am wondering is, how do things work on embarkation day? I assume that there is still a window of time for official embarkation. Is that correct? Also, is the gangway open all night? You don't get to visit many night spots while cruising.

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Embarkation is handled almost the same way except you have longer to check-in. The regular check-in area usually closes around 5 in the afternoon but a check-in kiosk is usually kept open for late arrivals.

The gangway will be open all night so you don't have to worry about being "locked out".

I have been on a number of cruises that overnighted and I love it. There is nothing better than to be able REALLY enjoy a port rather than just sampling it for a couple of hours.

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I would love this in Lisbon, because the Fados are played at night. I wish the lines would be more overnights. Great question Bob.

Fado is a form of portguese music characterized by mournful tunes and lyrics, often about the sea or the life of the poor. I went to Lisbon when I was 18 years old and we saw the Fado performed it was a beautiful experience.
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