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evagoblog July 9th, 2014 07:45 PM

Important Visa Questions....
 
Titled this way as the answers may hopefully help others. On another site (that shall remain nameless as they aren't as nice as this one) someone asked about visas on his Princess cruise and was told that Princess would send him all the paperwork he needed to get one, once final payment was made. Have done so on my Carnival cruise (but haven't done online check in so that may be a factor) and that has not happened to me yet, but it could be my countries (save one) don't need it. That country is Australia, when I went on a P&O cruise, I don't remember getting one for Australia but even if it may due that most people were from a fellow country in the Commonwealth, they would know that I am a U.S. citizen, or maybe I got one and don't remember (this was 4 years ago) as you can get it online now.

Does anyone know if some countries that require a visa if you arrive on something other than a cruise ship (since the stay is so short) waive the visa requirement for c.s. pax? I KNOW that people would say to either check with the official U.S. State Dept. website for visas travel.state.gov but that doesn't mention anything about cruise ship visas, hopefully someone at the cruise line (my travel agent only knows how to book cruises-they give me a rebate so I book with them, but if you have a good FULL SERVICE agent they might find out for you) will know (they should for U.S. citizens, the majority of their passengers, so I won't have to check EVERY single friggin' countries website!!:rolleyes:!!) I will post what I find out, but if anyone has recently traveled to these countries and knows..

Los Angeles, CA 8:00 PM
Day 2 ... Fun Day At Sea --- ---
Day 3 ... Fun Day At Sea --- ---
Day 4 Puerto Vallarta, Mexico 8:00 AM 8:00 PM
Day 5 ... Fun Day At Sea --- ---
Day 6 ... Fun Day At Sea --- ---
Day 7 ... Fun Day At Sea --- ---
Day 8 ... Fun Day At Sea --- ---
Day 9 ... Crossing the Equator
Day 10 ... Fun Day At Sea --- ---
Day 11 ... Fun Day At Sea --- ---
Day 12 Papeete (Tahiti), Polynesia 8:00 AM 6:00 PM
Day 13 Moorea, French Polynesia 8:00 AM 5:00 PM
Day 14 Bora Bora, French Polynesia 7:00 AM 4:00 PM
Day 15 ... Fun Day At Sea --- ---
Day 16 ... Fun Day At Sea --- ---
Day 18 Cross International Dateline
Day 19 Suva, Fiji Islands 8:00 AM 4:00 PM
Day 20 ... Fun Day At Sea --- ---
Day 21 Noumea, New Caledonia 9:00 AM 6:00 PM
Day 22 ... Fun Day At Sea --- ---
Day 23 ... Fun Day At Sea --- ---
Day 24 Sydney, Australia

storybookcruises.com July 10th, 2014 02:14 AM

Talk to your agent as they will tell you exactly what you need for your cruise.

Pete

Mike M July 10th, 2014 08:26 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by evagoblog (Post 1503605)
Titled this way as the answers may hopefully help others. On another site (that shall remain nameless as they aren't as nice as this one) someone asked about visas on his Princess cruise and was told that Princess would send him all the paperwork he needed to get one, once final payment was made. Have done so on my Carnival cruise (but haven't done online check in so that may be a factor) and that has not happened to me yet, but it could be my countries (save one) don't need it. That country is Australia, when I went on a P&O cruise, I don't remember getting one for Australia but even if it may due that most people were from a fellow country in the Commonwealth, they would know that I am a U.S. citizen, or maybe I got one and don't remember (this was 4 years ago) as you can get it online now.

Does anyone know if some countries that require a visa if you arrive on something other than a cruise ship (since the stay is so short) waive the visa requirement for c.s. pax? I KNOW that people would say to either check with the official U.S. State Dept. website for visas travel.state.gov but that doesn't mention anything about cruise ship visas, hopefully someone at the cruise line (my travel agent only knows how to book cruises-they give me a rebate so I book with them, but if you have a good FULL SERVICE agent they might find out for you) will know (they should for U.S. citizens, the majority of their passengers, so I won't have to check EVERY single friggin' countries website!!:rolleyes:!!) I will post what I find out, but if anyone has recently traveled to these countries and knows..

Los Angeles, CA 8:00 PM
Day 2 ... Fun Day At Sea --- ---
Day 3 ... Fun Day At Sea --- ---
Day 4 Puerto Vallarta, Mexico 8:00 AM 8:00 PM
Day 5 ... Fun Day At Sea --- ---
Day 6 ... Fun Day At Sea --- ---
Day 7 ... Fun Day At Sea --- ---
Day 8 ... Fun Day At Sea --- ---
Day 9 ... Crossing the Equator
Day 10 ... Fun Day At Sea --- ---
Day 11 ... Fun Day At Sea --- ---
Day 12 Papeete (Tahiti), Polynesia 8:00 AM 6:00 PM
Day 13 Moorea, French Polynesia 8:00 AM 5:00 PM
Day 14 Bora Bora, French Polynesia 7:00 AM 4:00 PM
Day 15 ... Fun Day At Sea --- ---
Day 16 ... Fun Day At Sea --- ---
Day 18 Cross International Dateline
Day 19 Suva, Fiji Islands 8:00 AM 4:00 PM
Day 20 ... Fun Day At Sea --- ---
Day 21 Noumea, New Caledonia 9:00 AM 6:00 PM
Day 22 ... Fun Day At Sea --- ---
Day 23 ... Fun Day At Sea --- ---
Day 24 Sydney, Australia

It makes no difference that you are traveling by cruise ship. If you get off the ship you will need a visa in a country that requires them. It may also be required to have all visas before initial boarding.

Check the State Department website and if a visa is required then it's your responsibility to obtain it. Last year we were on an Asian cruise aboard Millennium and there were a number of people who did not obtain visas for Bali and they were quite disappointed. You could get your Vietnam visa on board Millennium but not Bali.

Where multiple visas are involved I would contact your agent or cruise line and obtain the name of the visa service that they use and utilize them to obtain your visas. It costs but it's a lot less hassle. ZVS is the most common visa service.

Take care,
Mike

evagoblog July 11th, 2014 03:39 AM

I called Carnival...
 
rep. there said I did NOT need any visa even for Australia (asked her specifically about that) but I guess y'all would advise to ask their government but as I said, when I went to Aus. by cruise years ago, didn't need one (come to think about it, I think I flew there in the '90s for three days when I was an airline employee, don't remember getting a visa then either.) Will update.

Snoozeman July 11th, 2014 04:39 AM

I am on that same cruise. If you return to USA within 48 hours (or thereabouts) you do not need a visa, your considered 'in transit'. I'm staying in Sydney for 3 days post cruise. I happened to apply for my Australia Visa yesterday. I received the OK today, it's an eVisa all done electronically. Here is the link: Australian Tourist Visas - Eta.Immi.Gov.Au - ETA, $9.95/5.95

evagoblog July 12th, 2014 06:26 PM

O.k. thanks, I didn' t have one when I went on the P and O cruise, and stayed a couple of weeks, didn't get any flak (that I remember) when I flew out but since it's not expensive and easy to do, I'll do it online. I messaged you but for others on the cruise, there isn't any other countries on this itinerary that need it, is there?

evagoblog July 12th, 2014 06:55 PM

RE: to Mike
 
Well, Mike according to what Snoozeman says about Australia you're wrong :)!


Quote:

Originally Posted by Mike M (Post 1503633)
It makes no difference that you are traveling by cruise ship. If you get off the ship you will need a visa in a country that requires them. It may also be required to have all visas before initial boarding.

Check the State Department website and if a visa is required then it's your responsibility to obtain it. Last year we were on an Asian cruise aboard Millennium and there were a number of people who did not obtain visas for Bali and they were quite disappointed. You could get your Vietnam visa on board Millennium but not Bali.

Where multiple visas are involved I would contact your agent or cruise line and obtain the name of the visa service that they use and utilize them to obtain your visas. It costs but it's a lot less hassle. ZVS is the most common visa service.

Take care,
Mike



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