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Old June 21st, 2005, 09:05 PM
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Default Last minute bookings

Is it really possible to show up at the peir and get on the ship the day of sailing for dirt cheap or is this another internet myth? Thanks

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Old June 21st, 2005, 09:13 PM
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I believe that since 9/11, it has been necessary for cruise lines to submit passenger lists several days in advance.
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Old June 21st, 2005, 10:35 PM
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Hi,
Yes, it is a myth.
Ships sail full these days, mostly....and Andee is right, operators cannot
simply produce last minute passengers and wisk them thru U S Customs and
Border protection people ( besides causing a bit of a nightmare for their
on-board hotel management team ).

" last minute " deal itself is a misnomer....the best you can acheive with a cruise
company in the rare presicament of having 20 ++ cabins unsold about a week before
sailing is a quick sell-off thru their key bulk volume travel agencies....a week in advance.

Standbys are permitted for off duty crews/employees...and even they have to
'' register their intent '' at least 72 hours prior to sailing; the price they pay has
been pre-set when they '' booked '' their standby status and will not go down just
because they get confirmed '' last minute''.

Cheers
CG
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