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Old October 11th, 2007, 05:30 PM
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Default Last Minute Purchase AtPort Day of Departure-Pay Cheaper?

Have been on about 10 cruises, most recent was 10 yrs ago so been out of it for a while. Now wanting to get back into it.
I've always heard that on the day of sailing if you go to the Port and buy it directly there then get on ship, you can do MUCH Better on $ and cabins,,,anyone have any experience with that ??

Specifically, looking at 11/15/07 NCL Jewel 3 day sailing out of Miami. Sailing single by myself...only me in a balcony room.

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Old October 11th, 2007, 06:37 PM
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Because of Homeland Security and all that entails, they don't offer this anymore. I think you need a minimum of 5 days but it would be best to call up the cruiseline and ask their policy. Have a great time!
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Old October 11th, 2007, 07:25 PM
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I don't know of any ships that do that anymore. The ship must submit its passenger manifest to Homeland Security a certain # of days beforehand. You will virtually never find an empty balcony cabin on the day of sailing. The cruise will do whatever it can to fill those, including upgrading passengers or offering booked passengers an upsell.

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Old October 11th, 2007, 09:28 PM
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I believe its 72 hours before departure are you allowed to purchase tickets.. Even then, you'll have to take what is available, balcony cabins are usually taken by then. May-be call a travel agent now, and see what there is available and at what price.

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Old October 12th, 2007, 10:40 AM
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as the others have stated the days of being able to book at the pier are long gone. I would contact a local travel agent or look into some of those last-minute travel sites on the internet.
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Old October 13th, 2007, 12:34 AM
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Most lines charge singles 200% for a balcony cabin ... not sure about NCL cuz haven't travelled them recently.

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