peggy stouppe wrote:
> Has anyone had any experience buying tickets on the day of
> sailing at the docks? Sounds like fun
I, myself, haven't tried this yet. It's too long a walk home to Canada if I don't get on<G>
However, I was just talking to the Restaurant Manager on the Millennium, and he told me for his vacation, he simply showed up at the pier in Miami, bags in hand, and booked a cabin on a Carnival ship.
He never mentioned his position in the industry. Just wanted to go cruising as a regular passenger.
So... guess it can be done.
This is truly a "hit or miss" proposition as the ship may have room or may be sold out. And some cruise lines will not offer you a better price right at the dock than you would get booking in advance, unless the ship is VERY lightly booked.
But, if you live in close proximity to a port and have that flexibility, go for it!
Peggy, several years ago when my son was cruise staff on RCCL, I would go "standby", which meant I would have to wait until the very last minute to see if there was space available. I always got on (one time at 4:55 pm and the sailing was at 5:00), however, I always drove my car down from Atlanta and was prepared to vacation in Florida should I not get on. The price was always "right" and a couple of times it was on the ship that my son was on and I got a bonus of seeing him for a whole week! He also met his beautiful wife (a purser from Scotland) while working on the ships!! If you've got the time, I say go for it, I would.