If you agent happens to have some really good connections at Carnival they MAY be able to arrange for them to tour the ship, and have lunch. But this is something that has to be arranged well in advance.
Probably because it would be easy for people to stow away in someone's (family or friend's) cabin and grab a free cruise. For instance we're booked in a suite. It CAN hold up to 5 people, and we're only 3. So a couple of friends come on to say goodbye and just disappear into your cabin till sail time.......free cruise. You could easily bring aboard their luggage with yours since you're not restricted in number of bags that you bring on.
tweetybird.........I called to see if I could get through the security check, just to go to the ship (not get on the ship) to surprise Elaine and rescuedad when they left on Sunday, but they told me that I or someone in my vehicle would have to be holding a valid ticket for one of the ships that was scheduled to leave that day to even get through the security check point. Needless to say, I didn't go to the port. Hey, I tried.
Anyway, things have changed since 9/11.......I'm glad they have. Makes me feel a little more secure when cruising.
The practice of allowing visitors aboard ended even before 9/11. Sometime in the mid 90's I believe. But even when visitors were allowed, they had to give thier drivers license or other ID to security before boarding. That's how they kept track of potential stowaways!!
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