We are considering getting married in St Thomas and do not want to gamble with a cruise stop wedding. St Thomas happens to be the first stop on a 7-day itinerary.
My question is: Does Carnival allow folks to board at a port stop?
If the answer is no, is it not true that if one were to "miss" the ships departure at the start port, could they could then fly to the first stop and then board?
We would so love to spend a few days in St Thomas, get married and then hop on a ship for 6 out of a 7 day.
On the Splendor sailings last year there were a few times that there were wedding parties that didnt happen because they could not tender ashore at Cabo.
There is a belief that if you have to be somewhere at a certain time, cruising is NOT the way to get there.
Here is a thought.....have the wedding in STT. Then fly to San Juan and start a full sailing from there.
That Splendor experience is exactly why we don't want to "gamble" with our wedding plans. We considered the full cruise from San Juan but when we realized a ship would be in St Thomas as a first stop (day two), we thought how sweet it would be to hop on board and end up back in Florida. Ideal but the question remains, allowable/doable? Either allowable by Carnival or doable by playing the 'We missed the ship in Florida" card?
The pro side is that St Thomas is not a tender port, so a great chance that you will dock.
The con side is that "anything" can happen. (mechanical, weather, passenger illness or injury that requires to ship to alter course)
I would ONLY book this cruise to get married in St Thomas IF (and that is a HUGE IF) you are OK IF something goes wrong and St Thomas is missed.
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I love your idea Phil, they would get their few days in St. Thomas and still get a full 7 day cruise as well. Plus, it very easy to do and cost effective I would think...Hope the OP does consider your great idea.
What I think the OP wants to do is "miss" the embarkation in the States so that they can fly to STT, have the wedding and a few days in STT BEFORE joining the ship at its first port (STT).
They could book RT to San Juan. Fly in, take a ferry to STT, stay a few days, ferry back to San Juan and begin a sailin g in San Juan. Much less risky that the other plan.
This board is awesome. Thank you Phil/Liz as we did not know such a ferry existed. What do you know about a ferry service? Instead of a whole bunch of one-way flights that would be a much better plan and we are doing just that, weighing the options. My initial search tells me no ferry... hmmm
My son got married in St. Thomas in 2007. All arrangements were thru the Carnival wedding program. They boarded in Miami and were married in St. Thomas. Everything went well, I recommend it to anyone .
2002 Celebrity " Galaxy"
2007" Explorer of the Seas
2011 " Pride"
The ferries from St Thomas to Puerto Rico are not to San Juan they go to Fajardo they used to be daily but has changed to Saturdays only but in really rough seas they cancel and try the next Saturday. Look it up in line but flights would be better. Ed
Update: We called Carnival and learned that they do indeed allow folks to board at ports-of call! They said folks do it all the time and they will simply make note on our reservation and we will board in St Thomas a couple of days after we get married. The cruise leaves San Juan at 10PM and arrives in St Thomas at 7AM so we will only miss 9 hours of the cruise (and the embarkation hassle!) Gonna do a round-trip to San Juan and a one-way from San Juan to St Thomas so just three flights total.