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Old June 24th, 2011, 01:07 AM
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Does anyone know if this is printable online? It just seems it is counter-productive to have everyone filling this out in the terminals using the same ink pens. If someone is actually sick or contagious they are just passing it to everyone else checking in it would seem. Or is it a law that it has to be filled out at the check in time at the Terminal?
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Hi Dwyne,
You bring up a good point for sure. I am not aware of being able to download and print out the form prior to getting to cruise terminal. May-be sometime in the future they will have that available to do before cruise..
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Old June 24th, 2011, 08:00 AM
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I think the point may be are you sick right now. Many people complete all their on-line "paperwork" months ahead of time.

But the pen thing is a good question.
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I suppose it's a good point,,,but how about the door to the terminal, or the handrail of the escalator, or the seat where you sit down while waiting for your number to be called. I'd suggest that you bring your own pen, and enjoy getting aboard the ship for a wonderful vacation!

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Since the form is the same each time, you could grab a couple extra forms for next time and have them already filled out. I did that once with a B2B, .. just in case they wanted it again .. but you could do it for any cruises.Just save them somewhere.
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I just use my own pen.
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I always use my own pens in public ,especially in a doctors office .
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Old June 24th, 2011, 02:59 PM
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Would anyone actually travel to the port & say ''Yep I have had a temperature & "the runs" for days''..''oh yeah, & the swine flu thing...''
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Does anyone know if this is printable online? It just seems it is counter-productive to have everyone filling this out in the terminals using the same ink pens. If someone is actually sick or contagious they are just passing it to everyone else checking in it would seem. Or is it a law that it has to be filled out at the check in time at the Terminal?
It basically defeats the entire purpose of the form to be able print it and fill it out before you board. People could just fill it out a month or weeks before their cruise and then hand it in when they board.

Now for the reality of the form. Almost anyone will answer "No" to all the questions even if they have had symptoms or are currently ill. They'll just justify it by saying "It was the burrito I had last night." or "It's just allergies".

The form is a basic waste of time.

Bring your own pen and fill it out.

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Old June 25th, 2011, 10:26 AM
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The form is a waste of time, how many people will tell the truth and not be permitted to go on the cruise because they are sick ? It must make someone in the cruise office happy everybody signed the form. Sick or not.
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No, if they've shown up they are going to lie and say they are fine.
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Perhaps it is a way for CCL to avoid any legal issues about any sickness on the ships. They will have proof that you said you were well and healthy when you boarded and if it becomes obvious that you were not they have a basis to take some action. And again it may be a requirement of some regulatory office. Anyway we always have our own pens when we travel. Just my 2 cents worth
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Old June 25th, 2011, 01:11 PM
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I think that is right...if there is a problem they have "Proof" that the victim was ok when they boarded!
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Perhaps it is a way for CCL to avoid any legal issues about any sickness on the ships. They will have proof that you said you were well and healthy when you boarded and if it becomes obvious that you were not they have a basis to take some action. And again it may be a requirement of some regulatory office. Anyway we always have our own pens when we travel. Just my 2 cents worth
I think you are on to something there about the legal thing. I'll be remembering to take my own pen from now on.
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It basically defeats the entire purpose of the form to be able print it and fill it out before you board. People could just fill it out a month or weeks before their cruise and then hand it in when they board.

Now for the reality of the form. Almost anyone will answer "No" to all the questions even if they have had symptoms or are currently ill. They'll just justify it by saying "It was the burrito I had last night." or "It's just allergies".

The form is a basic waste of time.

Bring your own pen and fill it out.

Take care,
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I agree. My thinking was I could by pass the bottle neck of people waiting to fill it out in the terminal if I had it to fill out prior to entering the terminal. I am also sure if it was available some people would post-date their signature on the form if it was available to pre-print. I'll be bringing my own pen and grabbing some extra forms next time.
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Bring your own pen.

Once I saw someone actually confess and Carnival was dumbfounded as what to do next. They sort of new - contact a doctor or nurse on the ship to perform a further evaluation, but apparently didn't know how to reach them or else they were unreachable. No telling how long those poor folks had to wait while Carnival figure it out.
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How many pax don't fill out (or sign) the form themselves? I fill out the forms for myself & Wife. If she is minding the carryons and not available where I am filling out the forms, I will sign for her.

Maybe eventually they will figure out it is the same as when the airlines checkin person had to ask a bunch of questions regarding your suitcase being with you at all times, etc...... They wised up and dropped asking.

As far as worrying about using a community pen, that is only one of hundreds of incidence of puting your hands on something that everyone is using. You cannot protect yourself all the time and if you are going to be scitzo about it, then you definitely should not be cruising. Don't forget a shot while after using the pen, you will be using the sanitizer when boarding the ship.

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We have never noticed a bottleneck due to forms, people who have not filled in their details online ..yes, but we fill in the form at the same time as we are giving our tickets & passports over & Credit card for the onboard account.
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We have never noticed a bottleneck due to forms, people who have not filled in their details online ..yes, but we fill in the form at the same time as we are giving our tickets & passports over & Credit card for the onboard account.
Some port terminals may be set up differently. In Charleston they have a small table set up and you are directed there to fill it out. It is always backed up. I suppose you could just reach in and grab a form and fill it out at the check-in counter like you say. But they want it filled out before that in Charleston. In most other terminals the VIP's are taken straight to the VIP office to check-in, and you fill it out there. So it could be a problem unique to Charleston.
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Some port terminals may be set up differently. In Charleston they have a small table set up and you are directed there to fill it out. It is always backed up. I suppose you could just reach in and grab a form and fill it out at the check-in counter like you say. But they want it filled out before that in Charleston. In most other terminals the VIP's are taken straight to the VIP office to check-in, and you fill it out there. So it could be a problem unique to Charleston.
Probably, as we either cruise out of Southampton UK or fly cruise Caribbean, both options have lots of check in points.
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On our most recent cruise's we've been handed the form before check-in. There's been a tall table with "baby" pencils to fill out the forms.

I agree with O F C'er, if you're worried about touching a pen or pencil, you should carry anti-bacterial wipes with you everywhere you go! You'll be touching a lot more than a pen while onboard !

The only time I've seen someone detained at embarkation for being ill, was when a cruise employee was in the terminal restroom at the time a passenger was sick to her stomach. A nurse from the ship was called to the area. I don't know how that ended, but I was glad it wasn't me.
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the form is a carnival cya...i am okay with it...and too busy getting into my vacation than to worry about germs on the pencils
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