You will probably have to go thru US customs between cruises. They will give you a new sail pass card and letter as where to meet at what time. Then the staff will take you to customs and then escort back to the ship ,where you'll have a new picture taken for the new card.
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It depends on where your B2B takes place. In the U.S., they require you to go through immigration between the cruises, but it's not a big deal.
In Europe, it's different depending on the country. Some require, some do not.
But in none of the situation is it a problem - relatively quick and easy. Some are quicker and easier than others, depending on the cruise line.
And yes, you get credit for 2 cruises if the cruise line you're sailing on still counts cruises instead of days.
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The way it was done on our B2B on the Inspiration in Long beach a couple of weeks ago was we had to wait in the atrium by the Guest Services desk until all passengers were off the ship, we were then escorted to customs and then told to go out to the VIP Check-in building to get our new S&S cards then had to wait until the VIP boarding for the next cruise. The procedure must vary by which port you are at.
There was a couple of issues which dragged the process on. They did not start calling out Zone Luggage Tags until 1000, and when we did get in the terminal to go to the ship the computers went down so we stood in the termial for about 30 minutes.
Not complaining just saying how they did it in Long Beach.
Easy process as others has stated. Just make sure that your reservation indicates a b2b, the ship should catch it but best that they know upfront. They will leave you instructions in your cabin on what to do.
BTW-there are some circumstances that you do not have to go through customs on turn around day even in the U.S. If doing one from Miami I try to book the first cruise with a US port prior to 1st debark (Key West or St. Thomas) then you don't have to do anything.
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Getting ready in 4 days to do a back to back on the Carnival Magic out of Galveston. First week Western Caribbean and second week Eastern caribbean with Key West the first stop. Just did a back to back on the Triumph about a month ago. They are enjoyable.
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We are doing B2B cruise for a Christmas cruise. Have done many cruises but never a back to back. Very excited about it. There are all different ideas of what will happen at the end of the first one and the beginning of the second one. We are just excited to be doing it and looking forward to it regardless of how it is handled. It has to be better than driving 6 hours to the port the morning of the cruise