I am planning to get on a cruise from Oz to NZ, and I have some questions regarding its check in process.
Is this process similar to airport, i.e. Border officers check your landing record and stamp a out of country on your passport?
Similar but different. Your experience may vary a limitless by cruise line. Check with you travel agent.
Basically you need to show up with your boarding pass and passport in hand. Stevedores will take your luggage. That luggage will be delivered to your state room later. Any hand carried bags will go through a security check. You may have to complete a brief health questionnaire. Finally you will get your cruise card which is you door key, table assignment and on-board currency. When you board the ship they will take your phot and link it to your card. You will show that card every time you leave and return to the ship.
When you arrive at your final port in NZ you will pass through their immigration. That is when things will be most like the airport.
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I have a companion who needs visa to go to both AUS and NZ, will they check her visas at the terminal? I mean the cruise goes to NZ and effectively that means she will leave Aus border and if she only has a single entry visa does that mean she will not be able to return? So I am concerned that at the terminal the officer will record her passport as leaving the country and it will complicate things because she most likely can only get single entry visa.