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This will be my first time doing a back to back cruise, will I have to disembark with all my bags & then come aboard again ?
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It is my understanding that you will NOT have to vacate your cabin in the middle of your BTB cruise, as long as you have the same cabin. You may have to leave the ship and then re-board, but your belongings may remain in your cabin.

I'm sure there are other cruisers who have have had experience with this procedure.
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You do not say in what port you 'turnaround' but I am 'assuming' FLL.

We have done a great many b-to-b and have more booked.
The last night of your first cruise, you will receive a letter giving food service hours and instructions for leaving the ship in the morning so they can 'zero down' the count. That means that all guests must leave the ship until there are none aboard. You will have to present your passport and wait until the ship is at zero and will be permitted to reboard. We wait until they are near the end of calling all disembarkation numbers/colors, go ashore and usually do not have to wait more than about 30 minutes.

If you wish to stay ashore, then you can leave at any time during disembarkation, clear Immigration and go on your way and return when you are ready.

You will not have to do second life boat drill.
You do not have to pack or do anything at all with your things if you are staying in the same cabin. If you have a different cabin, the stewards will help you. They will bring a rolling clothes rack for your hanging clothes and transfer them from one closet to the other. All drawers on HAL ships are interchangeable and you do not have to empty them. They will bring the filled drawers to new cabin and bring the empty drawers to the cabin you are vacating. The only things you will have to transfer are your bathroom items and anything on your counter tops etc Should not take but 10-15 minutes to move with stewards' help.

If you are moving, speak with your steward during the week and alert him you will request help from him and/or the new steward if you are moving to a different section.

If you get a new ID card in the letter you receive last night, scan off the ship with old ID and scan back on with the new one when you reboard.

B-to-B's are fabulous.
We love them.
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We have also done a number of b to b. I agree with everything said above except Life boat drills. We always had to do them even with the B to B to B. Maybe different cruise line have different rules.
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Thank U, I appreciate all your answers.
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This will be my first time doing a back to back cruise, will I have to disembark with all my bags & then come aboard again ?
We have done 3 B2B cruises. 2 where booked as 2 seperate and one as 14 day cruise.
In the one we just had go to security a given time and give our old cards in and validate our new ones.On the other we didn't even have to leave the ship at all. just had our pictures retaken on the first port.
When we did a B2B2B we had to clear US customs.
This was a LA -Vancouver -Whittier - Vancouver cruise.
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The difference is if you are b-to-b-to-b into /out of U.S. port.
Your example would be different.

When we b-to-b, every summer, with our turnaround in Montreal, we don't have to do anything at all. We go ashore for the day, bypass the check in line and go back aboard showing our 'in transit' passes.

U.S. ports are a different routine.
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Ooops! Didn't realize there was a duplicate post.

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We had to attend all life boat sessions on our B2B cruises.
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Not anymore.
We have not had to do second life boat drill for about 1 1/2 or 2 years.
We now get a letter saying we are excused from repeating it.
This was the case on at least our last 6 or so back-to-backs, both in Montreal and Fort Lauderdale.
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The only time we didn't do a ;ife boat drill was when our B2B was considered a 14 day
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Yah, whatever.
We've only done 20+ b-to-b's on HAL.
What do I know? :shrug:
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This will be my first time doing a back to back cruise, will I have to disembark with all my bags & then come aboard again ?
You will have to disembark, (without your bags), go through Immigration, then reboard! I have done a BTB & the process took me all of 15 minutes!
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You do not say in what port you 'turnaround' but I am 'assuming' FLL.

We have done a great many b-to-b and have more booked.
The last night of your first cruise, you will receive a letter giving food service hours and instructions for leaving the ship in the morning so they can 'zero down' the count. That means that all guests must leave the ship until there are none aboard. You will have to present your passport and wait until the ship is at zero and will be permitted to reboard. We wait until they are near the end of calling all disembarkation numbers/colors, go ashore and usually do not have to wait more than about 30 minutes.

If you wish to stay ashore, then you can leave at any time during disembarkation, clear Immigration and go on your way and return when you are ready.

You will not have to do second life boat drill.
You do not have to pack or do anything at all with your things if you are staying in the same cabin. If you have a different cabin, the stewards will help you. They will bring a rolling clothes rack for your hanging clothes and transfer them from one closet to the other. All drawers on HAL ships are interchangeable and you do not have to empty them. They will bring the filled drawers to new cabin and bring the empty drawers to the cabin you are vacating. The only things you will have to transfer are your bathroom items and anything on your counter tops etc Should not take but 10-15 minutes to move with stewards' help.

If you are moving, speak with your steward during the week and alert him you will request help from him and/or the new steward if you are moving to a different section.

If you get a new ID card in the letter you receive last night, scan off the ship with old ID and scan back on with the new one when you reboard.

B-to-B's are fabulous.
We love them.
Actually, Judy, from my experience with doing a BTB, the "intransit" passengers met in a designated area onboard, then we were led off, AS A GROUP, proceeded individually through Immigration, then either reboarded the ship immediately, as I did, or remained ashore! The entire process took all of 15 minutes!
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Actually, you don't have to meet together and go as a group. There were about 300 people and we did not feel like being part of the herd. Some people feel better being escorted and told what to do each step of the way. Others are fine taking care of themselves. Your information is as an 'option' but is incomplete as you do not present the other choice that is permissable.

We carefully verified if we were able to go on our own and were assured it was fine.

We just did so on Nieuw Amsterdam earlier this month and the ship as well as shore operations people and most importantly Customs and Border Patrol all said 'fine'.

Your information is incomplete and mistaken.
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On our Alaska cruises on the Veendam & Princess we didn't have to attend the life boat drill at .
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