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tony tl July 12th, 2006 10:44 AM

Boarding the ship
 
I have never been on a cruise before is it a hassel boarding? how much longer does it take then an airplane?

tony tl July 12th, 2006 10:47 AM

are there dogs there while boarding?

Cassandra July 12th, 2006 11:09 AM

Hi Tony,

Nope, no hassle. You just walk up to the window, hand the person your passport along with your pre-filled forms, they hand you your room key, go through security & off you go!!

We never saw police dogs on our cruise, but I guess it depends on what port you are leaving from? What cruise were you looking at?

Expect security if you are leaving out of NYC. We're on a higher terror alert than the rest of the country because of the Financial district.

tony tl July 12th, 2006 02:00 PM

I am actully leaving sunday for bermuda. the reason i am curious is because i want to get some MJ for personal use on board and i want to be sure before i do it.

Thanks for the info

beachboy July 12th, 2006 04:41 PM

going to bermuda for 3rd time in september. leave the mj home . dogs in ny and in bermuda they bring them on ship. have a great time!

tony tl July 13th, 2006 12:22 AM

thanks i'll do that

Daisy July 26th, 2006 07:46 AM

Have now been on 7 cruises and have never really had a problem with boarding. It's all efficiently carried out by the particular cruise line you are with. However with NCL the debarkation was the worst I have ever encountered and was the cause of a letter of complaint upon my return. You have to be out of your cabin and off the ship before 9am regardless of the time of your flight. The earlier the flight the earlier you have to be off the ship. For instance if your flight is at midday you may have to be off the ship at 6am. My flight was at 2.30pm and we had to be off the ship by 7.45am which left us waiting and blocking up Barcelona airport for hours on end. As far as I know only NCL use this stupid early departure system. None of the other cruise line operators I have used shift you off the ship more than 2-3 hours before your flight.

nmnita July 26th, 2006 08:43 AM

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Originally Posted by Daisy
Have now been on 7 cruises and have never really had a problem with boarding. It's all efficiently carried out by the particular cruise line you are with. However with NCL the debarkation was the worst I have ever encountered and was the cause of a letter of complaint upon my return. You have to be out of your cabin and off the ship before 9am regardless of the time of your flight. The earlier the flight the earlier you have to be off the ship. For instance if your flight is at midday you may have to be off the ship at 6am. My flight was at 2.30pm and we had to be off the ship by 7.45am which left us waiting and blocking up Barcelona airport for hours on end. As far as I know only NCL use this stupid early departure system. None of the other cruise line operators I have used shift you off the ship more than 2-3 hours before your flight.

I don't know when you cruised NCL, but what you are saying makes no sense: Of all the things that may be wrong with NCL debarkation is by far the very best there is. If you choose the express debarkation that was your choice to make. NCL allows everyone to leave their carry on luggage in their cabin while they eat breakfast (the only line to do this I beleive) after breakfast you can stay in your cabin until your colored tags are called. I am pretty sure your letter might the first ever written about this. Well, that, of course in said tongue in cheek, as there will always be those who like to complain. If what you are saying is completely accurate, there was a reason for it, I am sure. This is far from NCLs policy. Most other lines regardless of when you disembark you have to be out of your cabins by 8am. Then you sit in some lounge or wherever waiting to get off the ship. Again if this was your experience something is missing here. 8)

Got2Cruise July 26th, 2006 10:44 AM

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Originally Posted by tony tl
are there dogs there while boarding?

Yes, there are dogs there. Also, as reported on another board, NCL is notorious about banning alcohol brought for personal use on board. I don't drink that much so I never attempted to smuggle alcohol on board. I have cruised both NCL and RCCL and on NCL is seems to board so much smoother. No long lines. . . Make sure you preregister on the NCL homepage, and you should be checked in within a matter of minutes.

BigE11378 July 26th, 2006 10:59 AM

I have many friends on Bermuda. Bermuda has had a large problem of late (last few years) with drugs coming in from other islands to be transported to the US. Their big problem and our big problem are two different things. we would look at it as nothing but they are hyper sensitive about this as 90% of their economy is based on tourism so they watch out for illegal substances big time. Look at what has happened to Aruba. That being said leave themj home so they let you come back not stay there for 3-5 years.

nmnita July 26th, 2006 11:32 AM

[quote="nmnita"]
Quote:

Originally Posted by Daisy
Have now been on 7 cruises and have never really had a problem with boarding. It's all efficiently carried out by the particular cruise line you are with. However with NCL the debarkation was the worst I have ever encountered and was the cause of a letter of complaint upon my return. You have to be out of your cabin and off the ship before 9am regardless of the time of your flight. The earlier the flight the earlier you have to be off the ship. For instance if your flight is at midday you may have to be off the ship at 6am. My flight was at 2.30pm and we had to be off the ship by 7.45am which left us waiting and blocking up Barcelona airport for hours on end. As far as I know only NCL use this stupid early departure system. None of the other cruise line operators I have used shift you off the ship more than 2-3 hours before your flight.

I don't know why you had this problem; I have never heard of anything like this; Of all the things that may be wrong with NCL debarkation is by far the very best there is. If you choose the express debarkation that was your choice to make. NCL allows everyone to leave their carry on luggage in their cabin while they eat breakfast (the only line to do this I beleive) after breakfast you can stay in your cabin until your colored tags are called. I am pretty sure your letter might the first ever written about this. Well, that, of course in said tongue in cheek, as there will always be those who like to complain. If what you are saying is completely accurate, there was a reason for it, I am sure. This is far from NCLs policy. Most other lines regardless of when you disembark you have to be out of your cabins by 8am. Then you sit in some lounge or wherever waiting to get off the ship. Again if this was your experience something is missing here. Maybe someone else can clear up the mystery.

Fern July 26th, 2006 07:32 PM

Hi Nita,

Quote:

Originally Posted by NMNita
I don't know why you had this problem; I have never heard of anything like this; Of all the things that may be wrong with NCL debarkation is by far the very best there is. If you choose the express debarkation that was your choice to make. NCL allows everyone to leave their carry on luggage in their cabin while they eat breakfast (the only line to do this I beleive) after breakfast you can stay in your cabin until your colored tags are called. I am pretty sure your letter might the first ever written about this. Well, that, of course in said tongue in cheek, as there will always be those who like to complain. If what you are saying is completely accurate, there was a reason for it, I am sure. This is far from NCLs policy. Most other lines regardless of when you disembark you have to be out of your cabins by 8am. Then you sit in some lounge or wherever waiting to get off the ship. Again if this was your experience something is missing here. Maybe someone else can clear up the mystery.

I noticed that Daisy is in the UK. Maybe things are done differently there? I agree with you that NCL has the easiest debarkation we've ever seen in the US, but maybe things are diffferent there?

Edited: NMNita, I now see that you've seen that Daisy is from the UK so debarkation very well may be different!

nmnita July 26th, 2006 09:32 PM

Fern, yes, as soon as it dawned on me she was from UK, I realized she wasn't used to the tipping, debarkation, etc we are. When we cruised the Jewel last fall a large number of the passengers were from UK, second only to US. Many we became friends with were from England and all were really fun, but they did admit having problems with the cost of wine especially and the tipping. They never thought of not doing it, but still were a little uncomfortable. Most of them had traveled a great deal. We also ran into a few others who were really appalled at the prices. These were some who were not regular cruisers. NMnita LOL


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