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Old April 28th, 2005, 05:04 AM
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Default Are you allowed to leave the ship on embarkment day?

We were thinking about putting our things on the ship and then going off to get some water and drinks for the cabin vie cab.
Does anyone know once you get on the ship on the day of embarkment can you leave and come back?
Or would it be best to just go to the store first?
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Old April 28th, 2005, 09:10 AM
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Default Re: Are you allowed to leave the ship on embarkment day?

We checked in and then went off the ship in Puerta Rico on the Golden Princess last May. We were gone about 3 hours and had no problem getting back on ship. You will have to go back through security at the port, but that was pretty quick too. Be sure to tell the guys taking those awful cruise pictures as passengers board that you have already been photographed and are returning to ship.

You are on the May 14 Caribbean Princess aren't you?

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Old April 28th, 2005, 09:53 AM
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Default Re: Are you allowed to leave the ship on embarkment day?

as long as you have your sign and sail card,which is your id to get on and off the ship you may come and go as you please, we come in the day before so that we can do any of our last minute errands the day before or in the morning before we check-out of the hotel and leave for the pier.
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Old April 28th, 2005, 04:56 PM
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Shawn,

Keep in mind that, depending where and when you are embarking, you might have trouble finding a cab to take you to a store. If there are lots of ships embarking and debarking on the same day the cabs will be very busy. On our last cruise we were staying in Galveston the night after, so we waited to get off the ship so the "flyers and drivers" could get off first, and we still had trouble getting a cab. It took about 30 minutes.

Also, once you get on board, you'll probably not want to leave! Too much to do!

I bring some drinks (2 six packs of Diet Coke) and some snacks in a small carry-on along with my regular carry-on luggage. Then I use the small carry-on for all those things I MUST buy on the cruise!

So, I guess, to make a long story short (too late!) I think you should just take your drinks with you.

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I'd shop before you get to the terminal. You never know how busy security will be, what traffic will be in the town, what can happen. My comfort level is highest when I've got everything I need and am firmly planted on the ship - they can't pry me off!

Seriously, I once had a horrific 45 minute, 5 mile cab ride from the hotel to the pier in Fort Lauderdale, due to a tanker truck blowing up on the road. I was still there in plenty of time, but wouldn't want to be cutting it short ever. I did have all my "stuff" purchased, which is what I would advise you to do.

Guess it all depends on your comfort level.

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Old April 29th, 2005, 05:42 AM
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Default Re: Re: Are you allowed to leave the ship on embarkment day?

When I orginally posted I was thinking that we (4 of us) would have all our luggage. It just occured to me that they (the ship) will retrive the luggage at the airport and I will only have my carry on.
If I am correct it may very well be just as easy to go straight to the store as the last 2 post suggest. I personally can fly in at the last minute but the comfort level of my traveling friends is "VERY STIFF". . They are already giving me warning to get them back early on our shore trips because they worry alot.
Thank you for the various thoughts. It's it wonderful we all think differently!!!!
Shawn
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Old April 29th, 2005, 08:27 AM
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shawn- you are responsible for your luggage, the cruise line doesn't get your luggage from the plane to the ship. You have to claim your bags and get them to a taxi or shuttle or whatever transportation you are using- even ships transfers you have to get your luggage to the bus.
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Old April 29th, 2005, 09:36 AM
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Oh................................Ok
I am sure someone in my party knows what's going on.
and I'm in charge of sight seeing.
Shawn
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