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Old December 22nd, 2008, 11:31 PM
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So we are going on B2B cruises in January on the Independence of the Seas(6 day west then 8 day east) We just recently booked it so we do not have the same room on both cruises.So when we get back to Ft Lauderdale I know we have to pack up but do we have to physically get off the ship or do we just stay aboard and move our luggage to our room?

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Few things, suggestions or tips:

a) When you check in tell them u a b2b, they try and keep u in the same cabin.
b) Make sure you pay UP in full for the 1st as that needs to be dealt with before the next leg starts. Also ask if you have any on board credit to send it over to the next NEW sail and sea pass (or whatever ti is called).
c) I am told depending on the port, but when they clear customs you either have to get of board and just leave your things in the room OR you go up to a designated room (say the crown and anchor launch) and just wait with the OTHER B2B passengers.
d) Regardless, just be prepared for anything...but remember just because u r staying LONGER does NOT mean u r going to get a ton of private or extra privileges (they send up a cheese/ fruit platter) and they may not also. BTW - in some situations, when they really know you and you maybe a diamond level passenger they may let you hang in the pool area....but I am NOT too sure...as they do things differently in each port. OK.

To close....even if you have to get off with everything just find out from the pursers desk on their version of how things get done because they have to still clean the ship, get rooms in order, bring up supplies, re-fuel and deal with customs...so they have a lot to deal with then just some people and if you do get off, it may be to sit on the lonue at the port authority for an hour. Not so bad...right? Gluck, take care and enjoy.
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Old December 23rd, 2008, 07:47 AM
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We have been on a few b2b cruises, and each one has been different.

Typically, this is what will happen:

All b2b passengers will be told to go to a particular gathering point (lounge, bar, etc.). After all other pax have departed, you will be given new SeaPass cards, escorted off the ship, through immigration, then back on the ship. Since you don't have the same cabin, you won't be able to go to your cabin until 1:00 p. m. (typically). By the way, you still have to pack everything the night before, but tell your cabin steward your new cabin assignment, and he/she should take care of moving your luggage.

Having said all that, I'll also tell you that on our last b2b, we were taken off the ship, and had to wait with the new group of pax until boarding time. We didn't have to go through check-in again (we already had our new SeaPass cards), but we still had to go through security.

It seems each ship has their own way of handling b2b pax. As far as I know, it has nothing to do with the port you are in.

Regarding any unused onboard credit......if you see you are going to have OBC left, you CANNOT transfer it to your next cruise. Use it, or lose it. I suggest you go to the casino cashier the last night out, and take an advance against your SeaPass card. They will charge you a 3% fee, but better to take the remaining cash than lose it.
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Old December 23rd, 2008, 11:40 PM
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