After 15 plus cruises over the past 25 years, I have a new theory.
EVERY cruise I have ever been on, the P.A. system is used to announce
a foreign name (or two), over and over, until it is time to get off the ship.
My theory is: They use this tactic as an excuse for not letting people off the ship.
Sure, they have good reason for not letting us off the ship, luggage, port authority,
or something is just not quite ready. In order to keep people off their backs until
they ARE ready to begin de-boarding, they blame some non-existant foreigner
and the U.S. Customs officials. Just my humble opinion.
Location: Wisconsin....about 100 miles south of the Frozen Tundra and 70 miles east of Camp Randall
Re: People who don't show up for immigration
When I travel, I always abide by the laws of the country I am traveling to. If that means I have to get up at a certain time to retrieve my passport or go through immigration, I may not like it, but I do it because I AM IN THEIR COUNTRY!!! We abide by the rules of the country we are traveling to or arriving in.
Crown Princess 1/18/14....the NEW Me, Myself and I cruise!
I'v never had my passport taken. But I,too, get miffed at people who don't show up for immigration. I think the cruiseline should fine them by charging thne per-day cabin charge plus a stiff penalty fee. Make people think.
What's worse is to be a resident alien. I've lived in the U.S. twenty years but since I never changed my citizenship from Canada, (thanks for the warm thoughts Mike), I do the 6am roll call too and it is the worst feeling to have to do that on the last day. If ever there was a reason to change citizenship, that'd be it!
Why not push the whole process by at least one hour? The next cruise can leave at 5 instead of 4? While you're at it, quit with the 7am island arrivals, arrive at 9 would ya!!
Burning the candle at both ends makes for one exhausting trip. I need to get back home to rest...