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Old 08-19-2008, 02:52 PM
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We've hit on this topic before, but I think it bears repeating. I read a story on-line today of a group that showed up at the pier at 4:30pm in Long Beach - yes 4:30pm - with the ship sailing within an hour. They were denied boarding. This is because of federal requirements for a final manifest to be submitted no later than 60 minutes prior to scheduled departure time. Of course, in their complaint it is all Royal Caribbean's fault and everyone was mean to them.

The gripe didn't state whether these people had completed online check-in, but if you don't then you are required to be checked-in 90 minutes prior to scheduled departure.

Either way, it was the passenger's fault for missing the ship. Don't let ignorance of the rules be your excuse. Get to the ship as early as possible.

Frankly showing up at 4:30pm (and they apparently had no delays) is just plain stupid.

'nuff said!
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It sure seems that people don't take blame for their actions any more. They always have to blame someone else. Besides why wait so long, I can't get on the ship early enough.
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Old 08-20-2008, 11:13 AM
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I surely can't wait that long it would be just tourture.
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People are stupid. Anyone investing that much money in a vacation ought to consult a website like this one if they have any questions or concerns before their cruise experience. No one knows it all (unless they spend 183 hours studying every topic) and so they should seek some simple advice.

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(unless they spend 183 hours studying every topic)

Very funny!!!
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Old 08-20-2008, 02:32 PM
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See Dave. Valeries220 likes my sense of humor.
She would appreciate my lectures!

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Tom, everyone appreciates a good sense of humor. You seem to combine good humor with a certain air of persistence. Those are good attributes in any situation.
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Thanks for the reminder Dave.
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Old 08-21-2008, 09:09 AM
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Thanks for the reminder. Also, many travel insurance policies will not cover this situation as it was completely under the control of the passenger. (Air delays are a different story.)
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Old 08-23-2008, 12:13 AM
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Good point Lisa! Not many policies cover "acts of ignorance". I read the same story. I would have some pity if it was due to uncontrollable circumstances. I have showed up 3 hours late before through no fault of my own. That was before these new regulations were put in place though.

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