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Old 09-17-2006, 04:12 PM
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Hi JasonG,
more than 5 years ago, there was a possibility to go on board a cruise liner hours before the ships starts in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and so. Than there was NINE ELEVEN.
Since this happened, cruise lines have no chance to board passengers not yet listed on the manifest. Lyn had the correct answer.
Forget it
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Old 09-17-2006, 04:43 PM
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The big spender look and "grand-daddy" eyes always impress the cruise staff at the dock!
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Old 09-17-2006, 10:53 PM
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Dave and Sonny, that is too funny

There is such a thing as a Stand-by List. But you really are standing by the phone, not at the pier. They let travel agents join the list for Unsold cabins. I am not sure of the time frame, but is several days before the departure. It is a flat charge per day and then the port and taxes. Not worth the time unless you are retired and live near the port in my opinion. Plus they move all the full fare passengers up, and all is left is 1A or 4A. Not the gospel as current practice. But is the only thing I can think of they are talking about. Now I got to clean my "waders"
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Old 09-18-2006, 07:30 AM
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OK all...you won. It occurs to me that many of you are cruise directors and this practice cuts deeply into your profits - thus downplaying the validity of the assertions.

I have slightly more understanding about the ship manifest and customs practices than may be apparent.

This practice does happen and the ship passenger manifest is amended upon departure just as with the airlines.

Clean your waders - I will leave enough alone.

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Old 09-18-2006, 07:59 AM
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PS - Yes you can book travel to some delightful places in the OUT ISLANDS of the Bahamas on short notice. Probaby to the more touristy places in the Bahamas as well. Just show up!

I have traveled by the seat of my pants for years (and very recently) - flown with no reservations and walked into a town looking for a room. For many people who have no desire to act take a risk..this would be absurd. Boy could I tell you some stories - for example - recently spent $30/night for wedding suite in Vernazzo Italy by showing up on the door step at 8:00 pm; two hours later met a couple on their honey moon staying in a dump that was reserved months in advance.

Most places in the world, except the big tourist traps, are no different than your hometown. Would you have a problem getting a hotel down the street tonight?

I understand that many people who take cruises do so because they don't want any hassle and really don't want to plan anything - they pay to have it all taken care of. Unfortunately, these same people never really see the very best parts of the world and get stiffed at every corner. For example, I was in Cozumel last sping staying near the Int'l cruise ship plaza -(I'll never do that again!); A 5 oz. bag of coffee in a brown wrapper with a bow on it was selling for $US 12. Three blocks off the main drag in the "tienda" they sold the same without the bow for $US 2.
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Old 09-18-2006, 09:57 AM
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I've heard about various time limits for submitting manifests over the years. The actual legal requirement is 15 minutes prior to the ship's departure, as you can see in 33 CFR.
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Old 09-18-2006, 10:06 AM
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Jason,

Please don't take the ribbing personally. You have to admit that the image of a man in a suit, waving a wad of $100 bills around, and trying to look like Wilford Brimley at an oatmeal convention, is well, a little hard to digest.

And then learning that he is both a lawyer and a politician.......well, you can see why we all have a jaundiced eye view of your claim.

Now if you'll excuse me, I have to get up to the pool deck and run the hairy chest competition. After that I have a meeting with the Captain to discuss how to further debunk stories about cheap cruises. It really is cutting into our profit margin.
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Old 09-20-2006, 01:54 PM
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Dave.. I know you are not on the boards to read this but when you get back, well, I just wanted to provide a little "boo-ing" on your "little hard to digest" pun..

Jason- really, don't get so bent out of shape, we would all like to believe that what you say is true (that we could cruise on the cheap like that) but we have our reasons to doubt. But after hearing all of your explanations, I believe you. I'll have to try it sometime. (I may even ask on my upcoming cruise if I could do it just to see what the response is)
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There is an inexpensive way to cruise - just ask any travel agent. How? Go to work for a travel agency, get your IATAN card, get in line with the others in your office for a FAM CRUISE OR wait in line for the time off AND sign up for a TA only reduced price cruise. The TAs on the board will know what I'm talking about.
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Originally posted by ChucksOK:
There is an inexpensive way to cruise - just ask any travel agent. How? Go to work for a travel agency, get your IATAN card, get in line with the others in your office for a FAM CRUISE OR wait in line for the time off AND sign up for a TA only reduced price cruise. The TAs on the board will know what I'm talking about.
LOL Chuck....and not always that easy either.. when the ships have their Fam trips, they only have a small amount of cabins and its first come first serve and you better be ready to sail within the month. As far as the reduced cruises for TA's you only get those prices really close to sailing and sometimes its not that great. Most of us still have to pay what others are paying..I get that all the time, people stating to me "It must be nice to cruise for free"..lol...I usually say it must be because I wouldnt know.
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