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wendy_woo2 04-07-2008 11:20 AM

Have read a couple of things in chat rooms about how NCL gives out tickets with numbers on them and when your number is called thats when your allowed off the ship in ports, some ppl stated has taken up to a few hours to get off the ship, thinking if this is the case its really going to cut into the time a person has in each port, not counting how they want you on ship a hour before it leaves the port! Anybody have any idea how this really works? Thanks Wendy oh yea 6 days left for my curise YEA

penny3333 04-07-2008 11:29 AM

That's only for ports that you have to tender to. Tendering means, they use small boats to ferry you from ship to shore and back. If you are in a port where you dock, you walk off the ship once it has cleared the government agencies, whenever you are ready. You will be required to be back on board, usually 30 minutes before departure.

MamaofEnS 04-07-2008 12:42 PM

Yes, I am the one who has been writing about the tender tickets. I'm sorry if that has caused you stress or confusion. If you booked an excursion through the ship, you will not have to worry about getting a tender ticket. I must admit it was a slow process, and I would rather just have it first come first served, but that is not how they did it. I think it is meant to be more relaxing, since you can wait in a lounge, at the pool, or your room until your number is called, but you still have to wait in line.



Jill SC 04-07-2008 01:40 PM

This does apply only to tender ports. Those with shore excursions will be gathered to wait, usually in the theatre, and it can be long wait since these people are usually scheduled off first and the ship might not be able to take passengers ashore right away
If you are going ashore on your own, you will go to one of the lounges and collect a tender ticket only when you are ready to go ashore. Then you will wait there until your number is called, usually just a few minutes unless everyone wants off at the same time. But you are asked not to go collect a ticket ahead of time since that just mucks up the whole system if people aren't ready to get on the tender as soon as their number is called.

Berick1234 04-07-2008 02:37 PM

Even with tender tickets, it really doesn't take that long to get off the ship....most of the tenders take up to 150 passengers each trip and if the Ship is using their own lifeboats, they run 5 or 6 of them....remember you are on the cruise to just relax and go when called....Happy sailing...

Bob E

stpindell 04-12-2008 04:59 AM

I also have questions regarding this. I am going on NCL Star to Alaska in June 2008, this is my first cruise.

If the itinerary states that the ship arrives at 7:00 am what time can I expect to be off the ship?

We are considering booking the White Pass Train in Skagway directly with them and not using the cruiseline but the train leaves at 8:00 am. Is that cutting it too close?

Berick1234 04-12-2008 05:39 AM

I've taken the early train and had no problems getting on at that time....the train does take a lot of time to load...there are usually 3 or more ships in port and the train has many many cars...they will wait until all the ships are unloaded...the train does come right down to the ships, but I've always booked thru NCL so I don't know if you have to walk to the station or's not that far anyway...I've done the White Pass twice now and will do it again..It's one of my very favorite excursions. Make sure you have lots of film or fresh batteries in your digital camera...Lots and Lots of picture taking....Have a wonderful time in Alaska..It's almost a relgious experience..

Happy Sailing..

Bob E

Jill SC 04-12-2008 08:19 AM

Unless the ship docking is delayed because of weather, there should be no problems disembarking by 8 am. And the train will likely wait for a little while since many of the passengers will be off the ship.

Kraftsinc 04-12-2008 09:20 AM

Just to add to what Jill SC has said, we have been to Skagway twice and the Norwegian ship we were on both times docked very close to where you get on the train. We did book an 8 a.m. trip and the train waits until the passengers get on. It's only a short little walk to get on the train and people with signs are on the dock to show you where to go.

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