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Old 10-08-2007, 09:38 AM
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We are doing a transatlantic next Spring and are docking in Zeebrugge, Belgium. We have friends in Belgium and wonder if they could tour the ship. Has anyone ever done this on RCCI? If so, what do we have to do to get permission?
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Old 10-08-2007, 11:22 AM
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Sorry, it used to be allowed but no more.
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Old 10-08-2007, 11:27 AM
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Penny is right, since 9/11 it hasn't been allowed.

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Old 10-08-2007, 11:31 AM
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Oh well. What a world we live in. Thanks for answering anyway. We'll just have to enjoy their company on land.
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Old 10-08-2007, 12:31 PM
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Even before 9-11 most ships did not allow guests on board....to hard to get them off I would think..with all the Food....Enjoy your cruise....

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Old 10-08-2007, 12:46 PM
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I just returned from the Mariner of The Seas yesterday. On the first day of the cruise about 1/2 hour before the ship was to depart they announced that all visitors had to disembark the ship. Who those visitors were I don't know. They could have been VIP, media people, travel agents etc. You might want to call Guest Relations and ask the question. If they are allowing visitors again I would think the rules in Europe would be more stringent though. I guess a phone call can't hurt.
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Old 10-08-2007, 01:54 PM
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I've been onboard several ships as a visitor (media), and it is not an easy process. It had to be arranged well in advance and authorized in writing by the cruise line, among other requirements. Even then, there are no guarantees. (I was denied boarding one time as ship's security had not communicated with security at the port.) And this is just the tip of the iceberg, so to speak. So, it's possible, but highly restricted. I agree that a lunch in Belgium with friends would be far easier, and highly enjoyable.
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Old 10-08-2007, 02:12 PM
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Even though prior to departure there are some exceptions to the no non-passenger policy, at the ports of call there are no exceptions other than emergencies. I.E. someone stranded at a port from missing their ship, life-threatening situations (a fishing vessel sinking off shore) etc. Even these require written doccumentation and authorization.

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Old 10-08-2007, 07:10 PM
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They do allow visitors onboard, usually family of the senior staff, Capt., Staff Capt., Cruise director etc...

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Old 10-22-2007, 10:26 AM
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Yes, you must have a special reason to do so.
I boarded once this year together with some friends, but I had a reason for it.
You can contact RCCL by e-mail or something if you would like to ask..
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