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Here's the scenario. A group of people are on a 7-day cruise that departs Seward, Alaska headed to Vancouver. Three days into the cruise one member of the group is alerted to a work-related issue that they need to attend to immediately. This person decides to disembark in Junea and fly home from there - skipping the last couple of days of the cruise.
I know that since the ship has not yet stopped in a "foreign" port, this move technically violates the Passeenger Services Act/Jones Act and that the departing passenger would be subject to a $300 fine.
If the passenger is willing to pay the $300 fine is that the end of the situation or are there other consequences with the cruise line, immigration, Coast Guard, etc?
Anyone know someone who did this?
However, there is a limit to how many early debarkations will be allowed by any cruise line or ship over time. Sometimes that limit can be reached and pax are banned from debarking, regardless of whether or not the fine will be paid.
I don't know the specifics of this, and it may have changed since I was Chief Purser (the fine used to be $200.00 per pax when I processed these events.)
quote:Originally posted by Linerrich:Having processed a number of emergency debarkations from ships, I can tell you normally, paying the fine is the end of the situation (in addition to loads of paperwork.)However, there is a limit to how many early debarkations will be allowed by any cruise line or ship over time. Sometimes that limit can be reached and pax are banned from debarking, regardless of whether or not the fine will be paid.I don't know the specifics of this, and it may have changed since I was Chief Purser (the fine used to be $200.00 per pax when I processed these events.)Rich
How would a passenger be banned from debarking ? What I mean is, all the passenger really has to do is walk off the ship with passport, wallet etc, there isn't a whole lot the line could do to stop them ?
Don't forget, every single person on board, pax or crew, has to be accounted for upon arrival in the US--someone cannot simply disappear, either overboard or ashore, and not be noticed.
Back in my Royal Viking days we had a passenger walk off on a New England cruise too. Seems she never told the front office but told a few people on board and when we docked in Boston just walked off with her bags. No one stopped her or questioned her. That evening the purser said something and I said "oh Stacey left today. " He was surprised and stood shaking his head but we had already sailed .....
So technically if you go to the front office and tell them you need to leave they might give you some grief or tell you sorry we can not do that due to regulations but people do just walk away. That's not counting true medical emergencies which get off whenever and wherever they need to.
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