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joe at travelpage
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posted 05-16-2012 09:38 PM      Profile for joe at travelpage   Author's Homepage   Email joe at travelpage   Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Ok, someone asked me this question earlier today and I wasn't sure of the answer.

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?


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posted 05-17-2012 07:29 AM      Profile for Linerrich   Email Linerrich   Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
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


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posted 05-22-2012 03:12 AM      Profile for jetwet1   Author's Homepage   Email jetwet1   Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
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 ?


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posted 05-22-2012 06:46 AM      Profile for Linerrich   Email Linerrich   Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
This is true, if someone were willing to leave their luggage and personal belongings behind. And I'm sure it's been done before. Any fines levied would just be charged by the cruise line to the passenger.

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.

Rich


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Technically yes but I have seen more than a few walk aways. In some respects I think I was a walk away in Australia a few years ago because by agreement with the line my contract ended in Perth a week before the cruise ended in Sydney. My flight was not till the afternoon so I was told there was no problem leaving my bags on board till then. I went ashore in the morning as a passenger and at mid-day returned took my bags and went to leave. The ship scanned me off but there were no customs or immigration officials so both myself and a guest lecturer ended up carrying our bags off and just left. Maybe the chief purser had a headache when he got to Sydney a week later but we never heard anything. (A separate funny but unrelated incident in Sydney airport with an immigration official trying to figure me out because he did not have me arriving in his computer and did not know if I needed a visa or not. For a moment they were debating if I could fly home to America or not.)

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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