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  1. Fortunately Bermuda isn't a Caribbean island, so perhaps that's why it's not like most of them. 😊 We've been going to Bermuda regularly...sometimes more than once a year, for more than 30 years. Neither of us snorkel. I'm not even a great beach lover, so perhaps we'll go once per visit. We've never been bored, never lacked things we wanted to do or see. To the OP...please read the Bermuda Ports of Call board. You'll find lots of information on things to do in Bermuda.
  2. Read what I posted . I wasn't addressing or disputing the first sentence. I was addressing the subsequent statement about Barbados, Guadeloupe, etc. requiring passports for a cruise. Singling out those islands is only meaningful for US citizens, whether the poster specifically used those words or not. The post is poorly written...that's not my fault...the first sentence should have stood alone, in its own paragraph. If you're a citizen of Afghanistan or Zimbabwe, or any country in between, you need a passport for a cruise to any Caribbean Island, not just the ones named. The only reason to name those specific countries is if you're talking about US (or in certain circumstances Canadian) citizens. Again it's a simple matter of understanding context and the history of the WHTI . Frankly, I think you understand that, but you just want to pick a fight. Go fight about something else please.
  3. Well, we're going to continue to disagree over whether the post was about non-US citizens. I'm not going to spend anymore time trying to explain why that isn't true.
  4. While I agree with most of your post, the above is inaccurate. The REAL ID requirement for domestic air travel, having been postponed numerous times, won't be in effect until October 2020...so it's not the minimal ID "now". You can still fly with a non-compliant drivers license.
  5. Please read my response to your post on the other thread. Your cruise doesn't leave from the area where the demonstrations have been held...and you're not cruising for several months I believe.
  6. Looking at some other posts I think you're on a Royal Caribbean cruise in November? November is a long way off and i suspect this will just be an unpleasant memory long before then. Also Royal Caribbean cruises depart from Pan American cruise terminal, not Old San Juan. The demonstrations have taken place in Old San Juan in the general area of the governor's residence. Pan American terminal is across the harbor, not near where the demonstrations are. The reason you've seen some cruises cancel port calls is because the ships making those port calls dock in Old San Juan, close to the area where the demonstrations have been held.
  7. In addition to Uber and Lyft, car services Carmel Limo and Dial 7 are good for trips between JFK airport and Manhattan or Manhattan and Cape Liberty. i wouldn't call any of these choices better than the other. They all work well.
  8. Here's the fixed rate taxi fare between JFK and Manhattan. $52 plus applicable surcharges, tips and tolls. Trips between Manhattan and John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK) in either direction: $52 Plus 50 cents MTA State Surcharge. Plus 30 cents Improvement Surcharge. $4.50 rush hour surcharge (4pm to 8pm weekdays, excluding legal holidays). Plus New York State Congestion Surcharge of $2.50 (Yellow Taxi) or $2.75 (Green Taxi and FHV) or 75 cents (any shared ride) for all trips that begin, end or pass through Manhattan south of 96th Street. Plus tips and any tolls. The on-screen rate message should read "Rate #2- JFK Airport."
  9. It doesn't have to use the words "US citizens". If you understand the context of the thread and understand why some Caribbean island cruise destinations...the ones the poster specifically names...are mistakenly thought to have different entry requirements the post can only be referring to US citizens (and in certain cases Canadian citizens). The names of the islands were not pulled out of thin air...they are the ones omitted from the original WHTI law and regulation . Originally it was believed that as a result you would have hold a valid passport to visit those islands on a cruise as opposed to travel to other islands, Canada and Mexico, for which other forms of documentation would be acceptable under WHTI. What happened next was that cruise lines contacted DHS and eventually received clarification that travel to those omitted islands was also permissible using WHTI-compliant documents other than passports provided those countries agreed to allow it, which apparently they did. At the time one of the cruise lines...I think it was Carnival...published a clarification statement in the documentation section of its website informing its passengers that DHS had granted permission to treat cruise travel to those islands the same way as cruise travel to the other countries and islands that were specifically named in the WHTI. So...an understanding context and history explains why the poster's statement has to be referring to US citizens, and under certain circumstances Canadians. Very simply it would be meaningless and irrelevant for citizens of other countries.
  10. The St. George location closed a couple of years ago.
  11. If your turnaround port is in the US you will be required to disembark. US Customs and Border Protection procedures require a "zero count" of passengers on the ship before they will permit embarkation to begin. Outside the US you are often not required to disembark. As far as the muster drill is concerned, I can't figure out when it's required and when it's not, and when I asked a hotel director about it he didn't know either. πŸ˜„
  12. No...you've completely misinterpreted the intent of the post I quoted . The first sentence that talks about requirements for other countries is not what was under discussion. The poster, a US citizen, later in the post was talking about requirements for US citizens to enter those countries, as evidenced by the last sentence of the post, which is the part I was addressing: " The ones I know of that do require a passport on a cruise, at least in the Caribbean, are: Barbados, Guadeloupe, Haite Martinique, St Bart's, Trinidad and Tobago and St Maarten (French side) " One would only make that statement if one were talking about requirements for US citizens, because citizens of virtually every other country in the world obviously need a passport to enter those countries. (The exception might be French citizens entering the French West Indies). The US is the only country whose citizens on closed loop cruises have wide-spread exemption from normal documentation requirements. The island countries mentioned are ones that were not specifically mentioned in the original WHTI agreements, hence the fairly common misconception that US citizens on cruises need passports to enter. That was corrected many years ago by separate agreements between the US and the affected countries. If I misinterpreted the poster's intent why when he/she responded to my post did they not say "Hey...I was talking about requirements for citizens of other countries, not US citizens" , but instead accepted what I wrote? There's a very obvious and simple answer...I correctly interpreted the intent of the post's content. As I explained to that poster in my next post, the need for a passport and the need to physically show that passport to authorities are two completely different things, so what you're saying about your SO doesn't add any new information to the discussion.
  13. There's a large parking garage as well as a large outdoor parking lot. Last I checked you can park for up to 21 days at $12 per day.
  14. Whether you must have a passport and whether you have to physically present that passport to local authorities are two separate issues. For many itineraries, particularly cruises in the Western Hemisphere, you don't have to physically show your passport to local authorities, even if one is required for your itinerary. As "sparks 1093" said in the previous post the cruise line will have provided the countries you're visiting with a passenger manifest that provides details on the type of documentation you hold, and that suffices in many countries. However if you travel more extensively you'll find there are places where you have to physically appear before the local customs officers with your passport. There are also itineraries where the cruise ship will hold your passports and then present them to local authorities when the ship arrives in port early in the morning. I've had numerous stamps in my passports from countries where I didn't personally present my passport to authorities, but rather the cruise ship purser's office, which was holding all the passengers' passports, provided them to local officials who then stamped the visas into the passports.
  15. Official information from the US Department of State contradicts almost everything you've said. Barbados does not require a passport for US citizens on a closed loop cruise. Per the US State Department: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/International-Travel-Country-Information-Pages/Barbados.html "NOTE: Generally, all U.S. citizens are required to present a valid U.S. passport when traveling to Barbados, as well as proof of anticipated departure from Barbados. This includes travelers arriving by airplane and by private sea-going vessel. Those traveling to Barbados on a cruise may use another Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) compliant document. However, we strongly recommend visitors obtain a passport before travel in case of an unforeseen emergency that requires a cruise passenger to disembark and return by air. " No such requirement on a closed loop cruise for the French West Indies (Guadeloupe, Martinique, French Saint Martin, and St. Bart's) either. Again per the State Department: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/International-Travel-Country-Information-Pages/FrenchWestIndies.html.html?wcmmode=disabled "NOTE: Caribbean cruises that begin and end in the United States (closed loop cruises) do not require that you travel with a valid passport. However, should you need to disembark due to an emergency and you do not have a valid passport, you may encounter difficulties entering or remaining in a foreign country. You may also have difficulty attempting to re-enter the United States by air because many airlines will require a valid passport before allowing you to board the aircraft. Always travel abroad with your valid passport." As far as Haiti is concerned there are no cruises to that country other than those stopping at the Royal Caribbean private development at Labadee and passports are definitely not required for US citizens on closed loop cruises for that stop. So, none of the places you've mentioned with the exception of Trinidad and Tobago legally require US Citizens on a closed loop cruise to hold a passport...BUT...it is always your cruise line's option to a require a passport and as a general rule the mass market lines will not but the luxury lines generally will.
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