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  1. You are welcome to bring sodas onboard at embarkation.....or leave them with a porter with your room tag on them. Most cruise lines have a similar policy. Purchasing sodas onboard, or even pre-purchasing in some cases is an option David
  2. On both of my cruises ending in NYC everyone had to walk to the west end of the terminal, take the escalator or elevator down, and then walk the entire length of the terminal back to the street. Don't be in a rush, because it is a very slow process. David
  3. The OP mentioned that they were on a closed loop cruise from San Diego on the Carnival Miracle. I think I've answered their question clearly.....there will be no issue with CBP....in the terminal.....bring your BC or PP. Those who "didn't report" on your trip may have shared a cocktail, an elevator ride, a tour, or dinner with you. Place the blame on them. David
  4. It depends on your itinerary. if a closed loop itinerary (and yours will be), CBP will be ashore. The problems occur with continuation itineraries, where those non-US folks onboard do not understand (or comply) with instructions to report early in the morning due to San Diego being the first US port after sailing abroad. It happens most often in the fall and spring with re-positioning cruises......Canada south to Panama Canal, and vice versa. In some cases I understand that language issues are to blame. Other times it is because these guests are not going ashore in the US, so they don't believe that it is required. Some argue that they didn't hear the PA system in the dining room! Another time the lady told me she didn't want to wake her daughter that early! The end result is that names and cabin numbers are broadcast over and over until all are cleared. You should not expect any delay, just have your PP or BC ready to show as you walk off. David
  5. It depends on your itinerary. if a closed loop itinerary (and yours will be), CBP will be ashore. The problems occur with continuation itineraries, where those non-US folks onboard do not understand (or comply) with instructions to report early in the morning due to San Diego being the first US port after sailing abroad. It happens most often in the fall and spring with re-positioning cruises......Canada south to Panama Canal, and vice versa. In some cases I understand that language issues are to blame. Other times it is because these guests are not going ashore in the US, so they don't believe that it is required. Some argue that they didn't hear the PA system in the dining room! Another time the lady told me she didn't want to wake her daughter that early! The end result is that names and cabin numbers are broadcast over and over until all are cleared. You should not expect any delay, just have your PP or BC ready to show as you walk off. David
  6. Embarkation or disembarkation luggage tags no longer ask for any address. Embarkation: stateroom number, your name, ship name, and sailing date. Disembarkation: stateroom number, name, phone number, airline & flight info. David
  7. Typically 4 & 5 Star Mariners can disembark at the end of your cruise any time after Expedited. David
  8. Disembarkation is pre-planned according to the needs of guests onboard. Do you recall that you have been asked about your post-cruise intentions? Recently, I see more and more out of sequence people on the gangway and proceeding through the terminal. Depending on your cruise line, either colored or numbered luggage tags are distributed. Unless and until the ships stop you from doing your own thing , it will not go smoothly. Many similar issues have been posted on the RCCL, Celebrity, and Carnival CC boards regarding poor disembarkation experiences. It is the ship's responsibility to enforce the plan that they created. David
  9. The only time to keep an eye open is when San Diego is the first port after a Panama Canal/Coastal REPOSITIONING cruise (not terminating here). There were 22 non-compliant....non-USA passengers yesterday! They began paging them by name. Those passengers (presumably) think that either because they are not going ashore in the US.......or they want to sleep in......or they do not hear or read the information given to them....that they do not need to go to the immigration station. This is your first port of call in the United States, and all foreign citizens must comply. Such is the case with Vancouver - Ft. Lauderdale cruises in the fall. If San Diego is your only US port of entry, there could be some delay. The ship had to "Zero" out, but the inconvenience to those in transit was minimal. All who wanted to re-board could before 11 am after stepping off at 10:30 or so. Coffee, OJ, tea, cookies were available for the short wait in the terminal. The result was that tours and airport transfers were delayed about 30 minutes to start. Then more and more guests decided that it was time to get off, whether their colors/numbers had been announced. So by the end of disembarkation, some were delayed 45-60 minutes. An annoyance.....sure. Was it critical for flights?......not at all. The airport is 12-15 minutes away, and light traffic on a Monday morning. The last bus to the airport departed at 10:40 am.....and none had flights before 1 pm. David
  10. I visit W. Springfield every January at the Big E for the Amherst Train Show.....now 20+ years in a row. If you have a chance come by and say "Hello". I'm in the Better Living Center......#74T if I recall correctly. Some of us cruisers also enjoy model railroading as a hobby, too. It is so interesting to see Christmas wreaths up at the end of January! Also, on occasions icicles 12-15' long dangling from rooftops. Californians don't see either, so it is something I always look forward to. David
  11. The reason that the table was set up in the check-in area is because last year, guests were advised to bring the forms to Guest Services. Those forms were among several other flyers found in the staterooms. Many did not understand that Canadian Immigration documents needed to be collected within 24 hours. So, in order to alleviate the inconvenience and speed up the process, this table was suggested. Such will be the case tomorrow for the Oosterdam. David
  12. My account is factual. The couple that stayed at the hotel preferred that option, even though my airport staff informed them when they arrived that they could board late. Their arrangements had been made through Holland America Air Sea Department based on the scheduled departure at 5 pm. It was their choice made before they left Texas. They did not arrive from DFW, but Houston. David
  13. I can confirm that leaving on the 13th was solely due to flight delays from Dallas, Texas. Several tornadoes near the airport caused the loss of life for a few people....that is how severe the weather was on that day. American Airlines had do delay, delay, and delay all flights,; however, one in particular had 17 passengers for Eurodam on it. The captain was first advised of the delay early in the afternoon when the plane was expected to land about 5 pm. Then, the update was 6:30......then 7:20.....then 8:10, 8:20.....8:30. What was the ship to do? The first port was 5 days away and all of these guests were stuck in a big group and the commitment to keep the ship and staff way beyond normal times had been made. Some of our ground crew were on station for over 15 hours......7:30 am until 10:30 pm. The current issue with the azipod occurred in the Hawaiian Islands, not prior. David
  14. When did Taxmantoo have an issue? Please comment, because your post is very disturbing to those of us who work very hard every day at the port. If I don't know what and when your concern with the port was, then how do we attempt to improve? David
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