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Going on a British Isles cruise next spring. Afterwards, going to Paris. Last port is Le Havre. Will princess allow us to disembark there rather than returning to Southampton? ideally, we would take Princess excursion to Normandy, return to ship and then disembark. Is that possible? Thanks?

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Going on a British Isles cruise next spring. Afterwards, going to Paris. Last port is Le Havre. Will princess allow us to disembark there rather than returning to Southampton? ideally, we would take Princess excursion to Normandy, return to ship and then disembark. Is that possible? Thanks?

 

Yes, it is possible. Just make arrangements in advance with Princess or through your TA. Don't expect you can do this on the ship.

 

Be aware, Princess does not guarantee making it to any port so have a Plan B if for some reason Le Havre has to be skipped.

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Going on a British Isles cruise next spring. Afterwards, going to Paris. Last port is Le Havre. Will princess allow us to disembark there rather than returning to Southampton? ideally, we would take Princess excursion to Normandy, return to ship and then disembark. Is that possible? Thanks?

 

I think this is rather common on that itinerary but you must clear it with Princess in advance and you will be at their mercy regarding timing if they need to arrange for immigration (which they might since you are coming from a non-Schengen country). Hopefully someone with first hand experience will answer; but in the in the meantime, give Princess a call.

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I have been on a number of cruises where LeHavre is the final port before disembarkaton in Southampton and there have always been people disembarking in LeHavre because they have post cruise plans in France. On one of these cruises we found out the day before our planned port call in LeHavre that it was being cancelled due to a dock worker's strike. Those planning to disembark there had to scramble to make alternative plans from Southampton. On another cruise, the dock workers waited until we were docked before going on strike and not letting anyone out of the port area. They went as far as throwing incendiary devices at the tour busses (filled with passengers) lined up to get out of the port. It was a bit scary. After 4 hours and a lot of negotiations they finally let people out of the port.

 

As others have said, clear it with Princess and I would also recommend having plan B in place in case of missing the port.

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