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Hi everyone, sea re on a cruise in August on Riviera. I am wondering if we are allowed to bring 2 friends on board for lunch/ tour of ship? I know Seabourn do it and was wondering of Oceania are the same? I have searched on here but couldn't find a thread, hopefully I'm not repeating!! many thanks for any help.

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I don’t believe you can. The only lunch guests I have seen aboard are officer families (rare) or local travel representatives. Just based on my opinion.

 

I think there are security issues.

 

Donna

 

 

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I don’t believe you can. The only lunch guests I have seen aboard are officer families (rare) or local travel representatives. Just based on my opinion.

 

I think there are security issues.

 

Donna

 

 

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Agree but check with your travel agent or Oceania.

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I did it just a few weeks ago in Papeete. A mate of mine happened to be in Papeete so I wrote to the GM and provided a copy of my friend’s passport. My friend then brought the original passport along on the day which was kept for the time he was on the ship. I was charged a small amount for his lunch.

 

So first step is to send a note to the GM of the ship.

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No it is not allowed unless things have changed in the past few years

 

DEAN that is interesting

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Thanks everyone for advice. I will of course speak with my travel agent but this site is such wealth of information and helpful people that it's my first port of call ( no pun intended!!)

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I don’t believe you can. The only lunch guests I have seen aboard are officer families (rare) or local travel representatives. Just based on my opinion.

 

I think there are security issues.

 

Donna

 

 

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I imagine it's more than security. If this were easily allowed everybody and their brother would be inviting "friends" in every port.

 

I'm curious about Dean's experience also. Was that on Oceania?

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When Insignia docked in NYC last year on the RTW cruise, our friends had their family come aboard both days. We met them in person at lunch, so this is first-hand experience I am reporting. Our friends had to make arrangements in advance ... passport/ID information had to be provided and the family members had to have those IDs with them for inspection when they boarded. I know they had lunch at the Terrace Cafe. My recollection is that other passengers similarly had family/friends come aboard in other ports.

 

That said, check with Oceania as rules and requirements could easily change.

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I guess it is who you know

 

I tried to have friends come onboard at a port stop agreed to pay a fee for their lunch

 

We wanted them to see the Oceania way of cruising

 

But it was NO to the request

 

We just went ashore & met them for lunch

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The guest policy has recently been changed. We learned of it by chance when we were disembarking in Bermuda on Sirena last month. We overheard the people on line next to us mention that friends were coming aboard for lunch.

We inquired of the Concierge and learned of the policy. You need to request the visit 48 hours in advance and fill out a form with the guests’ information including passport number. There is a fee for each meal. I think lunch was $35 p.p., so much for high tea, so much for dinner, etc. We subsequently took advantage of this and it worked well.

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I guess it is who you know

 

I tried to have friends come onboard at a port stop agreed to pay a fee for their lunch

 

We wanted them to see the Oceania way of cruising

 

But it was NO to the request

 

We just went ashore & met them for lunch

We found that if you ask 3-6 months in advance, and provide documentation to O, that it can be done. We went on a tour of a Regent ship a couple of years ago in Miami to check it out with friends for lunch...it was arranged 6 months in advance however. So, tried it on the Riviera 1.5 yrs ago, and went through my TA 4 months in advance of our sailing, and provided names (and passport info) of friends, and they were allowed to visit us for 6 hours when we were in port in San Juan. The key may be, to provide as much information as possible as far out as possible about the prospective visitors, and they may allow.

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I guess I learned something new today. Did not realize this was an option. Moot point for me as I have no friends that live in port cities.

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The guest policy has recently been changed. We learned of it by chance when we were disembarking in Bermuda on Sirena last month. We overheard the people on line next to us mention that friends were coming aboard for lunch.

We inquired of the Concierge and learned of the policy. You need to request the visit 48 hours in advance and fill out a form with the guests’ information including passport number. There is a fee for each meal. I think lunch was $35 p.p., so much for high tea, so much for dinner, etc. We subsequently took advantage of this and it worked well.

Thanks David

 

this is new

 

maybe next time we have friends in a port we will try it :halo:

 

It was 4 yrs ago when I asked so things have changed

 

I am with ORV I do not usually have friends in the ports ;)

 

Lyn

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We found that if you ask 3-6 months in advance, and provide documentation to O, that it can be done. We went on a tour of a Regent ship a couple of years ago in Miami to check it out with friends for lunch...it was arranged 6 months in advance however. So, tried it on the Riviera 1.5 yrs ago, and went through my TA 4 months in advance of our sailing, and provided names (and passport info) of friends, and they were allowed to visit us for 6 hours when we were in port in San Juan. The key may be, to provide as much information as possible as far out as possible about the prospective visitors, and they may allow.

Regent officially does accommodate guest visitor visits requested through one's TA.

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The guest policy has recently been changed. We learned of it by chance when we were disembarking in Bermuda on Sirena last month. We overheard the people on line next to us mention that friends were coming aboard for lunch.

We inquired of the Concierge and learned of the policy. You need to request the visit 48 hours in advance and fill out a form with the guests’ information including passport number. There is a fee for each meal. I think lunch was $35 p.p., so much for high tea, so much for dinner, etc. We subsequently took advantage of this and it worked well.

Good to know. Their website still has the old policy:

"Do you allow visitors onboard?

Due to stringent security and safety regulations visitors are not allowed onboard. Only guests who are sailing are allowed to board the ships."

 

And the 48 hour in advance is more surprising as Regent, who do have a procedure to invite guest visitors, have a policy that is 30 days in advance of departure.

 

Nice that O now allows this though I suppose they want to keep it low key so they do not get too many invitations requests.

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I imagine it's more than security. If this were easily allowed everybody and their brother would be inviting "friends" in every port.

 

I'm curious about Dean's experience also. Was that on Oceania?

Yes, it was on Insignia. The process I used was exactly as outlined by LAexNY.

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We inquired of the Concierge and learned of the policy. You need to request the visit 48 hours in advance and fill out a form with the guests’ information including passport number. There is a fee for each meal. I think lunch was $35 p.p., so much for high tea, so much for dinner, etc. We subsequently took advantage of this and it worked well.

Do the guests have to have a passport or could other I.D. be used ?

Do you recall if there were other choices for I.D. ?

 

Lyn

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Do the guests have to have a passport or could other I.D. be used ?

Do you recall if there were other choices for I.D. ?

 

Lyn

 

I believe they would have accepted a drivers license but I’m not positive. We don’t usually have friends in port either but my sister and her husband happened to be vacationing in Bermuda so it was a nice treat.

Also, I believe Oceania reserves the right to say no as I imagine they don’t want too many guests coming aboard.

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Thanks again everyone for your very helpful and informative advice! I shall contact my travel agent and ask them to look into it for me. Allan

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Hi everyone, sea re on a cruise in August on Riviera. I am wondering if we are allowed to bring 2 friends on board for lunch/ tour of ship? I know Seabourn do it and was wondering of Oceania are the same? I have searched on here but couldn't find a thread, hopefully I'm not repeating!! many thanks for any help.

Security prevents this. I don't know who told you Seaborne allows it. As far as I know NO cruise line has allowed this in years! The only time I've heard of it is for Travel Agents & advertisers.

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Security prevents this. I don't know who told you Seaborne allows it. As far as I know NO cruise line has allowed this in years! The only time I've heard of it is for Travel Agents & advertisers.

 

Seabourn have only fairly recently stopped this.......Silversea still do offer this, check their website.

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Security prevents this. I don't know who told you Seaborne allows it. As far as I know NO cruise line has allowed this in years! The only time I've heard of it is for Travel Agents & advertisers.

Nobody told me, I did it with friends on a cruise in Caribbean in March. They came on board and it was very easy to sort out. So I don't know who gave you your information but I can confirm you are incorrect.

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I wish O wouldn't allow this. I'm sure the vast majority of the time everything would be fine, but in this day of security issues, I'm surprised that they still allow ship visits from non-passengers or non-crew during a cruise.

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I believe they would have accepted a drivers license but I’m not positive. We don’t usually have friends in port either but my sister and her husband happened to be vacationing in Bermuda so it was a nice treat.

Also, I believe Oceania reserves the right to say no as I imagine they don’t want too many guests coming aboard.

Thanks David

 

If I ever find friends in port again I will check it out ;)

Lyn

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I wish O wouldn't allow this. I'm sure the vast majority of the time everything would be fine, but in this day of security issues, I'm surprised that they still allow ship visits from non-passengers or non-crew during a cruise.

Often the crew will be allowed to bring some family onboard & show them around their workplace

 

I am sure there is a lot of checking on credentials before this happens

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Security prevents this. I don't know who told you Seaborne allows it. As far as I know NO cruise line has allowed this in years! The only time I've heard of it is for Travel Agents & advertisers.

 

Seabourn have only fairly recently stopped this.......Silversea still do offer this' date=' check their website.[/quote']

 

I was on Seabourn as a guest in March this year for dinner in Singapore. So unless they have stopped this within the last few months I am not sure that you are correct.

 

Julie

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I was on Seabourn as a guest in March this year for dinner in Singapore. So unless they have stopped this within the last few months I am not sure that you are correct.

 

Julie

 

+1

Visiting the ships is actually becoming more common, again.

That said, security is tight and the Lines definitely view it as a privilege rather than a right.

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The guest policy has recently been changed. We learned of it by chance when we were disembarking in Bermuda on Sirena last month. We overheard the people on line next to us mention that friends were coming aboard for lunch.

We inquired of the Concierge and learned of the policy. You need to request the visit 48 hours in advance and fill out a form with the guests’ information including passport number. There is a fee for each meal. I think lunch was $35 p.p., so much for high tea, so much for dinner, etc. We subsequently took advantage of this and it worked well.

 

 

This is the way it always has been... On Boarding day it can be crazy and they often say no. However, during a cruise I have, following the procedure mentioned above had lunch and dinner guests in LA, Tahiti, Hawaii, New Zealand

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I was on Seabourn as a guest in March this year for dinner in Singapore. So unless they have stopped this within the last few months I am not sure that you are correct.

 

Julie

 

Just saw this this morning in the FAQs on the Seabourn website...

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Crystal allows this in certain ports of call...they have two plans, with different prices depending if you want to bring guests aboard and just have drinks, or have dinner and see show. These are typically in ports with an overnight stay. Guests can stay aboard until midnight.

Princess has a Bon Voyage Experience available at certain ports of call, where you can have guests aboard for a luncheon and ships tour.

 

As mentioned, Travel Agents are often taken aboard for lunch and ships tours at lots of ports. My World Ship Society branch, gets to "piggyback" along on these types of lunch visits, on several different ships calling or turning around here in New York.

We typically pay about $40. each for this, part of which goes into our organization's fund.:)

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One nice thing about the Princess "BVE" that I didn't mention, is that if the visitors subsequently book their own Princess cruise afterwards, the full cost of the experience will be credited to their cruise.

So in essence, you get it "free".:cool:

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One nice thing about the Princess "BVE" that I didn't mention, is that if the visitors subsequently book their own Princess cruise afterwards, the full cost of the experience will be credited to their cruise.

So in essence, you get it "free".:cool:

it would not be enticing enough for us to go on Princess even if the cruise was free

once was enough

 

YMMV

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All this be that it may I just got my docs for our upcoming cruise and it says no visitors allowed on board. Apparently there can be exceptions.

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All this be that it may I just got my docs for our upcoming cruise and it says no visitors allowed on board. Apparently there can be exceptions.

I guess it is like some of their other polices

 

flexible :halo:

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