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Turn Around Day in Tokyo--- B2B Sailings

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We are considering booking a B2B sailing with the 1st segment being a 9-day round trip Tokyo followed by a 2nd segment 7-day round trip Tokyo.


I realize that on the turn around day in Tokyo at the end of the 1st segment that we will have to go through some sort of immigration procedure---either with officials coming  onboard to handle the procedure or else having to actually disembark the ship to go through immigration and then immediately re-boarding for the 2nd segment.

 

Cunard US customer service is telling me, however, that the procedures can vary from sailing to sailing in Tokyo and we will not know how they are going to handle this until once we are onboard.  Moreover, they mentioned that even if we are in the same cabin for both segments, we might have to pack all our belongings and put our luggage outside our cabin at the conclusion of the 1st segment and then reclaim it after we disembark, and then re-board with all the other guests waiting to board for the 2nd segment.

 

That said --- and especially not knowing how this is all going to be handled until we board at the start of the sailing --- makes it almost impossible to arrange for tours ahead of time in Tokyo on the turn around day.

 

Has anyone had any experience as to how this is managed in Tokyo on turn around days in that port?

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On 10/14/2019 at 6:06 PM, Just2guys said:

We are considering booking a B2B sailing with the 1st segment being a 9-day round trip Tokyo followed by a 2nd segment 7-day round trip Tokyo.


I realize that on the turn around day in Tokyo at the end of the 1st segment that we will have to go through some sort of immigration procedure---either with officials coming  onboard to handle the procedure or else having to actually disembark the ship to go through immigration and then immediately re-boarding for the 2nd segment.

 

Cunard US customer service is telling me, however, that the procedures can vary from sailing to sailing in Tokyo and we will not know how they are going to handle this until once we are onboard.  Moreover, they mentioned that even if we are in the same cabin for both segments, we might have to pack all our belongings and put our luggage outside our cabin at the conclusion of the 1st segment and then reclaim it after we disembark, and then re-board with all the other guests waiting to board for the 2nd segment.

 

That said --- and especially not knowing how this is all going to be handled until we board at the start of the sailing --- makes it almost impossible to arrange for tours ahead of time in Tokyo on the turn around day.

 

Has anyone had any experience as to how this is managed in Tokyo on turn around days in that port?

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Hi there,

I was on three separate segments in April/May on Queen Elizabeth. The only disappointment was the only two available port tours - 'Tokyo On Your Own' and Kamakura were cancelled due to lack of English speaking guests.

There was a very good shuttle service from the ship into Yokohama from where the ship was berthed.

The night before we reached Tokyo (actually Yokohama) for segments two and three we received a new cruise card. We left the ship using the 'old' one and on returning used the new one. I had the same stateroom and nothing was moved! There were no formalities to go through. Hope this is of some help.

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So this implies that Cunard historically docks in Yokohama and not the international cruise terminal closer to Tokyo.  Correct?

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We are doing three "Back to backs" on Queen Elizabeth in May 2020 - all with only one cruise number. 

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