Posted June 16th, 2010, 02:38 PM
Also they couldn't hire a speedboat to catch up to the ship since they were not on the electronic manifest and were not security screened along with their luggage. Just the times we live in....their only option was to fly to the next port.
I actually think that boarding at, say, Ketchikan on a Seattle round-trip itinerary would be prohibited by the Passenger Services Act. The law allows round trips to/from the same
US port provided the ship's itinerary includes a stop in a "near" foreign port, which the Seattle boats manage by stopping in Victoria. To carry passengers between two different
US ports requires a stop in a "distant" foreign port. Canadian and Mexican ports are not considered "distant" under the terms of the PSA. So boarding (late) at Ketchikan and disembarking a few days later back in Seattle would mean the pax are basically doing a one-way cruise between US ports, contrary to the law.
Now the cruise line MIGHT allow this provided the pax pay the fine that would be levied against the cruise line ($200 or $300 per person IIRC) but they might also say no.
Otherwise I'd bet the best they could hope for is some sort of credit against a future cruise, and even that would be voluntary on the cruise line's part.