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  1. Holland America's preferred hotel in San Diego is the Sheraton Harbor & Marina across from the airport. No other property has been used for a few years now. If you have not booked thru HAL, you will not be afforded the hotel to ship transfer without cost. David P.S. A taxi would be $15.......Rideshare about $12......City bus for seniors $1.10 or regular $2.25. Many have walked the 2 miles along the harbor front. Or you can mention to Kay in the hotel lobby that you are a long time friend of mine. That way it will only be $19.
  2. https://www.aol.com/article/finance/2019/08/07/the-best-and-worst-airports-in-america-according-to-the-points-guy/23789828/ David
  3. The elevators on Carnival Horizon don't work the normal way. You select a deck that you want to go to, and it tells you which elevator to use. Going up or down one deck to avoid a crowd will not give you any advantage, in my opinion Deck 2 on this ship has cove balcony rooms. Family Harbor is on Deck 2 also, mid-ship to aft. David
  4. .....not to mention the 2 1/2 inch diameter pins that you were supposed to wear! I don' t miss them, but the large luggage tags with specific colors and ship names was helpful to airport staff. They didn't rip off, crumble if dampened, or come in only one generic color now. David
  5. A printed Boarding Pass is suggested for the security personnel who allow you into the terminal, or in some ports... anywhere near the ship. It makes no difference if there is a bar code or not they just check the ship and date to allow access. Whether the check-in agent scans or enters your stateroom number takes about the same amount of time. David
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. Typically 4 & 5 Star Mariners can disembark at the end of your cruise any time after Expedited. David
  13. 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
  14. 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
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