Cunard notice: half a day to clear US Immigration?

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#21
Magnolia, Texas
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Joined Jul 2009
I have disembarked at Red Hook more than 8 times. From the time the ship arrived until you bags are off can take an hour or so. Cunard tries to match baggage delivery with flight information earlier, sooner, which is why they distribute different color bag tags. Once the color of my tags has been called from the time I left the ship til I was finished exiting the hall was about one half hour. That means sorting through all the bags for that color, finding my bags, getting a porter, queuing for proper immigration line, and yes there are different lines for US Citizens and Non Citizens, getting through immigration and delivering the bags back to White Star Luggage collection nearer the exit to the hall. And then catching a taxi or bus. At most an hour start to finish.

I suppose it could take longer, but I have not experienced it.
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#22
Virginia
769 Posts
Joined Mar 2004
Thanks for that encouraging info, Mike. I wasn't sure if I needed to change my train ride home but that sounds better. We can always do self-embarkation to get the earliest time off but that will not be as easy for us as it used to be.

Have heard that the offloading at Hamburg could be a time challenging event nowadays but as we have only to get to our hotel, it will be no big deal.
#23
Mississauga ON
1,672 Posts
Joined Nov 2008
The times I've gone through New York, both Manhattan and Red Hook, I've been in no hurry, so have waited until final call. It does indeed take approaching four hours until last passenger clears, although no more than one hour for the actual perocessing once you're in line.