Posted October 10th, 2017, 01:42 PM
Hello there fellow Princess Cruisers. My wife and I have booked our first back to back cruise. We will be cruising aboard the Ruby Princess on March 22, 2018 and arrive back in port on March 26th. We will than start the 2nd leg of our journey that same day and we have the same room booked. Does anyone know what the disembarkation procedures are after the end of the first cruise? Do we get off the ship go through customs than have to wait to re-board the ship with all the newly arriving passengers? Or do we just stay on-board the ship? Thank you
You do not go through customs unless you are taking luggage or other goods off the ship. However, you do go through US immigration. The procedure varies. You will receive specific written instructions in your cabin. If you don't receive them the day before the turnaround day, then check with Passenger Services. You will receive your new cruise card (if you old one does not cover both cruises) and a paper that says your are intransit. You will need both of those items, along with your passport, for immigration.
If you want to go off the ship, you may. In that case, you will leave with any departure group and return to board when new passengers board.
If you do not want to go anywhere off the ship, then you will meet with other B2B passengers at a designated meeting place on the ship. Sometimes immigration checks are done on the ship and you won't have to leave. More often, you will leave the ship as a group, go through immigration, and reboard almost immediately - before any of the new passengers. The only delays generally are if some passengers don't report as instructed - they have to account for all passengers before anyone can re-board.
You do not take any luggage off the ship with you - you just leave it in your room. Lunch will be served in the MDR until 12:30 pm, and that is a lot less hectic than the buffet. You do not need to go to the safety muster drill - it is for new passengers only.