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#21
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I can't remember ever being able to stay in our cabin later than 8:00 a.m. on any cruise line. No matter how early we leave, we take everything with us because I'd rather roll my carry-on with me than attempt to get back to the cabin later. Our preferred breakfast on disembarkation day is the MDR where we can enjoy a leisurely meal.
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What happens to people who are on back to back cruises and staying in the same cabin? In our case, we have a Princess tour set for 12:30 while in Whittier.

Since we are in the same cabin, we will be leaving all clothes etc. in the room. Expect that we will have to follow the procedure to get off the ship, wait and back on with new cards etc. and then go to area to wait for our tour or meet on shore.

We totally understand the 8:00 timeframe as the room stewards have a lot to do on the last day of a cruise.
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Originally posted by Gran2five
What happens to people who are on back to back cruises and staying in the same cabin? In our case, we have a Princess tour set for 12:30 while in Whittier.

Since we are in the same cabin, we will be leaving all clothes etc. in the room. Expect that we will have to follow the procedure to get off the ship, wait and back on with new cards etc. and then go to area to wait for our tour or meet on shore.

We totally understand the 8:00 timeframe as the room stewards have a lot to do on the last day of a cruise.
If you are on a b2b you do not have to leave your cabin by 8am. The cabin steward will clean your cabin in the normal manner just like any other day, and you will have access to your cabin and belongings at any time. However, and this is very important. Since you are doing a turnaround at a U.S. port you will be required by law to go through immigration. There will be instructions in your cabin regarding the procedure. Read it and follow it exactly. It will give you two choices, 1) exit the ship at anytime, re-board after general boarding has begun. You will not be able to do this as you must be back on the ship before 12:30. The 2nd choice is to meet a staff member on the ship at a specific time and location. Once everyone is there you are walked through immigration and back on the ship, where you can return to your cabin and prepare for your tour. Again the most important thing is to fully read and follow the instructions. You may or may not receive new cruise cards in your cabin the night before. Sometimes they use the same cruise card, sometimes they don't.
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Originally posted by sknight
If you are on a b2b you do not have to leave your cabin by 8am. The cabin steward will clean your cabin in the normal manner just like any other day, and you will have access to your cabin and belongings at any time. However, and this is very important. Since you are doing a turnaround at a U.S. port you will be required by law to go through immigration..
This is not true of the turnaround is in Whittier, AK on a B2B in Alaska. You go through Customs/Immigration in Vancouver and then you are in US the entire time until you hit Vancouver again. There are no customs/immigrations in Whittier. This is assuming you do a Vancouver to Whittier to Vancouver cruise.

If you do a turnaround in Whittier, there will be instructions on getting your picture for your new cruise card. You normally just meet at a certain point near the gangway and they will retake your picture. If you leave for the day for a tour that is fine also. They will get your picture when you return. You will have an intransit card. They send instructions with options.

Gran2five - you will not have to leave your cabin. Just tell your room steward your plans. He will probably touch base with you when he is told you are on the next sailing.
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Originally posted by Gran2five
What happens to people who are on back to back cruises and staying in the same cabin? In our case, we have a Princess tour set for 12:30 while in Whittier.

Since we are in the same cabin, we will be leaving all clothes etc. in the room. Expect that we will have to follow the procedure to get off the ship, wait and back on with new cards etc. and then go to area to wait for our tour or meet on shore.

We totally understand the 8:00 timeframe as the room stewards have a lot to do on the last day of a cruise.
My experience with B2B cruises is that the regulations change from one port to another and sometimes from one year to another at the same port.

You do not have to vacate your room at any specified time, but remember that breakfast service hours are limited on the changeover day. Our experience has been that whether we are "walked off" by a crew member or just instructed to do it on our own has depended on how many people have booked B2B cruises. When there is a group of 20 or more, you are usually given a time (typically 10) to meet at a location. A crew member then escorted us off the ship, thru Customs, and back on. This has happened at US ports as well as in Barcelona. I do understand that no one clears Customs at Whittier, so this wouldn't be necessary. On some B2Bs, we have been given cruise cards that were good for the entire B2B; other times we had to go to Passenger Services to pick up new cards.

The one thing that has been consistent across all ports has been that we received an instruction sheet the day before the changeover. This detailed exactly what would be necessary. Just follow the instructions. They are usually pretty minimal!

Your room will be cleaned as on any other day. We have sometimes suggested to our steward that he should skip our room on that day since he is so busy; somehow they always do our room regardless.
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We had to be out of our cabins on the Ruby today by 8:15.


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#27
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Originally posted by moki'smommy

The one thing that has been consistent across all ports has been that we received an instruction sheet the day before the changeover. This detailed exactly what would be necessary. Just follow the instructions. They are usually pretty minimal!

Your room will be cleaned as on any other day. We have sometimes suggested to our steward that he should skip our room on that day since he is so busy; somehow they always do our room regardless.
Thank you and all others for your responses. Happy that we can enjoy our MDR breakfast in the early a.m. and then follow the instructions provided by Princess.
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We always talk to our steward and arrange to eave our carry on luggage in the room until after we eat breakfast. We vacate by 8:00 but go back just long enough to pick up our bags and leave him a tip. So far all have been cooperative with that as it lets them clean the room in a timely manner and we do not have to carry our bags all over the ship. We leave it up to the steward for permission.
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Originally posted by Potstech
We always talk to our steward and arrange to eave our carry on luggage in the room until after we eat breakfast. We vacate by 8:00 but go back just long enough to pick up our bags and leave him a tip. So far all have been cooperative with that as it lets them clean the room in a timely manner and we do not have to carry our bags all over the ship. We leave it up to the steward for permission.
The problem with this is that it places the steward in a difficult position. He wants to be cooperative, but he has rules from his employer. One of these rules is that he is not to prop open a door to any room that has a passenger's personal belongings in it. The standard method to clean rooms on the changeover day is to prop open all the doors and so the same task in all the rooms. For instance, he'll come thru and strip all the beds, then clean bathrooms, vacuum rooms, and ultimately make beds and place appropriate items in the rooms.
The problem is that he can't prop your door open until your bags are removed. It might seem silly, but it takes time to use that key each time, especially if his hands are full.
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Originally posted by nutensteve
That is one of the things I like about HAL. The cabins are ready when you board and you can remain in your cabin until your disembark time is called.

Agree...this is a nice feature of HAL.
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Originally posted by moki'smommy
The problem with this is that it places the steward in a difficult position. He wants to be cooperative, but he has rules from his employer. One of these rules is that he is not to prop open a door to any room that has a passenger's personal belongings in it. The standard method to clean rooms on the changeover day is to prop open all the doors and so the same task in all the rooms. For instance, he'll come thru and strip all the beds, then clean bathrooms, vacuum rooms, and ultimately make beds and place appropriate items in the rooms.
The problem is that he can't prop your door open until your bags are removed. It might seem silly, but it takes time to use that key each time, especially if his hands are full.
As I staed I leave it up to the steward if it is acceptable. If he/she OK's it I see no problem. He/she knows what and how to do the job.
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Originally posted by Potstech
As I staed I leave it up to the steward if it is acceptable. If he/she OK's it I see no problem. He/she knows what and how to do the job.
I think it is one of those situations where it is difficult for the room steward to say "no" to a passenger.
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Do not intend to change my way of disembarking. Sorry some of you do not agree with it but that is not my problem.
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Originally posted by Potstech
We always talk to our steward and arrange to eave our carry on luggage in the room until after we eat breakfast. We vacate by 8:00 but go back just long enough to pick up our bags and leave him a tip. So far all have been cooperative with that as it lets them clean the room in a timely manner and we do not have to carry our bags all over the ship. We leave it up to the steward for permission.
When did a steward ever say no, especially as they feel that saying "no" might impact their tip or maybe you would even give them a bad rating. My philosophy is to make their job as easy to do as I can. They work hard enough w/o us making it more difficult.

Seems to me as if you are just being selfish.

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Then I guess I am selfish but not judgemental as others seem to be.
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Originally posted by susancruzs
I've never thought the time to be an issue. It was 8 a.m. on my recent Emerald Princess cruise. In terms of the crew, what they have to do on turn around day, 9 a.m. isn't fair to them. Princess isn't RCI, you can get in your cabin as soon as you board.
Great point! I love just walking aboard and going straight to my stateroom to drop off my bags. On other cruise lines, there were many times when our cabin wasn't available until after noon or 1p. Nothing worse than trying to lug your carryons to the already crazy, busy buffet or trying to find a place to put them down in the dining room. I'm happy to be out by 8a, so the next person can just walk on and go straight to their cabin!
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That sounds about right. We (usually, depends on flight times) like to leave the cabin at the last possible moment, eat a nice relaxing breakfast and get off the ship at the last possible moment, relaxing in a lounge until then.

Makes it much less hectic. I realize this only works if your flight is later.
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Originally posted by moki'smommy
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The problem is that he can't prop your door open until your bags are removed.
Perhaps you mean he shouldn't.

He certainly "can", as I've had it happen to me.

This was when the survey was collected on the last afternoon.
Not really any chance to ding the guy at that time.
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We got up early to watch us pull into Los Angeles, fog and all, so the 8am was not an issue. We got ready, went down to breakfast, and was the last group off, which they ran about 30 min early!! Next time we know to pick a bigger area to sit in. We were supposed to be in the Wheelhouse, but all the other places had seating available. So, we just hung out and headed over when we were getting close to our group. Worked out well. Planning the same, as I want to be up when pulling back into San Francisco!
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It’s always been 8 am. That said, walkoff started at6:30 this past Monday
We disembarked at 7:40 and were happily checked into our hotel room by 8:30 and lounging by a pool at 10:00 am. The sooner we can disembark, the better


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