Posted April 14th, 2018, 05:11 PM
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.