Posted September 24th, 2017, 12:22 PM
What are the thoughts those who have done this? Any details as far as cost,and how long are they on board?
Our friends will be in San Francisco the same time we are leaving and had interest- also a 10 year old son can 3 people attend? I tried the website and did not see what I was looking for.
I've done this a few times, including times when friends were boarding to actually take the cruise. It is well worthwhile in my opinion. You do have to call Princess to see if they are offering the experience for the particular sailing you are interested in.
TIP.... Ask to speak with someone in the Bon Voyage department. I have had the experience of speaking with a front line call taker who said the experience was not being offered for a particular sailing, when I knew it was. I pushed a bit and insisted on speaking with someone in the Bon Voyage department and was able to get the reservation made.
As others have mentioned, you sign up for the Bon Voyage experience just as if you were signing up to go on a cruise (i.e. you are assigned a Captain's Circle number, register your passport or other documentation, etc.). If a participant in the Bon Voyage does not have a passport, then there are ways to work around that. Speak to Princess about those options.
An advantage to having friends do the Bon Voyage is that they will often get to go on early, and if your reservation is linked to their's then you get to go on early with them.
Finally, have your friends bring a bottle of wine. Each passenger is allowed to bring one bottle on board, and they count as passengers for this purpose.
Star Princess, October 2014 (CA Coastal - SF, Ensenada, Long Beach, San Diego, Santa Barbara - SF)
Sapphire Princess, September, 2012 (Alaska - Voyage of the Glaciers)
NCL, Norwegian Pearl, April, 2010 (Repo LA to Vancouver)
NCL, Norwegian Sun, April, 2009 (Repo LA to Vancouver)
Coral Princess, May, 2008 (Repo SF to Vancouver)
NCL, Norwegian Star, May, 2007 (Repo LA to Vancouver)
Carnival Paradise, Nov. 2005 (LA to Ensenada)
MS Karamzin, July, 1996 (Volga - Moscow to St. Petersburg - Russian River Cruise)
HAL Rotterdam, July 1993 (Alaska)