Disembark at port before final destination?

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#1
New York City
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Hi, fellow CC'ers~

My question most likely has been asked (and answered) before, but I was unable to choose the proper tag words to get posts that relate. So please forgive me if this is a "been there/done that" issue:

Will a cruise line allow you to disembark (for good) at a port that is not its final destination?

If I embarked with just a large carry-on, for instance, and did not require a baggage check-in at the time I came aboard, and if (for example) the cruise begins in Los Angeles, transits the Panama Canal, and continues on to Ft. Lauderdale, New York City, and--as its final destination--Boston...then may I get off at New York City with my carry-on and end my cruise at that point if I wish?

It seems self-evident that I could. After all, some people get left behind when they stay too long at a port; so it would seem likely that others could do that deliberately. But I was wondering if the cruise line would raise an objection if I were to let them know that this was deliberate on my part (I'd want them to know so they wouldn't assume I'd been left behind and go to any trouble trying to contact me or my emergency contact).

Anyone have any experience with this one?

Thanks!

Best, Sona
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Sona, my recommendation is to contact the cruise line.

Do not, I repeat do not rely on past experience.

The reason I say all this is on a recent cruise we had inquired about getting off at a particular port on a future itinerary we were looking at a senior officer explained to us that USA customs and immigration was frowning on this and that they would have to check to see if this can be done.

Again, check with the cruise line. And if they say yes make the arrangements with them while at home and reconfirm them very early on during the cruise. Try to get the confirmation for this in writing when you check on this from home.

Keith
#3
Coastal GA USA
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You will not have a problem with this. They may have others doing the same thing. Your cruise satisfies the PVSA by calling at a distant foreign port, so you could get off anywhere in the US. Just make sure you coordinate with the cruise line. EM
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#4
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You will probably be allowed, but you must arrange in in advance. Just showing up at the gangway when you want to leave will not suffice
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#5
New York City
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Joined Apr 2010
Three very sensible responses, and I thank you.

I will do exactly that, in advance, when I'm planning to book a cruise that creates that kind of positioning situation.

There are a number of cruises, and cruise lines, that offer interesting itineraries--but they do not begin in my home port of NYC; some of them have NYC as a port close to the end (or to the beginning) of the itinerary, however, and I'd often rather be able to get off (or on) at NYC than have to travel one port farther and fly home--or, if it's at the front end of a cruise, fly to the embarkation port and then be cruised back to my home before the cruise continues on.

But I did understand what you wrote about the laws regarding foreign ports, so I will bear that in mind as well.

Thank you again!

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Last cross Atlantic we did, we left the ship in Valencia, the port before end port which was Barcelona.
All that was needed, was an email to RCCL where I asked if I could do this..... and a verification when I came aboard that the ship had this information also.
Apparently they have regularly requests for this.
Of course, you still have to pay for the full cruise

Cheers, Erex
#7
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Originally posted by Erex
Last cross Atlantic we did, we left the ship in Valencia, the port before end port which was Barcelona.
All that was needed, was an email to RCCL where I asked if I could do this..... and a verification when I came aboard that the ship had this information also.
Apparently they have regularly requests for this.
Of course, you still have to pay for the full cruise

Cheers, Erex
There's a big difference when cruising in European ports. The US has laws that might preclude a passenger from leaving a ship early. Also, in some European ports, there are cabotage laws that prohibit such a thing from happening.

OP, you will have to pay for the full cruise, as they don't prorate cruises. But if it's only a day, it shouldn't be all that much. Plus, the cruise line will have to make special arrangements with US Customs and Immigration to allow you to disembark early.
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Originally posted by sonavogel
.....Will a cruise line allow you to disembark (for good) at a port that is not its final destination?
The answer would depend on the itinerary and at which port you want to get off.

If I embarked with just a large carry-on, for instance, and did not require a baggage check-in at the time I came aboard, and if (for example) the cruise begins in Los Angeles, transits the Panama Canal, and continues on to Ft. Lauderdale, New York City, and--as its final destination--Boston...then may I get off at New York City with my carry-on and end my cruise at that point if I wish?
For this itinerary, the answer would be Yes! You can even do it if you have a full set of luggage to take off with you. It would make no difference whether or not you checked in baggage at the time you came aboard.

But, as others have pointed out, it is important to arrange permission in advance to do this. Preferably get it in writing to avoid any confusion because you will need to clear customs at your disembarkation port.

We have even done this where we just unloaded some suitcases at a port before the final one and needed to get customs clearance for them.

For an itinerary such as the one you describe, there will probably be other passengers doing the same thing.
#9
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Originally posted by fleckle
The answer would depend on the itinerary and at which port you want to get off.

For this itinerary, the answer would be Yes! You can even do it if you have a full set of luggage to take off with you. It would make no difference whether or not you checked in baggage at the time you came aboard.

But, as others have pointed out, it is important to arrange permission in advance to do this. Preferably get it in writing to avoid any confusion because you will need to clear customs at your disembarkation port.

We have even done this where we just unloaded some suitcases at a port before the final one and needed to get customs clearance for them.

For an itinerary such as the one you describe, there will probably be other passengers doing the same thing.
To expand on this; the reason you can get off is because while the cruise itself is US-US, it makes a foreign distant port stop.
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#10
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We have disembarked prior to our final US port.
We cleared this with the cruise line insisting on getting their clearance in writing.
When we boarded we informed the Purser's office. The office may or may not have all of the paperwork from the home office until a few days into the sailing so don't get frustrated with the desk people.
The Purser's staff will tell you when you can disembark. They arrange C & I and you are at their whim. Be prepared to debark when directed.
Once you leave the ship you cannot return. Our sea pass cards were taken. This means that if you can't transport your luggage at one time, sorry you cannot go back to retrieve it. I realize you stated you'd only have a carry on but be sure you can handle it throughout the entire process. That may involve ramps and/or those metal steps aside the ship.
Enjoy your cruise and your NYC disembarkation.