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Looking at booking a spring Hawaii to Vancouver cruise then staying on for the first Alaska cruise of the season ending in Seattle.......Heard rumors this can't be done as we'd be boarding and disembarking in a US port........True????

 

Would it work if we did a Vancouver RT after the Hawaii cruise???

 

I'm sure someone on CC has done one of these options.....

 

Thanks!!!!!

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You cannot do this B2B as it would be a violation of the PVSA for Royal Caribbean. You would not visit a "distant foreign port", both cruises are on the same ship, and you would be travelling between 2 U.S. cities. Even though RCI views them as 2 separate cruises, the US government views it as one trip and your trip would be a violation of the law.

 

If there is a different ship you can book the 2nd leg of the B2B on, that would be allowed even if you ended up in a US port.

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You can't do Honolulu to Seattle as back to back cruises. You can do a Vancouver round trip Alaska cruise after your Hawaii cruise. If you switch ships, you could do Vancouver to Seattle the same day the Hawaii cruise ends in Vancouver.

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Looking at booking a spring Hawaii to Vancouver cruise then staying on for the first Alaska cruise of the season ending in Seattle.......Heard rumors this can't be done as we'd be boarding and disembarking in a US port........True????

 

Would it work if we did a Vancouver RT after the Hawaii cruise???

 

I'm sure someone on CC has done one of these options.....

 

Thanks!!!!!

 

We did this b2b in April of 2009, but our Alaska portion ended in Vancouver. Awesome trip, but lots of luggage due to packing for two climates.I would highly reccomend it if you can find the right combination.We had the same JS for both cruises.

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Can someone explain why that B2B isn't allowed? Thanks.

 

The Passenger Services Act prohibits any "foreign-flagged" ships (every cruise ship except one NCL ship) from picking up passengers in one U.S. port and disembarking them in a different U.S. port.

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Can someone explain why that B2B isn't allowed? Thanks.

 

Just to expand on MM's reply... Even though they are two distinct voyages, the government (US) looks at them as a continuous trip. For their purposes the same ship will have transported you between two US cities without the required call at a distant foreign port. While Vancouver is foreign, it's just not distant. The only distant foreign ports in the Western Hemisphere are in South America and the ABC Islands. Canada, Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean Islands and Bermuda are all near foreign ports. That's your Passenger Service Act in a nutshell. I guess we can all breathe a sigh of relief that the government is simplifying our lives:D!

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