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Does anyone have experience with this?

 

I am sailing on 09Dec and my roommate may have to miss the first few days of the sailing and meet up with us in Cozumel. Is this something I should notify Celebrity of beforehand? How do they handle it?

 

Any ideas or knowledge before reaching out to them!

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They may simply disallow it and refuse to board him, since it would no longer be a closed loop cruise for him. You will have to discuss this with Celebrity well in advance of your sailing date.

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I would give Captain's Club a call and ask.   I know they have a procedure for offboarding during a cruise.   You have to pay a fee of 60 dollars and they make the arrangements and check if permitted by law with the ports involved.   

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The fact that it is no longer a closed loop cruise is not an issue -- there is no law forbidding  boarding s ship at a foreign port and then disembarking in the US.  

 

To get this downline embarkation authorized, you need to contact Celebrity.  There will probably be a fee for this.

 

There will also be no reduction in the price of the cruise for the missed days.

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This is not unusual but mostly from missing sail aways.  Must notify the cruise company so they will be expecting him at that port.  Security will have to escort him onto ship as he will not have a card.  Since the port is a foreign port should not be an issue.  I have boarded at first port twice but not on purpose as he is doing.

 

 

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Definitely you sailing companion should notify Celebrity and get a written confirmation from them (or at least a confirming email.) which they should bring with them at time of boarding.

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Unfortunately its not just as simple as missing the boat and catching up. Assuming this boat is leaving US and returning to US regulations/ passenger laws will come into play. The missing passenger will have to petition the captain (often the office on duty) when arriving at port and ask for permission to be allowed on the boat. There is also a fine involved which can or cannot come into play (I've had people who have not had to pay it some who have) and it will need to be paid in cash in most cases. Its about $300 usually and they can charge you a service fee on top of that for handling the fee issue for you and handing it over to the government.  Given that the missing passenger has to embark a few days into the cruise and in Cozumel he will also have to get clearance from Cozumel port authority to even enter the port area so good luck with that. That's a total wildcard. Definitely notify celebrity ahead of time and see what you can do to start the process if they will even allow it and the reason should be good. Given that you know in advance its probably not going to be an emergency so it may not get granted. 

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The PVSA is not an issue when starting in a foreign port and ending in a US port, so I'm not sure what kind of fine might be imposed and by whom.  There is a fee from Celebrity for handling the downline embarkation but that's not a fine.  

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