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Going on the Nieuw Statendam  Feb 10  for the 14 day trip. The ship returns to Lauderdale after 7 days .What happens to the passengers that are continuing  for the rest of the cruise?  Do you have to leave the ship ? What is the procedure and time frame ? Would it be better to book an excursion  while this takes place?  This is the first cruise on HAL and we did get the drink package.

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When you are on board, you will receive instructions on what you need to do. It usually involves meeting at a specific time in a lounge about 9am, and either clearing Immigration requirements there, or being led off to meet those requirements ashore. When every passenger is accounted for (the ship is "zero-ed") you will be allowed back on board, usually about 10:30.

 

Only you can decide if it is "better" to book an excursion, that is a personal preference. We have done these procedures 4 times in Port Everglades, as well as in foreign ports. We rarely prefer an excursion. But that is us, it may not reflect your interests.

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As CruiserBruce says, you will receive printed instructions on board.  Basically, you can leave the ship, going through immigration, or stay on board and report at a specific time to a specific place for US Immigration inspection.  You are given 'In Transit' passes to get back on board (should you decide to go ashore).

We went ashore and took a taxi to get more wine/soda/water to bring on board.  The room attendants are very busy getting everything ready for the new cruisers, so we decided to disappear for a few hours.

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We have done many back-to-back or what is called Collector Cruises.

 

The last full day of the cruise you will get a letter explaining what you need to do on In Transit day.  Depending on the number of people who are staying over for the next cruise depends on whether you have to get off the ship or stay on the ship.

 

A few times we had quite a few people staying over for the next cruise.  We all met in the show lounge around 10 AM.  As we entered the lounge our ID cards were scanned.  A couple of times it was a long wait as we had to wait for the officials to finish with the passengers before they came onto.  Then all we did was parade past the officials showing out passports.

 

Many times we did have to meet in a designated area on the ship and left as a group to go through immigration ashore.  Then we waited in a lounge in the terminal until the ship got down to "zero" count.  Sometimes it was quick and a couple of times we did not get back on the ship until just a few minutes before the new passengers got on.

 

We have been to Ft Lauderdale so many times that we don't bother taking a tour.  Some people will go out and about on their own.  You can leave any time you want if there is some place you want to go to.  You just can't get back onto the ship until it is down to zero count.

 

Just be certain that you take your passport and In Transit card with you.  If you do go out and about on your or take an excursion, you will still have to go through security when you return to the terminal but you do not have to go through the check-in lines.

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For turn around day in Fort Lauderdale during our January 6-20 collectors cruise we all had to gather in the world stage at about 9:45 am (key cards were scanned as we entered). We sat and waited until all the disembarking passengers cleared. There were coffee, tea, and cookies. After about 30 minutes or so (did not time it accurately), we were lead into the terminal building to parade past CBP agents to have our IDs checked. This went rather quickly. We then lined up to go back on board but had to wait until the last in transit passenger finally showed up. It seemed like 30-45 minutes, but we were chatting with friends we met on board and did not pay too much attention. When the last passenger finally sashayed down the escalator, there were boos and rude gestures. I did not witness it, but I heard some folks claim the "gentleman" mooned the crowd. I was briefly worried that the situation could escalate, but some official isolated him and escorted him to the back of the line. 

 

Don't be that guy!

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I want to thank all of you for replying. This is exactly what I wanted to know. This forum looks like the place to post questions and get the best answers. 

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I did a quick check and didn't see you on the Roll Call. It is located at -

A Meet & Greet has been set up, and several people are doing the B2B.

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