Wouldn't that be nice? "Here I am. I want to cruise. What'ya got for cabins? Oh, and I want a deeply discounted rate because I'm filling up your ship at the last minute." Nice thoughts, but it ain't gonna happen anymore. :grin :lol :grin
A friend of mine called the cruise line this past summer and asked them about doing this. They verified that they can still do this post 9-11. The only requirement is a passport. As my friend was wanting to travel with friends, they ended up booking early and not going through with it. I just wondered whether anyone else had been successful.
I would seriously question what the cruise line told them. Just as none of us in infallible, neither are reservations agents. Just last summer, the Galaxy had docked during one of her cruises in, I believe, Norfolk. Passengers had gone ashore on excursions or on their own - next thing, the ship is sailing without them. The ship had not presented the proper paperwork (manifests), and had to leave port until the documentation was done correctly. It was a matter of a few hours, but ships do not/cannot sail without the proper ADVANCE paperwork for our Authorities to verify..
Despite what has been posted, YES, you can still get same-day passage on cruise-lines, if their booking policies allows it. 9/11 and Homeland Security have absolutely nothing to do with IF YOU CAN OR YOU CANNOT board a cruise the same dayof the sailing. (This isn't any different than taking a flight on the day day!) On the other hand, finding a bargain on the same day of departure, I would have to agree with the other posters, such deals just cannot be had anymore, or hard to come by! Some cruise lines will allow you to board the ship the same day of departure, no matter what the other posters are saying!. I have done it 3 times since February 2004, just call the cruise line and ask for the RATE OF THE DAY (Carnival still do that!!!) and if you don't mind paying full list, bon voyage. (On my same-day February 2004 sailing on the Ecstacy, I paid $306.00 for a 4 day cruise for myself and my wife, port charges and Govt Tax/Fees included. That is for BOTH of us. Not trying to be argumentative on my first post here, but don't you just hate to see when people are so misinformed!
I agree with the others who have correctly reported that cruiselines must submit their manifests something like 72 hours in advance of sailing.
Like just about everything in the U.S. today, Homeland Security has ALOT to say about what travel companies (including cruise companies) can do.
The only pax who can sail on a ship 'last minute' are pax who are already aboard that ship and have decided to stay aboard for the next cruise. From time to time, we have seen ships offer a great rate if the next cruise is not sold out. "Stay aboard for the next sailing for a greatly reduced fare."
At about 72 hours out, the ONLY people they can sell empty cabins to are those who are already aboard as Homeland Security has already cleared them for travel aboard that ship.
With respect and take no offense, you need to read my entire reply again! I have sailed on a same-day booking as recent as December 13 2004 (this was a booking done over the phone with Carnival (Fascination) for 4 of us the same morning of the sailing - we live about a 25-minute drive from the cruise terminal. And even though 2 of us are repeat cruisers, the other 2 were 1st time cruisers and 1 of them actually travels under a non-United States passport. Don't take my word for it, you can call Carnival (1-888-Carnival) on any day of departure and ask for the Rate of the day! As I said, I booked same day 3 times in 2004 with absoluetly no problems at all.
Geesh Sail7seas! Why don't you call up the cruise-line as I suggested if you are having a problem swallowing your pride and accepting that you have been proved wrong! I made it real easy for you, buddy, just call 1 (888) CARNIVAL! You really work as a food and beverage manager, on a cruise line? LOL
My wife and I are both recently retired and virtually free to travel at any time. In the past, I've heard talk of last minute cruise deals available at the true last minute-ie buy today, leave tomorrow. With past work issues, that wasn't possible, but now---bring them on!
Does anybody have any knowledge of a web site, travel agency, newsletter, or any way to obtain these deals?? I know most go out full, but do they turn their back on people that will go immediately to fill that last empty cabin??
Well Sail ... I just called Carnival as I was "told" to above and this is what Specialist Gerry said:
You cannot just walk up to the pier on embark day and say I'm here, I want a cabin.
You can, however, call in the morning and book, pay for and receive confirmation for a cruise sailing today. You have to be on the list when you arrive at the pier. You do not have to do your Fun Pass on line and can complete all docs at the pier. You do, as ever, have to have all proper ID or you will still be denied boarding
Hate to give credence to someone quite as rude as Bill but ...
OMG it is .... how the heck did that happen? Sorry, but I did learn something today!
Thanks Cruiser for pointing it out ... I will have to pay better attention to the date of the post in the future!