noname111
Contributor Level: Captain

Do you check on your ports, aside from excursions?

I remember reading a review in which the reviewers mother was not allowed to board an Alaska cruise because she was from Mexico and did not have the proper documents to enter Canada.  I recall the person being extremely terse with the cruise line for not informing him/her about this requirement.  Being objective, my first thought was that the cruise line cannot possibly alert every passenger of their specific visa requirements. Then I thought... well they do inform passengers to check for themselves... so clearly someone dropped the ball on the "checking for themselves" part.  In any event, I felt bad enough about it to post about this site (applies to US travelers).

Do you check Visa requirements, vaccination/inoculation requirements, etc. prior to your traveling out of your home country?

 

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noname111
Contributor Level: Captain

For U.S. citizens... US Passports and International Travel is a great resource for checking into the particulars of your destinations.

http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/country.html

This site provides a snapshot of any country you plan to travel to, including visa requirements, alerts & warnings, inoculation requirements, etc. I just ran through our fall cruise itinerary to be sure.

Peace of mind is worth a few minutes of your time, right?  

 

Bubba54
Contributor Level: Captain

Yes, I will check the ports we are traveling to and see what is required from me. If I am not sure I will call the cruise line directly and ask. Thanks for the link.

noname111
Contributor Level: Captain

Your welcome!  I find that people on this site tend to be better informed.  Some of the questions I see posted on social media sites leave me astounded at the lack of initiative people have to verifying what they need to have in order to board or enter foreign ports.

glomarrone
Contributor Level: Admiral

I always check for travel alerts/advisories, health inspection reports, inoculation requirements and visa rules. I also confirm with the cruiseline,too about which visas they get for me and which I need to acquire on my own.   It always pays to be informed.  As a passenger it is your job, not the cruisline's job.  It states this on their Websites.

noname111
Contributor Level: Captain

Glomarrone, I agree with you 1000000%  It amazes me when people get all bent out of shape with the cruise line for not letting them know. I always want to say "how about taking responsibility for checking yourself, did that ever occur to you?" 

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