Health Questionnaire when Embarking

I have noticed that not all Ports make you fill out the Health Questionnaire when embarking - Ft Lauderdale (Port Everglades and Vancouver to name two) while LA (San Pedro) is a stickler for it and is my first stop before I go up the escalator.

I thought it was a requirement and wonder if anyone knows why some ports don't require it?

15 Answers

I was just at Ft. Lauderdale and they made me do it for my cruise?

Every line has a different questionnaire and policies. Maybe its a line thing?

Which port in Ft Lauderdale did you leave from?

Honestly, I do not remember a cruise where we did not have to fill out a health questionnaire. Sadly, if someone is sick when they board they are not usually truthful on the form. Who wants to get turned away from boarding? It is an unfortunate reality.

Is the questionnaire from a US agency? Vancouver is a Canadian port.

I agree that it is a good thing that's why it surprised me when I didn't have to do it. When you enter the terminal in LA, there is a small desk with the forms and a ton of people being instructed to fill it out before proceeding (which I think is really dumb and really bogs down the process). I know now to grab the form and head upstairs!

Its unfortunate that this could not be part of the online check in but timing needs to be immediate to the departure and people can check-in well in advance of their departure date.

If port agents asked the questions out loud to each passenger, it is a bit intrusive on individual privacy. Even though HIPAA does not apply, I would be uncomfortable overhearing other passenger's health-related responses or stating our own out loud.

Having touch pads at the check-in counter where each passenger would have to enter responses to each of the questions might be an option... but the expense of it is probably why cruise lines have not already instituted it.

Maybe they’ve just all blurred together, but I seem to recall filling them out before every big-ship cruise for many years now – whether embarking in US, Canadian or European ports.

I have filled one out for each cruise here in the USA and in Europe.

I have only sailed out of Miami and Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades) and I had to complete at both.

The only cruise port in Fort Lauderdale is Port Everglades.

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