noname111
Contributor Level: Captain

"In transit" - What does it mean for you?

The "in transit" subject came up in another discussion but after some of the responses, it seems a good one on its own.You may have seen the term "in transit" associated with various aspects of a cruise. You may only see it mentioned briefly but if it applies, you get additional information delivered to your stateroom prior to the end of your cruise.

In your personal experience, how has in transit status been handled?

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DVCruise
Contributor Level: Captain

Very simply - you are given an in-transit card when you are getting ready to disembark on a B2B cruise. The only place that it is used or needed is at the terminal when you circle around to to re-embark on the same ship.  This allows you to bypass the hundreds of people waiting to enter the terminal and is a necessity for security to wave you through.

On the evening prior to disembarking, you receive an envelope containing your in-transit card, your new cruise card and a letter instructing you where to meet in the morning for disembarking.

Should you decide to stay in the port and embark later in the day, the in transit card gets you through the process without having to wait in line for paperwork or cruise cards.

In-transit makes B2B cruising simple and fast!

Johngold
Moderator
Contributor Level: Captain

Interesting.... In transit means  more to me than some as I see that term every day when dealing with freight. But I can see Debbie's  point. When we did the Panama, the B2B portion was from San Francisco, but we did not get the cards. Instead those who were staying on  board went to breakfast and had to stop on the way with some customs folks and then all was fine. I think getting off and on the ship would be dumb if you booked the two or three cruises as one.

DVCruise
Contributor Level: Captain

My understanding from Princess was that it depended upon the number of passengers who were staying on the B2B as to whether customs "came on board" or you had to walk off .. in other words, if only a handful, then the process was simplified.

I will know more when I do my 3 B2Bs out of Ft. Lauderdale in a few days and will report back then Happy

noname111
Contributor Level: Captain

For Royal Caribbean, our 2015 experience went like this...

  • We received a letter to our stateroom a few days into the cruise to confirm our in transit status and to let us know more details would be forth coming toward the end of the cruise. 
  • The night before the end of cruise #1, we received detailed instructions which included the next morning's anticipated schedule and our group's meeting place.
  • All in transit passengers gathered in the designated lounge, we were accounted for by name and cabin number.
  • We were processed off the first cruise by doing a last time check out with the pass card from cruise #1 
  • We were handed new cards for  cruise #2 and did a first time check in with the new pass card.

For in transit passengers opting to take an excursion or head off on their own for the day, they received a special pass to re-board the ship and were able to bypass the standard check-in and pick up their cruise pass card. In all, it went very well.

noname111
Contributor Level: Captain

On a related note...

Some people may notice the terms "in transit only" or "disembark only" as a requirement of some shore excursions. These excursions are set up for passengers who are doing B2B cruises and want to explore the point of embarkation rather than sit around the ship all day. It also alleviates some transition issues resulting from harried new cruisers boarding and getting familiar with the ship.

The "disembark only" excursions are only for passengers who have ended their cruise and are not reboarding. Most of these include airport transfer as that is where they conclude.

cruznjan
Contributor Level: Staff Captain

I've never seen it related to cruising.

deke01
Contributor Level: Cruise Director

 

Not really dumb when you consider not all B2B cruises return to the departure port of cruise 1.  As an extreme example, you might book an around the world cruise as a single cruise of 100 days while I booked only a portion of your trip as a series of B2B cruises that lasted 50 days.  My end port will be just another one of your many ports of call. 

 

As another example, in the early 90s I sailed on a ship that made a Caribe circuit every 7 days.  For me it was a vacation that returned to my starting point in Montego Bay, Jamaica.  For others, it was inter-island transportation with embarkation and disembarkation at any of the island and South American ports of call. 

 

noname111
Contributor Level: Captain

I think I understand what you are getting at, johngold.  

My thought about "getting off and on the ship" is that customs authorities do not make a distinction in booking type. They just see each transition as a new cruise on which every passenger is subject to the same boarding requirement and not all customs authorities are willing to come on board for processing in transit passengers. We lucked out with that in Copenhagen even though it was two separate cruises. 

I am interested to hear DebbieVi's experience in FLL. She is taking the same trip as we are booked on in February. We booked it as one 2 week cruise but there is an option to book the same time periods as 1 week cruises. On the transition day halfway through, I'm not sure what we are going to have to do.

 

meghad23
Contributor Level: Captain

All great information. In recent discussion on B2B and the In transit, i'm starting to blend 2 of my desires possibly together... a panama canal cruise and B2B... I'm still researching , but what i've come across is most Panama cruises are 1 ways, not a loop... 

OldGreyWolf
Contributor Level: Cruise Director

This is all very excellent information. Thank you so much.

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