Leaving ship early?

we have booked NCL Jewel back to back in April. It leaves Oahu and goes to Papeete, then it’s Papeete back to Oahu. So here’s my question. The last stop before Oahu is Kahului , Maui.

We have a place on Maui and would like to get off one day early.

Anyone have any experience with this?

6 Answers

Never but an interesting question. Would like to see the answer because I .have seen people get off in Nassau with luggage but assumed they were workers on a shift change over

I remember Debbie posting about her son’s experience with this.

He had to write out a letter asking for permission to disembark early without a fine. I don’t remember what the final outcome was.

I also remember reading somewhere (don’t remember where) years ago that a lady had to disembark early and didn’t get permission. Here fine was $200.


As usual in these out of ordinary cases best to consult the cruise line’s customer service agents over the phone.

Best wishes, hope it all works out for you.

I believe there was another thread similar to this in the past 2 years and I believe the best solution was to reach out to the cruise line and most are able to and willing to accommodate. One can always get off a ship and just not board again but it is a courtesy and kindness to let the cruise line know and also helps to get your luggage off and account settled. Al;so might need to check with the local customs as even though you are a US citizen and both ports are in the same state they may not be equipped for departure at all ports.

Just found this...interesting...but way more than courtesy and kindness...you get off, even with luggage, and don't tell them you're not coming back, what happens at departure time??? they wait?? and wait?? you know where this is going....once upon a time (very recently) I was the first one to actually BOARD a BREAKAWAY CLASS ship, and somehow they didn't know I was onboard...first they called, and then security knocked to make sure I was onboard and I was me. very pleasant, we laffed etc...but I too have seen peeps getting off at various ports in the W Carib, and they definitely weren't crew. so it can be done but by all means notify the cruise line, it may even cause an official itinerary change...get it in writing if possible.

Cool itinerary Bubba! The cruise line has to arrange a special exception for you to disembark early, but you’ll have already been back in the US for a few days so your request should be easy to accommodate. Happy cruising!

Several years ago, I got off a Royal Caribbean ship in Boston during a transatlantic cruise from Europe. I contacted guest services and explained the reason for wanting to get off in Boston. Guest services took care of everything including clearance through security because you must be cleared through security. Disembarkation as a walk off was no different than the regular disembarkation process for walk offs except I disembarked in Massachusetts instead of Florida. You will get looks from other guests because they will be going on tours and returning to the ship whereas when you get off with your luggage, you will not be returning to the ship. Getting off the ship early was a breeze for me. Can’t say what the policy may be today. I paid no fee.

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