Effective February 18, 2008 - Passengers MUST be on board at least two hour prior to departure
Cruise ships departing from U.S. ports will be required by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, to provide the full passenger and crew manifest to the U.S. government 2 hours prior to departure starting Feb. 18, 2008. This means that all cruise guests will need to be on board at least *two hours before the ship’s scheduled departure.
In order for the ship to be able to depart port on time (passengers need to be on board and not waving to the ship from the pier), following these suggested travel tips will ensure an on-time departure for all:
If a passenger does not make it aboard the ship in the allotted 2 hours-before-departure timeframe, they may be denied boarding because their name has not been vetted by U.S. government databases.
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Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced that effective January 31, 2008, all travelers, including U.S. citizens, entering the United States through all ports of entry (including land and sea ports) will no longer have the option of orally declaring their citizenship. This previously accepted, but rare, practice of proving citizenship through oral declaration will no longer be sufficient. Cruise passengers must present the appropriate identification or risk being denied boarding.
What does the January 31, 2008 discontinuation of the oral citizenship declaration option mean to you?
Currently, cruise lines generally require proof of citizenship and a government-issued ID for boarding. This typically means a driver’s license along with proof of citizenship in the form of either a:
Cruise passengers on international voyages who do not have proper citizenship and identification documentation will not be allowed to board their cruise after January 31, 2008.
Once again, as of January 31, 2008, all travelers, including U.S. citizens, seeking to enter the United States through land and sea ports of entry must present documents proving citizenship (passport) and government-issued identification (such as a driver’s license).
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