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Being Late for the Cruise

It is a good idea to allow plenty of time tocanoechasingship get to the ship on the day of departure. Sometimes one can be lulled into a false sense of security after many successful embarkations.

For instance, one might plan to arrive in Seattle at 1:30 when the ship is set to depart at 4:00. That seems like plenty of time. However, a plane delay of 45 minutes or a flat tire can put you in jeopardy of missing the ship.

“Oh, well,” you might say. “I will just fly or drive to the first port and join the ship there.” That does work to a certain extent; however, in the U.S. we have to deal with the Jones Act. This elderly law states that you can’t embark from a different U.S. port.  That’s why there are no cruises from Los Angeles to San Francisco. However, it’s OK to go roundtrip from either port.

For instance, to go to Alaska, you can go roundtrip from Seattle. But if you miss the ship, you have to miss two nights on board and meet the ship in Ketchikan. On the return, you have to get off the ship in Victoria, spend the night and then get a ferry back to Seattle to fly home.

So, missing the ship means that you miss three our of seven nights you have paid for and paying for accommodations and transportation that you didn’t expect. Travel insurance would cover this if you had purchased it. Otherwise, it’s kind of sad and expensive.

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