boarding a cruise ship on STT
Does anyone have any experience with either boarding or leaving a cruise ship when it is in port here? I hear of people doing this, but wonder about the process. Merci. 🙂
I know someone who took a repositioning cruise to the Med a few years ago & boarded here. I don't know what the process was other than booking it & showing up.
Just have to prearrange with the cruise line. I know when some of our group got off in STT there were special customs and immigration there to handle them. I once picked up a new tenant that came by sea and the WICo people took them down to the Customs to clear by car as they were only two.
I looked into it a few years ago. It was in the context of boarding the ship in STT on its second day of a week-long cruise (leaving port in SJU the previous day).
The cruise line would allow it but you had to disembark upon return to SJU. In other words, it was not a round trip from STT to STT. So essentially it meant paying for a day of cruise not taken and paying for a one-way return trip plane ticket to STT.
A few years ago my parents went on a cruise out of SJU where STT was the last stop. Instead of returning to SJU, they got off with their luggage in STT and stayed with me for a week, flying home from STT. It was no big deal, they just let the cruise know their intentions before the cruise. They did have to pay for the entire cruise.
Hey EE -- Are you planning a vacation? 😀
We have a friend who cannot fly due to health reasons.
We need to find out for him about coming to STX on a cruise ship and leaving later on another ship.
Prolly ferry to STT to return and/or arrive.
Anyone do this?
The STX-STT ferry is flaky and may or may not be in service when you need it. Also, if a ship permits a passenger to to disembark on island for a vacation and then reembark to sail home, they will charge full price for both cruises, because the cabin will not be available in their inventory for both cruises. If the cost of the cruises isn't an issue, then it may be possible to circumvent the ferry problem by hiring a private water taxi, though I don't know of one that is willing to do the STX-STT route.
On one of my class reunion cruises, a classmate's Mom got on here, met us in Miami for the cruise in her second week, and then got off her in her third week. Although she was only on for 2 weeks, she paid for three!
If they can't fly do to health reasons you may not want them on the stx to stt ferry. On a calmish day its rough. Its called the vomit comet. People who do not have problems with sea sickness normally feel it on this one. Its much rougher then any air plane flight.
Have they slowed/stopped the cruises coming to stx? They might want to try one of them.
His problem is due to head injury not nausea.
If cruises to STX continue he might be able to catch one down and back on another but may want to see three islands while here.
Maybe hire a charter flight with priviso fly low.
Does anyone know what altitude Seaborne makes?