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Cruise Advisory. New U.S. Customs Rules Require Earlier Boarding. Passengers Must Be Prompt or Risk Missing Departure!

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This article is reproduced from the Travel Insured eNewsletter.  

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection Department, effective Feb. 18, 2008, began requiring cruise ships to submit full lists of onboard passengers 60 minutes before departure. The Cruise Line Industry Association (CLIA) notes that lines now require passengers at the pier at least 90 minutes to 2 hours before scheduled departure to allow time for security screening and boarding.

Clients should submit their identification information before departure day and use online check-in services offered by each cruise line. Passengers may be denied boarding if they are not on time! This is one more reason to urge clients to arrive at their port city the night before their cruise. Just as with government security rules at airports, being on time for a cruise departure is a passenger’s responsibility. Being late due to government rules is not covered by trip cancellation or delay protection.

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