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  1. This is a case of someone traveling to the US. CBP was the appropriate agency to answer the question about whether a Venezuelan national could enter the US with a passport having less than six months remaining validity. Confirmation from CBP that it was legal to do so was key to MSC's approval for a Venezuelan passenger to get a waiver of MSC's internal requirement that all passengers have at least 6 months validity on their passports. My only question is about the OP's original mention of "other countries" that the cruise was visiting. Certainly CBP isn't the right agency to answer that.
  2. They don't have ferries that run that routing any longer. There are two "local" routes from Hamilton, Green and Pink, neither of which go to Dockyard. The Blue Route runs between Hamilton and Dockyard without stopping elsewhere. Here's the ferry schedule: http://www.marineandports.bm/Documents/Ferry/Summer Ferry Schedule 2019.pdf
  3. Of course you needed ID to enter Nassau. You just didn't have to wave an ID at anyone. The cruise line provides your passport information to the country you're visiting which then approves your right to enter the country. Then when you were leaving the ship the cruise line swiped your card, which identified it was you going ashore. If the Bahamas did not want you going ashore your record would have been flagged and cruise ship security would have prevented you from getting off the ship. If you read your daily cruise new letter carefully in every port you'll see something that says you have to carry your ship room key card and photo ID ashore (unless of course you actually need your passport, in which case they will tell that). Many ports in the Caribbean don't bother to check your ID even though you should carry one. Nassau always checks and Bermuda always checks. Every port can check if they choose to.
  4. This particular issue isn't a problem your travel agent can solve. It's a systems issue at NCL that they're attempting to fix.
  5. Sorry, but when you post an opinion others have the right to express their disagreement.
  6. I agree that was the problem. Nassau is a port that requires cruise ship passengers to show a photo ID when returning to the cruise terminal.
  7. Am I happy that I can't make my dinner reservations right now ? No ! Do I think this is some earth-shaking problem? No ! They'll get it fixed and we'll all be able to make our dinner reservations . If this is the biggest life problem I'm going to experience this year I'll be very happy. It's an annoyance, and nothing more.
  8. They're saying what you would need it you don't have a passport. If you have a passport you don't need anything else.
  9. All I can say is one of the three elevator operators got it right by not forcing you to go to level 1. The problem is that because the jobs at the cruise terminal are part time, only existing on cruise days, a lot of the longshoremen and others working there really don't have much experience because it's not their regular job. I've talked to many who've told me their regular work is at the various cargo terminals in the area and they just do the cruise terminal job as overtime work to make extra money. I've had a couple of porters who didn't even know how to get from the street level to the parking lot. I had to tell them which elevator goes up there versus just going to level 2. One guy insisted I was wrong, until the elevator operator forced everyone to get off at level 2...which forced us to have to then have to walk to and wait for the right elevator. Needless to say he didn't get as big a tip as I usually give the porters.
  10. I'd recommend taking the free NCL ferry to St. George and then a taxi to Clearwater Beach. The taxi should be $20 or less. In May they went back to the old version of the bus schedule, which in theory at least does include service to Clearwater Beach on the #6, but given the shakiness of the bus service these days as well as the fact that even if all the scheduled runs are made the bus that drops at Clearwater only runs once an hour, my inclination is to take a taxi anyway. https://www.gov.bm/sites/default/files/Bus-Schedule-May-2019.pdf
  11. I've found it's fairly easy to obtain more medication with a bit of advance planning. Prescription drug plans typically allow you to refill well before the previous fill has been fully consumed. My experience over the past few years has been that I can refill a 90 day supply approximately 3 weeks to a month before the 90 day supply has expired. By doing this on a regular, repeated basis I can have up to six months supply of my medications on hand if I need them for an extended trip. Note: I see another poster said pretty much the same thing a couple of posts back.
  12. Do it on your own and save a lot of money. Take the ferry to Hamilton, the #10 or 11 bus from Hamilton to Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo, then after you're done get back on a #10 or 11 bus to the caves. You can return either by reversing your route...#10 or 11 as well as #1 or 3 to Hamilton and ferry to Dockyard, or continuing on #10 or 11 (or 1 or 3) to St. George and the ferry from St. George to Dockyard. A one day transportation pass, good on all buses and ferries is $19 per adult. Adult admission to BAMZ is $10, a combination ticket for both caves is $35 per person. So for $64 per person you can do this on your own. I assume the reference to 4 hours in the title is the length of your cruise line excursion. You really don't have enough time to do the tour on your own and spending sufficient time at the attractions in 4 hours. Doing it on your own you can make a stop for lunch at the famous Swizzle Inn, which is across the street from the caves.
  13. We've never had a problem taking factory sealed packages and bottles of water off the ship in Bermuda. Not that I've been to every port in the world, but I have cruised extensively and have never been to a port where you couldn't take a bottle of water off the ship.
  14. Good! Glad to hear he wasn't charging more than he should. Unfortunately once in a while a driver does.
  15. FYI, the official government-set rate is $70 per hour for 5 - 7 passengers, so if he was charging $75 he was violating the rules.
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