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  1. I thought we were talking about missing the ship for any number of reasons, not just through inadvertence on the part of the passenger. This particular sidebar was started because of an off statement someone made that I responded to. Will the typical cruiser who misses the ship because of a medical emergency have funds advanced by the State Department? Probably not. Can I conceive of a circumstance when it could happen? Yes, I can. Would I personally rely on it? No. But as stated it is good to know what options are available, just in case.
  2. Yes, it is rare, but it does happen. They most certainly make the traveler exhaust every other means of obtaining funds, including taking out loans from a bank.
  3. If you miss the ship you likely have those expenses anyway since on many islands flights are limited and even if there is a flight there is no guarantee you'll have a seat on it and having a passport isn't going to assist with those expenses (although a travel insurance policy might depending on the circumstances). And actually the State Department does have the ability to advance US citizens cash under certain circumstances.
  4. I think that he used port authority meaning port agent. Port agent is a person, port authority is an organization.
  5. A renewal may be done by mail and may be done 15 years from the issue date of a 10 year passport (so 5 years). If the passport is expired longer than that then it needs to be applied for in person which carries an extra processing fee.
  6. This is what I am thinking as well. If I were still in I would wear my dress uniform in a heartbeat.
  7. Everyone's situation is different and if they don't have any travel planned for the foreseeable future at expiry why rush? Just remember to renew it before your next trip. Of course if you need to have a valid passport at all times then renew but many people don't fall into that category.
  8. Yes, one should know whom to seek out in such instances. As I understand it the port agent's number is listed in most daily papers put out by the cruise lines.
  9. You are right, I used the term used by the PP and obviously it is the wrong term. Port agent is responsible for helping you.
  10. I googled it once and it came up with a list of about 20 countries as I recall (but I didn't count them). You can also go the www.state.gov and look at the info for individual countries for their requirement. (And it should be noted that the 6 month requirement is from the end of your trip, not the beginning, so if you were staying in such a country for a month you would need 7 months validity on the day that you arrive.)
  11. It is exactly the port authority's job to assist passengers in this situation and it is the port authority you would turn to in order to obtain such assistance, particularly if you are in a port with no State Department presence.
  12. The 6 month requirement is only imposed by certain countries and most especially when arriving by air. It does not apply to cruises for the most part (except Cuba). As long as your passport is valid on the day you return to the US you will be fine. I will let my travel plans dictate when I renew, which means if I'm not planning any travel for a year after expires then I'll let it expire and renew it before we travel (but I am not in a position where I need a fully valid passport at all times).
  13. So you're willing to listen to the horror stories but not the one's with a happy ending. To each her own.
  14. If you have a medical emergency you will likely have to receive local care at first in order to be stabilized, so if you answer "no" to the first question then you probably shouldn't choose an itinerary with that port. Everyone one who travels should do as much research as possible before traveling, but of course human nature being what it is I know that many won't. That doesn't affect me and I have a low tolerance for self-inflicted wounds. The mainstream lines offer suites, and service and they treat all passengers with dignity and respect but if you have a medical emergency you will be likely left ashore, not "to be left to die" but because your chances on shore are better than they are on the ship in most situations (the case you cite about the passenger who remained onboard is a good example, they aren't equipped to handle such issues and unfortunately neither was the previous port evidently). Cruising isn't for everyone.
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