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Old 05-29-2013, 04:33 PM   #2176
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After reading these last few posts, I am wondering if I am the only one who never had a problem finding a seat either up at the cove, or in a show, talk, what have you. I never had a problem with lines either. I think the longest was the one I stood in to get our pic with Captain Fabin. That was maybe 10 min.
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Old 05-29-2013, 04:49 PM   #2177
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I can't say we had trouble finding a seat in the Outlook Cafe. We sometimes couldn't find two together because the would be giving some health seminar up there or people just scattered around. But between the Outlook Cafe, the Cove Cafe and the Cove Pool area, we always found a seat somewhere. And Gladstone always ensured we had a pool chaise when we wanted one. Overall, we didn't feel it was that crowded. The family pool always had open chaise lounges, but we avoided them due to the sun.

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Old 05-29-2013, 04:58 PM   #2178
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That's good to see I was not the only one. I did just realize I made a error. The longest line I waited in the whole two weeks was at Serenity Bay for lunch. That I think took about 20 min or so, but even with, what seemed to be most of the ship over there for lunch, we found a open table to eat at with no problem.
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Old 05-29-2013, 05:07 PM   #2179
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Agreed on the Serenity Bay lunch line. While the tables usually seem full, there's always someone who just finished eating as we leave the food line looking for a table.

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Old 05-30-2013, 04:46 AM   #2180
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We never had any trouble finding seats either - sometimes there would not be free sun loungers at the Cove Pool, but then we would always find a free table there which was just as well. And our favourite times at/in the pool were about 4 to 6 pm, when there were always free loungers.

That said, we did wait in an absolutely horrible line that didn't make us happy at all ... And that was the non-US citizens' line to get off the ship at the port of LA. They had one counter open for non-US citizens (instead of just spreading us among all counters ), and it moved at glacially slow speed because they took a few minutes to process each individual. There were maybe 30-40 people ahead of us, and we spent until almost 11 am in that line, shuffling alongside the Wonder which we had just left. Next to us, literally about 1,000 US citizens walked past, and when there were no more coming and the ship must have been empty, we were still standing there waiting. Very annoying, and it really made us feel pretty second-class.
(Which we had to think of when we arrived back in Germany: everybody in the same line, with lots of people from the US, nobody took more than a few moments at the counter, and no nationality had to wait longer than any other. So it's possible!)
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Old 05-30-2013, 04:48 AM   #2181
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Sorry about our customs, but welcome to sequestration. Also please realize, they was not DCL's fault. They can't control how many customs agents are working.

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Old 05-30-2013, 05:24 AM   #2182
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Sorry about our customs, but welcome to sequestration. Also please realize, they was not DCL's fault. They can't control how many customs agents are working.

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Yes, I didn't make myself clear, but we certainly knew that this was not DCL's fault! Just generally wanted to let off some steam, since we were all talking about waiting in lines.

What is sequestration, though?
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Old 05-30-2013, 06:01 AM   #2183
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Yes, I didn't make myself clear, but we certainly knew that this was not DCL's fault! Just generally wanted to let off some steam, since we were all talking about waiting in lines.

What is sequestration, though?
Oh I know you were not blaming DCL, but it seems every time I take them to L.A. someone likes to blame them for something customs at the port did. So it was more making sure other who read this thread knew that. Sequestration is this government program to save money. So a lot of government agencies must take mandatory furlough days. Looks like you got hit with it at the port. So sorry.

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Old 05-30-2013, 08:19 AM   #2184
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That said, we did wait in an absolutely horrible line that didn't make us happy at all ... And that was the non-US citizens' line to get off the ship at the port of LA. They had one counter open for non-US citizens (instead of just spreading us among all counters ), and it moved at glacially slow speed because they took a few minutes to process each individual. There were maybe 30-40 people ahead of us, and we spent until almost 11 am in that line, shuffling alongside the Wonder which we had just left. Next to us, literally about 1,000 US citizens walked past, and when there were no more coming and the ship must have been empty, we were still standing there waiting. Very annoying, and it really made us feel pretty second-class.
(Which we had to think of when we arrived back in Germany: everybody in the same line, with lots of people from the US, nobody took more than a few moments at the counter, and no nationality had to wait longer than any other. So it's possible!)
I'm with you about the line! And here's the real kicker... I'm a citizen (not that it should make a difference but natural born) and my husband is nearly a 20 year permanent resident. I was ticked! And we were nearly the last ones through. I will say I was pleased that we didn't gave to search for our luggage, wait in a line to get on the bus and we still had ample time to get to LAX for our flight. I just can't believe how they treated people. Thankfully I'm home now and over it!
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Oh I know you were not blaming DCL, but it seems every time I take them to L.A. someone likes to blame them for something customs at the port did. So it was more making sure other who read this thread knew that. Sequestration is this government program to save money. So a lot of government agencies must take mandatory furlough days. Looks like you got hit with it at the port. So sorry.

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There were only two counters not open. I'm pretty sure the line backing up for the non-citizens had nothing to do with the sequester.
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Old 05-30-2013, 09:05 AM   #2186
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Oh I know you were not blaming DCL, but it seems every time I take them to L.A. someone likes to blame them for something customs at the port did. So it was more making sure other who read this thread knew that. Sequestration is this government program to save money. So a lot of government agencies must take mandatory furlough days. Looks like you got hit with it at the port. So sorry.

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I'm going to jump on the complaint train a minute too! And not a DCL one, but a PA Customs "Moment Of The Ridiculous". While disembarking the boat, a flag came up on my passport. Instead of making me cool my heels to the side and wait to talk to an agent, they completely halted the massive disembarkment line, cleared the gangplank, (which took almost 25 minutes) so that an agent could board the boat, then walked me and family passed a few hundred passengers so I could talk to another agent.

He asked me one question. I reported a lost passport 4 years ago (and have traveled on the replacement many times since). Was it still missing? Yep, lost in my house somewhere. Ok. Thanks.

My apologies to anyone caught in the delay. They should have made me wait instead.
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Old 05-30-2013, 10:48 AM   #2187
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Thank you for the explanation! I knew about the program but somehow I thought it was called "furlough", not "sequestration".
Now finally having looked up "furlough" in the dictionary, it is all starting to make sense to me!

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There were only two counters not open. I'm pretty sure the line backing up for the non-citizens had nothing to do with the sequester.
I would say the same (now that I finally know what you are talking about - see above ). The fact that so many counters were open and the US citizens' line was moving very fast, I am guessing this was not a problem of sequestration, but rather poor planning.

Keeping one big line for everybody (citizens and non citizens) and spreading them evenly over all available counters would have been so much fairer. Sure, that would have meant a bit of a longer wait for the citizens as well (because every now and then there would be a few minutes' delay when a non-citizen got called to the counter), but it would have been the same for everybody - instead of "a short wait for most, and a gigantic wait for the foreigners"

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I'm going to jump on the complaint train a minute too! And not a DCL one, but a PA Customs "Moment Of The Ridiculous". While disembarking the boat, a flag came up on my passport. Instead of making me cool my heels to the side and wait to talk to an agent, they completely halted the massive disembarkment line, cleared the gangplank, (which took almost 25 minutes) so that an agent could board the boat, then walked me and family passed a few hundred passengers so I could talk to another agent.

He asked me one question. I reported a lost passport 4 years ago (and have traveled on the replacement many times since). Was it still missing? Yep, lost in my house somewhere. Ok. Thanks.

My apologies to anyone caught in the delay. They should have made me wait instead.
Oh, so THAT's what was happening there! Well, how dare you have mislaid a passport years ago even though you knew that would hold us all up on this cruise? Shame on you!
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That said, we did wait in an absolutely horrible line that didn't make us happy at all ... And that was the non-US citizens' line to get off the ship at the port of LA. They had one counter open for non-US citizens (instead of just spreading us among all counters ), and it moved at glacially slow speed because they took a few minutes to process each individual. There were maybe 30-40 people ahead of us, and we spent until almost 11 am in that line, shuffling alongside the Wonder which we had just left. Next to us, literally about 1,000 US citizens walked past, and when there were no more coming and the ship must have been empty, we were still standing there waiting. Very annoying, and it really made us feel pretty second-class.
(Which we had to think of when we arrived back in Germany: everybody in the same line, with lots of people from the US, nobody took more than a few moments at the counter, and no nationality had to wait longer than any other. So it's possible!)
It must depend on when you get off the ship as we almost went straight through Immigration, but we were off fairly early I think as the later breakfast was still going on in Triton's as we passed. Of the 3 PC's this was the best for disembarking but the other 2 we were late breakfast so that might have been the difference for us. On the first one the line to get off the ship wound right down the shoreside building, across the gangway, and down the side of the ship's deck. This time the line only went back a short way on the shore side, at least when we were getting off.

The problem for us non Americans is that we need to have fingerprints taken and Esta's checked. I guess they think there are less of us onboard so only need to set up that equipment in the one booth but maybe 2 would have been better later on. Getting into the US as a visitor is not the best experience I have to say

If you do a WB Transatlantic it is much worse as you have to go to Immigration very very early in the Buena Vista Theatre. I think 6am was our time, and then when we went to breakfast(late seating so around 8) the early seating hadn't finished because all the crew hadn't even finished being cleared at immigration so cooks and servers missing. What a mess it was. Plus the Immigration guys were very grumpy as DCL appeared to not have given all the correct forms out.:roll eyes: I hope things improve for the next one with passengers next year.
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It must depend on when you get off the ship as we almost went straight through Immigration, but we were off fairly early I think as the later breakfast was still going on in Triton's as we passed.
Yup, we were at the later breakfast! So should we ever sail to L.A. again, we will definitely consider skipping breakfast and heading off the ship early.

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If you do a WB Transatlantic it is much worse as you have to go to Immigration very very early in the Buena Vista Theatre. I think 6am was our time, and then when we went to breakfast(late seating so around 8) the early seating hadn't finished because all the crew hadn't even finished being cleared at immigration so cooks and servers missing. What a mess it was. Plus the Immigration guys were very grumpy as DCL appeared to not have given all the correct forms out.:roll eyes: I hope things improve for the next one with passengers next year.
Uh-oh ... We ARE booked on the next WB Transatlantic! Better not tell DH about this ahead of time ...
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Yup, we were at the later breakfast! So should we ever sail to L.A. again, we will definitely consider skipping breakfast and heading off the ship early.



Uh-oh ... We ARE booked on the next WB Transatlantic! Better not tell DH about this ahead of time ...
I think we will now always either skip breakfast or go to the buffet if we are on late dining and expected to be at late breakfast. So much better at disembarkation.

I am hoping that DCL have learned from the last WBTA experience but I guess the immigration still has to be done. You just have to grin and bear it. It can seem like the US don't want any visitors from other countries the way you can be treated. The officers do seem to be getting a little more 'friendly' though or else we have just been lucky recently.

The year before that experience on the TA which was in 2011, on the prior WBTA(2010) we just got off in Port Canaveral as if we had just been on a Caribbean cruise with no special Immigration checks, only the green forms we had to fill in. It worked so much better but of course now they do more checks etc and we now have the ESTA's.
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