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Old 03-09-2012, 03:05 PM   #1
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Question Cruising with a DUI

We are supposed to be cruising in May to Alaska out of Seattle and back to Seattle. I have just learned in the last week that my dh who has a dui from 10 years ago may be denied boarding in Seattle. Has anyone had any experience with this? We don't have enough time to apply for anything as we have less than 100 days.
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Old 03-09-2012, 03:18 PM   #2
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We are supposed to be cruising in May to Alaska out of Seattle and back to Seattle. I have just learned in the last week that my dh who has a dui from 10 years ago may be denied boarding in Seattle. Has anyone had any experience with this? We don't have enough time to apply for anything as we have less than 100 days.
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While I have no experienc with this, I did a quick google search (more out of curiousity because I didn't even know this policy existed)

Looks like RT in and out of Seattle is fine, and otherwise most people are fine too (in and out of Vancouver, provided it's a long time that has passed).

Here is the cruise critic thread I found that may help http://boards.cruisecritic.com/archi...t-1292558.html
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Old 03-09-2012, 03:23 PM   #3
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100 days should be plenty of time if you need some documentation.

I'd start with an immediate call to DCL or your travel agent. This needs to be handled thru official channels rather than DIS advice.
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We talked to Disney and they won't say with either way. We talked to someone at the Canadian consulate on the phone and he said he didn't seem to think we would have a problem. He gave us an email address and we have e-mailed and no responce. If you go on the website for Canada it states the paperwork can take 6 months to a year so that does not leave us with any time. We actually have less then 80 days.

Just wondering if anyone has had any experince or knowledge
Wasn't looking for legal advice
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Old 03-09-2012, 03:41 PM   #5
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American entering Canada or the other way around can be refused entry in to the country if they have any form of criminal record regardless of time since their conviction. A man from our province several years ago tried to enter Maine with a very old DUI conviction he was stopped by American Border guards and arrested, it took 6 months before he was released by Maine authorities sent back to Canada and told he could never enter The US again. Here is and old news story and the link to it.


Canada Would Ban Bush - But There Are Loopholes By Rebecca Cooper (ABC News)

W A S H I N G T O N, Nov. 3 - Even if George W. Bush is elected president, he may need special permission to get into Canada because of his arrest for drunken driving.

The Republican candidate for president acknowledged for the first time on Thursday that he was arrested for driving under the influence on Labor Day weekend in 1976, near his family home in Kennebunkport, Maine.

According to Canada's Criminal Code, Bush is deemed an "inadmissible" person, in violation of Section 19 (2) (a.1) of the Immigration Act of Canada.

In other words, he has committed a crime considered an indictable offense in Canada, and, because of that he is banned.

http://www.drunkdrivingdefense.com/c...s/bush-dui.htm
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Don't know about boarding in Seattle but crossing into Canada by Car you can not go into Canada with a DUI any time in your past. There might be a fee? I would call US Customs DCL might not know.

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I don't know why this would be an issue getting on in Seattle. That is in t
he US. It seems the worst thing that could happen is if your ship stops in Canada you may not be allowed to get off there. In the US you should be fine.

We won a trip to Lake Louise a few years ago. I was stressing because my husband had a DUI 30 years ago. We decided to take our chances and it never came up.
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100 days should be plenty of time if you need some documentation.
After looking into it, it can take up to 6 months to get a response from Canada. You would think there would be a disclaimer on the DCL website about this.

How many stops do you have in Canada?
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After looking into it, it can take up to 6 months to get a response from Canada. You would think there would be a disclaimer on the DCL website about this.

How many stops do you have in Canada?
We have one stop in Victoria and it is for 3 hours...
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I don't know why this would be an issue getting on in Seattle. That is in t
he US. It seems the worst thing that could happen is if your ship stops in Canada you may not be allowed to get off there. In the US you should be fine.

We won a trip to Lake Louise a few years ago. I was stressing because my husband had a DUI 30 years ago. We decided to take our chances and it never came up.
The thing is, once you board the ship, DCL takes responsibility for everyone on the ship, and their entrance and exit from foreign countries. On a closed loop cruise, you never need your passport or birth certificate once you are on the ship. They don't check your documentation when you disembark at a port for the day. They just check your KTTW card and a photo ID. The entire ship is cleared (or not cleared) through customs, not the individual people. So if anyone is ineligible to enter one of the ports that the ship docks in, the entire ship, technically, is denied entrance. They will not allow you on the ship if you cannot enter all ports that the ship docks at. Now, of course, they have to know about it to stop you, but you can't just say "I won't get off the boat in Canada." If you're on the ship, you have to be *able* to get off the ship in Canada.

OP, definitely call US Customs and Canadian Customs if you can find a phone number. Frequently, cruises have different rules than driving or flying into Canada.

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I had no idea a law like this existed! We will be going on the Alaskan cruise out of Vancouver in Aug 2013 and plan on staying a couple days prior checking out Vancouver. We plan on flying. I am sure my IL's will invite one of their son's and his wife. He has had a DUI so does this mean he can't go??

I recently read where a judge banned a 17 year old driver from EVER driving in Rhode Island for the rest if hif life! I was shocked by that and now I hear that people can be banned from a whole country!!
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I had no idea a law like this existed! We will be going on the Alaskan cruise out of Vancouver in Aug 2013 and plan on staying a couple days prior checking out Vancouver. We plan on flying. I am sure my IL's will invite one of their son's and his wife. He has had a DUI so does this mean he can't go??

I recently read where a judge banned a 17 year old driver from EVER driving in Rhode Island for the rest if hif life! I was shocked by that and now I hear that people can be banned from a whole country!!
You also will need to call customs.

Geez I never knew this law existed.
But wouldn't you think DCL SHOULD know the laws????? They are the ones sailing there!
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Alcohol-related driving offenses, such as driving while intoxicated (DWI), driving while ability-impaired, and driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol, are criminal offenses in Canada. Penalties are heavy, and any prior conviction (no matter how old or how minor the infraction) is grounds for exclusion from Canada. Americans with a DWI record must seek a waiver of exclusion from Canadian authorities before traveling to Canada, which requires several weeks or months to process.

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I had no idea a law like this existed! We will be going on the Alaskan cruise out of Vancouver in Aug 2013 and plan on staying a couple days prior checking out Vancouver. We plan on flying. I am sure my IL's will invite one of their son's and his wife. He has had a DUI so does this mean he can't go??
It means he would need to get busy and take care of the paperwork necessary to become "rehabilitated" in Canada. From what I'm reading, it's a pricey process that can take several months. Either he does that, or he doesn't go. He risks either not being allowed to board the ship or, if he somehow makes it into Canada & is found out, being arrested. I'm not even sure they'd let him on the plane if the airlines knew.

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Old 03-09-2012, 08:11 PM   #15
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I don't think so......

My husband and I traveled on Celebrity to Alaska this past June. He had a DUI many years ago before Marriage and Kids. Our cruise was from Seward Alaska to Vancouver. We were worried about the law, but when we got to Vancouver, we went through Customs without a problem. The custom guy just looked at our passports. It was not like when you fly, and they swipe your passport into the computer. I do not think you would have a problem on a cruise.
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