I am an American cruising on Norwegian Joy Sept 7th. We have a friend who might not qualify for admission to Canada. If she stays on board the ship while docked in Canada (6 hrs) is that ok, or would she be prevented from taking the cruise?

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    Have you asked the cruise line about that? I don't know if Canada has rules against it, but the company may have some of their own. – Henning Makholm Jun 19 at 19:08
  • Hm, departing from US (Seattle) and maybe not being alllowed into Canada. That's an odd situation. I (Dutch citizen) once flew from NY to Toronto and tried to pass immigration or whatever - no way José! Just walk on. – Paul Palmpje Jun 19 at 19:27
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    @PaulPalmpje The issue may not be nationality. Their friend may, for instance, have a drunk driving conviction. Canada often refuses or at least makes life difficulty for US citizens with that on their record, much less some major felony. – Andrew Lazarus Jun 19 at 22:33
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    There are some arcane regulations governing the operation of cruise ships to & from the US due to the Marine Passenger Services Act. But I don't think that they dictate that a passenger must get off the ship in a foreign port, merely that there must be a stop. (Of course, Norwegian's policies still might not allow for an inadmissible passenger to board in the first place, independently of US law.) – Michael Seifert Jun 20 at 12:09
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    On another level, I suspect that the cruise ship operators deal with this more frequently than you might think; plenty of people who are inadmissible to Canada don't know they're inadmissible until they actually arrive at the border. So I'll echo @HenningMakholm's advice to ask the cruise line directly, and then come back here and let us know what they say. – Michael Seifert Jun 20 at 12:14

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