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Jetway-Style Boarding Bridges For Cruise Ships

Tue Jul 24, 2012 7:55 pm

How common are boarding bridges (Jetway-style) for cruise ships?

When I took my first (and only so far) cruise on Carnival's Fascination from Miami in 2001, boarding was done from terminal (it was like an airport terminal, I observed) to ship via a type of boarding bridge like those seen at airports worldwide. On our port visit in Nassau, Bahamas, however, we disembarked and re-embarked ship via a simple standard gangplank.

Over the years, I have seen photos of cruise terminals sporting a variety of Jetway-style tubes, some simple (like standard airport bridges), some enclosed in glass (like some European/Asian airport Jetways), and some with more elaborate switchback designs.

So how common are they, and have you boarded ship that way?

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RE: Jetway-Style Boarding Bridges For Cruise Ships

Tue Jul 24, 2012 8:00 pm

Quoting SmithAir747 (Thread starter):
How common are boarding bridges (Jetway-style) for cruise ships?

I was at Minato Mirai in Yokohama, right across the bay from where a cruise ship would be parked, and I saw they had at least 3 "jetway" gangways for passengers. Apparently goes straight to Japan customs.

I'll have to do some digging but If I find a photo I'll post it.
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RE: Jetway-Style Boarding Bridges For Cruise Ships

Tue Jul 24, 2012 8:55 pm

Saw them as well when I went on my Royal Caribbean cruise in 2008. Pics taken at Port Everglades in FLL:

http://i1264.photobucket.com/albums/jj484/817Dreamliiner/DSC01160.jpg

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RE: Jetway-Style Boarding Bridges For Cruise Ships

Wed Jul 25, 2012 12:14 am

From memory I have boarded cruise ships by jetway in :

Amsterdam
Barcelona
Funchal
Genoa
Malaga
Southampton
 
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RE: Jetway-Style Boarding Bridges For Cruise Ships

Wed Jul 25, 2012 2:37 am

Are they the same jetways as those at the airport? Seems like apart from the missing overhang, it's essentially the same thing used for aircraft.
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RE: Jetway-Style Boarding Bridges For Cruise Ships

Wed Jul 25, 2012 2:44 am

Quoting SmithAir747 (Thread starter):
So how common are they, and have you boarded ship that way?

Not quite like that, but on all the ferry crossings between Scandinavian countries and continental Europe, you board through a "jetway" that just extends horizontally.
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RE: Jetway-Style Boarding Bridges For Cruise Ships

Wed Jul 25, 2012 3:12 pm

I've been on four cruises in a decarde or so and each time boarded the boat by jetway. At ports of call we would egress and ingress at a lower level hatchway and gang plank near dock level.
 
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RE: Jetway-Style Boarding Bridges For Cruise Ships

Wed Jul 25, 2012 5:48 pm

The main reason to board via the elevated gangplank (AKA, Shipway) is to keep passengers out of the way of the busy dock below. Also, it's a way to ensure that customs/immigration is complied with by funneling passengers into the arrivals hall swiftly. (The port of Norfolk, VA has a couple escalators that go straight down to customs, and are situated straight in front of you when you get off the shipway. I'm unsure about other terminals.)

At out-ports, there's generally no on/offload of bags and commisary, so it's easier (and cheaper) to just use the level 0 gangplank.


If you use the Carnival terminal at Long Beach, you'll be using the same terminal that was used, and seen, on The Love Boat, and it had elevated shipways, and very primitive ones at that. Also of note is that particular terminal was designed and built to handle 3 ships at a time.
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RE: Jetway-Style Boarding Bridges For Cruise Ships

Wed Jul 25, 2012 6:18 pm

Having taken a cruise to/from Fort Lauderdale earlier this year, we entered the ship via a jetway-style bridge, but exited (at the end of the cruise) straight on to the dock from the 2nd level of the ship.
 
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RE: Jetway-Style Boarding Bridges For Cruise Ships

Wed Jul 25, 2012 6:29 pm

Here in BCN they have airport-style jetways, but unlike airport ones, they lack air conditioning and they can get pretty HOT in summer!.

Employees and visitors to the ship do board from a standard plank-way on dock-level.

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RE: Jetway-Style Boarding Bridges For Cruise Ships

Thu Jul 26, 2012 2:12 am

Quoting SmithAir747 (Thread starter):



Since you've been on your Carnival cruise, Carnival has built a state of the art terminal at the port of Miami. Their jet way style boarding was even nicer and air conditioned. The enclosures make sense as some people get skittish when walking the plank up to board the ship.
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RE: Jetway-Style Boarding Bridges For Cruise Ships

Fri Jul 27, 2012 1:10 am

As far as I know, the San Francisco cruise terminal has no Jetways. But will the new Pier 27 cruise terminal have them?

What about the piers in New York City, where QM2 and other ships board?

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RE: Jetway-Style Boarding Bridges For Cruise Ships

Fri Jul 27, 2012 4:21 am

The high speed ferry from Dún Laoghaire, Ireland to Holyhead, Wales is jetway-esque.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v284/Fleetwing1627/IMG_0783_f.jpg
 
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RE: Jetway-Style Boarding Bridges For Cruise Ships

Sat Jul 28, 2012 6:55 am

Even in the old Love Boat series, you see people boarding the Pacific or Island Princess via air bridge.
 
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RE: Jetway-Style Boarding Bridges For Cruise Ships

Sat Jul 28, 2012 3:37 pm

Here´s a shot of the jetways here at the Port of Barcelona, attached to the Liberty of the Seas.

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y243/A330Driver/689c2a50.jpg

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RE: Jetway-Style Boarding Bridges For Cruise Ships

Sun Jul 29, 2012 2:14 am

Port of Mobile - 2009

Cruise terminal has a zig-zag bridge to from the terminal to the vessel.
It has a rather steep incline.


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RE: Jetway-Style Boarding Bridges For Cruise Ships

Sun Jul 29, 2012 2:53 am

First time I boarded a ship on a "jet bridge" was in August 1956. I doubt, however, that it was called a "jet bridge" because there were not that many jet planes around at that time, maybe a handful of Tu-104s in addition to some Caravelles on the assembly line and some grounded Comets.

That "jet bridge" was built in the early 30'es - a couple of years after Sir Frank Whittle took out his patent on the jet engine.

Last time I boarded a ship NOT on a jet bridge was in August 2003 - a whale watching boat in Iceland.
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RE: Jetway-Style Boarding Bridges For Cruise Ships

Sun Jul 29, 2012 12:40 pm

Goldenshield: You're thinking of the cruise terminal in San Pedro. I used to go there from time to time as I wanted to see exactly how a 900 foot ship maneuvered itself out of that straight in spot with a narrow channel behind it packed with huge cargo ships. Unfortunately, the last time I went i was chased off by the Port police. They decided that me standing in the parking lot watching the ship getting ready to depart was suspicious. The Long Beach terminal Carnival uses was actually created from the dome that used to house the Spruce Goose. It basically sits broadside to the stern of the Queen Mary. I'll post some pics later.
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RE: Jetway-Style Boarding Bridges For Cruise Ships

Sun Jul 29, 2012 1:55 pm

Quoting NorthstarBoy (Reply 17):
Goldenshield: You're thinking of the cruise terminal in San Pedro. I used to go there from time to time as I wanted to see exactly how a 900 foot ship maneuvered itself out of that straight in spot with a narrow channel behind it packed with huge cargo ships. Unfortunately, the last time I went i was chased off by the Port police. They decided that me standing in the parking lot watching the ship getting ready to depart was suspicious. The Long Beach terminal Carnival uses was actually created from the dome that used to house the Spruce Goose. It basically sits broadside to the stern of the Queen Mary. I'll post some pics later.




Earlier this year, when I visited Los Angeles, I went by San Pedro and Long Beach harbor, and one of Carnival's 88K toners ( I believe the Spirit) was moored at the old Los Angeles cruise terminal.
When I got to the RMS Queen Mary, I saw that the Carnival Splendor was moored there.
You right about that channel being narrow, because when the QM2 visit there, she had to back up into the channel, because she was too tall to fit under the Vincent Thomas bridge and to long to maneuver in front of it. It was worst than an A380 taxing at LAX, but I still love my old home town.   

Quoting Goldenshield (Reply 7):
(The port of Norfolk, VA has a couple escalators that go straight down to customs, and are situated straight in front of you when you get off the shipway. I'm unsure about other terminals.)



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RE: Jetway-Style Boarding Bridges For Cruise Ships

Sun Jul 29, 2012 2:54 pm

Saw them at Helsinki, Stockholm and Mariehamn.

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