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Can I Cruise With an Arrest Warrant?

Hopefully cruising with a warrant is something that you have to worry about… but the question does come up from time to time.

So what will happen if you cruise from Galveston while you’re wanted by the law?

You’ll be arrested.

Every cruise passenger is run through a database and checked by customs enforcement. That means if you have any warrants in your name, they will appear to officers.

In fact, according to law enforcement website, five people were recently arrested when they arrived back in Galveston after their cruise…

“Here is some advice from the Galveston Port Police. If you are planning a cruise you should make sure you have no outstanding felony warrants anywhere. If you do, you will hear a knock on your stateroom door when your ship docks in Galveston and it will be the U.S. Customs Service and Galveston Port Police on the other side and you will be carted off to the Galveston County Jail.

“Port Police Investigator Clemente Garcia told The Police News today just such an incident occurred Saturday when five cruise returnees wound up in the county jail instead of on their way home.

“Garcia says the personal information on cruise passengers is given to U.S. Customs Police when they leave on the cruise. While they are on the cruise every passenger is checked for warrants. Then, when they return, the agents and police board the ship, go to their cabins and arrest them. They do not wait for passenger unloading.”

It’s tough to escape the long arm of the law, even on the open seas.

6 Responses so far.

  1. mark says:

    Leaving out of galveston tx to cacumen. If I have a warrent from way back will i have a problem?

  2. Galveston Cruise Tips says:

    We aren’t legal experts, but it’s not a good idea to cruise with a warrant. Law enforcement checks passengers lists against outstanding warrants.

  3. morgan says:

    to be clear, a warrant from a speeding ticket and not a felon is not a good idea?

  4. Galveston Cruise Tips says:

    We’re not cops or lawyers, but would suggest you get it cleared up beforehand. No reason to have to look over your shoulder the entire trip.

  5. Scott says:

    I have a class c misdemeanor warrant I can’t take care of till after the cruise. Can I still go on the cruise and will I be arested?

  6. Galveston Cruise Tips says:

    We’re not lawyers but we’d get the warrant taken care of ASAP. No sense in having it hanging over your head.

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