You can check-in early at the terminal (9:30ish) and then go have lunch on the Queen Mary on in downtown Long Beach. They will assign you a boarding group and give you a time to return. When you come back you will wait with your group to board.
A Bad Day At Sea [with power] Always Beats A Good Day At Work
Alaska 2014 - haven't picked a cruise yet
Carnival: Glory 2004, Destiny 2008, Splendor 2009, Freedom 2011, Valor 2012
Celebrity: Summit 2011
Princess: Ruby 2010, Caribbean 2013