Of course, the time between check-in (getting your sail and sign card) and actually getting on the ship will vary. If there is no line, you will proceed to the "welcome aboard" picture area, scanner for carry-on luggage, picture for the sail and sign card, and then on to the ship. If there is a line, and there probably will be one, you will be directed to some chairs to sit until you are called (as a group). We always get to port early (around 10:30am) because we just can't wait to get on board. We've always been able to board by noon. The time in the chairs goes fast. Relax, read a book, chat with a neighbor and before you know it, your vacation will officially begin!
have a great time!