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I am taking a last minute cruise Jun 30 on Carnival Ectasy out of Galveston. What would be the best time to arrive at the dock for a 4pm sailing. I was planning on arriving about 1pm. Concerned about when they clear the Guaranteed room list? Will I be waiting until 4pm to receive a room?
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We almost always book guaranteed cabin and it has always been assigned by the time we got to the pier. The baggage handlers have to know, so that your bags go to the right cabin, so they have a list. We even go an hour or so before earliest listed boarding time, since hubby always allows time for car troubles, etc. And, they have always had our cabin ready and assigned already.
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I am taking a last minute cruise Jun 30 on Carnival Ectasy out of Galveston. What would be the best time to arrive at the dock for a 4pm sailing. I was planning on arriving about 1pm. Concerned about when they clear the Guaranteed room list? Will I be waiting until 4pm to receive a room?
Colorcrazie: Congratulations on the last minute cruise!!!

Don't worry: Arrive whenever you like. As long as it's before the ship sails.

Cabins are assigned and the manifest is set BEFORE guests board. That's how the porters know who's in what cabin. In most likelihood you will receive your cabin assignment with your documents or you can check and see if a cabin has been assigned when you fill out your Online Funpass.

Have a great time.
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We are Going out of Galveston on The Conquest and we are Going to Go around 10:30AM or 11AM, If you get there around 1 PM then everyone who boards at that time will be ahead of you and your looking at a Hour to Two Hours Wait Time! We have Been Going that time for our last 7 Cruises and have Gotten on Board within 45 Minutes! This is for Carnival and Royal Caribbean as well!
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Thanks for the info on the boarding times. It helps a lot! :-)
I have a follow up question.
Since we booked late, we got the late seating for dinner - 8:00 p.m. We have kids on the young-side. What are the chances we will be able to get the early dinner seating? Do we ask the check in person at dock side or wait until we get on the ship?
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Since we booked late, we got the late seating for dinner - 8:00 p.m. We have kids on the young-side. What are the chances we will be able to get the early dinner seating? Do we ask the check in person at dock side or wait until we get on the ship?
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As soon as you are on board find out where the Maitre 'd or Dining Room Manager is stationed (Usually outside or in one of the main dining rooms) and go there and ask to have your seating time changed. His location can be found in your cabin newsletter or you can ask at Guest Services.

Explain your situation to the Maitre 'd. They often make an effort to put families at early seating but there is NO GUARANTEE you will be moved but the earlier you are there the better your chances. There will be others who will want the same thing.

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