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Paula Rae May 31st, 2009 08:21 PM

Time between flight arrival and Cruise departure time
My husband and I are leaving next week for our first ever cruise. We are going to Alaska aboard the Norwegian Pearl. Our flight into Seattle arrives at 9:00 a.m. and our ship departs at 4:00 p.m. This cruise was a gift to us and so it feels awkward to ask for someone who is already being extremely generous to change flight times for us. We can fill our time in with sightseeing but the issue is with our luggage. It seems rather awkward enjoying the Space Needle lugging two huge suitcases around. Does anyone know if the cruise line allows you to check in luggage early?

shoreguy May 31st, 2009 08:30 PM

You can check you bags in early but not sure how much time you will have for sightseeing. Maybe 90 minutes. By the time you claim your luggage, find a cab, and get to the pier it may well be 10:30.

Keep in mind they may very well start boarding at 11:30 and everyone needs to be checked in 2 hours before departure and onboard no later then 3:00 for a 4:00 departure.

Arrival at the Cruise Terminal:
For your comfort and convenience, we recommend that guests who have not completed their Online Check-In arrive at the cruise terminal no later than two (2) hours prior to the scheduled embarkation time printed on your cruise documents. Guests who have completed their Online Check-In should arrive at the terminal no later than one (1) hour prior to the scheduled embarkation time printed on your cruise documents. We STRONGLY recommend guests complete their Online Check-In at least four (4) days prior to sailing.

Final Boarding Time:
In order to facilitate the embarkation process and the processing of your eDocs, and to comply with new government regulations governing departure manifest, all guests are required to complete Online Check-In at least one day prior to sailing and must complete check-in at the cruise terminal and be onboard the ship no later than one hour prior to the departure time noted on their cruise documents or they will not be permitted to sail. Please note guests who have not filled out their Online Check-In must arrive at port two (2) hours prior to sailing. Any late arriving guest may join the ship at an approved port of call in the scheduled itinerary. Such guest will be responsible for all applicable fees and travel expenses to that subsequent port of call.

Donna May 31st, 2009 08:58 PM

I'm not sure you will have enough time, and thats provided that your flight actually does land on time. You still have to go claim your luggage, then get to the terminal and go through check-in, could easily be around 1:00, then to leave the ship and be back before 3:00...Do you have more time at the end of the cruise??

Paula Rae June 1st, 2009 01:46 PM

Thank you so much for your help. I didn't realize that they could possibly start boarding that early. I thought we would have hours to kill, so we will just go straight to the pier from the airport. Thanks again.

WildRover June 2nd, 2009 02:00 PM

Yes, forget about touring day of sailing.
If you land @ 9 am (and that's IF you land at 9 am) it will take you probably two hrs to get luggage and get to pier.

Chances are they will start boarding of ship by noon.
Everyone has to be on board at least 90 mins before sail time, in your case 2:30 pm)

So you really don't have a lot of time to kill.
If you board by noon, you can grab lunch a the buffet then explore the ship.

Have fun!

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