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Old May 11th, 2001, 07:02 PM
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Default Embarkation issues

My daughter will be going on her first cruise this Sunday leaving from Newport News, VA on the Carnival Victory. (1) Our first question is in regard to embarkation. Her cruise documents list embarkation from 3:30 to 6:30 PM. Is she able to check in prior to 3:30, or is that when they start processing passengers for boarding? (2) I've also heard something about getting to the pier early due to the long line of tour buses dropping off passengers. How early should one arrive to avoid that? (3) And last, does anyone have "personal" experience with the Newport News port? It is my understanding that port is only used for cruise ships 2 times a year, and is used for commercial purposes the other 363 days. I'd just like to know what we can expect prior to driving down.
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Old May 13th, 2001, 02:01 PM
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Default Re: Embarkation issues

Hi, Jeannette ...

I certainly wouldn't get there "early" ... it's just an opportunity to stand in long lines because everybody else gets there "early."

Given the time frame, I'd shoot for 5:00 PM.

Bon voyage to your daughter.

Happy Sails!

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Old May 15th, 2001, 01:12 PM
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we sailed on the Century a couple of weeks ago. We arrived at the port at 11:00 am and was on the ship by 12 noon.
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