We have 12 other people cruisin' with us (4 of which have never) and my hubby and I are the only ones who have a suite. Thanks to his little surprise anniversary gift. When we embark should we take advantage of the Skipper's Club and board before everyone else or do you think since we are all one party they would include us all? I foresee some very jealous faces as I am there sippin a marguerita or something while they are just getting on board! lol
Well, your hubby paid extra for this, so I don't think you should feel bad, but if you *do*, you could always bypass the Skipper's Club and board with your group...but I doubt very much they would let all of you bypass the line....
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We used the Skipper's Club one time and it didn't save us that much time...on our last cruise on the Glory, the regular boarding was actually quicker!! (maybe we just got lucky, there were no lines!!) I wouldn't stress about it too much....it will probably save you a little bit of time, but I think I would have more fun boarding with my group. Have a great cruise!!
It's really not THAT big of a deal to wait in line - we arrived about 10:30 ish and we waited about 30 minutes and then the process started which took about another 30 minutes. Not a huge deal. My thought would be to stay with your group and enjoy the anticipation. We were onboard, and eating lunch by noon (after checking out the cabin and a quick walk through. Enjoy!
In MHO, enjoy your suite but board as a group. I am sure you have told the others traveling with you that you have upgraded so they won't be surprised to see you go to your own room. But since you are going as a group, you should stay together and not use the skippers club.
Did you make plans to meet at the terminal? That's the key, no? If I were in your shoes, I would probably tell everyone to meet on board at one of the lounges, instead of at the terminal.
The pace is so fast at the terminal anyway that they won't miss you. You said it, the key word here is "jealousy". Some will be, regardless of what you do. Having a suite will do that to, so do what YOU want to do, and enjoy your cruise!
I would think that if the Skipper's Club is part of your Anniversary surprise that the rest of the group would understand that...especially if they are friends. Since some of the others have cruised then those who haven't aren't being left without someone who has been through the embarkation process themselves.
If you are a leader of a group of strangers...then I'd stick with the group.
I agree with Sandy and enjoy your Anniversary the others will be fine without you for such a short period. What a memory you will have of that special time. As a group of understanding people there may be some remarks but its not everyones Anniversary either.
You could try getting a little feed back form some of those in the group. If it were me, I'd Go for it.
Happy Anniversary, and have fun.
Just got back from Triumph...arrived at the port around 1 and barely stopped along the entire process (whole thing took around 5 min)! We had people with us who also had access to the Skippers Club...we didn't have time to find it....keep moving and sign and boom, on the ship. I would plan on staying with them unless you see an absolutely huge line that isn't moving. Even then, they may be delayed only by 5 minutes.
If you don't want to be with them on the cruise, don't be with them embarking. Otherwise, it may be a moot point and could cause more stress (yours as well as theirs) than its worth.