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Old August 30th, 2005, 08:07 PM
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lets try this again,excluding lunch is it better to get on the ship early 11:30or 3:00pm
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Later boarding less of a line
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There might be less of a line at 3 pm but I would never wait that long. To many things to do on the ship before it sails besides having lunch.

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We've never found the line to be that horrible. Depends on long you think is "long". We usually arrive by 11:00 or 11:30, wait an hour (or less), board at lunchtine, eat a leisurely lunch and have plenty of time to explore the ship before sailaway.

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Old August 31st, 2005, 12:37 AM
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No matter when you decide to board, be prepared for a line and, possibly, a long wait. You just never know. I'm like Dorothy.............the sooner I'm on the ship, the better. We've always arrived at the port by 10:30am and have been on by noon.
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Hello,
I agree the sooner the better..................
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Another vote for the sooner the better.

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Old August 31st, 2005, 08:09 AM
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When we were on a cruise last week we boarded by 11am...lunch was not ready on the lido deck(lol) but they closed the lunch food down by 3pm to start dinner.
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We always board early too. Never had a long wait at all on RCL, I hope Carnival will be the same. We are driving so we will get there early and hopefully eat lunch on board. I always take my bathing suit in a small carry on also, we lay out and watch all the people!!

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another vote for early. We try to arrive around noon time.
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Old August 31st, 2005, 09:51 AM
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We arrived around 2pm one time and there wasnt a line
Next Monday I will try to get there before 11am hopefully we get on quick.
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I too, vote for early. Standing in line, long or short, to get on a cruise is wonderful compared to the line at the post office during my work day. Its all in the perspective.

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We got on early - and after a quick lunch - we explored. Cameras in hand, we went from one venue to another - and as none of them were full - and in most cases nobody was in them, we were able to get some really nice pictures of the various parts of the ship - bars, library, etc. NO other time on the ship, did we find these places vacant for pictures.
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JoyceR....good advice, we do the same, board early, have lunch and tour the ship and take photos. The latest we've ever boarded was 12:30 p.m. (arriving around 11:00 a.m.). If you arrive after Noon, the lines may be backed up and the boarding process will take a little longer and they'll be shutting the lunch buffet down to get ready for the dinner buffet and before you know it, you'll be throwing your life vest over your head for the muster drill.
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I would board early too. One reason is because I just can't wait to get on the ship...Heck I am ready to go now. So, if one of you want to pack me in your suit case I'll fold up very easy...lol...

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