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Old January 4th, 2008, 10:54 AM
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Default What time should we get to port at?

Hi there!! We are first time cruisers leaving on Jan. 19th from Miami. We were just wondering what time we should get to the port at. We have kind of heard conflicting advice. I think Carnival recommends a certain time but have heard from others you can get there early and get on the boat. You just won't be able to get into your cabin or your luggage until later. What are your opinions on when to get there? Thanks so much for the help, we are so excited about our first cruise and have gotten some great advice via the boards. Thanks again
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Old January 4th, 2008, 11:38 AM
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I usually get to the Port in Miami at 11 or 12 oclock. The exact time they start letting people on the boat can vary but you will get on early. Be prepared for a zoo. There will be 3000 other people trying to be the first on the boat.
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Old January 4th, 2008, 11:43 AM
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You're generally able to bosrd at the time noted earlier. You'll be unable to get to your cabin 'til 1:30. Use the before then to eat [they will serve lunch at the buffet]/explore the ship/do whatever else you desire
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Old January 4th, 2008, 12:28 PM
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I agree, that you can PROBABLY board most anytime after 11 or 11:30, but once again, can't get into your cabin to store your carry-on luggage until 1:30 or so. Use this time to eat lunch, explore the ship, or find a nice lounge chair near the pool to soak up some sun.
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Old January 4th, 2008, 04:00 PM
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We get to the port around 11 and we are having lunch and a drink by
around 12 or so. Getting in to our room by 1 or 1:30 then till our things
get to our room we are off for the drill.. That takes about 20 minutes then off you go to start your fun.
Since its your first cruise you will go nuts being in lines waiting to get
on the ship, and be thinking OH MY GOD... lol that will pass once
you really get your feet on the ship. Just remember Lido deck for food and drinks to start your day on the ship.
Just have fun, enjoy and hope you like cruising.
Welcome aboard... Cruising is alot of fun and you will meet all kinds
of nice people. Everyone is there for a good time so almost everyone
will be happy.
Once in awhile you run in to a crab that thinks its Carnival fault if they
are not having fun but its their own fault. Stay away from them .
There is always something to do.... You can be busy almost 24 hours a day if
thats what you want or just sit back and enjoy watching the people ..
If you have fun you will want to book another cruise when you get off
the ship.. lol Thats what I did the first time I went. Just never seem to
get enough cruising..

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Old January 4th, 2008, 07:04 PM
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We also try to board around 11 or 11:30 for a 4:00 p.m. sailing and spend our time having a nice lunch and exploring the ship. We even boarded around noon in Italy for a 7:00 p.m. sail time and went right to our cabin.

On all but our last cruise (Oct 07) we were able to stash our carry-on in the cabin closet before heading to the lido deck. We would find our steward and let him know we were doing this. In October, though, they had the fire doors closed to the hallways where the cabins were and we had to carry our carry-on bag with us. Thank goodness it was on wheels.

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