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Old October 19th, 2010, 08:51 PM
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So we sail on Saturday. Got home from work tonight, and there was a message on the phone from Carnival instructing us to check in between 1:30 and 3:30 ! Can someone tell us, is this merely a suggestion, or is this the earliest they will allow us to check in.
We fly in the day before, hoping we can check in early and get our vacation started.
Please tell us we can still do this. We have never received a call like this before. Is this new?
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Old October 20th, 2010, 03:56 AM
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Phone call ? What phone call ? I don't think you ever got that phone call
That happened to me also. I got this strange phone call "don't show up early". I more or less disregarded that message and showed as I had planned. No problems ....no issues.
The worst case scenario is you might have to wait in the terminal a little bit longer if you are early. :-)
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Thank you - that is a relief. In all my other cruises with them - I have never received a phone call before this one. I am confused in understanding how they choose people to call. From what I am hearing, they don't call everyone. Carnival asks you for itinerary, flight times, etc. They know we are flying in a day early - so why would they ask us to arrive later? It does not make sense. Can anyone explain the rhyme or reason to this? Thanks
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Isn't that the 'official' embarkation window. I think Carnival makes the robocalls as a service, maybe I should quote that too
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Thank you - that is a relief. In all my other cruises with them - I have never received a phone call before this one. I am confused in understanding how they choose people to call. From what I am hearing, they don't call everyone. Carnival asks you for itinerary, flight times, etc. They know we are flying in a day early - so why would they ask us to arrive later? It does not make sense. Can anyone explain the rhyme or reason to this? Thanks
I don't know why I got the robot call either.
Thing was I was traveling on their air and transfers.To be honest, I didn't have much control when I arrived.
That tells me that this phone call means nothing .
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Makes no sense. Thanks for putting me at ease.
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I think they're just trying their best to avoid the "traffic jam" when everyone arrives at 10:30/11:00 o'clock. If they can make just a few folks hold off until after lunch to arrive at the port, it spreads the load and the crowd out a bit. I'd bet that everyone is getting those calls now. (Actually, we just cruised "Legend" and we didn't get a call like that? Maybe because we're "Milestone/Platinum"?) In any case, I wouldn't worry too much about it, and I'd arrive at the port at the same time I'd planned. We usually get there around 11:30 or so.
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I allways get ther 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m and I am allways sitting on the Lido Deck by Noon wearing my swinsuit bacause the rooms won't be ready till 1:30 p.m so eat jump in the hot tub and enjoy. Get there after Noon or later when all the buses arrive and there will be a really long line by then and alot of frustration. Enjoy your cruise. Ed
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I'm always there by 10:30. Received call once in my cruising career. Went at my usual time. This past cruise I was on lido for 11am!!!
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I got one of the calls a few days before my October 3rd cruise and actually listened. Wish I hadn't. Go when you want.
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Never got a call, but they let us know that tyey do not board until 1. But we always see people on there with a drink in there hand by noon. This is the Tamp port BTW.

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Just wanted to thank everyone for the good advice. We arrived at the port at 10:00 and we were having lunch on the lido deck at 11:00 a.m.
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Just wanted to thank everyone for the good advice. We arrived at the port at 10:00 and we were having lunch on the lido deck at 11:00 a.m.
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