Originally Posted by mcconnell95
Did you have priority status to get to board early? My boarding pass says 12:30 - 2:30 pm. If I show up early, will they still process me?
BTW, my first choice was the RC ship you are on, but I could not get the rooms I needed for all of my family.
You do not have to have priority status to board earlier than 12:30pm.
If you show up early, they will still process you.
This is what we always do....we arrive around 10:30AM (after eating a large breakfast).
Our preference of doing this is that we believe our cruise "starts" the minute we arrive at the port.
Depending on the port....we have gotten ON the ship as early as 11:15AM (as was the case with the Destiny a couple of weeks ago in Miami) and as late as 12:45pm (which can happen IF there is a surprise Coast Guard inspection).
The danger of arriving after NOON is that IF the first transfer buses from the airport start arriving at NOON...you will be standing in line with 40 (per bus) of your closest friends.
Sitting and waiting after we have been processed does not bother us. We sit and chat with those around us. However, not all families want to do that.
I have DEAR friends who always arrive about 2:30pm and walk right on the ship.
So it is really a personal preference....