I try and get to all ports between 10:30 and 11. Im VIP (or whatever the new name is) and there is no point in getting there after boarding starts, so I make sure Im there in time to check in before boarding starts.
Boarding can start any time from 10:30 to after Noon, depending on the previous cruise.
Im on Miracle myself, assume you are too? and that's my plan. I plan to be there before 11 am.
If you are not VIP then you will board in zones. I dont know of any ports that dont hand out zone cards according to when you check in.
I dont have a current list of which ships are selling the FTTF (faster to the fun) for $50 per cabin, but they are selling VIP, with earlier cabin access and some other perks included. Maybe Miracle will have it by this summer? Then you can keep you balcony and still get boarded early.
That way you dont have to wait until 1:30 to get into your cabin either. They limit how many cabins can buy it so you might want to keep a eye out for it.
I agree... FTTF would be MUCH cheaper than a suite....
more money for DODs!!
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