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Old August 17th, 2014, 02:10 AM
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leaving this Tuesday 8-21 out of Jacksonville port on Carnival Fascination. Going on a Bahama cruise. Ship sails at 4pm. What time should I be there? How long does it take being in line? How do they go about checking your luggage in? Not the carry on. I don't have to drag the bigger suitcase around...right? And is your birth certificate good enough along with photo ID? Sorry about all the questions
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leaving this Tuesday 8-21 out of Jacksonville port on Carnival Fascination. Going on a Bahama cruise. Ship sails at 4pm. What time should I be there? How long does it take being in line? How do they go about checking your luggage in? Not the carry on. I don't have to drag the bigger suitcase around...right? And is your birth certificate good enough along with photo ID? Sorry about all the questions
You should arrive at the ship between 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.. Your wait time will vary but expect it to be about 30 minutes to an hour before you get on the ship.

When you arrive at the port there will dock workers there who will take your large bags. Make sure you have attached the luggage tags supplied by the cruise line in your documents. If you don't have the luggage tags the dock workers can supply them for you.

If the cruise is leaving and arriving at the same port then you will be able to board with just your birth certificate and photo ID.

Enjoy your cruise.

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Sunswhisper, I want to warn you that cruising can be habit forming.

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Just a FYI, when giving your luggage to the workers at the pier, be sure to tip them a few dollars for each bag...They don't work for the cruiseline, so tips are a good idea or these guys...
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Old August 17th, 2014, 08:51 AM
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I've always been torn about tipping the dock workers. They all belong to the longshoreman union and factoring in weekend pay, they pull down close to 100K a year. Plus I"m sure they declare all that cash tip money to the IRS. Right!!
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Just a FYI, when giving your luggage to the workers at the pier, be sure to tip them a few dollars for each bag...They don't work for the cruiseline, so tips are a good idea or these guys...
I guess that would be the same as at airports. Thanks I will do that.
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I'm sure it will be! I just hope the weather holds up good. My luck it will rain every day!
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You should arrive at the ship between 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.. Your wait time will vary but expect it to be about 30 minutes to an hour before you get on the ship.

When you arrive at the port there will dock workers there who will take your large bags. Make sure you have attached the luggage tags supplied by the cruise line in your documents. If you don't have the luggage tags the dock workers can supply them for you.

If the cruise is leaving and arriving at the same port then you will be able to board with just your birth certificate and photo ID.

Enjoy your cruise.

Take care,
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Thanks for all the info.
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