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Old May 18th, 2017, 06:01 PM
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Default Is check in time really enforced?

This will be my 6 Carnival cruise and is the first time I recall having a check in window, perhaps its new. We typically get there relatively early as we're usually checking out of a hotel and like to get lunch on the boat. The earliest check in they had when I registered was something like 2:30. Will I really be turned away if I get there earlier? I definitely don't wanna wait at the port for 2 hours doing nothing.
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Old May 25th, 2017, 02:34 PM
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Depends on the port.

In NOLA they enforced it strictly and embarkation was a breeze.

In NYC they didnt seem to have a clue and last 2 cruises (1 was carnival) with check in schedule it was ignored, thousands of people waiting and if you werent priority status you waited 2 hours or more. (we arrived at 1145am with an 1130am check in and our friends waited 2.25 hours).

I havent had check-in schedule at other ports yet.
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Old May 28th, 2017, 05:46 PM
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Last fall they were enforcing it in Galveston. If you are diamond, platinum or bought FTTF you should wait until your check-in time. It's very likely you will be turned away. But you should still be able to give your luggage to the porters.
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Old May 29th, 2017, 09:03 AM
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WE have left from Galveston twice since the new rules and they do enforce them.
We had some friends that had to wait until 2pm to board!! They just walking around the pier and enjoyed themselves.
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