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Old August 14th, 2002, 09:08 AM
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Default POLL-What time do U LIKE to arrive at the pier?

Most often the cruise documents will tell us embarkation begins at 1 or 2 PM.. yes sailing time isn't until 5 or 6, or even 11 PM. Seems many cruise lines are now trying to begin their embarkation process even earlier, though they don't really "advertise" it.

What time do you like to arrive at the pier? Early to be amongst the first onboard, or later to avoid the long check in lines?

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Old August 14th, 2002, 09:37 AM
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I usually show up at the pier between 11:00 and 11:30 in the morning.
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Old August 14th, 2002, 09:38 AM
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About 10:30 or 11. Most ships will let you board by noon even if they don't advertise it. We like to be on first because the photo opportunities without people in the way. You can get some really nice shots of the ship without anyone in the way.
Plus, you have the chance to make your way around the ship and find everything before it gets filled up.

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Old August 14th, 2002, 09:55 AM
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Early bird here too! Love to take photos and check her out before the masses board.

...But mostly, just can't wait to feel those goosebumps when I step off the gangway, and begin the ride on Mother, Mother Ocean!
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Old August 14th, 2002, 10:05 AM
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We're 12:30 to 1 p.m. people. Gives us plenty of time to wander about, unpack, have a drink, and even put the feet up for awhile before dinner.

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I like to arrive at 11:00 but Mrs. Thomas always makes sure we don't get to the pier until 1:00 or later. Lately, I've decided to not fight it and arrive at 2:30 when the embarkation lines are shortest.

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Old August 14th, 2002, 10:23 AM
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We try to arrive as early as we think we can get on the ship. Mrs. Bill (from now on to be referred to as Gram since some other Bill has stolen my identity) likes to get on board,
get into the cabin and get as much stuff as possible "squared away" . Then we walk around the ship and do lunch. Hopefully by then some luggage shows up (seems there is always one stray that straggles in later). It's a nice feeling to have most of the cabin put together and have a feel for the ship before the safety drill and sailaway.
Gram (the former Mrs.Bill) likes to say that she doesn't feel like she can relax until all her " stuff "is accounted for..
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Old August 14th, 2002, 10:28 AM
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We usually stay at a cruise line hotel the night before, where we can check-in the morning of the cruise. This was the case on our HAL Alaska cruise last July and our Carnival cruise in December. On HAL they took us right thru security and on to the ship. Did not have to wait in line. We where among the first to board. This was prior to 9/11. On Carnival, when we arrived at the Miami pier, we had a long wait, perhaps as much as an hour, going thru security, and perhaps another 1/2 hour waiting to have our security ID photo.
Our next cruise is on RCI out of Galveston and we are, once again, booked in a cruise line hotel. We hope to board early, but have no idea what to expect.



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Old August 14th, 2002, 10:51 AM
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Hmmm. "Yesterday" seems like a good answer.

When leaving from New York, LATE !!! I don't like lines in general and the lines to board in New York are awful if one is on the early side.

Last NY cruise, we showed up about two hours before sailing time ... no ship.

The rest of the time, it just sort of depends on how we feel. No hard and fast rules.

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Hi Kuki; can you contact me at awiley@theofficenet.com ? There is a question about the Jan. 13 03 birthday bash cruise I would like to ask.
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early for us. Hubby tries to get there around 11:00, he normally has to put a leash on me or I would have us at the port as early as 9:30!
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Old August 14th, 2002, 12:50 PM
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Usually about 12.00 if Fla. or NY, later if Vancouver.
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My previous cruise was my first cruise; and with all that last-minute packing, etc., we didn't get on the ship until almost 3:00. But from now on, I plan to get to the pier as early as possible, since I feel like I missed out on a few hours of vacation last time!

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Early...9:30 - 10.00 am
we like to explore the ship, make pictures etc.

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Old August 14th, 2002, 06:46 PM
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Love to get on board early as possible. I too like those photo-ops. We got some great pics last year on the Radiance of the Seas in Vancouver.

AND it gives us more time for that "free" food.
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I like to be on board by noon or 12:30 if at all possible. I like to be in line to get those prime spa appointments (so it doesn't conflict with any planned activities) - and I also feel like my vacation is a day longer. I once arrived at the dock at 2:00 (cruise line air) in the afternoon and I felt I had missed soooooo much! I have since learned the lesson and always arrive a day early now to get a good nights rest and be at the pier early.

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Definitely before noon so can board right away and check out my cabin and then all the decks of the current ship plus a stop off for the buffet lunch ... got to get my money's worth!!!

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My ideal pier arrival time is 11:00 am. Most of the lines are behind you, and you can usually get right on, unless custums and immigration are having a bad day.

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