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Old February 12th, 2008, 07:47 AM
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Default What is the earliest to board a Carnival ship in Miami?

Since we are arriving in Miami Saturday for our Sunday cruise, we can get to the port as early as we want.

What is the earliest anyone has boarded? I read on Carnival's site that it is 1:30 for the Miami port. I have heard from a friend that her daughter boarded at 12:00. Is this possible?

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Yes, its very possible, just depends on how quickly they get the previous group all off. Getting to the pier at 11:30 to 12:00 is a great idea.
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Old February 12th, 2008, 08:50 AM
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Donna:
Thank you. That was probably the one thing we didn't think of. We have never gone the day before,so this will be the first time we are in control of what time we can arrive at the pier.

I like the idea of getting there at 11:30.

We are staying in Miami at the AmeriSuites Airport West. I don't know how long the drive is to the port from there? Maybe we should have the driver show up at 11:00 or eariler?

Anyone know how long the drive is from there

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When we tried to board early. They madw us wait in the hot sun for hours.
There was a security scare. What a mess!! Besides it started to rain and the overhang did nothing to keep us dry.

Since then we check in with our priority boarding pass and wait till 2:00 inside in the air conditioning. Never had a problem after that.
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Just 2 weeks ago, we arrived just after noon, and although we were inside in the air conditioning, it still took an hour and a half before actual boarding.
We met our friends onboard and they had been there well over an hour!
Go figure!
Oops, sorry, just realized that was Ft. Lauderdale, not Miami, but whatever the port, it all depends on circumstances of course.

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Not sure where AmeriSuites Airport West is but being close to the MIA airport 11 A.M. is probably a good time to leave for the port.
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Thank you...
I am happy to get all the information I can.

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We usually get there as close to 12 as we can. Even if we have to wait (which we usually don't) it isn't long.

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Darlene,

Keep in mind that you will not be allowed in your cabin. Everyone will be herded to the Lido deck. If I remember correctly we were allowed in @ 2pm. You will be able to tour the ship and check things out. You will also have to drag along any carry on you would have with you. I suggest wearing your swimsuit.

Of course the food and umbrella drinks will be wonderful!!

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That is most definitely the best advice on this topic yet. 8)

Thanks so much Deni

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Many cruise lines are not opening the cabins before 1:00 p.m. so I wouldn't rush to the ship unless you do not have a carry on, or it's a small one. This way you won't have to lug around a bag when you are touring the ship or sitting in the Lido buffet.

I used to be an 11:00 a.m. type of guy but now, if I can, I get there about 12:30 p.m. or 1:00 p.m.

On our last cruise that left from Brasil we arrived at 11:00 a.m. (because we had to be out of our hotel) and we're on the ship and in our cabin by 12 noon. The ship was almost empty for the next two hours when a huge flood of passengers boarded.

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The drive from the airport to the pier is usually 20 minutes to half an hour, depending on traffic. Hopefully when you arrive at the pier you can board shortly.
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Here are our observations:

When we were on the Carnival Freedom a few weeks back, they cleared the ship by 10am. As back-to-back cruisers, we had to meet in the atrium at 10:30am and were led ashore to be quickly processed. The crew was changing out at this time also. Once we re-boarded, they started letting new arrivals board, which was about 11am

1pm and later is quite crowded, because people tend to do as they are told. You can safely shoot for 11am

This appreared to be the schedule. As you well know, ship happens.
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