My wife and I are staying the night before our cruise at The Harbor Inn, next to the cruise ship terminal in Galveston.
I would like to know when is the best time to go to the ship (The Grand Princess) with the least amount of waiting in lines. I have read some of the posts in these forums in which some people are on board in 15 minutes and others have had long lines.
I was thinking of going at Approx 12:00pm. I also will have a rental car that I plan on returning in the AM. However, I could use the rental car to check out Galveston if the best arrival time turns out to be 3:00pm, but I would rather be on the ship as early as possible with the least amout of waiting.
I have had different experiences with getting on board ships. The millenium cruise that we took out of Puerto Rico took over 3 hours and was one of the most miserable experiences of my life. I remember wondering at one point if we were every going to get on the ship.
On our last cruise out of Long Beach, we had reserved one the large suites which enabled us to be part of the "Skippers Club" whereas we showed the first attendant our tickets and were then escorted to a private room in the boarding terminal, while all of paper work was taken care of while we sipped champagne and sat on very comfortable sofas and chairs, then we were escorted onto the ship. We were in our suite within 15 minutes of having arrived....no kidding!
As a side note: Does Princess have any form of expedited embarkation for those with only a Balcony Cabin? (Lido Deck) I wish they had mini-suites on the same deck as the pools, but they only have the two humungus suites, which I just could not justify the costs for since we do not go on cruises to hold up in our cabin!
P.S. Our cruise is 4/7/2007 thru 4/14/2007