Go Back   CruiseMates Cruise Community and Forums > Cruise Lines (Mainstream) > Royal Caribbean International
Register Forgot Password?

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old December 23rd, 2004, 12:11 AM
Senior Member
Cruise Maniac
 
Join Date: Dec 2000
Posts: 116
Default Boarding time

I just received my documents for my 1-23-05 cruise on Legend of the Seas to the Panama Canal. Boarding time says 2pm and sailing time says 5pm. I was under the impression that you could go to the ship at about 11 for boarding. I would not want to wait around for 4 hours till boarding. Is this a change of policy for Royal Caribbean?

Kris
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
  #2 (permalink)  
Old December 23rd, 2004, 12:20 AM
cd cd is offline
Member
Passenger
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Posts: 58
Default Re: Boarding time

That is the message RCCL is giving out. It is partly because of the new immigration procedures the ship must take. This in some cases have slowed the normal process by a few hours. They are also sending this message to prevent the high number of crowds that show up at 1:00pm. By sending the message that it begins at 2:00, they hope that more people will come later. So far everyone who has gone early seems to get on the ship. But this might change in the coming months.

CD
Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Old December 23rd, 2004, 02:22 PM
ttbryson's Avatar
Senior Member
First Mate
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Vancouver, Canada
Posts: 252
Send a message via AIM to ttbryson
Default Re: Boarding time

I was able to be on board the Mariner this past summer at 11:15 am... boarding time said 1:00 PM. (we did not have access to our cabin until 1:00) As CD said above, it's likely that they are just trying to spread out the flow of passengers so they are easier to deal with.

__________________

--------------------
HAL - Oosterdam - May 05
RCI - Mariner of the Seas - August 04
HAL - Volendam - July 03
Reply With Quote
  #4 (permalink)  
Old December 23rd, 2004, 08:11 PM
skymaster's Avatar
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Central Florida
Posts: 10,919
Default Re: Boarding time

Just came off the Splendour. We arrived about 11:30, but were held in the terminal until almost 1:30. Disembarking was the same deal, however we noted new procedures being taken by INS and US Customs personnel. They were scanning all passports and it appeared that they were employing face recognition cameras as well. All this took extra time,,,,but,,,,beats a terrorist getting on board, or into our country!
Just grin and bear it.
Happy sailing
Ken
Reply With Quote
  #5 (permalink)  
Old December 23rd, 2004, 08:56 PM
queenbee
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default Re: Boarding time

Just came off the Explorer. Yes, we had received notice from the travel agent to arrive at 1:30pm but we came at 11:00 am. The line was not to bad at that time but increased dramatically during the next hour. RCL opened the doors to check in at 12:00. The lines were huge. Did not board till 1:30. Suggest getting there as early as possible to at least get in the front of the line/ Better to wait at the pier that at home and then wait again. Problem is that INS and Customs are screening the international passangers one by one, photo,fingerprint etc. So disembarking took much longer preventing getting on early. No matter, you will have a nice time.

When getting off, try and leave the ship as early as possible or as late as possible, no inbetween. Explorer had 3,800 getting off, so you can imagine the crowd looking for luggage.
queenbee
Reply With Quote
  #6 (permalink)  
Old December 26th, 2004, 11:35 AM
Member
Passenger
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Posts: 42
Default Re: Re: Boarding time

Just returned from the Radiance. Docs said boarding started at 2:00. We arrived at noon, there were no lines and we went thru embarkation immediately. Later there were long lines.

Cruisebug
Reply With Quote
  #7 (permalink)  
Old December 27th, 2004, 08:01 PM
gointothechapel
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default Re: Boarding time

We leave from Galveston this Sunday for our honeymoon!!! We are taking the Rhapsody of the Seas. What time do you suggest we should arrive if the ship is departing at 5pm? Thanks for your help.

Chris
Reply With Quote
  #8 (permalink)  
Old December 27th, 2004, 08:09 PM
nurd13's Avatar
Senior Member
First Mate
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: OC, California
Posts: 359
Send a message via AIM to nurd13
Default Re: Boarding time

On the Adventure, docs said boarding time was 4:00 PM. We were able to walk on at 12:30 PM with no line. However, the stateroom halls did not open until 2:00 PM.

__________________
Past Cruises:
Holiday Baja Mexico 8/98
Disney Wonder Bahamas 8/00
Ecstasy Baja Mexico 8/02
Carnival Spirit Alaska 7/03
Ecstasy Baja Mexico 8/03
Adventure of the Seas Southern Caribbean 12/04
Carnival Pride Mexican Riviera 8/05


Caribbean Travel Tips
Reply With Quote
  #9 (permalink)  
Old December 27th, 2004, 08:17 PM
queenbee
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default Re: Boarding time

Hi Chris:

The earlier the better to board the vessel, or at least be dockside to check in. Better to wait at the pier than at home. One never knows what time they will allow you to board but the latest should be 1:00-2:00pm. Get there early to beat the lines.
queenbee
Reply With Quote
  #10 (permalink)  
Old December 28th, 2004, 07:42 AM
txfab
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default Re: Boarding time

Arriving at the Galveston port for the Rhapsody...twice we arrived just before noon and we on board before the 1 o'clock buffet. Parking and traffic can get a bit crazy with 3 ships in port at once. We use the ports secured parking (you will need cash) and shuttle to the ship. Security and check-in is so organized you will be surprized. Enjoy.
Reply With Quote
  #11 (permalink)  
Old December 28th, 2004, 03:13 PM
Senior Member
Cruise Maniac
 
Join Date: Jul 2001
Posts: 233
Default Re: Re: Boarding time

We'll be leaving from Puerto Rico at 10PM. Anyone know what time they let you board at this port?

__________________
Never be afraid to try something new. Remember that a lone amateur built the Ark. A large group of professionals built the Titanic.


Explorer of the Seas


Explorer of the Seas

Adventure of the Seas
2006
Serenade of the Seas
2005
Navigator of the Seas
2004
Reply With Quote
  #12 (permalink)  
Old December 28th, 2004, 10:42 PM
bbfan316
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default Re: Re: Re: Boarding time

Took a Carnival cruise last January from San Juan and we were on the ship by 1:00 pm. Time to get back off and see Old Town, the fort, and do some gambling at the Wyndham.
Reply With Quote
  #13 (permalink)  
Old December 29th, 2004, 08:35 AM
gointothechapel
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default Re: Boarding time

How much cash do I need for the secured parking for Rhapsody?
Reply With Quote
  #14 (permalink)  
Old December 29th, 2004, 05:39 PM
txfab
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default Re: Boarding time

The price for the secured parking in Galveston is $60 when you get there. The porters ( the guys in tropical print shirts) work on their own for tips and are not with RCCL. They will take your bags and put them in the luggage drop off before you have a chance to think about it. So have tip money ready because they are fast. They will guide you to the end of the terminal where security and check in is. Everyone is pleasant and upbeat. Enjoy and congrats.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Tags
boarding, caribbean, disney, hours, legend, royal, seas, time, vancouver

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Boarding time question from 1 st time cruiser E.R. Norwegian Cruise Lines 12 July 1st, 2012 03:06 PM
Boarding Time??? muusicman Royal Caribbean International 2 March 1st, 2008 11:29 PM
best boarding time 2-4-cruise Ask CruiseMates Staff 8 January 3rd, 2004 10:22 AM
Boarding TIme Help! Peter Gerard Carnival Cruise Lines 7 July 28th, 2003 03:45 PM
boarding time & port time jimmy&jamie Carnival Cruise Lines 3 April 2nd, 2003 05:36 PM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


 

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 10:36 PM.
design by: Themes by Design

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.1