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Old June 2nd, 2005, 09:27 PM
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We will be going out of Port Canaveral next month for our cruise. If we make it there by 11:00am, how long are the lines and how long are the lines and how long will it take to finally board? If it makes a difference, we have passports.

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Old June 3rd, 2005, 04:55 AM
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Jewels: I my experience, we have never been at the pier longer than an hour or so. We always go over early. I will bet that when you arrive at 11 a.m., there will already be people in line. It all depends on how "things" are going that day. On our last cruise with a different cruiseline, we were among the the first 10 in line and they were experiencing computer problems. But, they had it worked out in no time and we were onboard quickly. Just be sure to have all of your documentatin completed BEFORE you arrive at the pier. On RCL (and most other cruiselines, if not all) you can complete these forms online.

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Old June 3rd, 2005, 06:17 AM
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we've always gotten there about 10 or 11 (becasue thats the earliest the shuddle leaves from Miami.)

We waited about 2 hours when we boarded the Voyager 2 years ago, but it was because the ship was not ready so we were being held.

On the Navigator last year it was only about 45 minutes even though the lines looked longer.

So it's not too bad, but I still want to get 5 cruises on my Crown an Anchor membership so I can get the priority check in
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Old June 3rd, 2005, 08:34 AM
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Can you even board early? I thought most cruise lines don't let you board until 1pm or 2pm. If I get there early, do they make you wait til that time?
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Old June 3rd, 2005, 09:14 AM
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on the RCCL cruises I've been on, they let you board, they just tell you not to go to your room til 1:00.

You get to sit on deck and drink
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The priority boarding thing is great. We are Diamond level, and they took us to a special desk for check-in, then escorted us to the ship while other passengers were still waiting in line.

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Old June 4th, 2005, 07:17 PM
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You also get priority boarding if you have a suite. For our last cruise, there was no one in line, and we boarded immediately (at about 11:00).
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Old June 5th, 2005, 09:07 AM
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So, if we have the royal family suite booked. We will not have to wait in line?
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Old June 6th, 2005, 07:02 AM
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It may depend on the level of suite. My 1st cruise was in a Jr. Suite. I don't remember getting to bypass any lines. But that was a while back, so my memorey may be fuzzy.
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Old June 6th, 2005, 10:58 PM
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The junior suite description states that you do not get suite level services, just a bigger room.

But the grand suite and higher (yes, the family suite) are treated just like the Platinum level C&A members.

You get to wait in the Diamond lounge for boarding and get priority entry to the ship. But you don't get to board until the ship is cleared from the arriving cruise.

On Voyager in May, immigrations held the ship up. We did not board until nearly 12:30pm.
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Old June 7th, 2005, 08:24 AM
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We sailed the Mariner out of Port Canaveral on May 29. From the moment we walked into the terminal with our luggage it only took about 15-20 minutes to go through check in and walk on to the ship. Crowds were enormous but there was never any waiting in line for us once inside the terminal. We stepped onto the ship at 12:50 and they allowed us to go to our rooms at 1:00.

The worst part was sitting in the huge line of traffic waiting to get up to the terminal. Buses, Taxis and such get priority access to unload so if you drive yourself there - FYI, you go last. People who drive themselves to the port, unload at the terminal and then have to go to long term parking have it the worst. Which was us. That fiasco had us sitting in line from 11:20 AM until 12:30. Next time we'll work that out a bit differently, but we live and learn
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Old June 7th, 2005, 11:35 AM
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Junior suites DO get priority check-in along with other suites - that's about the only extra perk, though, except for the two cruise credits.
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Old June 8th, 2005, 11:55 PM
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Well, we had a JS and they did not give us priority. We had to stand in line with everyone else. They told us only full suites and above got the priority.
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Old June 9th, 2005, 09:47 AM
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Mine was in OCT. 2003 so they could have changed it since then.
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