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Old October 4th, 2005, 06:42 PM
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Hi I am leaving on the Explorer of the Seas this weekend and I was just wondering what is the earliest you can start arriving onboard?
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Hi VP,

You can normally board arund noon, all depends on how quickly the previous group clears customs and can leave the ship. In most cases they are starting the boarding process around noon.
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Old October 4th, 2005, 07:47 PM
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We try to get to the pier about 10:30 to 11:00 for boarding. We usually can zip right on!

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We did a back-to-back in May that was very enlightening. The dock personnel may want to start getting you on ASAP but that's not the case with the poor cabin stewards. They closed the fire doors and had signs that asked passengers to remain in public areas until 1 P.M. so they could make up all the rooms (unfortunately many rude people ignored the signs). Have heard the whole fleet does this but it still went very quickly, Robbie
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Both times we arrive at the port around 10:30 and never waited more then 10 minutes in lines. I dont care if I can't get into my room, I just want to make the most of my cruise.
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We always go at about 10 and usually they are already boarding. You may not be able to get in your cabin but what we do is take our bathing suits etc. in our carry on bag so we can lounge around the pool.
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All of the above posts are right on - however, in the last two cruises we sailed, the pools were empty on departure afternoon. Bummer. However, the Windjammer is open for lunch and there is a great opportunity to scout the ship for public venues, such as the lounges, casino (closed while in port), theatre, dining room, etc. This is also a great time to find the Maitre'D if you have any special dining/seating requests.

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