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Old March 20th, 2003, 01:36 PM
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First timers question....ok, I arrive by taxi from the airport /or hotel at the ship on the day of embarking. Once I pay the taxi driver and he speeds off leaving me standing there with my luggage....THEN what happens?? Is there a carnival representative waiting to take my luggage and tell me what to do? Are their signs saying "this way all cruisers"??? HELP!! I have no idea what I'm doing and how to get on the ship!!! What is this I hear that there are hours worth of cars lined up everywhere?? If I'm in a taxi, how does that work? Does the taxi just wait for hours in that line also??

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Old March 20th, 2003, 01:57 PM
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make sure the taxi driver drops you off at the correct terminal for starters. Then you turn your luggage over to a Carnival ships porter just make sure your cruise tags are on your baggage, go inside the cruise terminal and wait until you can board.
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Hi Christi,
There should be porters there to take you luggage onboard, just remember to tip them a few dollars per bag and they will be delivered to your cabin in a few hours. Just take your carry-on with you.

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Old March 21st, 2003, 03:30 AM
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A few dollars per bag? That is a big tip for say 4 bags. I went with 2 bucks a bag, and from what I heard from others, that was more than the norm of $1 per bag.

Hmm.... now I am wondering what the appropriate amount is.
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Christy,
$2.00 per bag is fine.

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Old March 21st, 2003, 09:08 AM
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Christy i usually tip the porter $1.00 per bag.
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Old March 26th, 2003, 07:33 AM
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Christi

Don't worry, once the taxi pulls up, you'll see what you need to do. Everybody will filter in there like a ride at Disneyland. You'll see signs posted too. Follow the crowd of people and you'll find your E-ticket ride.
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Old March 26th, 2003, 10:08 AM
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What's the earliest time you can arrive at the terminal? I know you have to wait to board but is there a long line outside.
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Old March 27th, 2003, 10:40 AM
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On the front page of your Carnival doc's should be the Pier number. Tell the taxi driver what pier for what ship that you wish to be driven to. They usually know. Once at the curb, (let the driver worry about any traffic) you will see Porter's and large metal cages. Give your large suitcases to him along with the tip $1 per bag is sufficent. Make sure your Carnival luggage tags are on each bag filled out with your cabin number. If you don't have your cabin number yet, tell them this and they will get it for you from the Manifest. Take your carry on bag with you into the terminal. Do not pack anything valuable in your "checked" luggage. If your documents say boarding begins at 1:30, you can probably get to the pier anytime after 11 a.m., but be prepared to wait. You will check in at a desk, go through security just like at an airport and have your picture taken twice - once for the Sign & sail card and one for your souvenir picture which you may wish to purchase on board. Once boarding starts (you will know by the crowds moving) just board, go to your cabin (it helps if you know the deck number and name as Carnival does not escort you to your cabin). If however, you feel totally lost, don't hesitate to ask for help. Check out your cabin right away for nessities including towels, lifejacket, that the bed configuration is how you want it, and unpack your carry on. If the bed needs adjusting, either leave a note (post-it notes work great which you can bring from home) or ask the steward when they come in to introduce themselves). A King is made by pushing the two twins together, but request King size linens to make it more comfortable. Have them show you how to regulate the air, program the safe, tune in the TV/radio stations, etc. Then go to the Buffet for a great lunch and start your vacation. If there are tours or appointments you wish to reserve. Do this too as soon as you can either from your cabin on interactive TV or by phone or in person.
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Old March 27th, 2003, 12:48 PM
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Wow Nanatravel....what great step by step information on embarking. I feel so much better now!! Thanks for taking the time to write all that!!

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Old March 27th, 2003, 03:45 PM
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Thanks for the detailed information Nanatravel , I leave in two weeks at the info really helps. I read 2pm & think 2pm, I even changed my flght when I found out I could board early. Most airlines are waving fees charged to change flights, so I took advantage of it. I'm now going to arrive a day early, so I should get to the pier by 11 am. I can't wait, I think this will be the longest two weeks of my life (so far).

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