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Old January 18th, 2008, 10:04 AM
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Default It took us 2 1/2 hours in line to make it on the ship

They need more help and metal detectors on the ship to get everyone on board. On my last cruise we waited in the unairconditioned heat for almost 3 hours in an endless line. To save money they must of fired alot of the check in staff and eliminated most of the metal detectors. After waiting for almost 3 hours we waited another thirty minutes to have our picture taken.
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Old January 18th, 2008, 10:39 AM
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Wow a real horror story. Could you be less specific or a littlle more vague.
What port?
When?
What cruise line?
How long before sailing?

Never had a problem yet
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for a change, can you please post something positive about your cruises, in the 24 hours you have been a member here you have posted nothing but depressive topics! Is it possible that you cannot find ANTHING POSITIVE to post?


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Old January 18th, 2008, 05:00 PM
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Agreed!
My OP about grouches on disembarkation also applies to those impatient people on embarkation day. Relax, you're going on a cruise, for Pete's sake ---you're doing something most people can only dream about! The ship won't leave without you.
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Old January 18th, 2008, 10:40 PM
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As someone else said, be specific about your statement. And, what time did you show up to try to get aboard? If you showed up ( as some do ) before everyone is off the ship then naturally you have a long wait.

If I go at 7 a.m to the store that opens at 9 a.m., then I have no real gripe about having to wait for them to open.
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Bothers me when race is played also. I didn't know we had different races on cruiseships. I thought we were all... humans.
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Old January 19th, 2008, 09:23 PM
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Mehawk, you and I have been around the world enough to know that someone can pass gas and someone somewhere will try make a race issue out of it !!
I don't count how many Whites, Orientals, Blacks, Indians , etc. that I see anywhere, cruise ship or no cruise ship. I think someone must be bored out of their gourd or looking for a problem to start up when they come up with that sort of stuff. Cruislines love one color--- the color of money.

I'm kinda like that too--- I don't care what color a woman is--
as long as she is good looking and smiles at me, I'm happy!!!
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Well, there are cruise lines out there for whom a 3 hour embarkation would be considered quick! There are others for whom 15 minutes would be considered slow. The general rule is, the larger the ship, the longer the embarkation time. To "give the devil his due", some of the small ship lines are very expensive. So there is a trade-off here. If I am booked to board a 5,000 guest ship, I EXPECT a rather long wait to embark. If I am booked on a 300 guest ship, I expect and demand that embarkation be very quick. So, on this matter, "it all depends."
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There are only two ways there would be a 2 1/2 wait to board on ANY ship.

1. Like someone said, you get to the port before the passengers have debarked. Then yes you will wait. You may even have to wait outside because the U.S. Customs has control of the terminal and would like allow you inside for security reasons.

2. If there is a major problem with the ship and it is not certain if the cruise is going to happen. That happened to me last February aboard the Carnival Fantasy. The line was very long and it took almost 90 minutes to get to the counter to register in. At that point, we were given a letter explaining that the ship had been hit by a barge and the cruiseline was "assessing the situation." In other words, they purposely slowed down embarkation to see if the ship was safe to board.

Other than that, there is no way a person would be made to stand outside in the sun for 2 1/2 hours.

Even if you show up at the ship during prime embarkation 12-2, the line would on be more than 1 hour at the most.

These lines move FAST. And now that they get your credit card information either online or AFTER you get on the ship, the line moves even faster. You are at those check-in counters no more than 2 or 3 minutes and then it is off to get your picture taken, another 1 or 2 and you are officially on your cruise.

Culture/race/ethnic conversations are very interesting as long as they are not used as a weapon. I love to discuss and learn about the different cultures on this planet. I learn more from talking to people about "their ways" than I can ever learn reading a book.
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We have in my instance waited for months to go on a cruise a few hours will seem like minutes to me
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