Some ship's require you to get a tender ticket and after the ship's excursions are off they call the tender ticker number /colour etc...
Get to the ticket desk as early as possible to get the first tender.
some people just go line up at the gangway...it may or may not work in getting off early.
Alexandr Pushkin, Carnival-Holiday, HAL-(old)Westerdam, Orient lines-Marco Polo, Royal Olympic-Olympic, NCL-Dream, Dawn-Princess, ACCL-Grande Caribe, Oceania-Insignia (3), Regatta(4) Marina (1) St Lawrence Cruise Lines-Canadian Empress
Scenic River cruise June 11,2012