Originally posted by VA Gentleman:
I read on Carnival's site that there can be problems in arriving early. I had planned to arrive at Port Everglades for my cruise on the Miracle around 1100 hrs. Would that be a problem?
1100 is too early. I assume your boarding time is 1:30 pm. If you get there at 1pm you should be in great shape. You can stop at Lester's diner on the way to the port (Hwy 84) and have lunch. The greek salad there is pretty good. Also try the Gyro sandwich.
The last few years we have been getting in line about 11 AM without any problems. This last cruise they even handed out flyers in line saying the cabins would not be ready until 1:30pm, but they wanted to welcome early arrivals on board for lunch!
Of course this will depend if the ship is cleared by then. Sometimes there are hold ups.
Hi VA Gentleman, welcome to Cruise-Chat. 1Sgt had a great suggestion, Lester's is a well-kept secret of Ft. Lauderdale. It's always packed, so I guess it's not much of a secret after all. 1100 is a little early, but if you don't mind standing in line, you'll be at the head of the line that way. When we boarded the Emerald and the Magica, they didn't open the doors to the terminal until noon. Carnival might be different but they can't start things until the last voyage is finished. They have to get everyone off, everything restocked, everthing cleaned, all the food set out, tables and chairs set up, etc. It's amazing to watch them work while you're waiting to debark, can't see much while you're standing in line to embark. Some of the terminals don't have much shade either, so you might want to bring a brimmed hat or an umbrella. Best wishes, have a wonderful cruise and Happy Holidays!
We've never had a problem boarding around 1130 to noon - other than lines. And that is really the reason behind the dire warnings about not showing up until 1:30 - crowd control. The lunch buffet always opens well before 1:30, so it is obvious passengers are expected to board before then. As mentioned earlier, the cabins won't be ready until after 1:30, but so what! Eat lunch, look around, have a drink, and suddenly it is time to go to the cabin.