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Old 05-16-2009, 02:19 PM
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I usually try to get there between 10:30 and 11. I went too early once and couldn't park though because the previous sailing was late getting cleared.

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if you get there around 10:30 you will be fine
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Old 05-18-2009, 02:56 PM
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OK, I just saw on my FunPass that earliest check-in is 12:30. It says not to arrive more than 30 minutes before check-in. Is it still ok to get there at 10:30? Again, we want to change our dining arrangements so we want to get there early if possible!
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if you check in at 12:30 i will have gone through twice on the buffet line LOL!!!!
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Is it still ok to get there at 10:30? Again, we want to change our dining arrangements so we want to get there early if possible!

Well, maybe 11am would be a better idea. Most often they do start loading new passengers by noon or perhaps a little earlier (11:30 or so). It always amuses me that cruise lines will tell passengers that embarkation begins at times an hour or more after the posted opening times for the lunch buffet.
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if you check in at 12:30 i will have gone through twice on the buffet line LOL!!!!
Bahahaha! I forgot about that!
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It always amuses me that cruise lines will tell passengers that embarkation begins at times an hour or more after the posted opening times for the lunch buffet.
That's so the VIP's can have their lunch without waiting in line.

I'm just kidding, I guess they do it to control the check-in flow or something. I know it can be a mess for parking if too many people show up too early. Especially if the previous sailing is late.

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Old 05-20-2009, 06:54 PM
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Last December I was not impressed with the VIP staff. There was a lot of confusion. They did not have my VIP card and luckily I had my sail and sign card from the cruise I took in October. The debark directional staff member had an attitude and that was enough for me I called for the supervisor.

Hopefully your VIP check in will go better than mine. Enjoy your cruise. Have a Blessed Day.
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I've never had a problem with them not having my Platinum card. I must say the Tampa port was under staffed a few years ago, my non-VIP friends were checked in before I was. You shouldn't have needed your S&S from the previous cruise. The FunPass's should have said VIP on them then. I haven't tried the priority Debarkation yet. I came out the wrong entrance once to get in the regular line as I wasn't in a hurry. The Debarkation staff saw me and escorted me as next to debark. Maybe they wanted me off the ship or something? It is so interesting to read all the different experiences with this.

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Hi, can anyone tell me what constitutes VIP check in? Is it the amount of cruises, or cabin type etc
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