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BJC123 07-02-2008 12:10 PM

We are cruising Destiny from POM on 9/21. What is good time to arrive at the terminal to begin embarkation. Also, anyone know what time you can check in your bags at the port.

BJC123 07-02-2008 12:10 PM

We are cruising Destiny from POM on 9/21. What is good time to arrive at the terminal to begin embarkation. Also, anyone know what time you can check in your bags at the port.

penny3333 07-02-2008 12:20 PM

Hi BJC123, you'll find a lot of different answers here. Some like to get there early and stand in line, some like to get there later and avoid the lines. If you get there around 10:30, you will get a good place in line. If you get there around 2:00, the lines are usually gone. I believe the porters are usually ready to check luggage by 9:30-10:00. We'll be leaving out of Miami on 9/12. Not sure what time we'll get there, but I'll let you know how the lines are http://bestsmileys.com/waving/7.gif

Jim C. 07-02-2008 12:54 PM

Great answer Penny. I am one that is from the "get there early" team. I figure the sooner I am on board the sooner I am cruising. They count that day as a full day, so why wait until 2 or 3PM to get on board. I can have 2 or 3 drink of the days in me by 3.... http://bestsmileys.com/blushing/5.gif

Dave 07-02-2008 12:59 PM

Another member of the early team checking in. Getting lunch and making friends with the pool bar staff as soon as possible means my cruise has started while others are still enroute to the pier.

Cruise Fanatic 07-02-2008 01:57 PM

I usually always get there between 11:30-12:00. Get checked in and go up to the Lido deck and have lunch.

BJC123 07-02-2008 02:34 PM

Thanks all - I too love to get there early but each departure seems to be different with what time you can start. I had kinda thought to be there 11:30-noonish time frame ...

Penny - would love to hear what you have to say about the Norweigian cruise ...

Billy in FLL 07-02-2008 05:23 PM

I echo Dave's sentiments exactly. I am also from the get there early group. Although Carnival has this new system for boarding. similar to the airlines and boarding by "zones" most time will be spent in the terminal waiting. So definitely get there early and avoid that mess, because the room is not the largest and can fill quickly. If I can give you a little tip CCL reps will have these "zone" cards at the front of the queues, have a member of your group go to them and get a card before you get into line to check in. That way, other "zones" will be called as you wait to check in with the CCL reps. So when you are done checking in, hopefully your "zone" is being called and you, like Dave and I, are making friends with the pool bar staff. Bon Voyage!!

Billy

Dwayne 07-02-2008 07:44 PM

I try to get there at least by 11. If the previous cruise is running late, there could be some parking problems though if driving. The official time for Embarkation is 1:30PM. I usually can be on board by 12, and having lunch on the Lido.

Dwayne


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