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Old 05-29-2008, 06:36 PM
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My ship leaves port @ 4pm carnival documents says must arrive at port by 2:30pm how closely do they stick to there time
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Old 05-29-2008, 06:45 PM
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Pretty closely. The 2:30 arrival time is something recently being enforced by the Dept of Homeland Security. They want everyone on the ship an hour before it sails. You used to be able to arrive later but not anymore. I have not arrived late for a cruise since the new rules, so I can't tell you how rigid that time frame is.

If you can't gaurantee you are at the ship before 2:30, then I suggest planning on arriving the day before and spending the night at a hotel. The ship gets charged port fees based on time docked, so in order not to be charged additional fees they need to leave on time. There is a little bit of "slop" built into that schedule but not much.
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they generally begin boarding the ship about 11:30 or 12.
We like to get there early, we usually are one of the first to board if we can, head to lido deck and have lunch. That is a fun time for us to explore the ship.
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My plane don't land until 12:50pm in miami
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My plane don't land until 12:50pm in miami
You should be fine. The ship is only 15 to 20 minutes from the airport.

Have you done your on-line check in for the cruise? Get your Fun Pass? This is something you need to do. It will help immensely.
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Old 05-29-2008, 08:00 PM
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yes we filled all the info out. This is the first time flying/cruising so everything is new to me.
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Old 05-30-2008, 03:54 AM
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Yes, you should be fine. It takes a couple of cruises to get the hang of it. After your first one you will be hooked, lined, and sinkered.

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I say this alot but it really is true. Treat the day you board as the first day of your cruise. Get there early (11:30-12:00) and enjoy yuour time by the pool and at the buffet and touring the ship. Because the last day is not a day...you get up...eat breakfast...and they throw you off!! So boarding day is your first day!! Enjoy your vacation!
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This is the first time flying/cruising so everything is new to me.
For future cruises, I strongly urge you to not fly down on the day the cruise leaves. You arrive at 12:50pm if everything goes as planned. A ripple in the flight schedule because of weather, a security event, etc., and you could suddenly find yourself landing at 2:50pm. Getting into town a day early is worth the price of a hotel room. You also arrive at the ship rested and fresh, and can get there early and start the party.
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Old 05-30-2008, 10:28 AM
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Thanks alot for the info If we arrive at 3pm in port will I still be able to board the ship being the boat doesn't sail until 4pm.
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