Hello to all readers:
This is a great way for the novice and sometimes not so novice cruise traveler to get information. But, when I read through the questions, I wonder why some of these questions come to light here. Let me explain.....
I'm not knocking anyone about their questions. There are no dumb questions. But, I wonder how many of these questions could simply be answered by asking your travel agent? Hopefully most of us use a "cruise only" travel agency when we book. And, hopefully, most of us don't book online with an agency or from the cruise lines for that matter. When I see a question like "when can I board the ship"? I know this person hasn't asked their travel agent, and probably doesn't have one. They (probably) think they're saving money by not using one when in reality, the price is the same. I've found that a good cruise only agent is worth the effort to find. They are more knowledgeable about recent trends, ships, amenities and deck plans. You won't have to ask this forum about which stateroom to purchase on which ship because a good cruise only agent can (and will) tell you that at no extra charge.
A good "cruise only" agent is like a good doctor, lawyer or any other professional service. Frankly, even if it was a little higher priced (which it isn't), they are worth it. I know when I buy from my agent that I'll get everything I wanted from my cruise. (and usually more)