Diane, there is a lot of variation in when you can get onboard. Your T.A. is basically right; however, you may be able to board as early as 12:30 or 1:00, depending on how early the ship clears customs and disembarks all passengers from the previous cruise that day. I tend to want to be early for things, and have usually gotten to the pier about noon or earlier. I have always had to wait, but have usually been able to board between 1 and 2 PM. If you try to be there by noon, you should have a similar experience.