Go Back   Cruise Reviews Forums > Cruise Lines > Royal Caribbean Cruise Line
Register Forgot Password?
New! Use your Facebook, Google, AIM & Yahoo accounts to securely log into this site, click logo to login  

Closed Thread
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old 02-22-2010, 07:38 AM
Junior Member
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 23
I am sure I have read this somewhere but what time do we want to be at the ship to board? We are on Freedom of the Seas March 25th if that matters. I think we would like to be on the early side so we can get on the ship and get and idea of where some things are.

Thanks again


Read and post cruise reviews
  #2 (permalink)  
Old 02-22-2010, 08:54 AM
Jim C.'s Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: DFW, Texas
Posts: 5,115
Early is 11AM. You never know for sure when they will start to let you board. Normally boarding starts by 12 noon but it could be earlier of later depending on how disembarkation went with the previous cruise.

If you want to get on early as possible be there by 10:30 or 11. You will most likely have to wait to board but once they open up the ship to boarding you will get on. Some people don't like to wait and don't arrive until 1PM, but it seems that no matter what you do you will end up at some point waiting in line to board. My perspective is - I'd much rather wait at the ship and possibly get on early than wait at a hotel room or airport and arrive at 1PM.
================================================== ==========
Carnival Cruise Lines:
28 cruises

NCL Dream October 2006,
RCCL Mariner OTS June 2007, RCCL Liberty OTS 2016
Celebrity Silhouette 2013
  #3 (permalink)  
Old 02-22-2010, 11:36 AM
Sonny V's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Racine, Wisconsin
Posts: 4,906
If you do get to board by 11:30 you still won't be able to go to your stateroom until 1:00pm. Most everyone go to the Windjammer for lunch until then.

  #4 (permalink)  
Old 02-22-2010, 07:23 PM
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 206
Dear Cathy66,

We were on the Independence of the Seas Jan 31, 2010 and we arrived at the ship at 11:15 am and were processed very quickly by Deck number and on ship by 11:25 am. Up to Windjammer for lunch and in cabin by 1:3O PM. Try to travel light with only backpack and check rest of luggage otherwise cumbersome dragging suitcases with you to lunch. Happy cruising.
  #5 (permalink)  
Old 02-23-2010, 03:02 PM
Junior Member
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 23
Thanks for the info. I think we will go early in the hopes of an early boarding.


Read and post cruise reviews
  #6 (permalink)  
Old 02-23-2010, 03:25 PM
Berick1234's Avatar  
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Minnesota
Posts: 1,497
You can't start the cruise soon enough:-)...
I've been aboard by 11:30 on some ships and then again 2 or so on others....Once in Houston, it was 5:00 before we could get on...the ship didn't get into port until almost 1...I get there as early as possible...just so I'm there...Happy sailing....

Bob e
  #7 (permalink)  
Old 02-24-2010, 08:55 AM
Join Date: Dec 2006
Posts: 51
Back from the Independence. We drove through the port gates at 11 a.m. DH dropped me off with luggage while he parked car. The check in was so fast that I was running to keep up. By doing it by deck makes things move along. Make sure you have your sign and sail pass signed and ready. Also the give you a paper that you have to fill out - a health certificate saying that you hadn't been sick. We were eating in Windjammer by 11:40. At one we went to check our room and our luggage was sitting outside. Unpacked and ready to enjoy cruise by 1:30. Really enjoyed room on starboard side of ship with balcony.

Have a wonderful cruise.

Cate M.
Read and post cruise reviews
Closed Thread

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Arriving in PR at 5 pm? Whats up with that? shelby Royal Caribbean Cruise Line 40 06-11-2008 09:03 AM
Arriving in Barcelona MHicks Europe Port Chat 3 02-20-2008 07:29 PM
arriving at the airport/getting to the ship PattyPsch Royal Caribbean Cruise Line 10 07-31-2006 03:18 AM
Arriving Monaco by Cruise Ship seafan Europe Port Chat 1 03-29-2006 08:52 PM
Arriving Too Late??? wacky_woodchuck General Cruise Chat 1 01-02-2003 01:38 PM

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 04:30 AM.

Contact Us - Terms of Use - Cruise Reviews Home - Archive - Privacy Statement - Top

SEO by vBSEO 3.5.2