Old February 19th, 2014, 07:07 PM
EdLinda EdLinda is offline
Familiar Face
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 53
Question Staggered boarding times

Just read my docs for my cruise out of Tampa and boarding is staggered by deck starting at 10:30 am with suites and Crown & Anchor boarding at anytime. Is this a new boarding procedure? Last cruise in November out of Canaveral was the "usual" don't get here too early. Has anyone experienced this boarding process? It sounds like a formula for chaos with passengers getting off and new ones coming on. I'm sure the cabins still will not be available until 1:30. Where does everyone go?
Reply With Quote
Old February 19th, 2014, 07:17 PM
Dave Beers's Avatar
Dave Beers Dave Beers is offline
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Alabama
Posts: 1,862

They do this in New Orleans too, and a couple other places. It has been in effect for a few years at ports with smaller terminals. The terminals are not large enough to have a lot of people checking in and sitting or standing around, so they ask that people arrive at certain times to minimize crowding, hoping that at least some will comply. It worked well in New Orleans when we cruised out of there last month. If you show up prior to your 'scheduled' time they won't deny you boarding.
Forum Moderator
Reply With Quote
Old February 19th, 2014, 08:15 PM
Donna's Avatar
Donna Donna is offline
Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: on my computer
Posts: 27,231
Send a message via AIM to Donna

It is always nice to get onboard nice and early, have lunch and stroll around the ship. Yes, usually you can't get into your cabin until after 1:00, but the pools are open and you can also check out the dining room and see where your table is if you are doing traditional dinner... Lots to do before sailaway.

Message Boards Moderator
Reply With Quote
Old February 19th, 2014, 08:26 PM
beachbum13's Avatar
beachbum13 beachbum13 is offline
Senior Member
First Mate
Join Date: Feb 2010
Posts: 344

I love getting on the ship early! You can explore before the crowds arrive. Have the swimming pools and hot tubs almost to yourself!

Carnival Fascination 11/01/04, 5N
Crown Princess 3/27/10, 7N
RCCL Oasis of the Seas 10/20/12, 7N
Celebrity Silhouette 2/09/14 7N
RCCL Quantum of the Seas - 12/01/14, 11N
NCL Epic 3/8/15 7N
NCL Escape 11/09/15 2N
NCL Breakaway 11/27/16 14N
RCCL Harmony of the Seas 11/? 3N & 2/11/17 7N
Reply With Quote
Old February 20th, 2014, 05:33 PM
DiamondMember DiamondMember is offline
Senior Member
First Mate
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 414

Just go over at 11am and they let you on. There is no control over those boarding times.
Reply With Quote
Old February 20th, 2014, 08:08 PM
storybookcruises.com's Avatar
storybookcruises.com storybookcruises.com is offline
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Cape Coral, FL
Posts: 2,306

We're different than most in that we like to arrive a little later. That way we almost always encounter no lines, no waiting, and our cabin is usually ready for us as soon as we get onboard. So we are able to casually board the ship, drop off our carry-on luggage in our cabin so we don't have to lug it around, and then go up to a less-crowded meal.

If you get there early, there's almost always long lines (we hate standing in those lines) and it's chaos trying to process everyone so they can get onboard. Then, since most of the time the cabins are not ready for occupancy until about 1:30, everyone takes their carry-on luggage and heads to the buffet area on the Lido Deck. So it's very noisy and becomes very crowded with people pushing and shoving to get as much food as they can as quickly as possible. Sorry, but to us that's just not a fun way to start a nice cruise and much rather spend 2 hours less time on the ship to avoid all the hassles. But to each their own; everybody is different on what they like to do.

Don't pay alot of attention to those assigned or suggested boarding times as they're not going to say you have to wait until your time is called. It's just their way of trying to stagger arriving times in an attempt to make it less crowded since most people want to get there and on the ship as early as possible.

Travel Agent/Cruise Specialist w/16 yrs exp and 51 Cruises on 12 different cruise lines in many parts of the world! VIETNAM VETERAN OWNED & OPERATED. Certified Accessible Travel Advocate. Specializing in unsurpassed personal service to insure you have a hassle-free vacation!
Reply With Quote
Old February 20th, 2014, 09:48 PM
Bruce Chafkin1 Bruce Chafkin1 is offline
Senior Member
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Ibiza / Japan
Posts: 622

Many of the cruise lines try to do this in order control crowding, long lines, and guest complaints in the terminal and onboard our ships.

But since we market primarily to the ME, ME, ME Generation, there is no hope of passengers being considerate enough to assist in making this work.

Many of the passengers are convinced that they can "eat their money's worth" on a cruise and cannot resist standing in a long line to get that first free meal.

The smarter passengers take their time, have a leisurely lunch away from the ship, and then stroll into the check-in areas when there are no lines and their cabins are ready.
Reply With Quote
Old February 24th, 2014, 10:26 AM
DiamondMember DiamondMember is offline
Senior Member
First Mate
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 414

Honestly, you'll encounter like a very small line if you go over between 11:00AM and 11:30AM; that "crowd" that mentioned is like always gone by then and you can still enough your lunch onboard. Plus, they serve lunch through like 3-4pm anyway. Just have a nice breakfast wherever and enjoy lunch onboard. I've sailed with Royal more than 50 times; this has never failed me and I've never waiting in any lines (even on Allure/Oasis). Have a great cruise, it's vacation!
Reply With Quote


allure, boarding, caribbean, cruise, early, oasis, princess, prociedure, royal, seas, show, staggered, stick, time, times

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Staggered Boarding KDGodwin Princess Cruise Lines 35 July 3rd, 2012 06:39 AM
Boarding Times huffca Carnival Cruise Lines 6 August 22nd, 2007 05:15 PM
Boarding Logistics - Same Cabin, Different Boarding Times? kamala First-Time Cruisers 0 May 15th, 2007 04:44 AM
Boarding Times? Overtyme100 Royal Caribbean International 3 November 11th, 2004 05:31 AM
boarding times??? kenholt Carnival Cruise Lines 2 August 17th, 2004 02:32 PM

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
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 Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 08:18 PM.
design by: Themes by Design