Everybody Off before Anybody On

First time cruisers often do not realize that the entire ship must be cleared before anyone can embark. They show up at 9 or 9:30 not realizing that many of the passengers are relaxing in a lounge on the ship until 10:30 or 11 and no one is allowed to board until they are off...

That said, you can often drop the luggage early in the morning and return to the port at your designated boarding time...Unless you have priority boarding, the cruise lines are adhering pretty strictly to the boarding schedule nowadays as it is really making the process much smoother.

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Good information!

I knew that intellectually - but it's good to have reminders. Thanks.

Last spring we arrived early to the Long Beach port and we enjoyed watching the cruisers coming off the Miracle from the cruise before ours. Some looked happy to be meeting up with family members and others looked tired, but still happy. It showed us that we'd have a great time too, and we did.

I saw a video a week ago of a short hair blond woman in her 60's being dragged off a ship by her ankles because she refused to leave so others could board. She was screaming "I'm not leaving the ship and you can't make me" She left nail makes from digging in her finger nails.

Speaking of not wanting to leave the ship. Did you all see the news about how about 3000+ Chinese refused to disembark the Costa Serena onto South Korean soil for shore excursions. It was a scheduled stop but no one got off. All part of some more political nonsense between countries.


LOL - that was me!!!!

That's the way it is if the voyage is an entirely new one, which is rare anymore. With all the "back to backs" many passengers remain on board and booked in the same cabins. Don't even recall when we last experienced a cruise where there wasn't "transient" guests already on board. Many times we have watched all the newbies parading up the gangway getting their welcome on board greeting and a glass of free champagne.

One thing to be careful of. If you are on a B-2-B and take a day excursion or something, be sure your cruise card is still valid once you get off and reflects the date when you will be actually disembarking and your cruise is over. One time I was chatting with a fellow who told me that he had gotten off a vessel one time for a while and upon returning was denied boarding as his cruise card was obsolete. He had a dickens of a time convincing them he was still a guest on board. We laughed. Then I looked at my cruise card as I was about to get off and do a little shopping, sure enough, once I checked through security and headed down the gangway it was going to be worthless.

i am all for smooth embarkation.

Looked just like you.

There is a lot of bad blood between China and Korea. Something about invading armies.

I really cannot believe that a cruise line would schedule a ship load of Chinese through a Korean port. It sounds like a bad practical joke.


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