New Procedure for Carnival Cruise Lines - Staggered Check- In Times at Embarkation

To expedite the embarkation process, Carnival has recently instituted staggered check-in times for all their ships at 8 embarkation ports and will add three more ports in Oct-Nov. Passengers sailing on ships leaving from these ports will need to pre-select online check-in times for their arrival at the terminals. They will have a one-hour window to arrive at the terminal. Passengers will not be permitted to enter terminal ahead of this window. Certain categories of passengers are exempt from the one-hour window but still must choose an online time of arrival at the terminal. These include Priority Program guests, those with ship-sponsored airport transfers & those utilizing Faster To The Fun. Do you think that this is a good or bad thing? Here's a link to answers you may have about the new procedure.

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26 Answers

We are platinum, no times for us

We did staggered check-in it worked out fine. No complaints

We did staggered in Galveston May 2018 it was fine a 20 minute wait after check in at most. We will see how it works in Nawlins March 2019... the count down continues

We used the 'staggered check-in' in Long Beach in January and it was wonderful. They didn't start the check-in process until noon and it was in half hour periods. We walked right thru check-in and were on the ship and eating lunch within 10 minutes. It was great.

I used staggered and the port transfer and had no problems on my last cruise. The cruise be before that, we stood in line in the beating sun for almost 2 hrs! It was terrible. I think the only thing that made it bearable was the fact we were waiting to get on a cruise, the excited outweighed the conditions. We were in Miami by the way. I think if planned well staggered cuts down on frustration.

Someone stated earlier that rudeness was the order of the day... I think some people are just naturally rude. They must be wired different? We were getting some of the best service ever on my last cruise and the people next to us..... OH MY STARS!!! They were just flat out mean to the workers. Then complained the whole time about how far we had to walk through the terminal to get onboard.

Staggered check in times must be working for there is very little complaining about it.


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