Cruise departure

Most cruise ships leave port at 4 pm or later. Some leave earlier.  Boarding usually ends one hour prior to departure so it is best to arrive at least 2 hours before the scheduled embarkation.  Be sure to check your travel documents for your specific embarkation time and arrive requirements.  Some cruise lines will actually assign you a boarding time when you complete the on-line check in process.

My own preference is to arrive as early as I can and if required secure the earliest possible boarding time.  This not only ensure I will not miss the boat, but it will usually allow me to get on board and enjoy a leisurely lunch before the buffet gets crowded.  I then have time to explore the ship while waiting for my room to be ready.

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