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I would love to hear about your boarding. As I said I am new to this. What is BVE? Probably a silly question, but if I don't ask I will never know LOL
caribill and gcvt,Great.
Thank you for telling me about BVE. Marilyn and I just signed up our husbands. Now we get to board early and not worry about long lines. YIPPEEE thanks again
Has anyone sailed on Star Princess out of San Francisco recently? What is the best time to arrive to board? Was the boarding process quick? Sailing October 21st to Hawaii and want to be preparedWe also had the same questions, we are on the cruise right after you.
How will we know if we have a set time (staggered) for boarding?bwe are sailing on the Star 9-26-12.First of all, why would you want to know?! Ignorance is bliss -- get to the pier when you want to get to the pier. The staggered times are not being enforced; they're "suggested" only, for those whose plans are flexible. That said, if you do want to know, that information would be found in your Cruise Personalizer, under Important Notices -- scroll all the way to the bottom of the page.
Lots of good information here.Enjoy your cruise. Don't forget to be on the deck or your balcony for going under the Golden Gate bridge.
Next year will be our first time sailing out of SF (round trip) to Alaska. On our other cruises we took our luggage to the terminal building and gave it to them there. Never have had a porter offer to take it. Porters will take your bags to the left of the entrance doors.
So some questions ... (know they may seem silly to some, but hey, there is a need to know what to expect ahead of time).
1. Is there an actual terminal building (figure there is, but want to check)?There is an old pier.
2. Once checked in (we are the only ship in port), do you want in the building until they are ready for you to board? We shared boarding with HAL on one cruise. They checked in thru the same building, different side but they waited out on a rope off area of the pier to board not actually in the building.
3. If there is a HUGE crowd, long waits ... are there exterior restrooms as well as restrooms in the buidling? (We traveled with 3 year old one cruise, this was important to know.) We've seen them set up both ways ... some with clean restrooms (exterior that are NOT port-a-potties) and some with nothing even if you have to wait to get into the building. There is a rest room just inside the entrance doors at the right.
We cruised out of San Pedro (RCCL). The last time it was port-a-potties outside the building and inside there were regular restrooms but only once you got into the building. What was interesting, was when you went to get your luggage at the end of the cruise as soon as you went into the luggage area you couldn't go back to the restrooms just on the other side of the door.
4. Anything unique we should know about this pier/check-in for Princess?
The "building" is a very old warehouse type of pier. Once you check in, there is an upstairs waiting room. There are bathrooms there as well as right inside the doors to the terminal, before you go past the security at the front door.
Enjoy your cruise. Don't forget to be on the deck or your balcony for going under the Golden Gate bridge.Thanks for the information ... good to know.
I sailed out of the golden gate on the star in may, 2012... and it was soooo windy you had to hold on to everything on deck..but very nice view of the bridge and sf bay. good luck.Interesting that you should mention that ... I saw a video on YouTube and the wind noise was all you heard. It will be a wonderful cruise either way, and I can't wait to see the bridge, be in San Francisco, and also to cruise to Glacier Bay.
Interesting that you should mention that ... I saw a video on YouTube and the wind noise was all you heard. It will be a wonderful cruise either way, and I can't wait to see the bridge, be in San Francisco, and also to cruise to Glacier Bay.Also be aware that the Bridge may be essentially invisible when you sail under it, depending on the fog. Last week I was out at the Presidio, and by sailaway hour, all that could be seen was the top of one of the towers.