It's our first time cruising and I've read that Pier 91 can be rather chaotic. Any other arrival advice is welcome!
Thanks so much!
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"Best" as in suggested times from experienced cruisers. As I mentioned, we've not cruised before. So I don't know what "best" would be. I thought, perhaps, there would be a window of time to aim for when arriving. However, it seems I was incorrect. We'll get there when we get there, I guess.Best has too many meanings. Right off the bat, I can see two different answers:
Best has too many meanings. Right off the bat, I can see two different answers:Ah! This is so helpful! I totally understand that "best" varies by person. I had no idea that the doors to lunch close at 1:30. In fact, I have no idea what to expect at the port at all. The boards have been very helpful in that regard.
Me? Pick one of those two, and don't go for the gap in between.
Ah! This is so helpful! I totally understand that "best" varies by person. I had no idea that the doors to lunch close at 1:30. In fact, I have no idea what to expect at the port at all. The boards have been very helpful in that regard.Disclaimer: all of my answers here are Princess-specific. If you're on HAL or Celebrity, YMMV.
From you and the other poster, it sounds like arriving early ensures that you have time to settle in and get something to eat. I appreciate this info.
I just returned from Emerald Princess cruise on Sunday July 16. If you want to avoid all crowds show up to port at 1pm. If you want to be in the thick of crowds show up at 11am. Princess does not open boarding until noon; however, if you are staying in a suite; they have a separate boarding area and will get onboard the ship before anyone else. We had a suite and showed up at 11:20 and were onboard by 11:40. The normal waiting area had over 500 people waiting for noon when they opened the ship. Hope this helpsEvery time we've gotten there early enough, Princess has started boarding at 11:30am. In Seattle and in Vancouver, they service Elites and Suites until caught up, then Elite/Suites get priority and Platinum gets best-effort until caught up, then Elite/Suite/Platinum gets a priority line and Blue/Gold/Ruby gets best-effort. As a Platinum in a Mini-Suite, we were in the room, bags dropped, specialty reservations made, spa reservations adjusted/confirmed, and camped out in front of the MDR at 11:50am.