Posted December 12th, 2010, 07:52 AM
Being new to cruising, what are the actual boarding times on the port days.
We are taking 5 day Century to Roatan & Cozumel - according to the itinerary one port is written that the itinerary is from 9-5 and the other 10-6. I presume that it'll take time to disembark - how long does this take appromixately. I presume that passengers are advised latest time for boarding - what is the approximate time before sailing that we are obliged to embark?
As we are concierge class, do we have priority disembarking?
Example, "9 - 5": 9 o'clock or a bit later is when you'll be able to start getting off the ship. It will have arrived earlier and gone through all the clearance stuff with the port authorities, and then passengers will be able to get off. Usually those on early ship-sponsored tours go first, then everyone else -- but I don't know about concierge class...
As for getting back on -- no later than 30 minutes before the ship is to set sail, so you have to pay attention to the time on board, make sure you have a watch that matches, and make sure you note the time as you're having fun on shore! This is particularly important with tender ports, as the last tender lines can be very long. A lot of folks plan to get back an hour early, just so that they have a bit of time to account for any traffic delays, or other things that might hold them up.
I've cruised on Princess, Carnival, HAL,
NCL, Hurtigruten and a couple of even smaller lines in the past. HAL is (for now) my favorite!