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We have been given a boarding time of 3:00 pm. Is it worth getting there earlier with the hope of being onboard in time for lunch? Our journey to Southampton is about 3 hours so we could comfortably be their for 12ish.If you are prepared to wait in the Terminal, for and hour or two, then yes, however boarding usually starts but not always around 12noon (Has been known earlier and later) Passengers already cruising with the ship will board first when embarkation is allowed, then Queens and Princess Grill suit passengers, followed by Priority boarding for the Diamond and Platinum World Club members. Boarding is then followed by that shown on your e ticket. With Cunard Arranged Coach passengers given priority over the rest. You may be lucky or you may not be, However the times shown on your e ticket is to try and eliminate overcrowding in the terminal.
here is what Cunard say about boarding
You will probably get straight on the ship with little or no waiting at that time.
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