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Likely, you will embark 3 or more hours before you actually leave port. You should have a muster drill sometime before you leave port (usually 45 minutes to an hour before). I don't know about RCI but on some ships, if you just leave your things unattended, they will collect them and take them to lost and found. I like to be at the railing for a sailaway (guess that goes back to the old days when we used to throw streamers).

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Arrive at the cruise pier by 10:30 am 11. Check your luggage with the porters outside. Check-in at the terminal get your ship ID pass. Boarding begins around 11:30 am.


Head up to the Windjammer Cafe (Buffet) for lunch mid-ship deck 11. After lunch explore the ship for a spell, go to your cabin. See if your luggage has arrived, unpack a bit.


Go to your muster drill.


When the ship sails head to the top deck for the sail-away party.


Have a great cruise.




PS. Next time put a question in the Subject line of your post ie: What to do when boarding the ship, otherwise the default is your screen name and you will get many less responses.

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I agree with the above post. Just remember that if you board at 11am, you won't have access to your cabin for 2 hours or so, meaning that you'll have to keep your carry-on luggage with you while you are having lunch in the Windjammer. Not a big deal, as long as you don't pack them heavily. And, after you are finished eating, you should vacate your table and move to the pool area or solarium area (or walk around the ship) to wait for the cabins to open. It's a problem when people do not turn over the table in the Windjammer and wait there until the cabins are available, because those who boarded after you will not be able to find a table to eat their lunch.

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