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Does anyone know how early we can give our bags to the porters on POA?  I was thinking of maybe doing a downtown tour before embarking but we would need to be free of luggage.  I thought I read somewhere that we won't be allowed to board until noon, is that correct? This will help me determine if we need to wait and do downtown Honolulu after we disembark to kill time or if I will need to plan something else.  TIA.

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We sailed on POA in December. Our shuttle from our hotel got us to the port around 9:45. There weren’t any porters there but we wheeled our luggage into the terminal and made a right and went a little bit and through a set of doors and there were 3 men there taking your luggage and putting it through the X-ray machine. We then went back out to the main section and got in line to go through security. You should be able to drop your luggage off and then just go back outside and catch a cab or Uber to wherever you want to go. We saw several people go outside after dropping off their luggage. I assume they were doing some sightseeing. 

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