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Going on a quick spring break cruise with a friend, who is paying for a good chunk of the trip for me and my 3 kids. I previously convinced her to get FTTF. Although the cruise was initially her idea, now she is getting nervous, and would prefer to spend embark morning exploring more of LA and getting on the ship later. 

 

Since she is funding more of the trip, I need to defer to her on some issues. Although I prefer to get on ASAP, get settled and explore the ship, but again, her money her way ( I truly have no resentment on my part with that, I think  that is fair). 

 

i have only done one CCL ship and we had FTTF and arrived before any crowds. 

 

So...what happens if we have FTTF and arrive at the port in the throngs of the crowd? Do we bypass them? What happens if we arrive after 1:30? How late can we get on if the ship departs at 6:30? How far in advance would we have to cancel FTTF? How much of an advantage would FTTF give us for debark? We also wanted to get off right away to go to Universal.

 

Thanks for any opinions....hoping me and the kids can convince her earlier is better!

 

 

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Typically last call is one hour before sail away is the latest you will be allowed on the ship, don't cut it to close.  They will have a priority line but at 130 you'll pretty much walk on.  It does help with debark if you need off quickly. 

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2 things to keep in mind...

1. FTTF has more perks than just priority embarkation. 

2. The day you embark is "day 1" and you paid for that day. The earlier you embark, the longer you'll have to enjoy the ship and all that it offers. You may consider exploring LA the day before you embark. After all, it's always recommended to arrive a day early anyway. You could also explore post-cruise. 

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If you aren't planning on arriving until after 1:30, I don't see any benefit in paying for FTTF.  Yes, there are a few other benefits, but the whole idea behind FTTF is getting onboard quickly.

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You and your friend don't have to arrive at the ship at the same time.

Although you may want to stay together, you will have separate boarding passes and can board separately.

You will be allowed to board whenever you arrive if you come after folks start boarding.

What are you planning to do with your luggage while you are "exploring LA"??

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12 hours ago, BENHANDEL said:

Going on a quick spring break cruise with a friend, who is paying for a good chunk of the trip for me and my 3 kids. I previously convinced her to get FTTF. Although the cruise was initially her idea, now she is getting nervous, and would prefer to spend embark morning exploring more of LA and getting on the ship later. 

 

Since she is funding more of the trip, I need to defer to her on some issues. Although I prefer to get on ASAP, get settled and explore the ship, but again, her money her way ( I truly have no resentment on my part with that, I think  that is fair). 

 

i have only done one CCL ship and we had FTTF and arrived before any crowds. 

 

So...what happens if we have FTTF and arrive at the port in the throngs of the crowd? Do we bypass them? What happens if we arrive after 1:30? How late can we get on if the ship departs at 6:30? How far in advance would we have to cancel FTTF? How much of an advantage would FTTF give us for debark? We also wanted to get off right away to go to Universal.

 

Thanks for any opinions....hoping me and the kids can convince her earlier is better!

 

 

 

It is very thoughtful of you to defer to your friend.  I think you can cancel FTTF up to 24 hr before boarding, but it should be in the fine print somewhere.  I would want to be at the terminal no later than 4:00, but check your boarding documents to be sure - there should be a Final Boarding Time listed, and I would want to allow at least 30 minutes to park and get through check-in.

 

I would think planning to bard at 1:30-2:00 after your sight-seeing and grabbing a quick lunch (so you aren't hangry when you board) would be a good compromise for avoiding the crowds but also not being late.  FTTF does help with disembark, but we usually do self-disembark so are early regardless.  

 

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13 hours ago, BENHANDEL said:

Going on a quick spring break cruise with a friend, who is paying for a good chunk of the trip for me and my 3 kids. I previously convinced her to get FTTF. Although the cruise was initially her idea, now she is getting nervous, and would prefer to spend embark morning exploring more of LA and getting on the ship later. 

 

Since she is funding more of the trip, I need to defer to her on some issues. Although I prefer to get on ASAP, get settled and explore the ship, but again, her money her way ( I truly have no resentment on my part with that, I think  that is fair). 

 

i have only done one CCL ship and we had FTTF and arrived before any crowds. 

 

So...what happens if we have FTTF and arrive at the port in the throngs of the crowd? Do we bypass them? What happens if we arrive after 1:30? How late can we get on if the ship departs at 6:30? How far in advance would we have to cancel FTTF? How much of an advantage would FTTF give us for debark? We also wanted to get off right away to go to Universal.

 

Thanks for any opinions....hoping me and the kids can convince her earlier is better!

 

 

Why don't you offer to pay for the FTTF and you and your kids can get on the ship when you want.  She can meet up with you later?  That way you both get what you want.  If you all want to stay together and see the sites before boarding, cancel FTTF and arrive later.  

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Traffic in LA is HIDEOUS!!!! There really isn't too much of interest to explore in the towns closest to where the ship is docked in Long Beach, I live in San Pedro which is a stones throw from Long Beach. I feel like it would be way more headache to try and squeeze sightseeing in before boarding with the traffic, carrying around all your luggage and kids in tow. Maybe there are some issues you can bring up to help defer her, in a nice way??

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On our last LA-based cruise our boarding documents said to be there NLT 3:00 pm.  I read here on CC that someone's parents (I think I have that right) were refused boarding because they arrived at the Long Beach pier after the NLT time.  Just keep that in mind.

 

If you arrive later than your check-in time, you'll be directed to the priority line and your check-in will go quick and you'll be on the ship before you know it. Have a Guy's Burger for me!

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5 hours ago, LuckyStar said:

Why don't you offer to pay for the FTTF and you and your kids can get on the ship when you want.  She can meet up with you later?  That way you both get what you want.  If you all want to stay together and see the sites before boarding, cancel FTTF and arrive later.  

We both already paid for FTTF and she wants to keep it for the "flexibility." We have only one rental car for the 8 of us so divide and conquer is not really an option. Money is irrelevant to her (but not to me!) So me paying back what she spent would just make her feel wierd, lol.

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Thanks for all of the feedback. I will still hold out hope for convincing her of the benefits of early boarding!

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We are Platinum and never get to the ship earlier than 12 or 1. We are always escorted to the VIP lane and get express boarding.

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we head down a day early when leaving from l.b..head over to von's for supplies.lot's of beaches near by.the ship is 10 minutes away.we stay at the courtyard Marriott.try to relax and not stress out.trying to fit everything in may not work.go a day early.pura vida

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