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When you check in and board the ship, can you immediately take your carry on luggage to the cabin, or do you have to wait awhile for the cabin to be ready? IF so, how do you know when your cabin is ready?


I guess I'm wondering if we can go to our cabin right away, change into our bathing suits and hit the pool for a swim and a cocktail? Seems like that's what some folks like to do.


Appreciate the info!

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If the cabins are not ready, you won't be able to take your carry ons into your cabin. The time cabins are available depends on the ship and the time you board. On Mariner, it is usually 1 pm. If you are onboard before 1 pm, you can hang out by the pool, eat in the Windjammer, check out the facilities. There are good sized changing rooms in the fitness center, so you could change into a swimsuit there.


There is an announcement when the cabins are ready, and the doors will open to the hallways.

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Depends on what time you get on board (and what time they finally got the last load of passengers off the ship!). By the time we got on board, the stewards had finished cleaning & prepping the cabins, so we were able to go straight to ours. So I don't know how they let you know that it's okay to go to your cabin. I'm guessing that the ones who get on fairly early and head straight to the pool for a swim & a cocktail may change elsewhere, such as a restroom or possibly the locker room at the fitness area.

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We boarded Brilliance last month at about 11am. However the end doors to all the cabin gangways were actually locked with notices stating that cabins would not be available for access until 1pm.


Just take swimwear with you etc. and get changed in the spa area.

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I've actually never had a problem with leaving my carryon in my stateroom. As long as the doors are open heading to the cabins the steward has always let me leave them. If for some reason you are unable to as one of the previous posts said just change in the fitness/spa area or even the bathrooms are large enough on the ship. Have a great time.

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I just wore my suit under a sundress so I could make use of the pool that 1st day. I brought a small carry-on bag, which was easy to stash near my deck chair. Our rooms were ready before 1pm, tho, and we were soon able to take our stuff there. (Brilliance-April)

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