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Typically, what time is your room ready??


joanofarc

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They'll tell you 2:30, but when we were on the Jewel in October, it was closer to 1:30. One piece of luggage was there at 1:30, the other around 2:30. We didn't even hear them deliver it (they leave it outside the door). We were inside, unpacking and settling in, and were going to wander around the ship -- opened the door and the other bag was there.

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We go anyway to drop off the carry on in the closet or under the bed(tell the room stewards) then we go for lunch and go back when we are ready.

 

The latest I have experienced is 3pm. I have done as this post has indicated, when I can access the room. However, on my last NCL cruise they did close and locked the outer doors that access the hallways on each floors with cabins so you could not get into any cabins until the floor was opened and announced the cabins were ready....If you are able to access the cabin before the rooms are cleared and want to leave something you should let the room steward know so they don't think it was left behind from the last passenger....

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We normally board as soon as we can, and have never had a problem waiting for our luggage. We first head to our cabin and drop off our carry ons, and then leave so staff can do their thing. We take along the Daily Freestyle, so we can discuss our evening plans.

 

Our destination is always lunch in an available dining room, where we can relax and avoid the buffet area. If it's a different ship, we'll take a walk around, usually after eatomg, and at least once we've taken the opportunity of a guided tour. If we have already mapped out a dining plan for the cruise, we'll also stop and make any reservations we can. If guests are with us, maybe we'll stop in one of the lounges for a drink, but in any event, when we are ready to go back to unpack, our luggage has always been there.

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I have to say our experience has been different than most of the other posters. On two cruises, one being the Sun and then one of our cruises on the Star, our butler escorted us directly to our stateroom from the VIP check in area. Other than that, we have had to wait until after lunch to even be able to get to our stateroom. We tried to drop off our carry on's, but there was always staff in the hallways preventing us from going back. On the Pearl last Oct we tried to go back to our stateroom as soon as we finished lunch, but there was a lady blocking the hallway.. so we took a stroll around the ship and then went back to the hallway entrance where we had tried to go before and she was still there. So I told her we were just going to wait there until they have the all clear, if that was ok with her. It was about ten minutes to 2 and we knew the all clear was usually at the latest 2:30. She told us this time we could just go ahead and go back to our stateroom. So it has varied for us ship to ship, cruise to cruise.

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last cruise was different, normally we go and drop off the luggage in the cabin. BUT last cruise, they had the fire doors closed (not locked) and security was wandering the halls. we were asked to, please, wait until the announcement. about 1pm, we noticed the fire doors were open and went down to our cabin. at 1:30 they started making the announcements that the cabins were now ready.

i suggest not draggin' any more carry-on luggage then you are willing to be stuck with for a hour or so.

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On every line except Disney, our cabins have been ready between 1:00 and 1:30. Disney was closer to 2:30.

 

I asked if I could drop off our carry-ons on one ship (can't remember which one?) and was told to do so at our own risk as the stateroom doors are propped open while the staff is assembly line preppping/cleaning them and they could not guarentee security for our items. Makes sense.

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We normally board as soon as we can, and have never had a problem waiting for our luggage. We first head to our cabin and drop off our carry ons, and then leave so staff can do their thing. We take along the Daily Freestyle, so we can discuss our evening plans.

 

Our destination is always lunch in an available dining room, where we can relax and avoid the buffet area. If it's a different ship, we'll take a walk around, usually after eatomg, and at least once we've taken the opportunity of a guided tour. If we have already mapped out a dining plan for the cruise, we'll also stop and make any reservations we can. If guests are with us, maybe we'll stop in one of the lounges for a drink, but in any event, when we are ready to go back to unpack, our luggage has always been there.

 

We got on the Star at about 12:00 last year on our cruise to Alaska. We went by the reception desk and got a daily and then went up to lunch in the Versaille...had the yummy chilled banana soup!

We found out later we could have gone to Cagney's for lunch since we were in a suite, which is what we will probably do in June when we sail again.

 

The stated time for the cabins to be ready was 1:30, but they were ready about 1:05 and most of the luggage came right away and one last bag arrived about 5:30. ;)

 

Oh, then we went up to Endless Summer where they had tables set up to make reservations for the specialty restaurants and made a reservation for Cagney's for the first night (we had a buy 1 get 1 free coupon), and we made our Le Bistro reservation. The rest of our reservations were made with Simone (the concierge) later on that night.

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