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The big day is finally here! Even the most jaded cruisers get excited when they see that big beautiful ship sitting at the dock. Stepping aboard is a special moment on every cruise. Although embarkation time is noted in cruise documents, most cruise lines begin embarkation an hour or more before the stated time. Arrive at the port early. Beat the long lines for check-in and board the ship at the earliest possible time. Speed up embarkation even more by completing immigration and emergency contact information online. Complete cruise baggage tags after your flight to avoid confusion with checked baggage, but before arriving at the dock for cruise check-in. Make certain you have necessary documentation close at hand. Never pack passports, cruise tickets and other important documents in checked luggage.
It takes several hours for luggage to be delivered to each cabin. Don't waste time waiting impatiently for luggage. Bring a carry-on bag with medications, toiletries, a camera, change of clothes and a swimsuit. Use this time to get acquainted with the ship or relax by the pool. Indulge in the buffet for early boarders. Enjoy the sail away “drink of the day” special…maybe two.
Soon, it's time for the Sail Away Party. Get out on deck with everyone and experience the thrill of watching the lines cast off as your ship eases away from the dock. Don't forget to leave your worries at the dock. Don't worry. No one will take them; they'll be waiting when you return. Relax and prepare to be pampered and entertained.