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Old 04-03-2013, 06:35 PM   #1
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Port arrival time experiences?????

Recently booked our first cruise, so we won't be able to do the online check in and pick a port arrival time unit 75 days out. Will early times still be available? What was your experience?

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Old 04-03-2013, 06:40 PM   #2
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They may be, really depends on when your cruise is. If it is during a popular season, they probably won't be available.

However, even if they aren't, if departing from PC, the entire boarding process only takes about an hour, so you won't have to wait too long.
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Old 04-03-2013, 06:50 PM   #3
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We are on the Magic April 7, 2014. Spring break season. Since we are driving we really want an early time so we can enjoy the ship.
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Old 04-05-2013, 04:01 PM   #4
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We are on the Magic April 7, 2014. Spring break season. Since we are driving we really want an early time so we can enjoy the ship.
But so does everyone else.


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It constantly amazes me that people are in such a hurry, particularly on seven night cruises. You will surely have lots of time on the ship????
We are taking DCL transfers from WDW and are looking forward to having a leisurely breakfast, boarding the bus and getting to the port when it is quieter and most have the crowds have gone. Can't get into the stateroom until later anyhow. Rushing about is just not on the agenda for this portion of our trip!!!
OK, almost everyone else.
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Old 04-03-2013, 06:56 PM   #5
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We just did on-line check-in at 75 days and we had all the available port arrival times to choose from. So we choose 11am. Also everyone in my Cruise meet group also got 11 am Port arrival times. We are cursing in June.
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Old 04-03-2013, 07:00 PM   #6
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I wonder if you are linked with other cruisers if they will get the same boarding time.
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Old 04-03-2013, 07:12 PM   #7
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I wonder if you are linked with other cruisers if they will get the same boarding time.
Each reservation must do their own online checkin and select their own PAT. Linked reservations or not.
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Old 04-03-2013, 08:04 PM   #8
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Magic Feb First Time Cruise

Daughter, Cruise Directors, got up 3:00 am 75 days out and called. We got 11:00 checkin, Galveston. For both staterooms. She got Polo on Valentimes Day, I payed the bill. By reading Dis boards, watching a bunch of you tube videos, everything went like clock work. I never felt like it was our first cruise. Down to Google Maps satlitte view of cruise terminal area in Galveston, watching the ships come and go on port cruise cams. We had one hell of a great time, even the trip to HELL.
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Magic Feb First Time Cruise

Daughter, Cruise Directors, got up 3:00 am 75 days out and called. We got 11:00 checkin, Galveston. For both staterooms. She got Polo on Valentimes Day, I payed the bill. By reading Dis boards, watching a bunch of you tube videos, everything went like clock work. I never felt like it was our first cruise. Down to Google Maps satlitte view of cruise terminal area in Galveston, watching the ships come and go on port cruise cams. We had one hell of a great time, even the trip to HELL.
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We are cursing in June.
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Old 04-04-2013, 02:51 AM   #11
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We were on the first Disney Poxar California Coast cruise last year and we got the 1030 PAT. It was our first cruise
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We got 11 am on our first cruise and I didn't do the check in portion until 6 am CST.
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Old 04-05-2013, 06:37 AM   #13
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First Time cruisers on the Fantasy in June. I registered at midnight and got a PAT of 11:30. However, we're taking DCL transfers from the airport and hope to get on one of the first buses at 9:00 (PAT doesn't matter when you use DCL transfers).
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Old 04-05-2013, 06:49 AM   #14
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First Time cruisers on the Fantasy in June. I registered at midnight and got a PAT of 11:30. However, we're taking DCL transfers from the airport and hope to get on one of the first buses at 9:00 (PAT doesn't matter when you use DCL transfers).
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PAT doesn't matter but your boarding number is tied to your PAT. So even if you take the first bus you will get a higher number then those with 11am PAT
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Old 04-05-2013, 07:06 AM   #15
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My MIL did not register online until a few days prior to the cruise. She was given a 2:30 PAT but took the Magical Express and arrived at 10:30. Her boarding number was 38 and was on the boat by noon. My FIL didn't register online at all and arrived at port at 1. He was on the boat immediately. (Dunno if he was given a boarding number or just told to board.) Our cruise was sold out.
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