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Old 02-28-2013, 04:58 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by tchrrx View Post
I have a port arrival time of 11:00. I planned on getting there closer to 10:00 though. (We will have a rental car to return.) It sounds like we don't need to be in too big of a hurry though. I am interested in learning more about how this works. We used Disney transportation from WDW last time, so I didn't have to worry about any of this. Thanks!
10:00 is really too early. We had a rental car and dropped it off at 10:20 at Thrifty this past Sunday and got one of the first shuttles to the port and it left at about 10:35 or so. We got into the terminal at about 10:50 after dropping off the luggage with the porter and were checked in immediately. We are Platinum so had boarding group 1 and boarded after the family of the day. We were done having lunch at Cabanas at 11:55.

One odd thing upon boarding....we entered the ship and they announced our name. We planned on heading to Cabanas and were headed to the elevators. We were pulled to the side by a CM in the atrium and she asked what our room number was and we told her. She said our room was ready and we should go right to our room and walked us down to the forward elevators. I thought this very odd as we knew the rooms were not ready until 1:30 and it was only 11:30 ish at this point. But, we went to Deck 8 to drop off our carryons only to be told the rooms were not yet ready. Really don't know why the CM directed us to our room before lunch unless she was unfamiliar with the process. We just went up to Cabanas and had lunch and hung out by the adult pool until our room was ready at 1:30.

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