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Old 04-20-2013, 08:29 AM   #16
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Old 04-20-2013, 08:35 AM   #17
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Port Arrival Time - You choose your PAT when you complete check in online.
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Old 04-20-2013, 09:01 AM   #18
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Port Arrival Time - You choose your PAT when you complete check in online.

Thank you! Still learning the hip lingo.
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Old 04-20-2013, 09:27 AM   #19
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Pat

First can't do it until 100 % paid. Then DCL gives date you can start calling.

We had 11.00 check in Galveston. We were part of the first 100 people their. Two rooms Daughter checked in at one station, Wife an i cheched in at different station, we were linked and were given same boarding group, 5.

Galveston physical set up is different but DCL game is the same. They use the same computer program. We got their first time about 9.30 am we drove up to drop bags and 4 of the five in car, decided to come back and took ride out by beach killed about hour. We felt looking at all of the people going in opposite direct may be to much chance of baggage geting misplaced.

Came back 10.30 much better, drove right up unloaded, porter took tagged checked bags and i went and parked car at pre paid lot two blocks away. Had shuttle to bring me back. 15 mins tops. They will not let you walk in untill whole group is ready to enter becuse first stations is customs. Not a problem, came back and daughter had found fellow teacher from home and two groups were discussing DCL. From their to our rooms at 1.45 we did not stop.
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Old 04-20-2013, 12:41 PM   #20
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How about rooms that are linked with one platinum and one gold and another silver?
Platinum will have boarding group #2. The other rooms will have the boarding number assigned to them based on their PAT. If you all want to board together, the platinums will have to wait with the others and use the highest boarding group number assigned. It's the same with booking Palo, excursions and the spa. Each level has to wait for their appropriate window to make their own reservations.
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Old 04-20-2013, 01:12 PM   #21
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Not sure if it has changed since Aug. 2012, but you did not need to be paid in full to do online check-in and choose your PAT. You only need to be paid in full to book things like excursions/Palo/nursery.
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Old 04-20-2013, 01:22 PM   #22
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Not sure if it has changed since Aug. 2012, but you did not need to be paid in full to do online check-in and choose your PAT. You only need to be paid in full to book things like excursions/Palo/nursery.
That has changed. I am silver so could check in at 90 days out but PIF date was 75 days out. If I wanted to take advantage of the 90 days (which I did as I wanted an 11:00 PAT) I had to PIF first.
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Old 04-20-2013, 01:36 PM   #23
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Can someone further explain this?


Say you do online check-in 75 days out and get assigned PAT of 12:45. So we arrive at PC at 12:20(?), park in garage(?), bring bags into building(?), see clock says 12:40(?), so wait five minutes to go up to CM(?). Check in and gubd them the bags(?). Then get assigned another category for boarding? So then stand around waiting for your number to be called?

What is the latest time you could be assigned? Could you miss lunch?

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Say you do online check-in 75 days out and get assigned PAT of 12:45. So we arrive at PC at 12:20(?), park in garage(?), bring bags into building(?), see clock says 12:40(?), so wait five minutes to go up to CM(?). Check in and gubd them the bags(?). Then get assigned another category for boarding? So then stand around waiting for your number to be called?

What is the latest time you could be assigned? Could you miss lunch?

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The PATs are on the half hour starting at 11 a.m., so 11-11:30, 11:30-12, and so on. If you arrive before your PAT, depending on how crowded the terminal is they may allow you into the terminal to check in. If you have a 1-1:30 PAT and get to the terminal at 11 yes, you could be allowed to check in then. However, your boarding number will be higher than the people who are there with earlier PATs. This will result in you sitting around the terminal waiting for them to call your number as those people board the ship before you even though you arrived at the terminal first.

It may vary by cruise, but Boarding #1 is given to concierge, #2 is given to platinum CC members. Just for example: PAT 11-11:30 #3-7, PAT 11:30-12 #8-14, PAT 12-12:30 #15-22, PAT 12:30-1:00, PAT #23-30, PAT 1:00-1:30 #31-36, PAT 1:30-2:00 #37-43. So if you have a boarding #37-43, you will have to wait for your number to be called. Once open boarding is announced you can just board the ship, but that doesn't seem to happen until 12:30/1:00. Still, you would have to wait from the time boarding starts around 11:30/11:45 until your number is called.
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Old 04-20-2013, 02:43 PM   #25
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Thanks.

If I'm given a 12:30-1:00 PAT will I necessarily embark by 1:00?
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If I'm given a 12:30-1:00 PAT will I necessarily embark by 1:00?
Just so you know, you're not given a PAT, you get to choose it.
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That has changed. I am silver so could check in at 90 days out but PIF date was 75 days out. If I wanted to take advantage of the 90 days (which I did as I wanted an 11:00 PAT) I had to PIF first.
Less than two months ago, for our upcoming June cruise I checked in and was not PIF. We are gold and I just did my online check in and got my PAT of 11am but did not pay off my cruise till a month later. I could do everything but book excursions and spa stuff.
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Platinum and Concierge don't select a Port Arrival Time. They may arrive at their convenience and if boarding hasn't begun, they will be boarding groups 1 (concierge) and 2 (platinum). If boarding has begun, they can board at their convenience.
My last few times at PC we were given boarding #1 for Platinum...most recently this past Feb.

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If I'm given a 12:30-1:00 PAT will I necessarily embark by 1:00?
You get to choose your PAT, at least from what's available when you do your online check-in.

A PAT of 12:30-1:00pm is great for low crowds, short lines and minimal (if any) wait at the terminal. It is after the initial rush of the early PATs, yet before the buses from WDW typically arrive. Open boarding is often called around 12:45pm, meaning it doesn't matter what boarding number you have, you may board as soon as you are checked-in and ready.

So the short answer to your question, yes it's likely you'll be onboard by 1pm.

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I've been given more preferential boarding times for special occasions/magical moments as well. Not sure how common this is, obviously they can't do it for every celebration...

We were given a number that had already been called on our honeymoon so we could board immediately (We arrived around 12:00... this was before the PAT system). We were CC, but only silver at the time.

The last time we cruised, we were cruising with first timers who ended up with a much higher boarding number than us. We wanted to board together, so we were waiting for their number to be called and a CM who we asked to take a picture for us produced a lower number for our friends so they could board with us in the earlier group.

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