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Old 08-13-2013, 07:19 AM   #1
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Castaway Club check in

We have multiple rooms booked for an extended family trip. Some of the rooms have returning cruisers, some not. It is only our 2nd cruise. If I understand correctly, the returning cruisers will check in at the Castaway desk, the first timers at the other check in desk. My question is, my daughter is the lead on one room, her husband and grandparents are sharing the room with her. She is the only Castaway member, the rest first timers. Do they check in at the Castaway desk as a stateroom, or would she check in at Castaway and the others at the regular desk?

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Old 08-13-2013, 07:28 AM   #2
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We have multiple rooms booked for an extended family trip. Some of the rooms have returning cruisers, some not. It is only our 2nd cruise. If I understand correctly, the returning cruisers will check in at the Castaway desk, the first timers at the other check in desk. My question is, my daughter is the lead on one room, her husband and grandparents are sharing the room with her. She is the only Castaway member, the rest first timers. Do they check in at the Castaway desk as a stateroom, or would she check in at Castaway and the others at the regular desk?

Just thinking ahead to everything as organized as I can! Thanks for all the help!
Everyone in the stateroom checks in together. Use whichever line is shorter.
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We have a similiar situation. My parents and us are Castaway Cay members. But my MIL is not. Can see checkin with us in the CC members lane?
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At check in does everyone in the stateroom receive lanyards or just the CC members?
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At check in does everyone in the stateroom receive lanyards or just the CC members?
Only the CC members are to receive lanyards.
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Depending on your sailing, the regular check in lines may actually be shorter than the Castaway Club lines. You do not have to use the Castaway Club lines if you are returning cruiser. If the lead person is a returning member, they can check in using the Castaway Club line for the entire party in that room.
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We have a similiar situation. My parents and us are Castaway Cay members. But my MIL is not. Can see checkin with us in the CC members lane?
If she is in your cabin, she goes with you in whichever line you choose. If she is booked in her own cabin, she needs to go through the regular line. In that case, you could go through the regular line with her and you both check in that way.
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One more question!

My MIL who isn't Castaway Cay member got a PAT for 11:30 we all have 11:00 will that make a difference to us. Will she have a later boarding number? Or will the boarding numbers be handed out based on the amount of people who checked in?
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One more question!

My MIL who isn't Castaway Cay member got a PAT for 11:30 we all have 11:00 will that make a difference to us. Will she have a later boarding number? Or will the boarding numbers be handed out based on the amount of people who checked in?
That means that she has her own room? If so, she will be getting a higher boarding number since she has a later PAT. It is just the next one, so won't be off by much and you can wait to board with her number. An estimate for boarding numbers to PATs is 3-8 would be assigned to the 11-11:30 PAT, 9-15 to 11:30-12 PAT, and so on.
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Old 08-13-2013, 10:45 AM   #10
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She does have her own room and because this is her first time cruising I couldn't register her with us. I figured we would just go in with them at the later time which would probably be 1/2 or so later.

I didn't know if they gave boarding numbers based on the time you actually arrived at the port and checked in. We always have gone out of POM but this time we are going out of Miami.
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Because you both have relatively early PATs, it may make a difference but we usually take DCL transportation and arrive about 1-ish. I have no idea which line we go into because a CM usually directs us. Because it is so quiet at that point, there is no waiting regardless of where you go - we get directed right up to someone. IMO that's one of the benefits of getting there later. Then you get on right away, no/little line up for photos if you want them, no waiting to get to your stateroom and the restaurants are quiet.

Castaway Club or not I think only matters when the lines are long.
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Old 08-13-2013, 03:51 PM   #12
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Our first cruise we got to the POM around 3:00. Our flight was almost canceled. It was a nightmare! We did have our room ready but then it was almost to late to eat lunch. The buffet was almost closed and we were starving by dinner. We were first time cruisers and didnt know our way around at that time. After that experience we arrive a day early and stay the night before. I do agree that after 12:00 can be a good arrival time with no wait.
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