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Old 05-12-2014, 08:15 PM   #1
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This is our first cruise, and I have a question regarding how PATs work. We have a PAT of 11:30-11:45. However, we are taking a charter bus to the port with a large number of fellow cruisers, and the bus is to arrive at 10:30 for the earlier PATs. How will this work with our later arrival time? Will we just wait outside the terminal, or is there a chance we will be able to check-in earlier? We really don't have an option to arrive later as we are taking this bus with our TA. TIA
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Old 05-12-2014, 08:21 PM   #2
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This is our first cruise, and I have a question regarding how PATs work. We have a PAT of 11:30-11:45. However, we are taking a charter bus to the port with a large number of fellow cruisers, and the bus is to arrive at 10:30 for the earlier PATs. How will this work with our later arrival time? Will we just wait outside the terminal, or is there a chance we will be able to check-in earlier? We really don't have an option to arrive later as we are taking this bus with our TA. TIA
You will be allowed inside the terminal and can check-in when you get there but you'll get a higher boarding number, meaning you'll have to wait to actually get on the ship after others with the earlier PAT's, but just bring a book, or play solitaire on your smart phone; something to pass the time.
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This is our first cruise, and I have a question regarding how PATs work. We have a PAT of 11:30-11:45. However, we are taking a charter bus to the port with a large number of fellow cruisers, and the bus is to arrive at 10:30 for the earlier PATs. How will this work with our later arrival time? Will we just wait outside the terminal, or is there a chance we will be able to check-in earlier? We really don't have an option to arrive later as we are taking this bus with our TA. TIA
If you arrive at the terminal earlier than your selected PAT, and the terminal is busy (as it well may be at first opening, with the larger ships), you may be asked to wait (outside the terminal) until either your PAT or the terminal is less busy.

Whatever time you are allowed to enter the terminal, you can check in at that time. However, your actual boarding number is tied to your PAT. So it's entirely possible that you may see others arriving (at their correct PAT) actually boarding before you.

All that said, once the boarding number being issued at check in catches up with the number being announced for boarding (generally around 12:15-12:45) Open Boarding is announced and anyone holding any boarding number may board.
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