How do they determine boarding number?

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  1. ajjcarlin

    ajjcarlin Earning My Ears

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    Does it have to do with completing online check in? Maybe party size? Just curious
     
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  3. tweis

    tweis DIS Veteran

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    Your boarding number is directly tied to your PAT unless you are concierge or platinum.
     
  4. lanejudy

    lanejudy Moderator Moderator

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    As PP said, boarding number is directly tied to your PAT - so a PAT of 11-11:30am will have a lower boarding number than someone with PAT of 1-1:30pm. However, how they determine who within that 11-11:30am PAT gets 3-4-5-6, etc. is anyone's guess. Seems to be somewhat random and pre-assigned, and not just a "first-come, first-checked in gets lowest number" sort of thing (no need to elbow to the front of the 11am group to be first check-in).

    Enjoy your cruise!
     
  5. stsomewhere

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    We had a PAT of 11:30 to 12, my mom 12-12:30, and sister 1:30. We all arrived at the same time. We were boarding #6, my mom #14, and sis # 26.
     
  6. CrawfordMomof2

    CrawfordMomof2 Mouseketeer

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    Exactly right. You will get to select your PAT if you do your online check in before hand. That is first come first serve, so I would try to do that as early as you can to get the time you want. Enjoy your cruise!
     
  7. taylor3297

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    So how does it work if you are concierge? This is my first time cruising with DCL also and booked a one bedroom.
     
  8. clten

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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.
     
  9. taylor3297

    taylor3297 DIS Veteran

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    Thank you for the information.
     
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    Thanks for this info, I was wondering the same thing..
     
  11. ajjcarlin

    ajjcarlin Earning My Ears

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    We had an 11:00 PAT, got there a little after 11 and there were already a ton of people already there but they put us in boarding group 3.
     
  12. lbgraves

    lbgraves Little Cinderella's Mommy

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    That is an example of the fact that your boarding number is tied to your PAT and not when you arrive at the port. Most of the people who were there before you may have had later PATs and had to wait a while to board after you did.
     
  13. cr8zycruiser

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    I had a PAT of 11:30 and we were there at 11. I got a #8. Infact, no one checked it when I boarded either come to think of it.
     
  14. lbgraves

    lbgraves Little Cinderella's Mommy

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    They checked our boarding card for the 3/23/13 cruise.
     
  15. Tinked

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    How about rooms that are linked with one platinum and one gold and another silver?:confused3
     
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    I asked when we cruised in february and was told it was based on when your reservation was booked. It made sense as there were other Disers there who also had the 11:00 port arrival time but they were in group 12 and we were 3. We booked on board back in 2011.
     
  17. Danielletx

    Danielletx Earning My Ears

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    what is PAT?
     
  18. momtomattclare

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    Port Arrival Time - You choose your PAT when you complete check in online.
     
  19. Danielletx

    Danielletx Earning My Ears

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    Thank you! Still learning the hip lingo.
     
  20. Beermam42

    Beermam42 Grit and bear it

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    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.
     
  21. lbgraves

    lbgraves Little Cinderella's Mommy

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    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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