You’ve made it! You’re at the cruise terminal and you’re ready to check in for paradise. Now all you have to do is get through the terminal and get to the lido deck for a frozen concoction.
Cruise embarkation day can be stressful, especially with big families, so take note of these 6 tips to faster embarkation on your sailing.
1. Print Your Paperwork
Print your boarding pass before you leave the house or at your hotel. If you don’t have your boarding pass printing you’ll experience a good 10-15 minute delay in getting through the gate keeper of the cruise terminal.
Have everything together when you get to the front of the terminal. This includes your your boarding documents and passport (or other identification). You know those people that you can’t stand unprepared going through security check points at the airport – don’t let that be you!
2. Avoid Rush Hour
The mad rush at the cruise terminal is typically between 11:30 and 2p. During this time you can expect delays in the parking lot, longer security lines, longer check-in lines and a lot of waiting as people board the cruise ship. If you arrive at the cruise terminal outside of those times you’ll have an easier embarkation. Just remember to know what time your cruise ship leaves!
3. Be Honest
The public health questionnaire has become protocol for cruiser passengers. They ask you questions like: have you had a fever, cough, runny nose, diarrhea or vomiting. The forms aren’t made to ruin your vacation but to make sure the ship stays clean and healthy.
If you’ve experienced one of the symptoms – it doesn’t mean you can’t sail – it means that you’ll be checked out by the ships doctor first.
4. Tip The Porter 
If you’re checking bags curbside, make sure you take care of the porters that are handling

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