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Cruise Tips TV #8 Embarkation

Embarkation tips for people new to cruising.

Hi, I’m Sheri from CruiseTipsTV.

Today we’ve got our top 5 tips to help you get your cruise started off right. Yes, we’re going to talk about Embarkation. Embarkation is like the Black Friday of your cruise vacation. Everyone is excited and pumped up for one thing — getting on the ship. It can get crazy, but we are here with a few tips to bring the calm.

Our first tip, Get organized. Check your cruise line’s web site, and find out exactly what they require or recommend for embarkation. Most will have a special section dedicated to the subject. Generally speaking you’ll need boarding documentation, identification and luggage tags. Get all that stuff together BEFORE you leave for the cruise terminal.

Tip 2. Keep track of your cruise documents. Once you’ve got everything organized, keep it handy and safe. I keep mine in a passport holder I wear around my neck. These are relatively inexpensive and easy to find at online retailers like Amazon and travel retailers. You may feel like a dork with it dangling around your neck, but it is extremely handy, and easier than digging through a purse or carryon bag every time you need it.

Tip 3. Give yourself some time. If it’s a new cruise terminal for you, or you simply like to beat the crowd, get there early. You may end up sitting around waiting, but that’s probably better than feeling frantic and rushed. Between 12 and 1:30 is typically the busiest time. If you’re more of a laid back type of cruiser, you may want to wait until the crowd dies down after 1:30.

Tip 4. Plan for security. You WILL be going through a security check. Pack up your phone, watch, keys, loose change and anything else that might set off the metal detector and put it into your carryon bag. In other words, get ready for the security check before you are checked. It will be smoother for you, and other cruisers as well.

Tip 5. Be a VIP. Many cruise lines offer priority boarding and other perks for their frequent customers. For example, cruisers that have sailed with the line 10 or more times. So get out there and start cruising. Ah, but there are other ways to be a VIP. Carnival’s program “Faster to the Fun” gets you VIP treatment without the loyalty … for a price. However, it’s a relatively small price, and for us — totally worth it.

Lastly, we know embarkation can sometimes be hectic, but if you plan, and keep a positive attitude it can be a great start to an awesome adventure. Oh, and you will get on the ship.

That’s it for this episode. Be sure to check us out on twitter @CruiseTipsTV. Now get out there and cruise. If you like this video, please like and subscribe. And please, share our videos with fellow cruisers. We have more on the way. Until then, we’ll see you on the high seas.
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  1. Joseph

    Is this a new intro, I love it. Question, it’s been a few years since my last cruise, do the ships have wi-fi?

  2. aarthy srinivas

    Thanks for the video! This was very useful! But I have a quick question I am flying from Atlanta to Miami and my flight lands at 12:30. Whereas my ships is departing at 4. Do you think I have enough time? If I reach the port around 1 or 1:30?

  3. Brad Johnson

    I agree with the last one! I LUV that NCL has a separate line for GOLD AND PLATINUM members and it is a BREEZE and I just hate it when there is a crowd in line and they just look at me going to the front of the pack LOL. I don't agree with after 1:30 boarding as I LUV to have LUNCH on embarkation day in the MDR. While most FLOCK to the BUFFET as they haven't eaten for a week, I have a nice relaxed civilized lunch in a beautiful and uncrowded atmosphere. (and with a nice glass of wine of course) :)

  4. fdc313

    We purchased Faster to the Fun, how early can we board and do we just go to the head of the line?

  5. Mark Lerner

    Sheri I am going on my first cruise in June going to Alaska leaving out of Seattle I was wondering if you could tell to expect when me and the other people that I am going on the cruise with that is a group of 9 people total, What should we except when we get to the port of Seattle pier 91 as well as how long will the boarding process take for us to get on to our ship 

  6. Tmidiman

    Great tips! You might want to sound proof your studio, as the echo is annoying. Curtains, carpet, even the older style paper egg cartons work. Just a little something to deaden those reflective surfaces.