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As @Matt mentioned on the home page, RC is implementing later check-in times. Some of them much later than most of us, from what others have said, would ever check-in. I'm onboard with what  @Matt lives by that earlier the better, as far as getting on board and starting your cruise. With that being said, will boarding before noon be a thing of the past, with all the expanded cleaning protocol?  I know past boarding times have been more of a suggestion and the times have not been adhered to. Is that also a thing of the past? Will passengers be forced to choose a boarding time and stick to it? Will departure times also be getting later?

Lots of questions with unfortunately, no answers in sight at this point.

Happy (future) Cruising!

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That's a slippery slope.  How many slots do Full Suites vs. Junior Suites get?  Pinnacles?  The Key?  D+ then D and so on down the chain?  It's one thing to say if you are checked in and waiting

To be clear, nothing has been announced yet that boarding times have changed. For all we know, RC's app is acting up again. And to @twangster's point, even if later embarkation is a thing, RC has

I keep thinking about my Sydney cruise.  Only Star Class had a special meeting point.  Suites/Pinnacle/Key all waited for their appointment time.  The only difference was that the process all started

A curious question; I wonder how far off from the new recommended protocols (excluding masks and the "super" Covid-19 specific) that they will have to adhere to, were their cleaning methods that have been in place? It always appeared to me they did an above and beyond job as it was, so I wonder if there was a way they could petition for their current methods to meet the protocols? I wonder if that would help alleviate some implementation, and maybe make it a little more "normal" as we knew it (and back to it quicker?!), so it just makes me wonder where they will have appeared to be deficient, if at all, by these new cleaning guidelines, and how much will be above and beyond that they will need to add in? And how much will these above and beyond measures make any real difference to what they had been doing all along? If that makes sense...

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5 minutes ago, Jill said:

I’m afraid so for the time being. Hopefully once this pandemic is officially declared “over” things will go back to normal. I refuse to accept “new” normal. This will eventually end. I hope. 

I agree with the wishful thinking, but I'm afraid things have changed for good. And not necessarily for the better. 

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No offense because I get it, this is not the cruise lines fault, this totally stinks all the way around but if you, me or some people can't board till 5PM then your vacation is really being cut short. We usually arrive before the cruise terminal even "opens" and are usually on board by 12 noon. If I can't board till 5 we are losing 6 hours of the ship. I don't think that is fair because you are paying for that first day, its part of the cruise. Just my 2 cents, I get its not their fault but this isn't exactly right either. 

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21 minutes ago, jaredhamburg said:

The problem is that the science keeps on changing and common sense really is in the eye of the beholder.  Yours is very different from mine.  You think you are right, and I think I am.  Goodbye.  I am just too tired of you right now to even want to type more.

If every country but the United States is doing something, I think it's fair to call it "common" sense.  The rest of the world gets it, we don't.

The science keeps changing because we are learning more about the virus.  It's not some nefarious scheme to keep you off a cruise ship.

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1 hour ago, RCIfan1912 said:

No offense because I get it, this is not the cruise lines fault, this totally stinks all the way around but if you, me or some people can't board till 5PM then your vacation is really being cut short. We usually arrive before the cruise terminal even "opens" and are usually on board by 12 noon. If I can't board till 5 we are losing 6 hours of the ship. I don't think that is fair because you are paying for that first day, its part of the cruise. Just my 2 cents, I get its not their fault but this isn't exactly right either. 

Totally agree!!!! Thats a loss of day 1! But they still want us to pay drink package for that day etc! Not to mention its considered the first day but whats the point if it starts at dinner.

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I'm curious what the latest boarding time available for your sailing was?

It seems like eons ago that I cruised 😪   Can't remember what the normal first / latest times were.  11a-3p seems approximate.  If the new normal is something like 1p-5p, then I don't think the purpose is for increased social distancing in the boarding terminal.  It would seem like they just need more hours in the morning to sanitize the ship before guests can be let on. 

If we are still seeing 11a boarding times that now extend until 5 or 6p, then it may have something to do with social distancing throughput.

I typically check in online, but much closer to my sail date.  This will definitely have me checking in earlier now to get a better boarding time.

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Taking a positive stance, I counted myself lucky to get a 1430 hrs boarding time on my next scheduled sailing.  While it cuts into my first day on the ship I want to sail;  so as long as I'm on the ship (NO MORE CANCELLATIONS PLEASE?) I'm happy. Saving money not to mention calories on my first Chop's lunch will be again grudgingly placed in the win category (will make up for both of these by evening 1 completion.) 

The new E muster situation is something that I am also so happy with, I hated standing there waiting for that last passenger who always had an excuse. (I wanted to be that person but could never bring myself to do it lol) We will now reclaim that precious time, and totally agree with my friend @WAAAYTOOO, I actually want the crew to have even just a little more time between sailings...if they are limiting capacity are the crew members numbers also being cut? Do they have even MORE work to do (additional cabins, extra cleaning etc?) 

We always arrived early to the port for the start of our cruise, but if a few hours makes a difference I am good with it. Usually no one likes change, but I want to keep an open mind maybe some of the change could prove to be enjoyable. We are ready to sail, let's go!

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Betting the AM times will be suspended for now.  We checked into our Thankgiving cruise and the earliest boarding time was 1:30p so took it.   I think the lines will need to provide a lot of messaging to mitigate the usual swarming of the terminal area on embarkation day.     Also curious how it might affect the special suite lounges in the newer terminals.

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To be clear, nothing has been announced yet that boarding times have changed. For all we know, RC's app is acting up again.

And to @twangster's point, even if later embarkation is a thing, RC has said many policies will evolve over time, and policies added for the first few months may go away later.

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58 minutes ago, Matt said:

RC has said many policies will evolve over time, and policies added for the first few months may go away later.

I guess like many things lately, we will just have to wait and see as things are changing daily. It's all speculation on our parts, until they start sailing again. And then the real discussions and debates will start.

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2 hours ago, KathyC said:

I wonder if they are saving earlier times for the special people, like suites & pinnacles?

That's a slippery slope.  How many slots do Full Suites vs. Junior Suites get?  Pinnacles?  The Key?  D+ then D and so on down the chain? 

It's one thing to say if you are checked in and waiting in the terminal, then here is the boarding order.   It's another to reserve slots for arrival because at what point do you they give up on a "class" that hasn't checked in online to get their arrival time?

I suspect they will adopt something like the Sydney, Australia format.  

In Sydney only Star Class really gets priority arrival/check-in at the terminal.   I didn't get a special early arrival time for my C&A status, I think I received what was available when I checked in.  I dropped my bags then went off to walk the Sydney Harbour Bridge and get pictures (to kill time).   Once back I was still too early for my arrival time.  It didn't matter what my C&A status was, I had to wait.  Walking from the ship luggage drop to the bridge, across the bridge and back isn't exactly a "quick" walk. I went to the museum up there too and I was still too early to check in when I got back.  I asked about C&A status ... nope, what time I had was the only thing that mattered.  This was before any pandemic.  

I think initially some Suites/Pinnacle/Key/D+ will be upset when they assume privilege.  Blah, blah, blah.  We'll hear about it without doubt.  But oh well, I'm okay losing this privilege if it means getting back on a ship.  Others will be more vocal but we all have to give in these difficult times.  Trying to appease special status may not work like it did before.  Eventually it will be back. Until then everyone needs a super large dose of "Calm down and cruise on".

 

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3 hours ago, KathyC said:

I wonder if they are saving earlier times for the special people, like suites & pinnacles?

I can answer that - at least for the Suites.  I recently checked in for an Oasis Cruise (Dec 6, 2020) and the earliest time for boarding was 2:30....so no earlier slots for Suites - at least, not on my Dec 2020 cruise.  I am not Star Class on that cruise so they may make exceptions for SC but not regular Suites, as far as I can tell.  We’re in an Owner’s Suite on this one (and the following cruise, Dec 13).

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8 hours ago, WAAAYTOOO said:

I can answer that - at least for the Suites.  I recently checked in for an Oasis Cruise (Dec 6, 2020) and the earliest time for boarding was 2:30....so no earlier slots for Suites - at least, not on my Dec 2020 cruise.

Unless...that is something that they are not showing until you get your concierge/genie email. 

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12 hours ago, KathyC said:

I wonder if they are saving earlier times for the special people, like suites & pinnacles?

I checked in for my sailing at day 90, early a.m. and my earliest offering was 1430 hrs. I book the suite class for the extra square footage, whatever time is designated my family works, I just want on the ship and would not feel any type of way if the boarding time is not "special" for the suite. I just want an orderly embarkation. I am always happy to board, whatever time! Let's go!

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