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Our check in window opened at midnight, I was on my phone ready and got the 11:00 spot, which I'm assuming is the earliest.  Would you arrive earlier than that or do they not really start letting people on the ship until 11:00?

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I think it all depends on when they fully clear the ship from the previous sailing.  I suspect you have the earliest advertised check in time, but that's not to say your 11am time could not start early, if the ship is ready to start.

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My brother and SIL boarded Adventure yesterday.  They had the earliest boarding time of 11am.  They arrived at the port shortly after 10:30...said it was a bit hectic but were on board and taking pictures by 11:10am!  Every port...every embarkation is different.  Just never know.

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With more people on the ships they have started opening up earlier check-in times. We saw a 10:30 slot on our June cruise check-in and snagged it. The wife went back and checked our May cruise on a whim where we had an 11:00 time slot as the earliest but it now showed 10:30. She snagged it and now we can start enjoying our vacation a little earlier. It is the little things in life that give us the greatest pleasure. 😃

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2 hours ago, Kellyrich said:

Our check in window opened at midnight, I was on my phone ready and got the 11:00 spot, which I'm assuming is the earliest.  Would you arrive earlier than that or do they not really start letting people on the ship until 11:00?

FYI: This might be the earliest check-in time available RIGHT NOW. When I checked us in on the app just after midnight for our Odyssey cruise, noon was the earliest time available. A few days later, 11:00 became available on the app. (Good news is you can update to another time!)

I had thought for sure we would be in the earliest group to board. To my surprise, other passengers had 10:00 & 10:30 check-in times when we arrived on embarkation day!

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18 minutes ago, HeWhoWaits said:

I keep checking but 11:00 remains the earliest available to us.

Are you checking on the app? When I checked yesterday, I was able to move my time up to 10:30 on the app and printed out my updated sail pass.

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17 minutes ago, HeWhoWaits said:

I keep checking but 11:00 remains the earliest available to us.

It likely varies by port/ship. 11am was the earliest for my Harmony 5/29 when I checked in but a few days later 10:30am popped up.

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30 minutes ago, CJS2766 said:

Are you checking on the app? When I checked yesterday, I was able to move my time up to 10:30 on the app and printed out my updated sail pass.

Checking on the app and online. Still haven't seen earlier than 11:00.

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3 hours ago, CruisingNewb said:

Same.

just keep checking. i have an upcoming sailing on symphony may 28. 45 days out checkin opened but boarding times did not. 34 days before sailing boarding times opened up & like yourself 11am was the earliest. Just last week, 21 days before sail date10:30 am opened up.

i think it has to do with capacity & the more that we get back to pre-covid sailing numbers of passengers, they'll open more time slots as they've had success with the timed boarding

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If your sailing on the Ovation out of Seattle it doesn't matter what your checkin time is everyone shows up early and it's chaos. You won't see a RC employee anywhere outside amongst the sea of people. The ship doesn't leave port on time because it's so bad. 

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