1. Timing is everything.
You know the boarding time for your cruise line, and possibly even signed up for a check-in time to avoid the crowds. Get to port early. There will be hundreds to thousands of fellow travelers squeezing into the gangway throughout the first morning of your vacation. Plan to arrive with plenty of time to spare. While you’re in the terminal, make your last phone calls, organize your carry-on, use the facilities, and grab a snack or drink.
If you prefer, stroll in closer to the end of the embarkation window. The ‘set sail’ time is later than the final time for