Getting through security is a breeze; it’s just like going through an airport. As you enter you will wait in line to have your passport and boarding pass checked. Once your passport is approved (which takes literally seconds), you will be directed to go through the security check. Here you will empty your pockets, take off excessive clothing and put your bags through a scanner and walk through a metal detector. Next you will enter the area to be checked in. The wait isn’t too long but can be lengthy depending on what time you get to the port.
During check in your passport and boarding pass will be checked again. The person checking you in will take a photo of each person entering the cruise (no matter what age). This picture won’t be printed on your Sign and Sail card but it is attached. It’s a great way for the cruise line to make sure no one else uses your card. Your sign and sail card will be assigned which will be your way to pay for everything during your cruise. Think of this card just like your debit card; protect it with your life during the cruise. I suggest either bringing a lanyard or buying one in the gift shop so your card is easily accessible at all times. Your card not only allows you to purchase items and drinks while on the ship but it is also the key to your room and the only way you are able to get off the ship during days that you’re docked at an island.
After you receive your sign and sail card, you will be directed to board the ship. Quite an easy process, right? Once you’re on board, you can book excursions, grab some grub or head to your stateroom. Don’t expect your luggage to be in your room for at least 30 minutes to an hour after boarding. Sometimes the luggage will all come at one time or sporadically over the next couple of hours. I suggest checking out your room then heading to the lido deck. There is always a party and fun going on there. Now, it’s time to relax! Enjoy your cruise and don’t forget to take lots of pictures.
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