Cruise Passengers Must Arrive Early
|Homeland Security requirement
Get To The Ship Early – Or Wave
In order to meet this timeline, arrive at the cruise port at least 2 hours before departure to have enough time to unload your luggage curbside, go park your vehicle and then take a shuttle from the parking area to the terminal. Those 3 tasks can easily eat up 30 minutes or more.
If you drive to the port, get any information you can on road conditions and traffic congestion. Be sure to have specific, printed directions not only to the port but –more importantly—the parking lot.
If flying in, book a direct flight or as few connections as possible, even if it costs more. If the cruise line sells the trip you want with air and transfers at a good price, buy it.
Whether driving or flying, if you’re delayed and the ship departs without you, if you did not book it all through the cruise line, trip interruption insurance is your only protection.