Check­ing in

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Trav­ellers com­plete a sim­ple on­line pro­file weeks be­fore the cruise – pass­port de­tails, next-of-kin con­tacts, pre­ferred din­ner­time sit­ting, plans be­fore and af­ter the trip – to make check-in pro­ce­dure on de­par­ture day easy.

A time to ar­rive for em­barka­tion is al­lo­cated and once guests reach the port they will pro­vide a credit card to open an on-board ac­count, have a photo snapped by se­cu­rity staff, and re­ceive a cruise pass to serve as iden­ti­fi­ca­tion be­fore step­ping on to the ship.

The process could take a few min­utes or a few hours, depend­ing on the num­ber board­ing that day, and most cruise com­pa­nies pro­vide a guide to show guests to their cabin be­fore lug­gage is de­liv­ered be­fore din­ner.

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