Pellaz wrote:Nocturnalbunny wrote:Speedy wrote:Yes, you can access your cabin immediately.
I think this may actually depend on what time you board the ship because I remember last year we all ran up to the 8th floor and the doors to the hallways with the actual cabins were all closed. It didn't take that long to get to the cabins, but they weren't immediately available at least on my floor. Must just depend if they have them all cleaned or not. Still it didn't take that long, and it was a good time to make friends with people who were on the same floor as you.
That's consistent with a "normal" cruise, BTW, where the cabins are usually ready by around 1 pm. If you're lucky to get onbroad fairly early, you might not be able to access your cabin.
If last year's (ahem)....extended...boarding process happens again, a lot of us won't have to wait long.
As a followup on getting into the stateroom early....
For some reason the porters never appeared to take our tagged, checked luggage (and tips) when we got to the pier at around 10:15, so we ended up having to schlep our rolling luggage all the way through boarding. We weren't alone, either; a lot of people who were also dropped off by shuttles at the far end of the pier were hauling their big suitcases, too.
So when we got onbroad I figured we'd go down to the room to drop off the big stuff, even if only in the hallway outside our room. The door leading to our corridor was open, our stateroom door was open and the room had already been cleaned but the beds weren't separated.* We dropped our stuff off in the room (it was about 11:30) and called Guest Services to have the beds separated...and you'd think we killed someone! A three-stripe officer from Hotel Services showed up and sternly lectured us in badly-accented English that rooms were not to be entered until 1 pm and we shouldn't have gone past the closed corridor door (it hadn't been closed).
So yeah, don't expect to be able to go to your room until 1 pm lest ye face the wrath of some cruise-line dude.
* in 8 cruises over 2 lines, I've only seen them get the bed configuration right once. (!)