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What is the first thing you do when boarding your cruise?

What do you do first after boarding the ship?

  • Head to the cabin

    Votes: 6 37.5%
  • Head to the dining room

    Votes: 5 31.3%
  • Head to the pool

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Head to your cabin & then your muster station

    Votes: 1 6.3%
  • Head the nearest bar

    Votes: 1 6.3%
  • Organise speciality restaurant bookings

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Find your room steward

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Other, please explain

    Votes: 3 18.8%

  • Total voters


What is the first thing you do when boarding your cruise ship for the first time?

Please explain your choices here on the thread :)


tough poll

head to cabin to dump any extras carrying, probably bumping into the cabin steward on way, go to the restaurant to check who's hiding and then to muster station.


My first thing is to find the nearest coffee station. Unless it's a cruise line like Thomson who escort you to your cabin, then I'd drop of my hand luggage then head for the coffee.


Head to the cabin, check it out! Meet the cabin steward, read the paperwork that is always there- listen to Luke complain that he really needs to go for a swim (does matter what time it is- he always needs to go swimming!)

Then depending on the time of boarding we will usually head to the deck- to have a quiet drink or coffee (depending on the time of day), taking paperwork with me to read.
Although I have always read and booked the shore excursions that we want to do- we do most ports on our own, there is invariably one shore tour that I decide that I need to book on board so I usually need to do that- along with half the other passengers or so it seems!

Captain Larry

For whatever reason I always seem to be on board before the cabin is prepared. Add to that the fact that it's probably been several hours since I had anything to eat, so my first stop (still carrying my hand luggage) is the buffet restaurant, or at least a place that can give me something to eat.

BooBoos Mum

Had no choice last time as we got took to our cabin ,this time we know were it is so hopefully head for food if open if not our other normal place on deck waiting for push off


I put my response under "Other", because once I get into the room. I always look for the muster station area I'm to go to, look to see what time the drill is, have my program for the day handy. I have the buffet lunch, then go back to the room; get my life vest and head directly into the room or station I'm to go to. I always have that station in my mind during the trip. You never know these days.


I usually board by 11:30 and cabins aren't generally ready until 1:30 so we head to dining room or buffet (whichever is open depending upon cruise line). Then we check out the promenade or shops area, bars, make any specialty restaurant reservations we wanted and by that time the cabin is ready. Drop off our stuff, check out the cabin fully (last cruise it was a mess so that took some time to straighten out), check out muster and then go up and relax at a lounge until muster time. Just talking about it makes me wish I was doing it very soon.

*Bella Vita*

We must check our main dining room table assignment. Try to change it if not acceptable. Then to a lounge for a cocktail and or to the cabin to see if we can leave our small carry on baggage. Most times our cabin attendant was complete and allowed us access by 1pm. We might find some food after we find our cabin.


It used to be cabin, information (MDR table etc), cabin steward then something to eat.

Now it is collect Costa Card, head for the bar to test the All Inclusive Package.

Depending on the reaction of the bar keeper the next move is either order another drink :+) or head for Customer Relations Desk :+(.


I am usually one of the first on board. I like to get to port early. :) I try to drop carry on luggage in the cabin if possible. Most times it is, even with closed doors. I know, I'm a baaad girl. LOL

Then we explore the ship and take photos before the crowds appear. After that, it's off to the dining room for lunch. I love going to the dining room (if it's open, depends on the cruise line), when the place it pretty empty. It's nice to get a chance to chat with crew that are not pressed for time.


On HAL - I go to the cabin, tidy up a bit then find something to eat.
On V2A - I go to the cabin, tidy up a bit, go to the library to beat the rush then buy some internet time to let the family know I've arrived.

lancashire lass

Usually on the ship before cabins are ready but we usually drop our bags off if we get permission from the steward. After a cup of tea or coffee and a snack {depending on if we ate breakfast} we check out our dining table. Afterward we explore the ship and find a vantage point to watch embarkation.