Lewis - Answered a Question by greenwood (28 Jul 07 06:45)

I find PNO one of the slowest to board, they heard you into a large waiting ara and load by "sno" value. Usually Portunus Gold and Suite lvels board fist, no mater what time they arrive, and they are also quite bad withte waiting for disabled passengers. I tis usaully a long wait. So if you want to be one the earlier to board get there early and you will get a lower number boarding card. PNO must changed their system. We now travel Celebrity or RCL and they just board you as you arrive, albeith you cannot get into your cabins, which is usual as they are still gettingthemprepared. but at least you can look around and go to the Winderjammer for food and dringks, instead of paying for snacks in the waiting zone at the Mayflower.RCL and cel do hae priority checking in and boarding, but it is a seperate area and you then board with the other passengers, wich is much better. We usually find that within hour half max we are on board, the last RCLout of Southampton we were on board in our cabins in 16minutes. Come onPNO GET YOUR ACT RIGHT.

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Grover - Answered a Question by greenwood (28 Jul 07 08:40)

P&O time arrivals so that people don't all arrive at once. We travelled on Arcadia last year and were given an arrival time of between 1400 and 1500. We arrived just after 14.30 and the speed of embarkation was unbelievable. Within 20 minutes of being dropped off, we were in our cabin and our luggage was waiting for us.

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day - Answered a Question by greenwood (28 Jul 07 09:22)

Your only the first on, if you are with the in crowd i.e.pay loads of money for a posh cabin.

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Johnson - Answered a Question by greenwood (28 Jul 07 09:54)

Why do you need to be one of the first on board? We have been on several cruises with P & O from Southampton and have arrived various times and they will only let you on as and when they are ready. You will go through the usual checks and then taken to a waiting lounge and you are then called by numbers that you are given when you arrive. It is very well organised and your cases are usually in your cabin when you get on board, if not they arrive very shortly after. There is no pushing and hanging around like airports. Last year be arrived at about 12.30 and it was a very smooth transfer to the lounge.

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burton - Answered a Question by greenwood (28 Jul 07 14:09)

Last year we arrived about 12 30 and we were in our cabin by 2-30 it is good check in loads better than any airport have good time.

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Burke - Answered a Question by greenwood (28 Jul 07 14:20)

We arrived at 13.50 just in time for boarding. Most people arrived at the same time leaving long que. Arrive early, people I spoke to were on the ship at noon even though they were told first boarding was at 14.0.

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Goddard - Answered a Question by greenwood (28 Jul 07 16:24)

It does not matter when you arrive at Southampton, as long as you are in time, P&O take you on when it suits them in their order, not yours, what planet do these people live on.

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Beales - Answered a Question by greenwood (28 Jul 07 18:47)

This year I have been on two P&O cruises and on both occasions the departure lounge had been dispensed with and we boarded immediately after checking in even though the cabins were not ready, we were directed to the self service resturaunt to have something to eat while we waited for the cabins. Check in began at 12.00 and both times we were on board before 1pm.

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Okill - Answered a Question by greenwood (30 Jul 07 14:30)

Whats wrong with giving preference to 'Portunis' levels and posh suites? No different from the airlines- first and business class first. I'd love P & O to adopt the Cunard privilege boarding system and enforce it. You get what you pay for folk.

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Emberton-Brooks - Answered a Question by greenwood (30 Jul 07 15:07)

Check-in starts at 12 noon. Normally you will be invited to board soon after but your cabin will not be ready so you can wait in one of the public rooms until you are called. This has happened to us several times.

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