The check-in process usually starts around 10:30 - 11 AM. There is a separate check-in and lounge area for guests staying in the Haven suites. Around 12 noon they start the boarding process. The Haven guests have priority boarding and are the first to board when they start boarding the ship.
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This is how it works when leaving from NYC. When they start the lineup to go through security, those in the Haven or who are VIP (casino guests) go first. From past experience, they usually start this around around 10am. You then go to check-in where you are have your own lines specifically for Haven/VIP. Once you check-in, they have a specific waiting area for the Haven/VIP. Once boarding starts (usually between 1130 and 12), you are in the first group to board, just before the allow the disabled/handicapped people to board. If you arrive after they start this whole process, they still have priority lines for those people in the Haven/VIP that will get you right through security and check-in without having to wait in lines with regular passengers.
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There is no set time for when passengers can board the ship as it varies each time depending on how soon the ship docked from the prior cruise, the ship was cleared of all passengers and common areas prepped for boarding new passengers. In general boarding begins with Haven & other suite passengers first around noon time but can be earlier or later. Haven & other suite guests who arrive early are seated in a separate room at the terminal until boarding.
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