Embark on your Hawaiian cruise
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Embark on your Hawaiian cruise

I’m here to guide you through the check-in and security screening process, ensuring you board the ship with ease. Once aboard, you’ll participate in a mandatory safety drill, an important step to ensure your journey is safe and enjoyable. There are important tips and tricks to getting settled in your cabin and booking last minute dining and tours.

  1. Arrive at the Port Terminal: Plan to arrive at the port terminal at the recommended time provided by the cruise line. Arriving early can help you avoid long lines and ensure a smoother check-in process. Some guests on the Pride of America Cruise ship check in and drop off luggage then do a small tour to Pearl Harbor.
  2. Check-In and Security Screening: Upon arrival, follow the signs to the check-in area. Present your travel documents, including your passport, boarding pass, and any other required identification. Go through the security screening process, similar to airport security. If you’re a Suite guest you will me your Concierge at this point and most likely the butler too if the rooms are ready.
  3. Drop Off Luggage: If you have larger luggage, you’ll typically check it in with the porters at the terminal. They will ensure your bags are delivered to your stateroom. Keep any carry-on items with you. Don’t worry if you do not see your luggage at the cabin right away. It takes time to get it on to the ship. Most cruises have a 6-8 hour window for luggage delivery.
  4. Receive Your Cruise Card: After checking in, you’ll receive your cruise card (also known as a key card or sea pass). This card serves as your room key, onboard identification, and payment method for purchases on the ship. One note! You cannot punch holes in the Pride of America keycards. It will deactivate the card and you will need a new one. Best to purchase a lanyard which I found great ones here that are cheap but strong.
  5. Board the Ship: Once you’ve completed check-in and security, you’ll be directed to board the ship. Follow the crew’s instructions and take your first steps aboard your floating home for the next few days. My advice is to head straight to dinner reservations desk and secure last minute changes since they will fill up quickly.
  6. Explore the Ship: Take some time to explore the ship and familiarize yourself with its layout. Visit key areas such as the dining rooms, lounges, pools, and activity centers. Grab a map or use the cruise line’s app to help navigate. Check the welcome packet you receive, it normally will have all this information and a ship map.
  7. Attend the Mandatory Safety Drill: Before the ship sets sail, you’ll be required to attend a mandatory safety drill. This drill provides important information on what to do in case of an emergency. Listen carefully and note the location of your muster station. Your muster station will also be on your Free style daily for Pride of America Cruisers.
  8. Settle into Your Stateroom: Once staterooms are ready, head to yours and settle in. Unpack your carry-on items and get comfortable. Your checked luggage should be delivered to your stateroom later in the day.
  9. Meet Your Stateroom Attendant: Your stateroom attendant will introduce themselves and explain the services they provide. They are a great resource for any questions or special requests you may have. If you need something and don’t see them ask another steward or call guest services. ( 00 from your cabin phone for Pride of America.)
  10. Enjoy the Sail-Away Celebration: Many cruises host a sail-away party or celebration as the ship departs the port. Join in the fun, grab a drink, and enjoy the festivities as you embark on your Hawaiian adventure. (Pride of America will have it in Hollywood theatre on deck 5)

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