boarding time



I just received my cruise information packet (Yippeee!) for my first cruise ever on RCCL Rhapsody out of Galveston on Oct. 27. It says I board at 1 p.m.. Can I get on sooner? Also, what is the best way to approach the pier to avoid traffic? Someone told me RCCL has a habit of nicke and diming passangers. Is this true? I am so excited. Any other information you think I need to know would be helpful.

RCCL fan

They will probably start boarding around 11:00 A.M. or 12:00 P.M. It all depends on how fast they turn around the ship from the last group of guests. I've boarded a Royal Caribbean ship at 10:30 A.M., but 11:30 is a good general rule.