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.