Has anyone had a bad experience by showing up just 1 hour before sailing? The Princess website says show up at least 2 hours before sailing and you can't start boarding before 4 hours before sailing, when is the best time to get there? I hate standing in lines, but then who does? We're sailing on the Grand, if full, that's 2600 people trying to get aboard in 4 hours. of course, everyone with out of date passports, lost tickets and missing documents will be in line ahead of me. Any good stories (horror or happy) about showing up early or late? Any neat tricks to make getting on board quicker and easier? If you showed up with all your papers in order 15 minutes before sailing, would they say no, you can't come on board? I would never cut it that close intentionally but things happen. My plan is to spend the night in Galveston the night before and take a cab to the dock getting there 2 hours before sailing.