Embark and Disembark on a Cruise

Embarkation & Disembarkation


Whether you’re joining your cruise ship at a UK port or overseas, you’ll need your tickets, passports, visas and holiday insurance information to hand at the time of embarkation.

Your allocated check-in time will be clearly visible on your cruise tickets and is based on your stateroom allocation. Ports are generally very busy on departure days, so it is advisable not to arrive any earlier that the time stated on your ticket; it is very unlikely that you will be able to board early.

Once you’ve arrived at the port terminal, luggage porters will be on hand to transfer your luggage to your stateroom. In the meantime, you will check in for your holiday, registering a credit or debit card for any on board purchases, collecting your cruise card and going through security scanners with your hand luggage, much like you would expect at an airport.

Most of the ship’s facilities and restaurants will be available on embarkation day, with a few exceptions, so take the time to find your way around the ship and get a taste of what it has to offer.


You will be required to place your luggage outside your stateroom on the last night of your cruise, usually before midnight so that the ship’s porters can collect it throughout the night. Be sure to keep a change of clothes out ready for the next day, along with any other essentials you may need for your last day aboard.

Breakfast will be served as normal and you’ll have a leisurely couple of hours to make the most of your remaining time on board before disembarkation begins.

The disembarkation process usually begins around 8.30am and, like embarkation, is often a staggered process. You will usually be advised of your allocated disembarkation time or colour code before arriving at your final port. If you require an earlier or later disembarkation time, you must make this request with reception as soon as you board the ship. Wherever possible, cruise lines will try their very best to grant this request.   

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