I am going to take a stab at this and post as the cruise goes along. Can’t promise updates everyday so we will see how it goes.
A bit of background on us, we are forty something couple without children by desire. I have been on 18 or so cruises, my wife many less because I cruised before we got together. I have gotten her addicted to. I am also along time Disneyphile, my wife, less so but she enjoys going to
WDW, etc. We have been on the Magic several years ago. The other lines we have been on Princess, Royal Caribbean, Holland America, and Carnival. I like Princess the best.
Anyway on with the trip so far. We had driven down the day before so we arrived at the terminal at about 11:30. We easily dropped off the luggage without any of the hassle that we usually experience. My wife proceeded to go through security while I parked the car.
You go through security as you enter the terminal and there were only a small line with two scanners in operation. After you through this, each party is given a card with a number and you proceed up an escalator, this is where I met up with my wife. I had done on-line check-in but was never given an option to print out the form (I think it was because I didn’t fill out the flight information because obviously we didn’t have any). So we had to fill out the forms again. We then proceeded to the checkin line. Except there was no line. We just went to the agent. Since I had done the checkin online our information was already in the system so he didn’t really need the forms we just filled out. Since we were past guests, we received lanyards to hold our cruise cards and pins.
Now the card comes into play, instead of having to stand in line they call by the number on your card. As we were checking in they were calling the first groups. Our card number was 14. We were aboard the ship by 12:10, and the terminal was beginning to clear out, so obviously this was an initial rush. As we entered the ship they asked the name of our party where they announce of the PA system. All in all I think Disney has the best checkin procedure. I also think it is ironic that while Disney is known for their lines at the parks, They have virtually eliminated them at the terminal, while other cruiselines can have horrendous queues.