We got up fairly early; I had to teach an online class before we left for the cruise terminal. The class ended at 9:00 and Cheryl had already packed all of the things we had unpacked the night before. Keeping all of the things you need for your overnight stay in one bag simplifies that process.
We then stopped in for the breakfast buffet, which was standard for Holiday Inn Expresses around the US. The only change I saw from the last time we stayed at one is that this one had upgraded the cinnamon rolls.
We asked the front desk for a cab, and we had a cab within about 5 minutes. By 10:00 we headed for the port. The cab ride was about 10 minutes, and we arrived at the port. There were typical arrival and departure congestion. We unloaded the bags across the street from the terminal, and we handed our luggage off to one of the workers and went across the street to the terminal.
We had one of the earlier scheduled arrival times, and I highly recommend getting to the terminal early if possible. We were through the check-in and screening process in less than ten minutes and in the waiting area for those that are mobility challenged. There was enough space to sit in the wheelchair without impeding traffic and this area filled up with walkers, wheelchairs an scooters.
There is no food available in the waiting area, but on one side they did have both water and orange juice available to drink. For those that were in the separate waiting area for suites, VIPs, and Haven, they had a variety of snacks available, including Sushi. We were sitting next to the storage area and had to resist the temptation to feed ourselves.
About 11:15 they announced that boarding was beginning and they had already boarded the priority guests. They next boarded group 1 and those that had mobility challenges. They had given us a card to get assistance, but the gangway was an easy push, so we walked up the gangway and were on the ship about 11:20.
For those that arrived early, this process went very smoothly, talking to others that arrived later in the day, the process was not smooth, and some said that had to wait over an hour to get through security. I am not sure what caused the backlog, but later in the day, the greater the chance of issues, so we always try to be there early. I would much rather wait a while after we checked in to the board that gets held up in huge lines at security and the check-in desk.
You can see the whole process on the video