So with more than a few hours before your embarkation time, what can you do?
Cruise Sponsored Excursions
They usually offer extremely fun tours and activities. This is your chance to see historical highlights in a new city or maybe visit sights on both land and water with a Duck Tour, just to name a few. Then once it's time to board the ship, they'll make sure to get you back to the port on time.
To find what port city excursions your cruise line offers, check the excursion section on their website or ask your travel agent.
Hotel Day Pass
Virtual Hint: If you plan for a hotel day pass. or the city tour option below, I recommend you be extra cautious and get to the ship absolutely no later then your embarkation time assigned, preferably even before. Since these are not cruise line sponsored activities, the ship will not wait for you if you are late.
Head to the Ship
It's such an exciting moment when you are actually boarding the ship. Once you step through the doors and are greeted with a smile and a cocktail, you'll know that your cruise vacation is about to begin!