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As our transfer bus pulled into the pier, we could see Crown Princess further in the distance, no where near where we were being dropped off. There were porters there to collect any bags that passengers wished to check in. Since we didn't have anything to check in, we proceeded into the terminal. It was now 2 PM (we landed shortly after 10 AM in Santiago). As usual, they checked our boarding passes and passports, gave us the health forms, and we were selected to turn in a control paper which showed the time we entered the building.
So far, this doesn't sound too unique (other than the long wait and most cruises you keep your passport) but the next part is definitely unique.
Boarded a Bus
After completing embarkation paperwork and with cabin key in hand, we were directed to a bus for a short ride to the waiting ship. We drove through the pier area where we passed by stack after stack of shipping containers and longshoremen working the yard. We finally arrived at our ship. I almost forgot ... the cruise line wouldn't miss an opportunity to get you to spend money, so prior to boarding the bus, they took embarkation photos. Boarding the ship it was time for another photo (for security purposes) taken when we presented our cabin key at the gangway. Phew, we were finally on the ship.
An advantage of getting on board so late in the day, there is no delay in getting to your cabin. We dropped off our handbags, took a couple pictures of the cabin and headed off for a bite to eat. We opted for a quick slice of pizza. Our dinner would be at 5:45 PM as we had early dining for this cruise.
Crown Princess Embarkation
Transfer to Valparaiso
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