Disembarkation / Debarkation

No matter what term you use, cruises always come to an end. Do you prefer early or late debarkation? Self assist or have the luggage taken the night before?

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We've purchased FTTF for each cruise and been off the ship very quickly so we can get to the car rental office and begin our second half of our vacation on land. In the past we've always had our luggage put outside our cabin door on our last night so that it would be taken off for us.

We prefer self-assist. Whether we get off early or later depends on what flight time we have. When we drive, we like to leave as early as possible to beat the traffic rush.

We've been thinking of doing this next month. With FTTF it would hopefully be less crowded leaving with our luggage if we are in a less crowded waiting area, too.

On embarkation day, we like to arrive early so that we can enjoy lunch on board and have time to explore the ship before the safety drill.

We like to get off early on departure especially if we are flying. If driving home, we wait until after a leisurely breakfast to disembark. We usually handle our own luggage unless we are on a long cruise with heavy bags. We can generally pick our own time to disembark.

It really depends what we are doing next ... staying in the area or flying home. We've also changed our mind by the end of the cruise and held back luggage or put luggage out (as late as midnight). You can always go and get a different color tag from the front desk to put on your luggage.

Regardless, we want the bags down before us, and also try not to take any of the luggage ourselves except one carry-on.

Getting a porter to assist with your luggage is the fastest way to get in and out and taken to the correct location for a taxi, shuttle, etc...well worth the extra $.

When leaving the ship, I really don't care if I am the first off or the last off.

For us embarkation and disembarkation are the two of the worse parts of the cruise experience...so like to get on early and off quickly. FYI: the other bad one is the safety briefing. While I understand the importance of it, I don't like it. Sort of like all other adult and responsible things we need to do in life.

I have priority "getting off the ship" (has is that Wink ) and I still wait on the self assist to finish leaving. I like getting to the car as soon as I can because I'm north bound with a long way to go and a short time to get there.

The muster drill is another prime place to find rude people. Everyone has to participate, so why make it worse for everyone by being late or not showing up at all, or playing on your phone after you have been asked to put it away? I'm with you, Aunt Pinkie, I don't like it, but I particularly don't like it when rude people make it worse. Now if you're late because you got carried away dancing in the glass elevator, I think most would cut you a break Wink


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