Originally posted by: DebbieVi
Not to be rude, but what is your hurry? If you're doing a shore excursion, you will have a designated place to meet and should usually be there in plenty of time to disembark with the group. If you're simply going ashore, let the crowd go and take your time. Fifteen minutes either way isn't going to make a difference.
Actually 15 minutes can make a huge difference - a person may have overslept, missed a wake up call, etc. My husband has to take the elevators, but I always take the stairs, and there can be a long lineup on the stairs too on port days.