The first couple of times we cruised we not only took too many suitcases, we let the ship/stevedores do their thing and went to find them in the terminal., bleccchhh! discovered the "joys" of "walking off"....whole different experience, depending, of course, on how organized the ship is, since it doesn't involve crew or dock personnel handling your bags from the nite before disembarkation. (It also "forces" you to consider taking less and less each time.. one rolling medium suitcase each and a couple carry ons is it for us now..) The best experience bar none was the few times we cruised Carnival...that Faster to the Fun thing actually works...you just have to sign up for it early, because the number of people is limited...and I don't care what it costs...its well worth it. (read their website for other benes)The BEST experience on our own was on NCL BREAKAWAY, and we've cruised her twice so far, so I know it wasn't a fluke...got down to the right deck around 630 or so, folks already lining up, but the crew was well represented and all the areas were properly roped off and organized. No complaints about it at all. Being Platinum, there was a separate area elsewhere, but after inquiring "where" that was, it was of no advantage, matter of fact, it would've involved walking the length of the ship to get to it, and then back to the gangway. So we just got in the normal line..(it pays to ask about the "little things" sometimes). Their other ships not so much...not bad, but nowhere near as organized as BREAKAWAY..

Once the thing started to move, we were on our way and off in record time...TWICE! We're booked on two more on GETAWAY (her twin), and I actually EXPECT things to go the same way...yeh yeh I know...

Whats your experiences walking off?...good bad or oogly...

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We did it on the Glory and RCL Liberty. We're light packers so very easy.

We have done the walk off on 3 cruises. Our first and most recent we went with putting out the luggage the night before. I must say that I tend to enjoy the latter more. Less rushed and much more relaxed. Getting back into the rush is not something I look forward to coming off a cruise.

We did the walk off twice in NY (once on the Norwegian Jewel and once on the Norwegian Breakaway) and once in NOLA from the Norwegian Dawn. In all cases loved the fact that I did not have to pack up and prepare to depart the night before but was less than happy with the early start, rushed breakfast and long, very long parade line to get off.

Our first cruise self debarkation was not an option and our last cruise from Newark we just did not want to have eaten and be in line up by 06:30 so we opted to put out the luggage the night before and I must say it was so much more civilized. In both cases we got up and had a nice leisurely breakfast took our time leaving the cabin making sure nothing was forgotten and all was in order and then took a book and went to our designated area. After a short wait we were debarked quickly and had no issues finding our luggage.

I think in the future unless there is a reason to hurry off I am sticking with the old standard of luggage out the night before and scheduled debarkation.

I like leisure! I am at that point in life where I like to savor it rather than grab it all at once. I know I miss a few things, but I am happy with my choices. We almost always put it out the night before.

When we travel with our daughter we tend to use Disney's luggage service and then do the cattle line until our group is called. It's a bit stressful and claustrophobic but it's easier with a kiddo in tow. This past cruise was just my wife and I and we only had a duffel bag a piece. The express walk off was so easy we might try for it every time.

Have done both, and have seen advantages and disadvantages of both. I generally prefer self-assist, but I also pack lighter than DW and DDs. On our upcoming cruise, we have booked Disney transport from PC back to ORL, and I'm looking forward to not having to deal with our checked luggage from the last night of the cruise until we land back at home at IND.

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