If you can carry your bags on with you, I would recommend this over having the bags delivered. We like to do this so that we can unpack quicker and get out an enjoy the daily cocktail special and hit the Burger Bar and enjoy the delicious food.
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on the last day, we waited to the very last minute to exit off the ship and avoided the crowd.
Wear a watch. Take a power strip because there is only a spot for one item to be plugged in at a time. There is a outlet in the bathroom but its built into the vanity above the sink and faces down towards the ground so gravity will not let you keep something plugged in for long.
On the final day you can go to the lido buffet and have breakfast while waiting to get off the ship. if you take your time and have breakfast and get off the ship at about 10, quicker through customs and parking lot. You do not feel like your getting the bums rush to get off the ship.
If you go ashore, go early, do not wait til 10:00 AM to get off the ship.
make use of the steam rm and sauna behind beauty salon. hardly anyone goes there and it,s free. relax on adults only serenity deck in rear of ship, has 2 good whirlpools. eat breakfast in the dining room.
Look through the pictures that were taken of you on the ship before the last night of the cruise, otherwise, there's a large crowd to fight through on the last night.
Sleep in, order room service for the continental breakfast and then head to the late breakfast (my wife's choice). Wake up and have the early served breakfast in the main dining room, come back to your stateroom, take a nap then wake up and have the late buffet breakfast (my choice :) )
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The example is true that you can enjoy breakfast at the buffet and then get off around 10 and goes pretty quick when they call your group number. We got there about the same time, 1:30, to embark. Last time seems like everyone was already done even though didn't start until 1:00, this time had lo
Be sure to bring a surge protector for more charging capabilities as the room only has one outlet. I was glad I saw that before boarding.
Self check out seemed to get people off the boat really early except they had to wait in longer lines.But we took our time and waited for baggage service, a later check out and eating breakfast, but we had no options to leave earlier - still got off the ship slightly earlier than expected.
The self service debarkation is wonderful. We were off the ship at 8:00 AM. We stay on the deck we get on and off on, and that makes it even easier.
Best thing was the "Behind the Scenes" tour. GREAT!!!! Highly recommend but you do need close toed shoes. Had to purchase in Catalina.
On the morning of our final day we had a 7:15am departure. We had plenty of time for breakfast as they served it at 6:30 and with staggered times to leave the ship, there was no crowds at all in the lines.
If you can't get the dinner time you want, then accept wait list and talk to the host. We switched from late dinner to anytime. I recommend anytime dining to anyone that is okay with different people to eat with each night.
The tour we booked to the "Bufadora", in Ensenada, was worth every penny. The tour girl was very nice and professional. Then we walked through the main street in Ensenada, which is a nice place to spend a whole day touring it.
If you do a excursion the ship docks very far from the meeting area not ideal for any disabled peopl.
On the last day of the cruise we were still able to eat breakfast. We were not expecting that. We thought we had to leave at 8am. We were not rushed at all. We were able to sit down and enjoy our breakfast.
On the day out to sea, there is a brunch that is served in the Mardi Gras diningroom and it has a great brunch menu that includes filet mignon!!!!