That was our experience in Mobile last summer. Note that you will get off the ship at the same time as, or right after, those who carry off their own luggage, so there still might be many ahead of you, yet it beats carrying off all those bags. Yes, they were right there in section 1. Also, be sure to ask if there is a separate debarkation waiting area for VIPs. There was one on our cruise, but no one had told us.