I READ ON ANOTHER SITE ABOUT SELF DISEMBARK THE OTHER SITE SAID THIS IS FOR PEOPLE THAT DROVE THERE OR FOR SOMEONE PICKING THEM UP ONLY,CAN YOU SELF DISEMBARK IF YOU HAVE TO WAIT FOR A SHUTTLE JUST TO GET OFF EARLY?
That is incorrect. The self-disembark is for anyone who can carry all their own luggage off the ship by themselves. This means you do not put any luggage outside your door the night before for pick up by the crew. Those carrying all their own luggage are the first ones off the ship which usually starts around 7:30am.
Just got back from 5 night on Ecstacy from Galveston. I am so glad we did not self-embark. My gosh there were so many people trying to get off at the same time the elevators and stairs were so crowded. I am glad we did the "by the color", "wait your turn" embarkation after we ate a big breakfast. We were off in less than an hour after we ate breakfast...it went very smoothly. We just put out our luggage by 11:00 pm and they immediately put it in the holding area to be sorted by deck. We put red bandanas on our bags and spotted them from 40 yards away..so easy to find. Went to the area to be checked by port authorities and off to our shuttle. So easy.
I really don't think I'd like the self-debarkation. We typically have too much luggage and it would be a mess. Plus as you note, this type of thing can become too popular and end up being counter productive.
We've done self-help disembark on two cruises where had driven to the port. It went quite well and did get us out and into the parking lot very quickly. That gave us time to either start home early, or on our last cruise (two weeks ago) spend a full day at the Kennedy Space Center, not far from the Port Canaveral Cruise terminal. The hour or so head start was great. We pack light and have been able to easily maneuver the stairs. On the last one there was quite a crowd, but it still moved pretty steady and we were out the doors before 8:30 am.
Just my two cents worth, but I thought it was wonderful and would definetly do it again!!
I hope they leave it as a choice, so for those that wish to exit early for what ever reason, they can, and for those who have extra luggage or are just in no rush to leave, then the assisted way can be thier choice.
Thank goodness for a choice, and I am glad we can choose. It makes sense to offer both, so vacationers can leave on a happy note. We are fortunate that Carnival doesn't force us to only their way. Hats off to Carnival!