Sunshine-- then you want to do the "self disembarkation" Especially if you don't have too many bags. You basically don't put any bags out the last night. They then call for self disembark and you grab your stuff and walk off the ship and go through customs. We did it on the Conquest cruise and were off the ship and driving home by 9AM. This has benifiets and disadvantages. Good thing- you can be off the ship quickly (if you have an early flight or want to get on the road quickly) AND you don't have to waste time on your last night packing suitcases and figuring out what needs to go into bags and what you need for the monring- you can pack everything in the morning.
Bad thing- its not worth it if you have a lot of bags. AND you are off the ship so fast, you don't even have time to get breakfast unless you wake up really early (Which can be hard to do if you were making the most of your last cruise night.)
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Hi Ken. It's been raining non-stop for 4 days. Tomorrow night is my daughter's Senior Prom. So much to do.
Today, we finally have a break from the rain and I was able to mow my lawns. There's something therapeutic about sitting on my mower and buzzing around. I do my best thinking while mowing.
I had a different experience with self-disembarkation on the Conquest...for whatever reason, it wasn't as simple as it was for other people. The line to get off was insane, wrapped around every floor in the lobbies, and the other cruisers who were so pleasant during the cruise were suddenly mean and snappy. Everyone was impatient and rude, accusing each other of cutting, yelling at each other, etc. My husband and I vowed we'd never self-disembark again.
Booked on Carnival Freedom, Feb. 2012 (Cozumel, Costa Rica, Panama)
NCL Gem, Sept. 2011
NCL Jewel, Feb. 2011
NCL Dawn, Sept. 2010
NCL Spirit, Feb. 2010
NCL Gem, March 2009
RCCL Explorer of the Seas, Feb. 2008
Carnival Miracle, May 2007
Carnival Conquest, April 2006
Caribbean Princess, Feb. 2005
Hey Cort, Are you sure it was the self or did you get caught up later when they called a color or deck for the regular?
Have not tried it since they renamed it self-disembark and started calling them to dis-embark early. It use to be, carry your own stuff and wait in line lugging it when the color/deck was called with everyone else.
This next cruise of mine, I am going to spend the last few hours of the cruise on the Lido deck nursing my cruise memories. I plan not to even try to get off the ship b/4 10:30 or 11:00. I have a mid-afternoon flight and there is no rush to stand on line.
I B CRUZIN'
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IB, I am the same way when I drive or have a late flight. Usually stay out late the last night, so I ask the steward to wake us last. I know they have to flip the cabins that day so I am considerate as to how late I can stay.
I just ask nicely, and usually they claen our cabin last and knock around 9:30. I just chill out and and take a shower. By the time I am ready is an easy walk off.