If we send our luggage out the night before and do the v i p disembarking, will we have to wait on our luggage or will it be waiting for us. we have always done self assist but I am thinking maybe not doing it this time.
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.
We did self assist - (first cruise so can't compare) - but it was so easy. We were off the ship by 8:30 and on the bus to the airport by 9 a.m. I would definitely do it again!
I always have too much luggage and it was a nightmare lugging it. Plus I usually cruise out of drive to ports so I'm not in a hurry to get off the ship. I go have breakfast then take a leisurely shower in the cabin. I'm usually still in the cabin to at least 9am.
The VIP debarkation waiting area has been an issue on some of the ships. I should say the lack of instruction/notification given. It is an issue that is being addressed. I'm sure LHP has some comments about this as well.
Lucky you Dwayne - I wish we were closer to a port. We live in Northwest Iowa and the closest major airport is 3 hours away. No wonder you go cruising a lot - I would to if I could drive to the ship. Maybe someday!!!!
Actually it is a good drive for me to get to a port. About 9 hours for Port Canaveral, 11 to Tampa, and around 6 to Jacksonville. I usually fly if leaving out of Miami as it is too far to drive and I hate the traffic there.
Now Carnival did finally tip the Funnel and send us a ship to Charleston. I can drive there in a little over 2 hours. I am very thankful for that, though the Fantasy has limited itineraries. It is nice not having to leave your state to get on a Fun Ship.
As usual (it seems with Carnival)...it answer is....
On the Liberty in November and the Destiny in December....we got the VIP letter and we were able to put our luggage out and still be the very first ones off this ship. This is a NEW method. (which I LOVE!!!!) No more having to haul all my luggage off the ship myself.
We just got off the Elation today and they still use the old method where IF you want to be the first off the ship....you have to carry your luggage off.
VIP self assist got off the ship at 7AM (DJ was the first person off...he loved that).
VIP "regular" (putting your luggage out) were not instructed to meet until 8AM ... which means they get behind all the self assist...which is not much of a benefit.