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Old 04-22-2007, 02:39 PM
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Is early debarkation and self debarkation two different things. Please correct me if i'm wrong. Early Debarkation.... You're the very first off ship. You have to prove you have a flight b4 11am and you pick up your luggage from the luggage area. Self Debarkation.... You're the second set off ship however you take your own luggage off ship.
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Is early debarkation and self debarkation two different things. Please correct me if i'm wrong. Early Debarkation.... You're the very first off ship. You have to prove you have a flight b4 11am and you pick up your luggage from the luggage area. Self Debarkation.... You're the second set off ship however you take your own luggage off ship.
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Old 04-22-2007, 02:48 PM
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Self-debarkation is normally the first bunch off the ship, followed by those with early flights who checked their luggage. The terminology varies depending on the cruise line. Thus, if you can carry all your baggage then you can self-debark and it doesn't matter when your flight time is. If you need to have your baggage handled by the ship and moved to the pier then you will need to be in the priority debarkation group, who get special colored tags.

Curiously, many who did the self-debarkation on our last cruise were still standing in the Customs line while we did the traditional debarkation and beat many of the self-debarkers to the parking lot.
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You probably know it by now, and Dave gave you great advice, but early debarkation is leaving first call by carrying ALL your bags. We usually do it because we usually have a long car ride waiting. The last time we did early debarkation, we got off Norwegian Sun in New Orleans and walked literally off the boat, through customs, and right to our car! A Breeze! We were a bit loaded down after a week at sea...and passed a NCL officer...who literally walked through the door and kept on going...never even bothering to open the door for us. Just one of the reasons I wasn't impressed with NCL!
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Dave and PA Steve Rocky Mount are right; on Princess the Self-help Independents (as Princess calls them) were the first group called; followed by the early flight passengers.
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Old 05-19-2007, 10:32 AM
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Thanks guys. When you are an early flight passenger (assuming flight is between 11 and 12) will your luggage be taken off the ship for you and waiting in a seperate area from all other passengers luggage or maybe in front of everyone elses luggage.
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You can provide the the Purser's Desk a copy of your flight itin and ask for priority disembarkation. They disembark in shifts and will put you on one of the earlier shifts. It would still be faster to carry your own and be in the first group off.
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Old 05-19-2007, 02:30 PM
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It would still be faster to carry your own and be in the first group off.
Not necessarily as this group is often quite large. As Dave mentioned, he used the regular disembarkation and was in the parking lot earlier than many who did self-assist.

So, while the self-assist group is the first called, they might not be the first to make it off the ship. Self-assist pax typically exit through a different door and are guided through the terminal in such a way that avoids the luggage area. The only time I've seen otherwise was on Norwegian Majesty, which is a smaller ship. We were in the first group after the self-assist pax, and waited in a lounge for about an hour until our color was called.
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