Originally posted by TrvlPro:
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.