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DoubleD's 01-23-2008 10:09 PM

On our Itinerary it states the ship returns to Ft Lauderdale at 0630am...does that mean we have to be off the ship at that time???
Or is that just the time we arrive....and how long do you stay on the ship once in the home port??


LisaP 01-24-2008 04:24 AM

Hi Darcie. The arrival time is just that -- an expected arrival time into the port. It takes at least an hour or two to complete all the paperwork required to clear the ship back into the States.

As far as passenger disembarkation, that is usually done in several phases. First, passengers who want to carry ALL of their luggage off the ship are typically allowed off first. This is optional, and something I've never done as I have too much luggage to handle. Otherwise, the ship will provide you with color- or number-coded tags, and disembarkation is done by color or number. In my experience, we've gotten off the ship anywhere from two to four hours after docking. I am not familiar with the specifics of Royal Caribbean's procedure, yet this is how most lines do it.

Sandy 01-24-2008 06:37 AM

Darcie, Royal Caribbean asks that everyone be out of their cabin by 8:00 AM. Breakfast in the Windjammer and in the dining room usually goes from 6:30 - 8:30 AM on debarkation day. What we do is go have breakfast and then go back to the room to get our luggage by 8 AM.

Depending on how long it takes to clear the ship, debarkation often starts as early as 7:45-8:00 AM. Depending on how many people are on the ship, the whole process is often over by 9:30.


penny3333 01-24-2008 09:51 AM

I spend my morning crying. We get up early usually around 5:30am, go have breakfast around 6:30-6:45am, go back to the cabin and grab our carry-offs, then go to our waiting area. I go out on deck and cry. I leave when called and cry. I load up our luggage and cry. I head out of the port and start the return home trip and cry. I get home, unload my luggage and cry. Then I start planning for my next cruise!

Sandy 01-24-2008 10:16 AM

Penny, what you need to do is have your next cruise booked before you go on your present cruise! That cuts down on the crying considerably, and just for the price of the deposit.


PA Steve Rocky Mount 01-25-2008 08:18 AM

Thats why I tell people to consider the day you board as the first day of your get there as early as they will let you board!! You paid for it! Because on the last day, you eat and then leave!!

And yes Penny...cry!! Did ya ever notice NOBODY gets off a cruise boat with a big smile on their face!! Despite the fact that they may have just had the time of their life!

Sonny V 01-28-2008 07:17 AM

Penny, I found something that works for me. Last October we booked the Enchantment out of Ft. Lauderdale for a 5 night cruise, and the Liberty out of Miami for a 7 night cruise. It was actually a good feeling getting off the Enchantment knowing we were getting on the Liberty in a couple of hours. By the time the Liberty cruise was over, I was ready to go home.


LaurieM 01-28-2008 12:33 PM

My husband and I like to take back-to-back cruises on the same ship- usually there is a different itinerary, so all stops are different , but the 2nd week you can catch the shows you loved again, skip the stinkers, and do all the things that get skipped when there is only one week. More and more are doing this- it used to be we were the only ones, but last February there were about 30 staying for a second shot. One guy bought a cabin at the last minute- he was told they were sold out, left the ship and was at the airport when the ship called him and said there was a cancellation.

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