There is always something wonderful about disembarkation time on an NCL ship! There is absolutely no "bum's rush" to leave my cabin!
We go down to a nice lesurely breakfast,return to our cabin and leave the ship at a time that we chose-there is never any waiting in a passenger "holding" area with the rest of the herd because we can no longer use our cabin.
NCL calls it "Freestyle"- We call it "Our Style"! Why can't all cruiselines be this civilized?
NCL was very efficient in Miami, in fact, too efficient. We hadn't even had breakfast when they were calling for self-debark passengers. We were off of the ship before 8:00 am. It was too sad. Princess does a great job, too. At least when customs and immigration aren't on 2 hour breaks.
Having sailed twice from New York on NCL (Dawn 03/04 - Spirit 09/06) I was amazed at how easy the debark process was there! The second cruise especially, we were in a cab and at Penn Station before we knew what hit us. We never felt rushed though and took our time with breakfast.
What impressed me most is the on board staff's ability to size up their passengers. On the 04 cruise we were in a rush to get off and get back home (sad as that sounds) and a woman walked by, noticed our "hovering" and walked us down a deck and out at the dock level door. That was great especially since Paul was still in a knee brace from surgery at that time and the angle of the bridge from the upper decks was murder on his knee. We can't say enough good about NCL and we're really looking forward to Feb's cruise on Pearl...CAN'T WAIT to bowl on the high seas! We're also looking forward to sailing from Miami - it is such a beautiful port to sail out of!
I also give a lot of credit to NCL regarding their disembarkation procedure. We did, however, have a flashback to the "old" NCL when we were on our cruise-to-nowhere on N. Dream six months ago. The crew was very new, and we were asked to not wait in our cabins. I guess they needed more time to prepare them for the next guests. But on my other NCL cruises, disembarkation day was relaxing. We never do the express disembarkation, and on our previous three NCL cruise (on N. Majesty out of Boston), we lingered over breakfast. On one of those cruises, we didn't take our son, and I called my mother-in-law during breakfast to ask how everything was... so we even had an enjoyable conversation thrown into the mix. I much prefer ending a cruise that way than having to rush or to be herded down the gangway.
We fly in and out to our cruises on a Charter Flight out of Minnesota and have to be at the airport by 9:00 most of the time....so the Express Departure works out just great for us...off the ship by 7:30 or so....after having the early 6 am breakfast.....Some of the other cruiselines don't let us off that early and it's a chase to get to the airport in time....NCL is still our favorite lines...Happy sailing...
We are just off the Majesty this weekend. They give lots of time for disembarkation, 10:10 was the last call. Although they don't actually say you can't stay in your cabin, they did keep repeating that you should relax in a public area and our room stewardess told us that they were pressured to have the rooms ready for the next guests.
Originally posted by sparks1093:
Lisa, I was on the Dream at the same time you were and I'm glad to hear that the disembarkation was atypical. My wife and I definitely felt rushed off the ship. We'll know better next time.
Sparks, much of that cruise was atypical. I wrote a quick review at the time... it's probably a few pages back.
At least we were still able to have a very nice breakfast in the main dining room that morning. We took our time, if I recall correctly. The rest was out of the norm, though.