Princess is trying a new method for getting everyone off the ship in a timely fashion. They are assigning everyone a time and place to meet a ship's staff member, who then personally escorts that group off the ship. This is supposed to eliminate the mystery of what time you'll actually disembark.
They're putting this process into place on all their ships. It'll be interesting to see how it works.
I don't see where this is any more efficient than the present system; when you get the colored debarkation tags the last night they tell you approximately when your color will be called. They have always been accurate to within 10-15 minutes. The few times things have snarled up, it was caused by customs or immigration--not Princess. And passengers who refuse to follow directions are no help--and this isin't going to change that.
They used that process last week on the Grand & EVERYONE was off the ship by 9:30 or so. We use the walk off option & they wanted us to leave at around 7:30. When I informed them that we wanted to stay aboard the ship until the last moment they looked surprised. We did have to leave at 9:30 or get thrown off. At least the new process keeps everyone from trying to leave at the same time as many people didn't care what color tag's they had & rushed the gangway in a mad stampede. If they actually enforced the color tag rule it wouldn't have been necessary to change.
We've never had any problems on Princess, just gone to our designated holding area and waited to be called. They did the same thing on the Mediterranea and we were off earlier than scheduled. I, too, believe if people would just follow the rules it would be efficient. I guess it's an extra personal touch effort to enforce the policies.
disembarkation depends on your flight time, not on your cabin location or category. So, if you are traveling together or your flights are leaving within an hour of each other you will leave the ship together.