Go Back   Cruise Reviews Forums > Cruise Lines > Royal Caribbean Cruise Line
Register Forgot Password?
New! Use your Facebook, Google, AIM & Yahoo accounts to securely log into this site, click logo to login  

Closed Thread
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old 02-18-2009, 10:48 AM
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Perrysburg, Ohio
Posts: 131
Can someone refresh my memory of the RCL policy for early disembarkation. Do you have to have an early flight, or can you participate in the early disembarking if you are able to manage your luggage by yourself?

My last cruise was on NCL and pretty much everybody did he early-off regardless of whether or not they had a ton of stuff or an early flight (it was sort of chaotic!)

Read and post cruise reviews
  #2 (permalink)  
Old 02-18-2009, 11:24 AM
Dave's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Alabama
Posts: 18,001
You have to be able to carry everything off the ship unassisted. No requirement for an early flight. One caveat - on my last RCI cruise they were quite adamant in telling everyone planning to do the self-debarkation that only small pieces of luggage (carry on) were permitted. They said Customs was taking a dim view of those trying to muscle big suitcases off the ship. It may have just been the Port Canaveral staff. However, my observation was that they got compliance and thus there were no log jams.
  #3 (permalink)  
Old 02-20-2009, 09:22 AM
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 35
When my husband and I cruised in January 2008, you were not allowed to carry off your own luggage. (We like this option and had taken advantage of it on a previous cruise.) Everyone had to wait for their color to be called to disembark.
  #4 (permalink)  
Old 02-20-2009, 10:14 AM
Dave's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Alabama
Posts: 18,001
Self debarkation may not be available at all ports and in the end is really up to Customs. They can (and have) not allowed it from time to time.
  #5 (permalink)  
Old 02-20-2009, 10:37 AM
Dave's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Alabama
Posts: 18,001
I meant to post this a while ago.

RCI recently revised their debarkation protocol. Now called "As You Depart", this program is similar to those already being done on Princess, NCL, and some other lines.

Specific lounges are designated for color codes. Light refreshments and entertainment provided. When the time comes for your color, a crew member will escort your group to the gangway. You can also remain in your cabin up until the time you were told to be at your designated lounge. Announcements are also being limited to inside the cabins and in the designated lounges. Thus, if you don't follow along and be where you are supposed to be, you may miss important information or even miss your call to leave.

Self-debarkation is still available where allowed, and suite guests and higher level C&A members will have private lounges and priority departure.
  #6 (permalink)  
Old 02-20-2009, 11:21 AM
queenofcruzin's Avatar
Senior Member
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Warren, MI
Posts: 658
In Tampa recently, my Mother and I were about the last to get off the ship GOS leisurely, and we were off by 9:30am. We had a later flight, no hurry, took a taxi to the Grand Hyatt and checked our baggage. Enjoyed an late morning early afternoon at the pool area and took their shuttle to the airport. Tipped everyone and it was way better and cheaper than 4 hours in an airport.
Monarch of the Seas-1993
Song of America-1994
Majesty of the Seas-1995
Splendour of the Seas-1996
CCL Destiny-1997
Empress of the Seas-1998
Rhapsody of the Seas-1998
Legend of the Seas-1999
Monarch of the Seas-2000
Grandeur of the Seas-2006
CCL Ecstasy-2006
Enchantment of the Seas-2006
Adventure of the Seas-2007
Enchantment of the Seas-2007
Grandeur of the Seas-2009
Radiance of the Seas-2009
Celebrity Century-2010
Closed Thread

caribbean, carnival, cruise, debarkation, disembark, disembarking, early, end, monarch, radiance, sea, seas, ship, tampa, time

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Likelihood of disembarking early in Juneau? wwide Alaska Port Chat 15 07-14-2008 10:58 AM
Roll Calls? How early is too early? Hermy Carnival Cruise Line 6 12-05-2006 01:18 PM
Self disembarking Pinktoes Carnival Cruise Line 17 03-14-2006 04:17 AM
Disembarking janesbears0 Royal Caribbean Cruise Line 10 12-15-2005 01:32 AM
Disembarking.. deanie Carnival Cruise Line 8 11-10-2005 01:41 PM

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 05:41 AM.

Contact Us - Terms of Use - Cruise Reviews Home - Archive - Privacy Statement - Top

SEO by vBSEO 3.5.2