I've read in the cruise lines' brochures that disembarkation begins about 2 hours after docking. This may be a really dumb newbie question, but is that only for the final disembarkation, or is it also true for the ports of call? I'm just wondering, because we're planning to get off the ship and kind of do our own thing in one port, and I want to know what time to arrange rental car pickups, etc.
Also, are the restaurants still open their normal hours on port days? For example, if we're scheduled to be docking at 9:00 AM, will we be able to grab breakfast between 9 and 11, when, presumably, we'll be able to get off the ship?
On our Jewel cruise to the Brit. Isles/Nor. Fjords last June, the dining room wasn't open for lunch on most port days and last Jan. the Mercury's dining room was closed for lunch at least 3 days "...in order to present an expanded buffet luncheon".
It depends on the ship and itinerary.