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Old March 22nd, 2007, 01:04 PM
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Can anyone give me an idea of what to expect when we embark and disembark from the boat? What is the procedure? Do we carry our own luggage on and off?
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Embark:

There is usually a porter waiting at the terminal and they take your luggage and it usually shows up at your cabin before dinner. Sometimes it doesnt but every time it has for me and I unpack before dinner.

Debark:

The last night of the cruise you pack your bags and leave them outside your cabin door. They give you colored tags and you put those on your luggage and then when you debark by colored tag number. You will then go down to where the luggage is held and it is separated by color.

I would suggest putting something colorful on your luggage handle to easily find yours in the sea of black luggage.
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Old March 22nd, 2007, 01:45 PM
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There is the "self assist" debarkation. That is where you can carry your own luggage off the ship. The secret is to be able to carry "ALL" of it and still have a free hand to use for the escalator. Those who choose this option are among the first ones off the ship.

It is a crapshoot about getting on. Sometimes you can get on within 10 minutes, sometimes it takes an hour.
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Thanks for the info!

I would prefer to "self assist" at disembarkation. In this case, I presume I would keep my luggage in my room overnight? Is there time for breakfast before leaving the ship? Do you just leave whenever you feel like it?

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Yes, you keep your luggage with you in the cabin and do not put it out the night before.

There is plenty of time for breakfast as they start serving a lot earlier than on normal days.
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Someone mentioned that they disembarked on the third wave - not sure if I got the terminology right. What does this mean?
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Someone mentioned that they disembarked on the third wave - not sure if I got the terminology right. What does this mean?
I have read that the self-disembarkation folks get off first. It might vary from ship-to-ship and port-to-port . (???)

As for the "wave" that is when they call the different color tags.
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When you pack the last night don't forget to keep out clothes for the next day and any toiletries you might need. You wouldn't want to disembark in your jammies !!
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Phil & Liz, You know waiting around in all those custom lines might be alot more comfy if we did disembark in our jammies.
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Do you just leave whenever you feel like it?
If you choose "self-assist" there is a certain "window/timeframe" during which you must leave the ship. You can't leave whenever you wish. On the other hand, persons who choose the "colors" [leave you bag out the night before] method can leave when there color is called/anytime after that until CCL says "get off the ship now!"
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Yes, you keep your luggage with you in the cabin and do not put it out the night before.

There is plenty of time for breakfast as they start serving a lot earlier than on normal days.
Not always - when we were on Celebration, they started the self-assist at 7:20. We were just getting out of bed. We threw on our clothes and headed for the exits. That's the earliest I've ever gotten off a ship.
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They have to kick my butt off of the ship. I'm not leaving until they make me. I prefer to leave a day or so after the cruise just to extend my vacation a bit. Its relaxing.
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If you choose "self-assist" there is a certain "window/timeframe" during which you must leave the ship. You can't leave whenever you wish.
Actually you can leave at what ever time you want if you do self assist.

We were confused to about the times because it was announced self assists are the first ones off. So we asked our social host the night before and he said if have all your luggage leave when ever you want. We waited an hour or two after docking.

It was nice. Almost no lines, walked right past the sea of luggage stacks and straight through customs no problems. Hope that helps, Carla
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Yes, you keep your luggage with you in the cabin and do not put it out the night before.

There is plenty of time for breakfast as they start serving a lot earlier than on normal days.
Not always - when we were on Celebration, they started the self-assist at 7:20. We were just getting out of bed. We threw on our clothes and headed for the exits. That's the earliest I've ever gotten off a ship.
You will have to get up before 0720 to have breakfast. At that time, you will miss it.
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If you don't do self disembark and you happen to be one of the very first colors called off, do you have to leave at the very time or can you wait around a while and leave maybe after all the colors have been called and you are almost kicked off the ship?? Last time we were the VERY last color called and it was very nice just sitting there on the Lido deck and waiting.......
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If you don't do self disembark and you happen to be one of the very first colors called off, do you have to leave at the very time or can you wait around a while and leave maybe after all the colors have been called and you are almost kicked off the ship?? Last time we were the VERY last color called and it was very nice just sitting there on the Lido deck and waiting.......
Do the self disembark. We waited till we were one of the last one on the ship. No lines or pushy crowds
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Our flight home isn't till 5pm so we are in no rush to leave the ship. If doing the "self disembarkment, how long before we have to empty our room. When to latest time we have before we are asked to leave the ship?
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