they have to kick me off the ship. I wait until last call... usually between 10:15 and 11am
Life is too short to let the ship of your dreams sail without you.
Carnival Destiny Feb. 2006
Carnival Fascination Feb. 2007
Royal Caribbean Grandeur of the Seas Feb. 2008 The DTW & MsBJ tour
Carnival Valor MsBJ and Dina Feb. 2009
Carnival Glory MsBJ and Dina Feb. 2010
Carnival Dream MsBJ and Dina Feb. 2011
I was on the Main Deck of the Fascination in March - disembarked on Sat, March 21st. We didn't self-assist - lots of luggage for 4 girls, along with the liquor I bought on board. They called our # in the last group about 10 am, and we were through customs fairly quickly.
On that particular cruise, the majority of the passengers did self-assist. I had people standing in line outside my cabin door at 8 am...they stood there for over an hour. That's not for me. The cabin steward asked us to leave so he could clean our cabin, but the "disembarkation talk" included instructions that you could wait for your number to be called in your stateroom if you wanted, so we politely refused. Many folks waited on the decks by the pool, but I didn't want to take my stuff up, then back down to leave.
You could ask for special (early) disembarkation by going to the Purser's desk if you had an early flight.