I am wondering about what you carry/wear/do the last morning while you are waiting to leave the ship. Do you have to everything packed up the night before? Do you give up your cabin first thing in the morning? We will be coming back to snowy Ontario from the Sunbird in Barbados. We don't fly out until 2 pm. There's lots of info on getting there, but what about the reverse? Any tips, advice? Thanks.
First things first, I would suggest that you go to all the on board talks held by the Cruise Director and staff. They are held for port talks and dissembarking. Very good information, unfourunately too many don't attend and they are the ones asking all the last minute questions. We have been on eight cruise and we still go to them!
You will ned to have all you checked baggage packed and outside your cabin door the last night of the cruise. Make sure you have clothes for the next day and anything else you may need before customs clears the baggage at the dock the next morning. Just have carry ons for the morning. You will be requested to vacate your cabin after breakfast the day of dissembarkation so the ship can be ready for the next cruise.
Remember to have your warm clothing for when you get off the plan in "snowy Ontario". Have a great cruise and don't worry about things! The cruise lines have been doing this for a looong time!
You kind of do the reverse of what you did getting down there. On the way down, you had the shorts packed in the carry-on. On the way home, you have the warm clothes.
On Sea Princess, we had to have our checked luggage outside before bed. In fact, they wanted it out before dinner, but that just didn't happen. We wore jeans and short sleeve shirts and packed very heavy sweatshirts. My cousin picked us up from the airport and brought our winter coats and gloves with him.
Since our cruise was only a week long,we kept our luggage down to one carry-on bag & one tote bag per person. No piled baggage outside our door and no pressure to leave our cabin. We listened for when our color luggage tag was called,and which room to gather in, then,we just picked 'em up and rolled 'em out.
Go to www.packitup.com for all the answers. Prior to our cruise, we attended a packing workshop. Anne McAlpin, author of a book & video called "Pack it up!", solved so many problems for us, especially since she's been on over 100 cruises herself. The secret is light fabrics.