Can someone explain the embarkment a little better? My husband and I are leaving from New Orleans. We plan to drive there from Little Rock and would like to know at what time we should plan to arrive. We are not staying overnight in NO and would like to time it so that we arrive early enough to board the ship and not have to wait quite so long.
We plan to park at one of the garages there. We would appreciate information on the port parking if anyone is familiar with the area.
Also, considering the 8 hour drive back home, does anyone have any suggestions on how we can disembark quickly and get on our way so we arrive back home at a decent hour? Since we don't have a plane to catch, I am worried that they will make us one of the last to disembark.
I have always driven to the ships for my cruises and I am answering from my own experience.
The time you arrive at the port has to do with what time your ship leaves. Mine have always left at 4:00 so I like to arrive at the dock by 11:00. This gets me on the ship fairly quick and then I can sit on the ship and relax, eat, or tour the ship. I have even taken a nap before.
Leaving the ship... Usually the passengers that have to catch a plane leave first then it goes in order of stateroom catogories. The lower the catagory, the longer you wait.
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When we cruised on the Carnival Inspiration out of New Orleans, passengers were allowed to pick out their own luggage tags before disembarkation. They call groups for disembarkation based on the color of their luggage tags. Everyone has to be out of their cabins by 8:00 and wait in a public room until their color group is called. If you want to be among the first off, pick the color that goes with the most expensive rooms. Everything else being equal, they would not have to wait as long.
There is a fenced parking lot adjacent to the port. I think we paid about $7/day and everything was safe when we returned. However, since there are now 2 ships that sail from NO and the Conquest is larger than the Inspiration, it will fill fast, so you would need to arrive early if you want to park there.
We were on the Conquest in October and we didn't get to pick a color. The room steward leaves certain color tags on your bed the day before. We were told at the debarkation meeting where to find additional tags in our color if we needed more. The tags are located just outside the doors of the Toulouse Lautrec Lounge. Our color was blue and we didn't have any say so in that. We were in room 7272, Category 11. They didn't call our color until 10:30 and I believe we were close to being the last group off the ship. Everyone in our color were the same people who had rooms in the forward section of the Empress Deck except for the people who had to catch planes. They get off earlier than anyone. I think they just draw the colors at random and call them out. Whoever gets lucky goes first. It was hurry up and wait that morning.
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along the same lines as the original question... except, we're flying in, and I was looking into booking our own flights in... what time frame should I allow ourselves to give us embarkation time?? Our ship leaves at 4pm, so at the latest we should be at the dock at?????
Just got back from cruise on Norwegian Sea (Jan 24-31). Sails out of Houston.
Sailing time was 4 p.m. but we got there about noon. Short line-up for tickets, etc. and out of there in a few minutes. Slightly longer wait in line for security check, etc. but made it on board in about 20 min. Lots of time to explore.
For de-embarkation: NCL has express departure option. We went through customs/immigration on board at 7 a.m., had breakfast and got our call shortly thereafter. Had to carry/drag all our luggage but we were driving out of the terminal building area before 9:30. Very quick, efficient. I was impressed.