Rather than parking our car in a lot for a week while on a cruise, we have opted to have friends deliver us to the pier for a 4 p.m. embarkation and we will be returning 8 days later to home port at 7 a.m. Generally speaking, how soon before 4 p.m. should we arrive at the pier for embarkation and if we have a 7 a.m. arrival in port on our return, realistically how long should it be before we are actually off the ship, have luggage in hand and are ready to head for home? Just curious about this in general terms.
For our 4 pm departure, we arrived by noon and were onboard in about an hour (maybe less).
When we left the ship, we were off by 10 am, but it can vary widely.
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I would say around noon as well. You need to account for the muster drill and that is usually about and hour or so prior to sailing. Your documents should tell you more specifically. Every cruise line is different for disembarkation so I can not tell you exactly. We were on Disney and were in port about 6:30 and in the terminal abour 8:00 or so.
We arrived at the terminal about 4 hours before the ship sailed and were on the ship about 30 minutes after our arrival. It gave us time to place our carry-ons in the cabin, eat at the buffet and explore the ship as we were first-time cruisers!! We were able to take a spa tour and walk through the casino and check out all of the decks with enough time for my daughters to change into swimsuits for the sail-away party.