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Old September 18th, 2013, 02:48 AM
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Old September 18th, 2013, 08:57 AM
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It is basically the last time you leave the ship on the last day of your cruise...Everyone has to "clear" customs, settle their onboard ship accounts, etc. A lot is going on that morning, because as soon as the last passenger is off the ship, they have to get ready for a whole new bunch.

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Old September 18th, 2013, 10:23 AM
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Getting off the ship.

Even though it sounds like you are doing something to a dog, "Debarkation" is also a correct term. I've seen three page threads about people using this term.

Have fun with your disembarkation, embarkation or debarkation.

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Yep, "disembarkation" is certainly a cumbersome word just to say "I'm leaving the ship now." That is why some lines (notably Carnival) use the word "debarkation," which is a perfectly valid word and a lot easier to say.
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Originally Posted by elmirily View Post
What is a disembarkation?
Embark means to board the ship. Disembark means to leave the ship.

That said, embarkation day is the day you board the ship for the first time for a cruise. Disembarkation day is the day you permanently leave the ship for that cruise.
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Old November 3rd, 2013, 02:44 PM
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While people always associate the term 'disembarkation' to mean leaving the ship at the end of a cruise, it's actually the correct term to mean leaving the ship at any time. For example, to use the term disembark at a port means the same thing as going ashore and is technically using the term correctly. So if someone were to say, "I'm disembarking for the day in Cozumel," they would be using the right term, but it would probably create confusion among some people.

Debarkation is also a term people use to mean leaving the ship, but in the formal sense it means to unload from a ship. And while it's used to mean 'people' are unloading from a ship, it's more accurately associated with freight since the terms 'loading' or 'unloading' are not normally applied to people walking on and off a ship.

Can be confusing for the first-time cruiser, but most people use the terms interchangeably to mean the same thing and usually to mean leaving the ship at the end of a cruise.

But now here's a question; if we refer to passengers getting on the ship as 'boarding', what is the opposite of that? The antonym of boarding is to evict or eject, so should we say when it's time to get off the ship that passengers are being evicted or ejected??

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