My husband and I had the most wonderful time on the Zuiderdam. It was all I thought it would be and more. The crew was awesome and it was just a wonderful experience. I will certainly cruise on this line again. The embarking went very smoothly BUT the disembarking was terrible. It was chaotic and a BIG MESS! I think they should use ropes like they do in the airports so passengers will be in line as they come to the busses. We all arrived at the same time and got in front of the people that had been waiting. People got very ugly after such a nice week. It was horrible. This needs to be fixed. Have the busses alreqdy there and waiting for the passengers and get them on as they come.lie I said using ropes to guide them in line. When one bus is full another one should be right there. For all the money we pay this needs to be addressed.
In my limited experiences with cruising, I've never looked forward to disembarking.
On our first two cruises with two different lines, disembarking, especially when we were on a Carnival ship with over 3,000 passengers, were classic examples of "Ugly American" displays. No one wished to follow instructions from the Director or crew, much pushing and shoving, tempers flaring up, etc. etc. I will say that on our last cruise on the HAL Zaandam, disembarking was much more orderly and pleasant - one of the reasons we have chosen to cruise HAL again this summer. We'll see how it goes for this next one.
The worst part of a cruise for me is toward the end when I know we have to get back, pack up our stuff and get off the ship. I always reach a point where the fun ends and I just want to get it over with because of the hassle of packing, waiting for all the idiots who hold up customs and disembarkation by not showing up on time and the other idiots who refuse to go down and pay their bar bills. They can make the end of the cruise a miserable experience for alot of people.
Don't you all just hate those people who hold things up because they don't think they should have to settle their accounts when they're supposed to?
Of course there's always a couple of rude loud slobs who think nothing of pushing and hipping their way through the narrow hallways slamming into everyone in their haste to lumber off the ship!
I kinda like to hang back, let everyone else get off the ship, take my time, let the lot clear and then head on out at my leisure.
Georgie - I'm with you. We had a problem on the Rotterdam V, with the whole ship looking for an elderly couple who hadn't paid their bill when the ship docked in Vancouver after our Hawaii cruise.
Eventually they were found - excuse was they weren't getting off the ship, but continuing on an Alaska cruise, so they didn't figure they had to report to the Front Desk. This was after numerous announcements for Mr & Mrs ******* to report to the Front Desk.
Always take a cab to and from airport, (very reasonable). After our 4/17/04 cruise on the Z, we picked up our luggage downstairs and had it transported by a fabulous porter who took us right to a cab. Can't get better than that!! Great trip all around!
I spend months looking forward to a cruise but when I accept the fact that it is over I want to be off the ship and to the airport or to my hotel as quickly as possible. We almost always use a cab to take us to our next destination.
I have found that in many instances the cost for two people is not significantly higher and in some cases less than cruiseline transfers. I do advise that you always compare the two alternatives.
I will admit that I am prejudice because I do not like buses but will use them if the savings are significant.
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