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Old July 23rd, 2009, 01:32 AM
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Default Can anyone help - how do MSC sort the disembarktion routine?

Hi, we are sailing on the spendida in November (and the orchestra earlier in October) and are having a lot of trouble getting any info from MSC regarding disembarktion routine and times.

Do you know how this process is managed for those who have on-going flights?? We have been told to just ask once on board the ship but are concerned we wont be off in time to get to the airport, but think they will want everyone off pretty quickly for turn-around.

Do they give people times (even approx) so there is some order to getting off the ship in time for flights?? We are getting off in Barcelona and think we arrive in port at 7 or 8am.

In the pacific everyone is allocated a colour category that gives you an approx time and those with plans/flights get off first

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Old July 31st, 2009, 02:02 PM
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Like you said, MSC hands out colour coded cards. If you have an early flight, just leave early, your bagage will already be on shore. On the other hand, you could reduce your risk (and have another day of vacation) by staying overnight and going to the airport the next day. More restful, too.
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Old July 31st, 2009, 05:56 PM
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Hi there,
So do msc have colour coding too?? The system I was talking about is with the P & O line.

We are unable on one of our cruises to stay an extra night and need to get from the port in Barcelona to Madrid. We are holding off booking this flight as we dont know what time we will be able to disembark.

Have you been on their cruises and can just get off when you want and if you have an on going flight, will they get you off first then? Coming in at 7am to Barcelona, Im hoping we could be off the ship by ??10am??

Any thoughts appreciated!
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Old September 26th, 2009, 12:41 PM
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Sorry, we’ve been away quite some time, but at least you have not yet left (?) for your October trip.

MSC have colour coding too?? --> YES.


Have you been on their cruises --> YES


can you get off when you want --> YES, once the ship has cleared port. They do NOT strictly enforce the colour codes. Or, you just ask for an early disembarkation, due to flights, and they’ll give it to you.

Coming in at 7am to Barcelona, Im hoping we could be off the ship by ??10am?? --> IF the ship actually docks at 0700, it’s almost 100% certain you’ll be off by 1000. They want you off quickly, so they can turn things around for the oncoming passengers,,
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