this is going to be our first cruise. Could anyone tell me how long it takes to get off the ship the last day. This is important because we are being picked up and I need to give an idea of the pick up time.
We are going on Graduer of the sea and the port is in Baltimore.
Thanks for any help,
No one is allowed off of the ship until the ship has cleared customs. After that, you are called by the color of your luggage tag. The best thing to do if the people who are picking you up live in the Baltimore area, is to be in touch by cell phone when the ship docks.
I just got off of Mariner yesterday. We had to be out of our rooms by 8am and sat around until 1015 till our color was called (we were about 2/3 thru the list). Customs/Border patrol went really quick...maybe 5 minutes. Getting baggage took maybe 10-15 minutes. Then we had to wait to be picked up. Hitched a ride with another carrier running past our hotel and were loaded up by 1115 or so.
Be sure to fill out and turn in a departure form and they should put you in one of the first categories. People with flights and shore excursions get off first.
What if you don't have an early flight but something you have to get to on time later on the return date. Will they accomodate you? We will be getting off in NYC & I hear it is a very mad scene but not quite as bad as Bayonne..
You cannot tell them you have an early flight unless you really do. I just got off the Grandeur and they tell you if you are flying you must go and show them your airline ticket. We had priority departure (Platinum members) and didn't get out of the port until 11:30.