Why do all the ships leave on SUNDAY??

Welcome to Cruise Critic! If you'd like to participate on our forums by joining in the conversation, please Register Now! Be sure to visit our FAMOUS Roll Call forums, where you can meet other cruisers sailing with you and share a tour or shore excursion and SAVE MONEY!

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts
BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
All times are GMT -4.
The time now is 09:29 PM.
#1
n/a Posts
Joined
Looking for our next 7 day...I have found 1 ship tht leaves on Saturday...everything else is Sunday. What is up w/ that? Kind of hard on those who have to be back to work on Monday...which I would think is MANY passengers. Is there a reason? Just curious...
#2
Maine
758 Posts
Joined Jan 2005
I'm not really sure why...but I am sure you will get a reply very soon w/ the reasoning behind that!
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature


Disney Wonder 2/17
Norwegian Escape 11/16
Carnival Glory 11/15
Allure of the Seas 11/14
Carnival Breeze 2/13
Emerald Princess 2/10
Mariner of the Seas 03/09
Crown Princess 12/07
Explorer of the Seas 03/07
Carnival Valor 03/05
Carnival Conquest 3/04
#3
LAWTON, MI. USA
6,451 Posts
Joined Jan 2003
Well I guess they had to select a day at sometime or another and Sunday became it. Maybe it has something to do with commercial traffic in the ports. Trust me if they all left on Saturday someone would ask why they all leave on saturdays.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
2133 posts plus whatever shows here


USS RUSHMORE LSD14(MANYTIMES)
10/03 TRIUMPH
10/04 SENSATION(saints & sinners)



Life should not be a journey to the grave with intention of arriving safely in an attractive well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, pretzels in one hand, beer in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming- WOO HOO what a ride!
#4
Georgetown, Kentucky, USA
2,189 Posts
Joined Jun 2000
According to the Carnival brochure, there are a couple of ships that sail out on Saturdays:

Glory ... Saturdays ....Port Canaveral
Conquest ...Sundays...New Orleans
Elation ....Sundays....Galveston
Valor ....Sundays....Miami
Triumph...Saturdays...Miami
Victory...Sundays ...Miami
Liberty...Saturdays...Ft. Lauderdale
Legend...Fridays ... Ft. Lauderdale

With the number of cruise ships sailing from each port, including all cruise lines, the availability of the ship having a place to dock is the main reason. Miami, for instance, can only handle 4 ships at once. Imagine the time needed for each ship to disembark passengers, take on new passengers and supplies. This alone accounts for about 10-hours of a 24-hr day. Doesn't leave much time to do another ship or two.

Hope this helps answer your question.

Bill
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
PROUD MEMBER OF THE WHALE TAIL CLUB (Unofficial Grand Marnier Souffle' Connoisseur)
'95 Fantasy
'97 Ecstacy
'99 Destiny
'00 Paradise (Canceled due to mechanical issues)
'01 Triumph
'01 Imagination (Family cruise)
'02 Inspiration

'04 Adventure of the Seas
'04 Rhapsody of the Seas

'05 Victory
'05 Elation
'06 Glory (PLATINUM MEMBER now)

'07 Liberty
'08 Freedom
'09 Fascination
'10 Fantasy
'12 Spirit (15-day to Hawaii)
'13 Fantasy (Family Cruise)
'14 Pride
'15 Freedom (Retirement Celebration Cruise)
'15 Dream
'16 Valor
At Sea Count: 130 Days!!!
#5
Pittsburgh, PA
1,994 Posts
Joined Mar 2003
Originally posted by djklove
Looking for our next 7 day...I have found 1 ship tht leaves on Saturday...everything else is Sunday. What is up w/ that? Kind of hard on those who have to be back to work on Monday...which I would think is MANY passengers. Is there a reason? Just curious...
But leaving on Saturday when I have to work on Friday (which I think would be many passengers too) is just as difficult isn't it? We are driving from Pittsburgh to NYC on a Friday night after work to take a Saturday sail on the Triumph. I don't see a difference in Saturday/Sunday - it gets you either coming or going.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Joyce (email me here )

June 2002 Pacific Princess - Bermuda
June 2003 Grand Princess - Western Caribbean
November 2003 Dawn Princess - Southern Caribbean
April 2004 Coral Princess - Panama Canal
December 2004 Dawn Princess - Southern Caribbean
September 2005 Carnival Triumph New England/Canada
December 2005 Coral Princess Panama Canal
October 27, 2006 Crown Princess - NY to San Juan Repositioning Cruise
December 22, 2006 Coral Princess - Eastern Caribbean
December 10, 2007 Coral Princess - Panama Canal
December 20, 2008 Emerald Princess - Sailing the Caribbean
November 30, 2009 Island Princess - Panama Canal
December 30, 2010 Crown Princess - New Years Eve in the Caribbean
November 19, 2011 Royal Caribbean Voyager of the Seas - Thanksgiving in the Caribbean
January 8, 2012 Island Princess - Panama Canal




#6
Evergreen, Colorado
1,145 Posts
Joined Sep 2004
I find sailings out on Sunday to be easier. I can fly to the port on Saturday, spend the night and sail out on Sunday. When the ship returns on Sunday, I just get a flight home on Sunday. It is not necessary for me to take any extra time off. (I am mentally off for about the next 3 weeks trying to recover from the cruise and getting back to reality. )
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Colorado Juli


#7
Katy, Texas USA
3,638 Posts
Joined Sep 2002
I think that I'd prefer a saturday departure just so I have a day of rest upon my return. Cruising is not relaxing to me, so I NEED a rest before going back to work. I love to cruise, but it's just a non stop vacation and I have trouble keeping up!
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Proud Member of the ETDC since 2006

Carnival Destiny 10/04 (Southern Caribbean)
http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=96066 (My Review)
http:[email protected]/(My Pictures)
Carnival Victory 10/02 (Eastern Caribbean)
Celebrity Mercury 9/98 (Alaska)
Carnival Destiny 9/97 (Western Caribbean)
#8
Urbana, OH
1,685 Posts
Joined Jun 2004
Our next cruise departs on 9 MAY 05, which is a Monday, and back into port, on the following Saturday.

Matt
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Fantasy Sep 99
Fantasy May 02
NCL Spirit Aug 04 Alaska
Inspiration May 05
Legend May 07
Glory Oct 08
Dream Oct 10
Pride Apr 12


#9
St Louis MO USA
531 Posts
Joined Dec 2002
We took Spirit to Alaska last Summer and it left Vancouver mid week which worked out good for us as it gave us 4 days in the interior of Alaska before flying back to the lower 48!
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
www.geocities.com/warrnhu/wars/knight8.gif
Cunard Countess 9/83
Big Red Boat 10/95
Conquest 3/03
Carnival Spirit 8/04
Carnival Destiny 3/05
#10
Chicago IL USA
649 Posts
Joined Oct 2001
Personally, coming out of metro Chicago w/ all the bad weather 6+ mon/year and frequent (don't have to pay for cancelled/weather or mechanical delayed flights) "mechanical" problems of the airlines and thus I prefer to have at least a 1 day leaway to make the ship. I can always tourist, beach, pool, or shop in my embarcation port. Therefore, I tend to prefer ships leaving on Sunday. Also w/ connedtions at lplaces Port Canaveral via Orlando it is almost a requirement or drive yourself nuts situation. Even w/ FLL/MIA flights the estra day is helpful. My staff at work very well know I will be back on Mon in body if not "real" mind. In actual fact, I have taken several days post cruise to do the tourist thing and generally save a bunch on air by traveling mid-week. Vacation w/ a 7 day cruise is NEVER less than 8 days and often 10/more. The advantage of having worked for the same company 15 years and having 21 vacations days I guess.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Holly

M/S Boheme 11/69
Rhapsody 2/77?
Azure Sea 3/89
Panama Canal 11/90
Mexican Riviera 3/98
Carnival Triumph 12/99
Carnival Spirit 12/01
NCL Dream 11/17/02
Celebrity Mercury 6/1/03
carnival Victory 3/28/04
NCL Jewel 11/27/05
#11
IA
8,916 Posts
Joined Nov 2004
it just so happens that we planned our cruise the week prior to Memorial Day, so we come home Sunday and automatically have Monday (Memorial Day) off to recover.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
2005 Carnival Valor-Eastern Caribbean
Photos:http://community.webshots.com/user/mamaparrothead
Review:http://www.cruisecritic.com/memberreviews/memberreview.cfm?EntryID=11464
2006 Vacation at the Jersey Shore with the kids
2007 Carnival Triumph-Western Caribbean
Photos:http://family.webshots.com/album/558943066QVrRjR
Review:http://www.cruisecritic.com/memberreviews/memberreview.cfm?EntryID=28447
2008 Vacation in the Rockies with the fam
2009 Carnival Glory- Western Caribbean
Photos:http://travel.webshots.com/album/575827622MeXRtX
Review:http://www.cruisecritic.com/memberreviews/memberreview.cfm?EntryID=60327
2011 Carnival Liberty- Eastern Caribbean
Photos:http://community.webshots.com/album/579557173JsjmiL
Review:http://www.cruisecritic.com/memberreviews/memberreview.cfm?EntryID=77429
2012 Carnival Freedom-8 Day Eastern
Review: http://www.cruisecritic.com/memberre...EntryID=111082
Photos: http://s1339.beta.photobucket.com/us...uise%2011-3-12

2013 Carnival Breeze Exotic Southern Caribbean
REVIEW: http://www.cruisecritic.com/v-1/memb...EntryID=230123

2015 Adventure of the Seas- 8-Day Southern Caribbean

#12
7,924 Posts
Joined Nov 2002
There are pros and cons to both Saturday departures and Sunday. Right now, I like Sunday because we like to go down the day before but don't like taking the kids out of school to do so. Our next cruise will be on the Miracle which leaves on Sunday. I'm not thrilled about having to get right back to school and work on the Monday after but at least travelling down the day before isn't a conflict with school.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
HEIDI




PAST CRUISES:
Carnival Dream 02/17
Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas 02/16 "Cupid's V" group cruise
Norwegian Epic 05/16
Carnival Breeze 02/14 CC group cruise "Cupid's IV"
Grand Princess 01/13
Carnival Freedom 02/12 CC group cruise "Cupid's III"
Carnival Spirit 02/10 CC group cruise "Cupid's II"
Carnival Liberty 12/07
Carnival Miracle 03/06
Carnival Pride 03/03
Carnival Holiday 03/87
Carnival Festivale 07/85
#13
n/a Posts
Joined
Originally posted by bjboothman
But leaving on Saturday when I have to work on Friday (which I think would be many passengers too) is just as difficult isn't it? We are driving from Pittsburgh to NYC on a Friday night after work to take a Saturday sail on the Triumph. I don't see a difference in Saturday/Sunday - it gets you either coming or going.
You are so right, LOL. I know it isn't all ships that leave on Sunday, but most of the ones I am looking at do. Just wondered if there was a reason, or if they just picked a day and went with it. I wonder if all those port authority people get time and a half, lol. On our last cruise, DH and I were laughing at how the port authority people probably go from absolutely nothing going on to total chaos as soon as that ship arrives
#14
Beautiful Gulf Coast Fl
481 Posts
Joined Feb 2005
Ours is leaving out on Monday April11th.
I have been on other cruise lines that leave on Monday or Tuesday
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
8-16---------Carnival Paradise-- Cozumel
2-14---------Celebrity Equinox--S. Caribbean
2-13--------Carnival Ecstasy
3-11--------Celebrity Equinox--S. Caribbean
2-09--------Carnival Freedom---Panama Canal
1-08--------Carnival Sensation--Bahamas
9-06--------Carnival Sensation--Bahamas
2-06--------Princess Coral--Panama
4-05--------Carnival Holiday-Western Caribbean
2-04--------Princess Sun---S. America
7-03--------RCCL Sovereign Of The Sea-Bahamas
2-03--------HAL Noordam----S. America
2-02--------Celebrity Summit-Panama
5-99--------Carnival Imagination-W. Caribbean

11-19-07 GRAND CAYMAN--THANKSGIVING WEEK--SUNSET HOUSE--LIFE IS SHORT[color=darkslategray]--DIVE MORE[/COLOR
#15
North Carolina
25,300 Posts
Joined Jan 2004
Oh...just take Monday off!!!!
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
"I cruise because that's where the ocean is" ~~ CC Member- sparks1093



Carnival: Celebration 5/1991~ Holiday 2/2003~ Miracle 6/2004~ Inspiration 3/2007~ Legend 3/2008~ Fantasy 11/2008~ Miracle 8/2009~ Triumph 2/2010~ Liberty 12/2010~ CCL Freedom 11/2011~ Spirit 4/2012 and DONE
Celebrity: Infinity 11/2006
Royal Caribbean: Explorer of The Seas 9/08~ Serenade Of The Seas 9/14 ~Serenade Of The Seas 01/16
Norwegian: Spirit 11/2007~ Sky 2/2009~ Star 3/2009~ Dawn 11/2009~ Dawn 1/2011~ Dawn 9/2012~ Sun 2/2013~ Sun 2/2014~ Breakaway 6/2015~ Star 9/2015~ Jade 1/17

"I was born in the sign of water, and it's there that I feel my best"~~ Glenn Shorrock
#16
connecticut
344 Posts
Joined Nov 2004
ok, i want everyone to stop crying, i got you all beat on this one....lol, i leave on my trip in june and the triumph leaves on a thursday and return on a monday in new york. i was trying work my vacation the best way i can with my boss and co-workers. CRAZY!!!
#17
651 Posts
Joined Jan 2005
Originally posted by ColoradoJuli
I find sailings out on Sunday to be easier. I can fly to the port on Saturday, spend the night and sail out on Sunday. When the ship returns on Sunday, I just get a flight home on Sunday. It is not necessary for me to take any extra time off. (I am mentally off for about the next 3 weeks trying to recover from the cruise and getting back to reality. )
I agree. Flying out on Saturday is much easier, for us...then we can head home on Sunday and return to work on Monday....since we must work to pay for cruising!!
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Suse






#18
phila, pa
51,760 Posts
Joined Jul 2000
The Liberty sails on Sunday but comes back on Saturday.

Going on a sunday allows me to go down the day before. (cant do that for a saturday cruise. But I am researching for next August and I find most ships leaving on a Saturday anyways.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Next up-- Disney WOrld Dec 5, 2016 Carnival Vista- February 2017 Disney WOrld May 7, 2017 Disney World 8/17

. o ..
o . o o.o
...oo
__[]__
__|_o_o_o\__
""""""""""/
. .. . /
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
#19
Iowa
6,014 Posts
Joined Jan 2005
Mine's leaving on a Monday too.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Inspiration 1/2/06 - First cruise!
Carnival Legend 10/28/07 - Halloween on the high seas.
Carnival Legend 1/25/09 - Mom's birthday trip and first balcony cabin.
Carnival Legend 10/24/10 - Halloween x2!
Carnival Legend 1/27/13 - Upgrade to an extended balcony
Carnival Glory 11/1/14 - New adventures await!
#20
251 Posts
Joined Apr 2003
As a travel professional, I can tell you one reason for so many Sunday departures is for the honeymooners. Most people still get married on Saturdays, and want to leave on their honeymoon the next day. I personally also prefer to leave on a Saturday, so I can get home and have a rest day before back to work on Monday.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Bon Voyage,
Mary