Posted August 22nd, 2006, 08:41 PM
You will love this trip and I wish you good fortune on your weather as we had. I just looked at my pictures again today and what another treat of memories.
To answer your questions:
We were one of the earlier ones off the ship. We had an 11:00 am departure from the Rio airport (GIG) to Iguassu Falls (IGU) --Brazil side. This was via Tam Airlines.
Prior to docking in Rio the ship will send information to you on departure times and you can choose when you want to depart the ship. Just tell them. We set an 8:00 departure time, but Peter, our guide the day before, told us we wouldn't need that much time, but being a little uncertain, I said 8:30. The van was there at 8:30 and we were in the airport in PLENTY of time. The traffic going that way was "nothing."
You are already docked so the ship doesn't have to do all that in the morning. In fact, if you just had carry-on's you could get off anytime!!! You retrieve your passport the day before I think.
We had no problem clearing immigration the day of departure. We just walked off the ship. I think this is because that since we spent the entire day before in Rio all that paperwork between authorities had been completed. (I had read in previous posts of a year or two ago that people were held on the ship because of immigration---someone said this was just to be ornery--I don't know---but we had NO problems.
Hope this helps.