Vacating stateroom by 8:00 am on disembarkation day

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#1
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Just off the Star and all cabins were to be vacated by 8:00 am. Wondering if this is true for all Princess cruises. Other cruise lines we could be in our cabin until 9:00. We did not know about the vacated time until after we choose our disembarkation group at 10:00. Needless to say if we would have known about the cabins being vacated at 8:00 we would have choose an earlier disembarkation time.
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We were on the Ruby in early March, 2018, and we were asked to be out of our stateroom by 8:15.
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#3
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Same for Our Celebrity Eclipse Cruise 03/18/18 full breakfast starts at 6:00 AM
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#4
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I've never thought the time to be an issue. It was 8 a.m. on my recent Emerald Princess cruise. In terms of the crew, what they have to do on turn around day, 9 a.m. isn't fair to them. Princess isn't RCI, you can get in your cabin as soon as you board.
#5
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Just off the Caribbean Princess--we were asked to be out by 8:00. The intent is that the crew can get the cabins ready for the next guests. It is MUCH easier if they can prop all the door open, which they are not permitted to do if there are personal belongings in the room. And we all appreciate having the cabins available on embarkation.

On this cruise, people could be seated for breakfast until 8:30 and sit to continue eating till 9:00.

On Disney, regular cabins are 8:00, suites and concierge cabins are 9:00 . They ask that everyone be off the ship by 9, and at 9:15, start the "sweep: to remove any remaining passengers. And they don't have cabins ready when you board.
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That is one of the things I like about HAL. The cabins are ready when you board and you can remain in your cabin until your disembark time is called.
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#8
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It's always been 8am from what I remember. Seeing as I'm a coffee addict I always pack Starbucks "shots," for the final morning as I like coffee as soon as I wake up.
When boarding, we've always gone right to our room which is ready. Usually about 11 to 12.
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#9
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It has been 8 am since we have been cruising with Princess. It allows the cabin steward to have the cabin ready for the next passenger when they board. If you choose a later disembarkation you can be seated in the dining room as late as 8:30 and linger there until 9:30 ish without a problem. By then, most passengers have disembarked and there are plenty of places to relax.
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#10
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Princess has the rooms ready when we board at 11:30am or so. To do that they need us out at the end so they can get the cabin ready for the next group. The cabin steward has always taken great care of us, so I don't mind getting out to help them.
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#12
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The earlier clearing of the cabins is the trade off for being able to get into your cabin at an earlier time on embarkation. Personally I think it is a good trade and am usually ready to head out quickly after breakfast.
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Our vacate times have always been 8am then we usually move from cabin to piazza to relax until it's time to leave. On the last sailing the stewardess came in at 6am giving us all a surprise.
#14
Sydney, Australia
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It's been 8am since I started cruising.

We leave the cabin at 8am, go to the MDR for a leisurely breakfast, then wait in the designated lounge or the Platinum lounge until our disembarkation group is called - we always choose a late disembarkation time.

This worked very well for us yesterday when we disembarked from Diamond in Yokohama - the traffic was reasonably light so the taxi to our Tokyo hotel was cheaper than expected.

I'd much rather have early access to my cabin when boarding my cruise than a later time to leave the cabin on disembarkation day.
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Like the other posters, it has always been 8 AM on all the Princess ships we have sailed. They need the rooms vacated so that the stewards can completely clean the cabins and get them ready for the next cruise pax. We vacate the cabin and go to the MDR for a nice breakfast before departing the ship.
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#17
Battle Ground, WA
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We started cruising in 1992 and even then we had to vacate our cabin by 8:00 am.
Remember how clean and sparkling the ship and your cabin seemed when you boarded? Well, there's no magic wand that made it that way. Every crew member is cleaning, polishing, and changing linens, so the least we can do is stay out of their way.
#18
Chico, California
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We don't really mind the 8:00 AM vacating time. We disembarked on April 1 and selected the latest disembarkation time. We had a leisurely breakfast and then made our way to our disembarkation lounge. We were offered either Wheelhouse or Club Fusion. We went to Club Fusion where there was plenty of room and we took a table in the corner. There was coffee, water, tea, and juice available. I had 2 splits of champagne I had snagged the night before and kept in the refrigerator in the room. I grabbed 2 empty glasses and a third one that I filled with Orange Juice and we enjoyed a couple of Mimosas each while waiting to be called. As we were in the last group to disembark there was no issue with crowds. In return our cabin is ready when we embark. It seemed quite a civilized way to handle things. The airport on the other hand... That was miserable. Airlines are evil.
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#19
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We are always out of the cabin by 8:00 a.m. and head to the platinum elite area. Most of the time off the ship by 9:30 a.m.
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#20
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Originally posted by moki'smommy
It is MUCH easier if they can prop all the door open, which they are not permitted to do if there are personal belongings in the room.
I have left my stuff in the cabin, come back (before 8:00 am) and found the door propped-open, and the steward
no where in sight.

Now I just take my stuff and walk off.

Less risk.
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