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We stepped off the Paradise on 10/01 and debarkation was a breeze. We were self-assist with FTTF and were directed to wait in the Normandie until our group was called. It truly couldn't have gone any smoother.

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I wonder if those who want to get on the ship as early as possible are the same people that are in a hurry to get off.

 

Absolutely!

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Realize that every sailing is going to be different, so a couple of "bad" experiences doesn't mean it happens that way every single time. Small sample size, you know?!

 

I also believe the CD has an impact.

 

And also realize that often the crew members doing the directing are members of the entertainment/casino/shop staffs. Those people are expected to assist in all sorts of activities that aren't really their "thing" and I personally think most aren't happy about having these additional duties.

 

I'm doing carry-on only for my next cruise (just 6 nights) and will do self-assist disembark in Miami to catch a shuttle back to FLL. I rarely do self-assist. Last couple of times (not counting Vista in Barcelona), I did the "regular" #1 and the line of people that we passed who were dragging their huge cases was ridiculous. They probably could've requested a low number tag and been off the ship faster and not have had to wrestle with their bags. Always see poor little kids dragging bags that are bigger than they are.

 

It would help if cruisers learned to pack lighter, too. I keep thinking I'm getting there, and still find myself packing things I don't use/need. :p

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We were on the Breeze in late August and they had the debarkation down to an art form for self assist.

 

We received our Platinum letter requesting we meet in the main showroom. We got there and Platinum was seated on one side of the room, and FTTF in the middle. When it was time to leave the ship, they started with Platinum/Diamond row by row. Only when Platinum/Diamond were finished, they were going to let the FTTF out.

 

It was organized and efficient.

 

We have the Splendor coming up in a couple of weeks. Lets see how that goes.

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Duck Down, I just got off Splendor a month ago in Miami, and debarkation was very well done. I was zone two, and was off the ship and through customs by 8am. There was no cramming of spaces and hallways, clear sailing so to speak. I also believe that the ease of debarkation has a lot to with the cruise director and management/communications. Last year off the Victory in Miami, was a different story....sheer chaos! This year off Splendor was very easy. Enjoy Splendor, very nice ship.

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Oh the horrors, this is why we get off the ship at last call usually around 9:30-10. Why would you carry your own bags? I never understand people schlepping their bags all over the ship, unless you have a super early flight, which we never do.

 

We typically have a long drive home and want to hit the road as early as possible so we take our bags off ourselves.

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We have been platinum and now diamond for some years and about a third of the time they put us in a room and kind of forget about us when debarkation starts.

 

Never have been asked to carry our luggage down any steps. Usually have us wait on floor we debark on.

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