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Hi guys, does anyone know if you can nominate an early disembarkation with Carnival. Cruise gets back in to Sydney @6:30 am and I need to catch an International Flight @ 11:00 am so really need to be off the ship by say 8:00 am

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As long as the ship gets in on schedule and you opt for self debarkation you’ll be off by 8. 

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I would post on the Carnival board to see what the experience of others has been like.

 

Keith

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Our Royzl Caribbean gets in at 6:30 and have opted to stay over 1 nt as it appears to be a 45 min drive from where we dock to the airport without traffic.  Decided that was too close for checkin for an international flt. Good luck.

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1 hour ago, njkruzer said:

Our Royzl Caribbean gets in at 6:30 and have opted to stay over 1 nt as it appears to be a 45 min drive from where we dock to the airport without traffic.  Decided that was too close for checkin for an international flt. Good luck.

 

We have made the same decision.  No sense racing from the terminal to the airport.  Sydney opens international check-in lines about 3 hours before departure and our experience is that there is always a queue.  After you are checked in their are security and immigration lines to get through along with a long walk through the terminal area filled with duty free that you have to pass through to get to your gate.  Plus it is one more day we avoid coming home to winter.  :classic_biggrin:

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On 6/19/2019 at 2:07 PM, OHCruisinDad said:

 

We have made the same decision.  No sense racing from the terminal to the airport.  Sydney opens international check-in lines about 3 hours before departure and our experience is that there is always a queue.  After you are checked in their are security and immigration lines to get through along with a long walk through the terminal area filled with duty free that you have to pass through to get to your gate.  Plus it is one more day we avoid coming home to winter.  :classic_biggrin:

 

Sydney now has electronic check in - the queues are much smaller than they used to be at the airport customs.  In fact, last time I went straight through.  If you are disembarking in Circular Quay there is a line for customs getting off the ship.  There is a train from Circular Quay direct to the airport - it takes 20 minutes so your timeline is doable. 😉 The road time is extended due to traffic hassles that takes time to get through any time of the day - it would be so much longer in  morning  rush hour.

 

Edited by Janet&Carl

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I'm not disembarking  in Sydney, but know some cruisers who will be.  So it's good to know there's an alternative to taxis to the airport for people who can manage their own (sometimes substantial) cruise luggage.  To take the train, where do people arriving at the overseas international terminal (not White Bay, where some cruises disembark) go?  Would it be the train station, I assume, or light rail? If people have a lot of luggage (often common on long cruises!) is it possible to get there without too much trouble/time from the port terminal?

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The train to the airport is easy to catch from Circular Quay railway station but you do have to be able to lift/pull your luggage on to the train. As you enter the train there is an area with some seating along the sides which is great to use as you can put your luggage in front of you. Otherwise the cruise line may have shuttles to the airport or you can catch a taxi which are readily available from the OPT. We usually catch the train if disembarking at the OPT.

 

Leigh

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21 hours ago, IWantToLiveOverTheSea said:

I'm not disembarking  in Sydney, but know some cruisers who will be.  So it's good to know there's an alternative to taxis to the airport for people who can manage their own (sometimes substantial) cruise luggage.  To take the train, where do people arriving at the overseas international terminal (not White Bay, where some cruises disembark) go?  Would it be the train station, I assume, or light rail? If people have a lot of luggage (often common on long cruises!) is it possible to get there without too much trouble/time from the port terminal?

 

Circular Quay train station is a short walk from the OPT. This is what the view from the train platform looks like:

 

https://www.dreamstime.com/view-sydney-harbour-bridge-cruise-ship-circular-quay-station-australia-december-image128758365

 

There are lifts at the station to take you from ground level to the platforms. It's not difficult to take on a few pieces of luggage, but a lot of luggage might be too much of a handful.

 

There will be a light rail system opening up at Circular Quay in December, but it won't go to the airport.

 

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