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Under regular Debarkation, You leave your bags outside your state room the night before abd the cruise staff takes your bags. The next morning they call each deck to leave the ship. You claim your luggage in the terminal and proceed through customs.


Under Self Debark, you are responsible for keeping your bags in your state room the night before and then YOU drag them off the ship and into customs.


We have done it both ways depending on where we are parked. Sometimes it is faster, sometimes it doesn't matter. It really depends on how heavily you pack and whether you are OK with dragging all your luggage.

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I never been able to break that code! Some ships it seems to start that way then they use some sort of chicken blood and tea leaf formula to confuse you!:D


Anymore, I consider it part of tha vacation and just kick back and relax until we're called. We've actually had some pretty fun conversations recapping our crusie with others waiting to be called!


The only really long wait was our last cruise on the Glory. they had a Bomb threat called into the terminal and so NOBODY left the ship. But even then...I would rather they honor the threat and keep people secure than ignore it for my comfort. On that day, we had a hilarious discussion with the guy sitting next to us...so it made the time waiting more tolerable.


By the way, under normal debarkation, they will give you an area of the ship to assemble and wait to be called. this is to get you out of the stateroom so the stewards have achance to get them cleaned/ready for the next guests.


We usually get up and go for Bfast, then go back to the stateroom and gather our carryons and head for the assembly area...just bring a good book and something for the kids to do.

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No kids to entertain, except me and my friend. I just worry about the stories I've heard about waiting forever and barely making your flight. I booked mine @ 2:15 so I think it won't be a problem.


I went on a cruise with my cousin a couple years ago and actually had the cabin steward ask me to wake him up so he could clean the room. Of course he sleeps like a bear, so I couldn't wake him up. He eventually found me about 20 mins before we got off.


Thanks for the help!:D

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