Getting off a cruise ship at the final port can be a dreadful process, but Princess Cruises claims to have the cure.
Princess recently announced that it is doing away with the customary way of disembarking passengers at the end of the cruise. This process involves assigning each passenger a color code, then forcing everyone to get up unspeakably early and gather in public areas. Passengers must wait – sometimes for hours – before their color code is announced over the PA system and they may leave the ship.
It’s a crowded, noisy, boring process. I’ve tried everything I can to cope with it – bringing a book and sitting out on the deck sometimes helps. But it’s never fun.
Princess says that it has begun a new process. Passengers are assigned a meeting place and time the night before disembarkation. All they have to do is show up in the morning, and a crew member will escort them off the ship.
This is the first I’ve heard of this, but according to Cruise Critic, Norwegian already had a similar system.
Sounds like a great improvement. I hope other cruise lines adopt it.