Day 8 – Our last day and debarkation. We were up and having breakfast in the Lido deck by 9 a.m. We were still pulling into the port of Baltimore. After the ship cleared customs, then Carnival started the debarkation process. It was a smooth process. They offer a self-assist option for those that want to get off first. The only catch is that you have to take your own luggage off yourself. The standard debarkation process has the crew take your luggage off. The only drawback is the night before; you have to leave your luggage outside your door before midnight. So make sure you don’t pack all your clothes because you’ll need something to wear the next day. Once you get off the ship and clear customs, you go into the warehouse where your luggage is lined up in rows and then you just have to search to find it. Ellen had the brilliant idea of doing the self assist option. We will NEVER do that again. We had trolleys for our luggage, but with the ramps and trying to get the carts over the ramps made it somewhat problematic. We’ll be doing the standard debarkation next time. The one advantage to the self assist option was we were on the road by 11 a.m. heading home and home by 12:30 p.m. That is also the advantage of taking a cruise from Baltimore. It is so convenient for us and we don’t have to worry about flying and paying for extra luggage aboard the plane and the hassle of airport parking, flying, transfers to/from the port.
I hope you enjoyed reading about our travels this past week and you have gained some insight into cruising. Feel free to leave comments as we’d love to hear your feedback. Hopefully these little bits of information will help you on any future travels you decide to make on Carnival Cruise line.