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Old 04-26-2018, 01:33 AM   #811
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Quite a disembarkation process and seems a bit unorganized with the elevator situation and the chaos with the throngs of people! My experience on The Magic is it couldn't of been any smoother as I was off in no time. Just had to wait about ten minutes in line for immigration.
We've had much smoother disembarkation than this. This was definitely the worst experience in recent years - previously I'd have said when we had to get up early to clear customs was the worst, as you had such an early start on your last day. Usually Disney are so much better than this. Sadly not this day.

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As we've now disembarked the Wonder, the trip report has come to an end in this forum, but it's certainly not the end of the trip. We're on our way to Disney World and have another six days there, so I hope to see you back in the Walt Disney World trip reports forum.
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That definitely did not sound like a magical disembarkment. I hope all goes well getting to the airport as it sounded like a stressful morning with the elevators.
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Ok, you've just completely put me off ever doing a Panama canal cruise. Is it usually that bad? I thought the whole "get the foreigners gathered together as if they're second class citizens" (can you tell how much we hated that? ) had gone out with the ark. I only remember doing it on our inaugural cruise in 2004 and it really spoilt things for us, as it was a horrible ending to the cruise, having to be up stupidly early.

You've also put me off buying any liquor during our cruise, although then again at least in September we have an overnight stay in Quebec City, so hopefully that might make things easier if we do decide to get something. I might have to ask how that will work, just in case we see anything we like the look of...
Oh, please don't let this horrible ending make you not take a PC cruise. The rest of the cruise was quite good. As to the liquor, just don't go at the beginning of the time allotted (7-9 for us). After standing in line for about 30 minutes at the start, we gave up and headed to breakfast, then came back. By then, most had been picked up and it went much faster. The poor "lower class cattle call" was slated to start at 6:45 am. I know some stood in line for an hour or so. I don't know how smoothly it ran on the inside, but the ship was cleared by 8:15. Of course, the crew members were having to do it as well, but probably in a different location. They had been assigned times to report, according to our server. If they would do that with the guests as well, it might run a bit smoother. I don't recall ever seeing that on other cruises. Maybe it is only on repositioning voyages. I don't know.
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Oh, please don't let this horrible ending make you not take a PC cruise. The rest of the cruise was quite good. As to the liquor, just don't go at the beginning of the time allotted (7-9 for us). After standing in line for about 30 minutes at the start, we gave up and headed to breakfast, then came back. By then, most had been picked up and it went much faster. The poor "lower class cattle call" was slated to start at 6:45 am. I know some stood in line for an hour or so. I don't know how smoothly it ran on the inside, but the ship was cleared by 8:15. Of course, the crew members were having to do it as well, but probably in a different location. They had been assigned times to report, according to our server. If they would do that with the guests as well, it might run a bit smoother. I don't recall ever seeing that on other cruises. Maybe it is only on repositioning voyages. I don't know.
It's definitely something I'd ask before booking any Panama canal cruise. I hope it's not an early start for us foreigners on a repositioning cruise, as that could mean us when we get to NYC on the Transatlantic cruise in September. Ugh.
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I was totally surprised that Palo was not up to its usual excellence. But as you said, it was better than the alternative. Not a relaxing way to start your day with that disembarkation.
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I was totally surprised that Palo was not up to its usual excellence. But as you said, it was better than the alternative. Not a relaxing way to start your day with that disembarkation.
No it wasn't - it was a rude return to reality.
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Monday 15 January – part six: the infamous story of the “Dublin 33”


There was one woman on our tour who happily told us all about the experience they’d had at Dublin. Apparently the ship had left behind people on a Disney tour, which I’ve never heard of before. She said it became infamous on board and the people were known as the “Dublin 33” as there were 33 of them. The tide was going out and the decision was taken to leave. They were apparently repatriated with the ship at 5:00am the next morning.

Now we all said to her on a number of occasions that if they were on a Disney organised excursion, that shouldn’t have happened, but she was adamant. I will say that, since then, I have Googled this, trying to find some confirmation for it, and frankly I can’t, so I’m taking her story with a pinch of salt. It may well be that the “Dublin 33” were on a non-Disney tour, I don’t know, but without some independent confirmation, I’m not 100% sure I believe her. Let’s just say that telling this story as we were frantically heading back to the dock wasn’t exactly reassuring to the rest of the group.



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I never did read this report and I wanted to try and cram as much as I could today before the boards shut down...I am going out of San Juan in Jan and I knew you would have pictures....and you did not disappoint!


The Dublin 33 is true....I had friends on that cruise. Those people were bused to the next port...and they had no sleep, unless they slept on the bus.
Disney (and most other cruise lines) guarantee they get you back to the ship...but if the ship leaves, then they have to get you to the next port at their expense....which is another good reason to have a passport.
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I never did read this report and I wanted to try and cram as much as I could today before the boards shut down...I am going out of San Juan in Jan and I knew you would have pictures....and you did not disappoint!
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Disney (and most other cruise lines) guarantee they get you back to the ship...but if the ship leaves, then they have to get you to the next port at their expense....which is another good reason to have a passport.
Oh my goodness!
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I got to finish this up today! So happy the board is still up. You had 2 different ports than we will have but I got a good idea about the Wonder and San Juan. Thanks so much!
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