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Old 04-26-2018, 12:33 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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That one lady who wouldn't let Mark on needs to be put in her place! Too bad Cabana's menu was a bit limited, but shouldn't be a surprise on the last day.
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Old 04-26-2018, 12:38 AM   #812
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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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