Enjoyed your experience? Most major cruise lines offer significant savings and additional perks for those who book their next cruise before you even leave the ship. In many cases, you don't need to choose a particular sailing on-the-spot; a minimal deposit will do the trick to secure your place on a future cruise. So, if you're having fun and foresee yourself sailing again with the cruise line, it's to your advantage to visit the onboard cruise consultant and start making plans for your next cruise. (Should we add a sentence saying that if they book on board their originating travel agent will receive credit/commission? Some consumers may wonder about this)
Porters will retrieve your luggage the night before the day of departure and transport it off the ship for you to obtain shipside.
Closing Your Onboard Account
Any charges (bar drinks, spa services, babysitting, etc.) you made to your shipboard account and any tips your cruise line levies will be charged to the credit card you presented at the time of boarding. There are other options to pay these charges, but many cruise lines have gone to a cashless system where charging the credit card is easier for both the cruise line and passenger.
Disembarkation is a process of getting hundreds or thousands of people off the ship in a safe and expedient manner. You will be assigned a disembarkation time based on your need to get off the ship (i.e. impending flight home) or on your status in your cruise line's loyalty program. Those with physical needs will have priority. Also, you may have to clear customs if the ship traveled outside your country's waters. Remember, the cruise line staff is trying to process numerous passengers off the ship, so patience is key.