Debarkation Morning. AKA The Very Sad Day.
Our alarm went off really really early. I know they need you off that ship so they can turn around and start letting people on by 12:00pm. But man. Because we had main seating for our dining our final meal was the debarkation morning breakfast at 7:30am. You don’t have to go to this but hey it’s one final meal. It’s also a way to get you moving out of your room. So we got up around 6:30am and packed up our remaining few items, took our carry on bag with us to breakfast and said goodbye to our stateroom. Breakfast was a nice sit down meal with the servers you already tipped and said goodbye to last night. Late dinner seating got a respectable 8:30am breakfast (or 8:45am depending on your dining rotation.)
You also have the option of express walk off, which means you drag your bags with you(and you don’t have to put them outside your room the day before) and that starts at about 8:00am. When we finished breakfast the lobby was FILLED with people waiting for the all clear so they could express walk off the ship. We were not in a hurry so we headed to Cadillac Lounge to hang out. It was pretty quiet in there, and we just sat in the chairs and enjoyed the views out the window. They assign you a character group the night before and it’s the same character that is on your luggage tags. We had Daisy. When your character is called you can head to the door of the ship and exit. We walked off the ship, and could see a host of people at the railing eyeing the ship in excitement, awaiting the moment they can board for their week in Alaska! It was a strange feeling to be the people who were leaving, knowing someone was boarding to take our room. Not in a bad way, it was just strange…. We headed inside the terminal and found our luggage. Even though it is sorted by character and color it was still a short game of wheres the suitcase in the pile of suitcases. They had cast members on hand to assist you in finding your bag. Because we had booked transpiration through Disney back to the airport we followed the signs/instructions to the bus area and boarded the next bus to the airport. We had the new bus driver who got lost, drove around the airport twice, and finally gave up and dropped us off in the pick up area! Disney Cast Members personally walked us through the airport to the check in area where we were supposed to get dropped off. We had to haul all our luggage through elevators and walkways. They had staff to help, and they did make the best out of a situation that they personally had no control over. There were several people on our bus who missed their flight because of the delay getting to the airport. It seems like you might not want to have a flight so close to debarkation in case things like this happen.
We had several hours until our flight. Before the trip we had seriously considered booking a 4 hour hotel room at the Fairmont Airport Hotel. It’s right inside the check in area of the airport, and you can do a half day room which allows you to have a place to relax, shower, use the pool, watch tv, etc if you have a long wait for your flight. We opted for sitting in the check in area with all the rest of the people from our cruise. At the Vancouver airport when we travel you couldn’t check in or go through security and customs until 3 hours before your flight. So we enjoyed some Starbucks, the free wi-fi, and chatted with fellow cruisers about how our trip had gone. Once our check in time came, we checked out bags, went through security and customs and headed into the airport. We grabbed some lunch, it was strange to pay for food again. No more free buffet for us. And waited for our flight.
We had an uneventful trip home. The most amazing vacation was finally over.
Follow along from the beginning: Disney Cruise Alaska Part 1.