Posted April 24th, 2018, 09:24 AM
Most people taking all of their luggage off of the ship will be moving slower than people with only carry-on luggage.Maybe...or perhaps the idea was that those taking off their own luggage didn't have to wait while the crew unloaded the luggage for the first groups who had put luggage out the night before. It provided a way for those who needed or wanted to be off early to do it.
Princess designed the disembarkation schedule with the ideas that (a) those wanting to carry off their own luggage were doing so so they could leave the ship before the ship could have luggage unloaded into the terminal and (b) that those carrying off their own luggage would be moving slower and thus wanted these passengers to all disembark and be off of the passageways before the rest of the passengers started disembakation.
So although you could disembark later along with those not taking all of their luggage with them, that was not the intent of the program.
I'm not a bit sure that those rolling their own luggage are moving slower. True, they are likely to be rolling a bigger case than others, but I don't see myself being slower when rolling my 25 inch case than when rolling my carry on. Hopefully people who are not physically able to roll their own luggage would not choose this option. I've seen plenty of people on Princess who can barely walk or can't move quickly without any luggage...whether they put luggage out or not, they won't be moving at any significant speed.
Point--I don't see the self disembarkation option early as a way Princess designed to allow these individuals to be slower than others, and in most cases I don't think they are. I see it as a way to get those who need to be off early an option to do so, while crew is still unloading luggage for the early "groups." If someone rolling their own bags stays on board till 9am, that will take up elevator space and make life a bit crowded in the breakfast venues.