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    MSC shows what can be done

    We are in Dubai today, it is the main turn round day, we were part of the 150 guests who boarded in Abu Dhabi, for the others Dubai is the home port.

    Guests on overnight flights were being boarded as they arrived from the airport and directed to the buffet for breakfast, this is all guests not just the YC.

    At 10.00 they announced that all cabins were ready, impressive performance in my opinion.

    As I say above, it shows what can be done

    John

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    Originally posted by Haworth, Wokingham View Post
    We are in Dubai today, it is the main turn round day, we were part of the 150 guests who boarded in Abu Dhabi, for the others Dubai is the home port.

    Guests on overnight flights were being boarded as they arrived from the airport and directed to the buffet for breakfast, this is all guests not just the YC.

    At 10.00 they announced that all cabins were ready, impressive performance in my opinion.

    As I say above, it shows what can be done

    John
    Very impressive. Cunard can turn a whole ship round a couple of hours later. I think that's pretty impressive too.

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      #3
      The problem is that when ships have 5,000-6,000 passengers to embark or disembark, it's going to take half a day! It would seem to be a fact of life.
      See my cruise blog: HERE

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        #4
        MSC Splendida is a 3900 passenger ship.

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          #5
          we find this one of the benefits of having embarkation at multiple ports too.

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            #6
            We were one of those arriving at Dubai (Jan 7 2018) after a night flight. Absolutely delighted with quick transfer, easy check in and cabin ready at 1030 ( napping by 1100). Luggage was a couple of hours later, but that's good for most cruise lines.

            Worth noting though that return flights are early so needed to leave cabin at 0300 for transfer - full buffet available from 0330.

            Arrival back in UK early afternoon but late evening body time.

            Cheers

            Tony B

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              #7
              Our luggage beat us to the room and that's a first,

              We are lucky in that we have a flight at 12.10 from Dubai to Hearhrow so don't need to leave until around 08.00

              John

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                #8
                What time did the ship dock, people vacate their cabins and gett off the ship?

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                  #9
                  It arrived the day before, many people fly in overnight, see post by Toshtosh, they still turned the cabins round ready for their guests on arrival, a service for the paying customer, not arrive when we tell you, some companies sailing from Southampton could take note.

                  John

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                    Originally posted by Haworth, Wokingham View Post
                    It arrived the day before, many people fly in overnight, see post by Toshtosh, they still turned the cabins round ready for their guests on arrival, a service for the paying customer, not arrive when we tell you, some companies sailing from Southampton could take note.

                    John
                    On my MSC repo which terminated in Dubai, disembarkation cycle was 24 hours. The Germans got off first and the Brits last.

                    Annie

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by Haworth, Wokingham View Post
                      It arrived the day before, many people fly in overnight, see post by Toshtosh, they still turned the cabins round ready for their guests on arrival, a service for the paying customer, not arrive when we tell you, some companies sailing from Southampton could take note.

                      John
                      I bet enough of those cabins were emptying well before the 7-9am window that would happen with regular morning port arrivals and cabins were matched to arrive times to give extended turn around time.

                      They could manage that at Southampton by arriving the night before and start kicking people off at 4am-5am.

                      Not a lot of point opening the cruise terminal that early for arrivals when most of your customer base will be staying overnight in town, travelling on the morning or coming in on morning arrival flights

                      a lot of EU airports don't have night flights mkes a lot of the Middle east flights there and back night takeoff/landing.

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                        Originally posted by Haworth, Wokingham View Post
                        It arrived the day before, many people fly in overnight, see post by Toshtosh, they still turned the cabins round ready for their guests on arrival, a service for the paying customer, not arrive when we tell you, some companies sailing from Southampton could take note.

                        John
                        John, It is more likely those cabins were empty well before arrival in Dubai or any other port for that matter as MSC operate a 'ferry boat' service with passengers getting on and off at virtually every port..............Wilba
                        Wilba

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                          Originally posted by Wilba View Post
                          John, It is more likely those cabins were empty well before arrival in Dubai or any other port for that matter as MSC operate a 'ferry boat' service with passengers getting on and off at virtually every port..............Wilba
                          Plus there is that little clause in MSC's T&Cs that cabin numbers are not guaranteed and can be changed at any time upto embarkation.

                          Annie

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by Wilba View Post
                            John, It is more likely those cabins were empty well before arrival in Dubai or any other port for that matter as MSC operate a 'ferry boat' service with passengers getting on and off at virtually every port..............Wilba
                            I disagree in this case, previous port was kahsab and no one will have boarded there, the one before was Muscat and again no sign of passengers joining or leaving.

                            We disembarked today at 07.45 in Abu Dhabi and they were boarding passengers as we left, around 150 again we were told

                            John

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