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Arrival at Ocean Dock on Queen Mary 2

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Arrival at Ocean Dock on Queen Mary 2

We are new to cruising and would like to know where our son who is meeting us at Ocean should wait and what time will we be off the boat (it docks at 06:30) . It seems very difficult to make reasonable arrangements.

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1. Re: Arrival at Ocean Dock on Queen Mary 2

You will have some choice as to when you disembark, but it won't start until all docking formalities have been completed.

You will normally be asked during which specific time slot you would like to leave the ship during. You will be given luggage labels that will identify when you will be getting off. For example, the cruise line will ask during your voyage about your onward travel plans.

If you ar ebeing picke dup and taken back to Herts, I would suggest taking your time and allowing those who are rushing off to catch a flight the chance to leave first. This will help your son as there will hopefully be less traffic about at, say, 0900.

You may be asked to leave your cabin by a certain time, but you should be able to remain in the public areas until at least 0900 - we always do!

In the end, though, it will be largely your choice.

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Yes, I would take home advantage and get off as late as possible.

On your flight there will doubtless be people who will have booked intercontinental flights that same morning, without taking into account the actual amount of time it takes to get from Southampton to Heathrow or Gatwick, the recommended three-hour check-in, or that docking at 06.30 does not equate to getting into a taxi on the quayside at 06.31. They will no doubt be crapping themselves at the very real prospect of missing their flight and will be straining at the leash to get off. Let the staff deal with them whilst you end your leisurely cruise in leisurely style, enjoying a last breakfast which is probably included in the price of the cruise (so you will have already paid for it) and saying goodbye to your new-found friends - or at least the ones who aren't in the back of a taxi screaming "Faster! Faster!" at the driver.

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+1 to both of the above. The cruises I have been on have had staggered disembarking over a period of at least a few hours based on onward plans, etc.

Get up in a more relaxed fashion than those rushing to the airport, have a leisurely breakfast and aim for mid morning.

You'll leave the bulk of your luggage outside your room the night before and be quickly reunited with it in the terminal, so you won't have much to carry.

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Thank you - I think we will enjoy having a little lie-in on our last day of luxury!

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5. Re: Arrival at Ocean Dock on Queen Mary 2

Thank you - very helpful advice. Is it obvious where our son can wait for us?

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It will be lovely to be able to be stress-free on our last morning. Thank you.

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>>>They will no doubt be crapping themselves at the very real prospect of missing their flight and will be straining at the leash to get off.<<<

Yes, indeed. This is evident from many of the threads on Cruise Critic, where people have booked morning flights out at 1100 and then find out later that they should aim to be at the airport by 0800! They get advised to do self disembarkation as early as possible, have a private car waiting for them, and hope they can make it in time!

All of which sounds horrible to me. Wherever we dock, it is much nicer to stay on board, avoid the rush, and get a later flight home!

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>> Is it obvious where our son can wait for us?

See cruisesouthampton.com/markers/qeii-cruise-te…

apparently there is an arrivals lounge

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9. Re: Arrival at Ocean Dock on Queen Mary 2

You may not be able to have much of a lie-in on your last morning. Change-over day is a very busy one for the crew who only have a matter of a few hours before the next passengers get on board. On my last cruise, albeit not with Cunard, all passengers had to be out of their cabins by 7.30am.

Cruise lines vary but it may be possible for you to carry your own luggage off the ship in order to leave early.

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