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Have cruised probably 10 times out of NY cruise terminal. Have always arrived by 6:00 or 7:00 AM. Leaving on the Gem on Monday and the itinerary says 10:00 AM arrival on return. Need to book ground transportation has anyone ever had that late arrival without an unplanned impact effecting it?

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Our luck with disembarkation has yet to run out either, but we've been in a # of embarkation out of MCT with the in-bound NCL ships being delayed, for a variety of reasons.  Most recently, the Sunday morning after the infamous Breakaway N.O. repo when it was more than 12 hours late docking.  Our Escape's arrival was delayed and robo-NCL calls advised passengers to not arrive earlier than 12 noon for check-in.  

 

We changed our car service pick-up time leaving home to the ship but managed to get there, still early & there're still 1,000+ passengers onboard at 11:30 AM, watching them step off the gangways while sitting in our lounge on the pier, which soon ran of the space in the entire terminal. 

 

Why not relax & be comfortable without rushing off among the herd, can you book & re-confirm your car service to go back to norther NJ on the morning of arrival ?   Even as the ship sailed under the VZ Bridge and just about everyone get a cellular signal from one's home carrier, it is - at least another 90+ minutes to 2 hours before anyone ... including Express Walkoff - can start leaving.  By then, you will have a much firmer & definitive idea of whether timing should mostly worked out or not ... strong wind, river current, tides, harbor closure, etc. that's often difficult to anticipated and unplanned for. 

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Yes - that infamous Breakway return to NYC was scheduled for 9am/disembark 10am before it was delayed multiple times until 9pm that night.  It was coming from Tortola, departing 1pm 2 days prior, and needed all those hours to get to NYC and the pier - it could not have made by 6am as usual without skipping that port day or having a port in the Bahamas/Florida instead.

 

 

 

 

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The Gem has been disembarking later since last year.  You will not get off before 10 am, even with easy walk off. Plan for closer to 11 with luggage.

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