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Old 01-10-2013, 02:11 PM   #1
Elangen
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Disembarking in Miami

FYI, this is solely our experience. I am not speaking for anyone else, or guaranteeing you will have the same experience, but thought some people might be interested!

We had second seating for dinner. So, we were scheduled to have breakfast at Parrot Cay (the last restaurant in our rotation) at 8:15am. The early seating had their breakfast at 7:00 am. After breakfast, we walked off the ship with our carryon luggage (our disembarking group had already been notified it could leave) and one suitcase we had kept with us overnight. We proceeded through the baggage claim, and waited for our bags to come out the conveyor (like at the airport). There were plenty of people around, but it wasn't a madhouse. Maybe we just got lucky. We had our bags within about 10 minutes and then went through customs. We did not get a porter, but we only had our one suitcase and a small carryon each. Customs was easy, just looked at our form, and waived us through.

We went outside and called our shuttle service. We used SAS Transportation. I had reserved it a few months before, and per the instructions, called him when we got outside. He described the van and said he would be there in a few minutes. He pulled up about 5 minutes later and we were on our way to FLL. (The passenger pick up area was sort of a madhouse, but in a controlled chaos sort of way?) We got to the airport in Ft. Lauderdale by about 10:00 am.

SAS Transportation was great. Friendly, helpful and responsive. It is $15/person to FLL. They do not go to MIA. I think they sometimes pick up other passengers? but today it was just us.

Usually, Disney has you put your luggage by your door the night before, and you pick it up in baggage claim. But, if you need to disembark early, you can keep your luggage with you, and walk off the ship at around 7:00 am or when the boat clears customs. Ours cleared at about 7:16 am.
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