Correct, you don't have to go to your assigned breakfast in the MDR. You can just eat up at the buffet which opens pretty early on the last morning and then head back to your cabin to pick up your things. Everyone must be out of their cabins by 8:00 am and they would like everyone off the ship by 9:30 the latest.
We did the express debarkation ( not sure of the exact term they use) but we didn't set out our luggage to be collected the night before, instead we were responsible for carrying our own luggage off the ship in the morning. We skipped breakfast altogether and lined up in the main lobby no later than 7:00 am with all our stuff. There were already about 10 people lined up in front of us ready to get off the ship. Once they cleared the ship and opened the doors we were off and through customs fast, probably in 15 min or less. Our longest wait was for the rental car shuttle van. totally the way to go if you want to see some things before your flight.
We didn't do express disembarkation. I grabbed a tray of food from Cabanas buffet and took it back to our stateroom. We eat while getting ready. We got off early, got a porter to help us locate our luggage went through customs and was in our car about 15-20 minutes later. We were driving down the road at 8:05 am. I am so glad we skipped breakfast in the MDR's cause it was crazy when we went by AP to get off the ship.
Plan for 7:30am... If everything goes perfectly with CBP clearing the ship, it could be a few minutes sooner. Any delays getting into port or issues clearing the ship, it could be a bit later. We've never experienced long waits getting off the ship or through the Customs line at DCL's terminal in PC.
You can do xpress walk-off which is by 7:30 I believe, but we only got up then we had the late dinner so our breakfast was at 8 am. I believe the early dinner gets the 6:45 am breakfast which for us is too early. Or as others have mentioned you can go to Cabanas instead. There is no room service on the last morning unless you are in concierge. We took our time with breakfast, and around 9 am got into a huge line to disembark. I think it took us about 90 minutes to get out! We saw lots of new passengers already in the terminal when we were leaving at 10:30. I think that was the most frustrating part of the cruise. I'm not sure why it took so long... Everyone seemed to be doing the same thing I guess. Next time we might go to Cabanas around 7 and get off before 8.
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