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33 minutes ago, skwak said:

Looking from feedback from those who have taken RCCL out of Cape Liberty in Bayonne, NJ.  I need to set up the van for our pick up.  How do you determine what time?  It sounds like the process is more rigid than DCL so how do you set up a proper pick up time?

No need to schedule a van. As soon as you get off, there are plenty of car & van services at your disposal. I use them all the time to take me where I need to go.

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59 minutes ago, skwak said:

Looking from feedback from those who have taken RCCL out of Cape Liberty in Bayonne, NJ.  I need to set up the van for our pick up.  How do you determine what time?  It sounds like the process is more rigid than DCL so how do you set up a proper pick up time?

It's not really rigid, it's based on when your flights are, early flights get early disembarkation, late, late, etc.. You can self disembark any time you want.

If you are in a suite the Concierge will escort you off the ship at specific times.

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Will note that in Cape Liberty, passport holders go on a separate customs check from those who are just using driver's license and birth certificate. The passport check is much faster, as they use facial recognition cameras for that. Stand in front of the camera, wait for the beep / green light, and be on your merry way.

Unfortunately, at least when I was there last October, it seems they don't separate you out from the main line until you're almost up to the customs booths. So you still have to wend your way along with the masses, but with the passport holders constantly being directed to the cameras it did help the overall line move better than places without this tech. If you get a porter to help with your luggage, you can probably reach that part of the line even faster.

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2 minutes ago, skwak said:

Thanks.  We actually are not in a particular hurry and as such not looking to wheel out our own bags.  It is more about what time to set up to be picked up at the port.  Not sure how to find this out.

Last group off the ship leaves about 9:30 IIRC. Even though you get a luggage tag that indicates a time to get off, you're not obligated to follow that. You can request tags with the highest number / latest departure time from Guest Services if the ones you're given don't already have that. Then you can hang out on the ship in one of the allowed waiting areas until they give the "Everyone please get OFF! NOW!" call. At that point you can figure on about 30-45 minutes to get off the ship, get your bags, and make your way through customs. That's assuming you're sailing Anthem, which is larger and has more passengers disembarking. If you're on Adventure, that will probably be a little bit faster overall.

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As in most cases where there is a port in a city the local limousine services (this includes vans) are very familiar with pick/up drop off times. You will give them the ship name and date etc and they will be able to advise you with drop off and pick up times. They do this a lot. Its thier business to know. Do your research and find a car service in the area that is reputable and call them. 

 

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