Our planned cruise leaves from Venice,Italy. HAL will make air travel arrangements but not necessarily at the lowest fare (also a "customization fee" is charged for not returning home immediately). So before approving that i will investigate making air travel arrangements online (using Kayak.com). But there are many variables to consider:
(1) which airlines provide best value
(2) refundable fare or not
(3) airport proximity to the ship
(4) delayed flite arrangements (joining ship after departure)
(5) trip insurance
(6) how early shd reservations be made (price fluctuation consideration) ?
Since this is our first international flite any advice will be greatly appreciated.