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View Poll Results: Do you fly in at least a day early for a Caribbean Cruise?
Always 29 65.91%
Only in the Winter 2 4.55%
Only if it's a port I haven't visited before 0 0%
Sometimes 6 13.64%
Never 4 9.09%
Only if I can find a cheap hotel 3 6.82%
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Old July 19th, 2008, 09:07 PM
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How many of you fly into your embarkation port the day before (or more) your ship leaves for a Caribbean cruise?

I usually do but for a Spring or Summer Caribbean cruise I am leaning toward going in the same day. Expenses are becoming higher and with insurance it will cover me "if" there is a weather delay.

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I like to fly a couple of days before the cruise, it gives me a chance to unwind.

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I have to agree Mike, with the higher cost of flights, having the additional cost of the hotel food and rental car, can put you over the top.....In the winter, it would be prudent....
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Always used to fly same day however now started to fly the day before.

WIth all the issues with airlines these days I feel more better flying the day before.

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We fly in at least the day before regardless of the cruise destination.

We only cruise once a year so that is a cost that is factored in.
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With hotels in Ft Lauderdale in March $300 plus, we are thinking of flying in day of cruise. Other option is to drive spending night in a cheaper motel along the way.

As for seasonal differences, I always had a lot more problems getting home to Florida in summer due to thunderstorms and hurricanes than getting out of DC in the winter.
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Definately one day or two before. It's vacation!!!!!! In all seriousness everyone should take time to sightsee in the area they are at. One might be suprised by what they learn about different towns let alone all the history and culture in their own back yard.
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Actually Mike you're the one who got me started on flying in the day before cuz we had a dinner date to meet for the first time before we sailed on the new Island Princess November 6, 2003 and now 5 years later I'll again be sailing on the Island on November 6.

Traveling single, I've found it a great way to meet people before boarding the next day.
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Actually Mike you're the one who got me started on flying in the day before cuz we had a dinner date to meet for the first time before we sailed on the new Island Princess November 6, 2003 and now 5 years later I'll again be sailing on the Island on November 6.

Traveling single, I've found it a great way to meet people before boarding the next day.
Nut: Of course you fly in early if there's a pre-cruise bash or people to meet. Not to isn't even an option.

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Precruise hotel stay I budget myself big time. I agree with Trip that it all adds up pretty fast.
I stay at the Hampton Inn airport that has free airport/hotel shuttle and $10. transfers to port the next day and free breakfest. The room was $100. There was a supermarket right across the street and got some sushi for dinner which cost us $12.

So total one nite precruise stay was $132.00

If I had to spend a few hundred on a precruise stay I would think about flying the same day.

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When I fly into Fll, usually 2 days ahead in the past, I have always headed for Sample Road to shop. Having to think I may not do this any more, disturbs me to no end:) That's why we have to add on a rental.
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We flew in on our first cruise the day the ship was set to depart. Whew....we were tired!!! The next cruise we drove from home and got a hotel for a night before the cruise, believe me when I tell you it made for a much nicer departure, especially if your cabin isn't ready!

In February, when we like to cruise, rates are real expensive for hotels around FLL and Miami. We booked a room at the "Beachcomer Resort in Pompano Beach for the same price as run of the mill hotel in Miami. It was right on the Beach....real nice, I suggest it to anyone!

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Have you ever shopped at the Thunderbird Flea Market on Sunrise Blvd in FLL?? Lots
of bargains but go early in the day - gets really warm and crowded especially during the "season". We have done Sample Road when my MIL
lived there and we visited for a week or two. Not the same as years ago -we like the Flea Market and if you have some extra days - definately go
to Sawgrass Mills - really, really nice.
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Usally I go on west coast cruises where I can drive to port and we have driven in the day of the cruise. However, for my TA cruise leaving out of Miami I flew in a day ahead because we have to cross the country to get to Miami.
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So far, we have cruised in Jan and Feb - so always fly in the day before
- one can NOT depend on Western New York weather. Although, when
we left for our Panama Canal cruise on Jan 4, 2007 - the temps were 65
and sunny !! God Blessed Us.
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Another big advantage with flying in at least one day before the ship leaves is that it´s then easier to be among the first on the ship. I see no reason not to board as early as possible and disembarkate as late as possible since that give you more time on the ship!
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I've been burned in June by flight delays, had to rush from Laguardia to Kennedy in less than 2 hours due to flight cancelations to get to Seattle for an Alaskan Cruise
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The way I look at it - life is way toooo short - and for the sake of some $$$
why put yourself under the extra stress and aggravation (not to mention
how very tiring it is). Why chance missing the ship - just soooo not worth
it (especially if you DON'T buy travel insurance)!

Hi Erik - nice to see you on another - less "heated" topic. How are your
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In March I flew a day early to Puerto Rico, but only because it was farther away and across an ocean... lol

I flew early into Barcelona in June, and really wish we had flew in two or three days early there.

But mostly for the Caribbean I have always done same day with crazy early flights in the a.m. and have gotten to the port by 11 a.m. Never had a problem.

But as CQ said with all the trouble with airlines these days it could be an issue...
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Hi Sherrie. We will fly to London in 55 days and two days later we board the Norwegian Jewel in Dover for a transatlantic cruise to New York. And you?


Back to the topic! Another good thing with flying in early is that the body get a chance to adjust if there is a timedifference. You can easily land in Europe in the morning and make it to the ship in time even if the plane is a few hours late but the timedifference will kill you the first evening on the ship. (I know that the topic is about Caribbean cruises so you can translate what I wrote to someone who flies from Hawaii for a Caribbean cruise!)
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When we went to Hawaii the first time on Celebrity, it was a transition cruise. Six days in the islands & 5 days at sea to Vancouver. We got an unbelievable airfare thru the cruiseline, only $200/pp so we took the cruise hotel @ $250/night for 2 nights. It was so worth it. Boarding the ship 2 days later, we were still a little "off" from jet lag but it was nothing compared to the poor people we met at dinner who were just off the plane!

Ever since then, we have flown in the day before no matter the time of the year. In February, we arrived in FLL w/o our passports and thanks to our trusty TA, had a day to get them FedEx'd to us. If we had flown in the day of....well you know the consequences.
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Last time we flew in the same day went straight from the airport to cruise terminal with no problem, that was several years ago, hopefully this year it will also go off without a hitch, because we're flying in at 1:00 to cruise at 5:00
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Of course we don't fly in because Galveston is in our backyard

We do usually go to Galveston a day early so we don't have to be rushed to get onboard.
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Hello Fellowcruisers,

When we take a cruise we fly to our destination country a day before. We have tried both ways; fly on the same day and then fly a day before. Flying the same day all you do is worry about whether the flight will arrive that day or will be cancelled, etc. We always have travel insurance.

Now that the cost of airfare is skyrocketing out of control, we try and get a cruise out of our Island and then stay on the ship until it leaves the port. It is so nice! No hassles, no airport (until we reach the end of the cruise) - just show your documentation and 10-15 minutes later you are boarding the ship!

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