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Old August 5th, 2013, 08:04 PM
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Has the hassle of flying with it's higer prices, baggage fees, etc, made you think twice about flying to your port of choice,to cruise, and found you rethinking ports closer to home? I know geography will prevent some from answering this question.

I know we have been rethinking things, and looking closer to to home.
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Old August 5th, 2013, 08:14 PM
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In a word, yes.
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We are cruising from NY and NJ .We are thinking about Boston next year.
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Old August 5th, 2013, 08:31 PM
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I must be luckiest man in regard to air travel. I hear and read about the trials and tribulations that people go through and I have experienced little of it.

Yes: I have to be patted down each time I go through security. Never have been disrespected or treated with anything other than professional behavior. Well, this guy in Poland was sort of jerk but I think it was cultural and not personal.

I have flown hundreds of thousands of miles, probably close to a million by now, and though I have experienced late flights, canceled flights, a few bumpy flights, it is not the norm.

Do I like the seats in current aircraft? No, but they are tolerable, even for my 6'2" 250 pound body, on a twelve hour flight. I would love to just appear at my destination but if I want to see the world I have to put up with some discomfort. If I can upgrade, I will, but I won't fork over $5,000+ for five to twelve hours of a little more space.

A few things I do to make air travel easier are:

1. Get to the airport in plenty of time. A lot of the "issues" I see and hear about are having to wait for security and rushing through the airport to make it to the gate on time. You know there will be lines and that planes board at least 30 minutes before departure so plan accordingly.

2. Never schedule a flight so, that in the event you miss it, your travel plans are ruined. i.e. Don't fly in on the day of a cruise. Don't get a flight with anything under a 90 minute layover.

3. Use airport lounges. If you don't have airport lounge access, I suggest paying for a day pass if you have a longer layover. I have the Amex Platinum Card which comes with Priority Pass and it gives access to airport lounges all over the world. Most of these lounges offer comfortable seating, food (some of it dang good), drinks, showers and private areas. This is, in itself, worth the higher annual fee of the card.

4. Like in cruising, don't sweat the stuff you can't control. If you get singled out for a pat down then just go with it. I would lay money on it that the man or woman who is giving you a pat down isn't getting any thrill out of it either. I have seen a few instances where it wasn't the TSA agent who was out of line it was the traveler.

5. Don't just go "cheap". If you have to pay additional to get a flight with a better schedule, reasonable layovers and on a decent airline then bite the bullet.

Yes: There are probably a lot of things, in regard to travel, that I put up with that others don't but guess what? I have more fun and less stress.

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Our last 4 cruises have been from NJ, no more flying for us! Just worried about cruising with Royal Caribbean, usually go with Celebrity or Princess, but they are basically not doing NY or NJ anymore.
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Our last 4 cruises have been from NJ, no more flying for us! Just worried about cruising with Royal Caribbean, usually go with Celebrity or Princess, but they are basically not doing NY or NJ anymore.
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We cruised several times from NY on HAL .They no longer leave from here .The closest area is Boston which is about 5 hours or Baltimore also about 5 hours .
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Yes: There are probably a lot of things, in regard to travel, that I put up with that others don't but guess what? I have more fun and less stress.

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There is not much fun in flying these days. I have flown quite a bit myself and it sure is not as pleasant as it was when I first started flying.

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There is not much fun in flying these days. I have flown quite a bit myself and it sure is not as pleasant as it was when I first started flying.

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I agree that commercial travel isn't the "luxurious experience" it once was but I don't find it the ordeal that many do. It is the means to an end. You have to get somewhere so you take a plane.

For me the novelty of airline travel wore off long ago. Before the cutbacks and smaller seats so perhaps I just take it in stride.

The things I can't understand is that people will deny themselves the experience of traveling the world because they have to endure two to twelve hours of semi-uncomfortable seating or having to go through airport security.

My sister is a good example. We flew together to Miami. It was uneventful going through security and the flight was fine except for about two minutes of mild turbulence. I have been on freeways that are more bumpy. Yet, once we landed my sister sighed and looked like she had just come off the Titanic and said "I can't believe how rough that flight was." I just rolled my eyes and said: "Suck it up Sis."

I have found, from personal experience, that the people who have a fear of flying are the ones who over play any small issue about flying.

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Going to one of the airline lounges does have a calming effect and makes it better while waiting. It is the best perk I have with the platinum card. I agree with Mike - even buying a day pass is well worth it.

I'll drive to New Orleans for a cruise but don't like going more than that distance - which ends up being around 7 hours for us counting a lunch break.
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