The cruise I'm looking at ends in Amsterdam and the one I want to take next leaves the same day from Hamburg so I'm searching for flights. Can it be done etc...some flights take 1 hour 5mins so it seems possible.
The cheapest one though goes Amsterdam-Istanbul-Hamburg. According to google I would be going 2589miles vs direct flight is 235.
Living in the Midwest, I have often flown East (Atlanta, Charlotte, ...) to fly yo the West a Coast. Not quite as extreme as above.
Once upon a time I flew to Alabama though Cincinnati. The layover was almost longer than the amount of time it took to drive round trip to Cincy. How long ago was this trip? They took drink orders on the ground in Indy in order to be able to serve in the air. Airlines don't work that way anymore. At least not in cattle class.
The funniest layover was on Southwest last year. We had a post-cruise flight from FLL through Tampa. Not many folks disembarked in Tampa. Those poor folks with "A" boarding looked a little stunned to have to look for seats on an already almost full flight.
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I have taken the train in Amsterdam to Venice to meet a ship. The train depot is very handy to downtown and also the ship docks. But I was going Hotel to Hotel, not ship to ship. I left very early but arrived in Venice about 6 hours later.
Amsterdam to Hamburg is 4:15 hours by train (3 direct daily). And only 39 Euro.
I am just thinking - with all the time to get to/from airports, etc, that a flight might take just as long.