Need some help from anyone who recently disembarked
from a cruise ship at Port of Miami -
We are sailing the Explorer of the Seas in a few weeks,
doing our own air as usual - bought the tickets months ago.
Yep, you guessed it - the airline has cancelled our
planned afternoon flight home from MIA.
We have been given 2 options from USAir:
1.) Take an earlier flight (11:40 a.m. the same morning
that we disembark)
2.) Spend the night in Miami and fly out the next morning.
In the past, that 11:40 flight time would have been okay,
since we are disembarking there in Miami, but now.....
So, does anyone know if the disembark process has
slowed significantly ? or does it seem about the
same as in the past ? (We've cruised from Miami
and Ft Lauderdale several times.)
Any bets that we'll be off the ship by 9:30 a.m. ?
Making an 11:40 flight is cutting it close under any circumstances. With increased airport security PLUS the amount of luggage you will probably be toting, staying over probably makes more sense.
I don't think it's the time that you will get off the ship that matters so much (keep in mind that rough seas, etc. could get you into port later than planned) as it is going to be the airport security situation.
What does US Air say if you take the 11:40 option and can't make the flight?
pamda -- CM First-Time Cruisers Editor who used to cut flight times down to the last nano-second, but won't do so any longer.
And ... for what it is worth. In the newspaper recently, the US Coast Guard is requiring the ships to stop 100 yards from the port for security reasons prior to pulling in and disembarking. This could slow things down as well and if it is busy season and there are several .. it could slow it down even more.
Just thought you'd like to know.
I would opt for another flight. The chances of you making the 11:30am flight are slim to none and slim left town. Embarkation has been slowed considerably and with only 1900 passengers the week after the attacks we still did not clear the ship until after 11:30am. When we got off the Triumph the next week we had VIP tags and were the first off the ship and I had to really rush to get my sister-in-law to the airport in time for her 12:30pm flight. Looks like that is just the way it is going to be until we get a handle on all the new procedures. Wish I could be the bearer of better news.
We felt uneasy about the early flight from the start,
so try try again...
After a few more calls, we were finally able to procure
seats for a 2:00pm flight from MIA on USAir.
Hopefully that will allow us enough time to
disembark and grab a taxi to MIA aiport.
Now we'll wait and see if that flight gets cancelled...
I was amazed to read on rec.travel.cruises that the
ships' hulls are now being inspected by divers before
they can enter the port. That cant be fun to do
at 5 a.m. !