I have a large group that is taking the Hawaiian Cruise in October that ends up in Ensenada. Our flights to return home are @ 1:30 in San Diego. These are the latest flights that I could get to the East Coast. Will I have a problem with the 1:30 flights? Carnival recommends 2:00. Does anyone have any input on this? On the other cruises that I have taken....Carnival lets you get off first if you have an early flight. Does this still apply? Thank you.
The big variable is the possible delay at the border. You never know how that's going to work out. I think 1:30 will work most of the time, but it's a little tight. If it weren't for the border issue it would be pretty much a piece of cake.
The other thing you have to realize is that you won't be the Lone Rangers when it comes to people who want to get off first. Lots of people will have the same sort of issue in terms of tight connections, because the trip from the ship to the airport is relatively long. So many will want early debarkation, and obviously not everybody can be off first. Plus, if their frequent sailor club is like the other lines', they're likely to give priority to top level members and sometimes suite passengers.
Chances are you'll make it. In any event, if 1:30 is the last flight you don't have much choice, do you? If you miss it, you'll just have to check in to an airport hotel in San Diego and try to get out the next day. Just be sure that 1:30 really IS the last flight. You may need to weigh the relative risk/advantages of booking something later that involves a connection in LAX or Chicago or Dallas vs. the last nonstop at 1:30.
This is one of those situations where a good agent really earns his/her commission, especially when it's a large group.