Depending on how quick the ship and passengers clear customs you might be OK. You need to be aware that customs clearance does take longer these days. A suggestion would be to go see the Pursers Office (Customer or Guest Relations) and apply for early debarkation. They may or may not grant it although I believe you have a better chance if you ask early in the cruise. When we debarked in Miami (March) on a Saturday the problem was not enough customs inspectors...it did take a long time.
Both previous cruisemates are dead on target..... Look at flights leaving
after 12.30//1.00pm AND request early debark right at the time you can fill
the sheet containing the primary informations for Miami debark :: you can actually
hand that in right at checkin when you EMBARK the previous week; the shoreside crews
turn that over to the ship crew before she sails; then, you can followup during the
cruise, at the purser's desk.
That way, you won't have to stress yourself right back up to the level you were
before you started the cruise ....and customs/security/airport--induced delays before
you board the flight won't cause a ''blood pressure '' surge.
IMO, Miami and L.A are the worst place to fly away, same day you debark...unless
you're going home late afternoon, early evening. I think, on the heaviest cruise days
in Miami, there are SEVEN ships......do the math....Up to 16,000 people bound to
show up at the airport at some point in time....but ALL getting off the ships on or
That's cutting it to close! It takes about a half hour to get to the airport and you never know when customs will allow you off the ship. Don't forget the time it takes to find your luggage, go through customs and hail a taxi.
On my last cruise (out of Tampa) we were to dock at 8:00 a.m. Our flight out was at 4:15 p.m.. We decided that we would do a tour of the aquarium to eat up some of the time. Well, there was a problem and the ship didn't dock until about noon and customs didn't clear us until about 2:00 p.m. Needless to say we were glad to have a late afternoon flight! I wouldn't book anything before early afternoon (1:30 or later) as you never know what may happen and I would hate to miss my flight. We came in on a Sunday and people were on their cell phones trying to make new flight arrangements. While most were able to get flights home on Monday, there were some that couldn't get them until Tuesday or Wednesday. Better to spend several hours waiting around an airport rather then several days.
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