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Old August 4th, 2005, 10:10 AM
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What's the earliest flight you should book for departure. Is 11:20 too early. How long does it normally take to disembark the ship. Is there anyway you can ask to disembark earlier than scheduled?

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Old August 4th, 2005, 10:27 AM
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Yes it is too early. The cruise lines advise you no flights earlier than noon. You don't say which port you are disembarking but if everything goes right and US Customs clears the ship, passengers can start as early as 8 am, sometimes earlier. How far is the airport from the port? If you're at Port Canaveral and flying out of Orlando, no...you will not make it. If you're in Miami or Fort Lauderdale and that's all you can get then maybe. Be sure to let the purser's desk know and get colored luggage tags that will let you off ASAP. Some ports also have self-assist debarking....you take all your luggage off yourself.

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Also, if you're cruising out of Tampa you have to get into the channel and navigate up on the way back. If there is fog or bad weather you may be delayed. On our April 2005 cruise we were supposed to dock at 7:00 a.m. but due to weather we didn't dock until noon. Customs didn't clear the ship until almost 2 p.m. Luckily we had a 4:15 pm flight - which we just made. If you're cruising out of Tampa I would book a late flight and do something in Tampa for the day. The aquarium is right next door and they will hold your luggage for you. So will Busch Gardens.

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Hi,
Hard to offer a suggestion without knowing which port you're arriving in.....
11.20am sounds too early to me, regardless.....The only one that comes to
mind where you could possibly make such a flight is SanDiego due to its
close proximity to the airport....But even that one is risky...It only assumes the
SHIP is on time, which not necessarily the case at all times.
Darcy made an excellent point about potential ship delays.
I work out of the port in Vancouver BC.....An 11.20am flight would be VERY risky,
even as we have a relatively short distance to the airport and a rather well refined
terminal operations as regards debark. :: all of those factors would make this possible......IF the ship is on time and IF it is cleared soon enough to allow the first
guests off the ship by approx 7.45am....that again is not always the case...

Better look for flights after noon...
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Old August 5th, 2005, 12:26 AM
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The only port I would even try that out of is if I am debarking in Port Everglades (Fort Lauderdale) and flying out of Fort Lauderale/Hollywood airport. And even then I would take a taxi and skip the cruise line transfer. Otherwise, after 12:00 noon at the earliest..........if out of LAX after 1:00pm!

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Old August 6th, 2005, 12:39 PM
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We have a similar situation. 6 people coming back to port of Miami - with a scheduled flight at 12:00PM. This happened last time we cruised 2 years ago, and we just barely squeezed through in enough time. The interesting thing is that these arrangements were made by Royal Caribbean. If for any reason we don't make that flight (through no fault of our own), do we have any recourse?
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Old August 6th, 2005, 02:54 PM
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Hi,
If your transfer and air on the way home is arranged thru the cruise company, you're
in their hands. If the ship berths late or/and debark operations are slower than normal
( for whatever reason ), it is THEIR ultimate responsability to arrange for alternate
flights. Your '' recourse '' is total. Either you attend to your own air flight modifications and change fees, then get reimbursed by the Cruise company, OR, they make the arrangements with the airline(s) themselves, on the spot.

Noon is the absolute earliest any cruise company would allow itself ( and their guests )
to arrange flights home on debark day. Lisa, on an earlier response, got it right....some
ports are such that 1.00pm is the earliest practical time to consider.

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The cruise line doesn't always control your departure time: customs & immigration do. That's why it's best to plan for long delays.
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