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Old June 20th, 2005, 09:08 PM
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Hi We booked a cruise on carnival victory december 3-11 2005 and our return flight home out of fort lauderdale fl is at 11am we are going to panama costa rica and belize Does anyone know when ship gets in december 11 2005 so we can tell if we can make this flight? Thank you for any help you can give me Bee
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Old June 20th, 2005, 10:47 PM
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If it were me, I'd book 1pm or later. The odds of you missing an 11am flight are to great. At least 90%.

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Old June 20th, 2005, 11:47 PM
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I agree...11:00 is TOO early. I just got off the Valor yesterday. It was a GREAT trip, but it took over 2 hours to get off...started the process at 9:45 and reached the gate (at Miami airport) around 1:00 - 1:30.

I would book nothing before 2:00 at the earliest!
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Old June 21st, 2005, 06:13 AM
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we carried off our own luggage --- the self-assist method starts at 730am usually.
we were off the ship and at the airport by 900am I believe....but the lines at the airport were horrible.....but this was in Miami ---

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if you can change it to after noon you would be much better off. If however you can't do that it can be done, i wouldn't recommend it but if you get early disembarkation color tags and then take the ships transfer to the airport your chances are better. Not a guarantee but a better shot.
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Old June 21st, 2005, 09:37 AM
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Some ships, including the Valor, do not do color disembarkation tags anymore. They still color code the luggage, but after the self-assist portion, it is open to all whenever you want to leave.
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too early. change it if you can and save your self some unwanted stress of missing the flight after the cruise.

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Though it's tight... in Ft Lauderdale.. it is most likely doable. Only understand that if customs and immigration delay the ship for some reason, you may be hassling at the airport looking for another flight option.

If things go smoothly debarking, and you grab a taxi, you could be at the airport by 9 AM.

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Old June 21st, 2005, 10:07 AM
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I completely agree with all the above posters. Disembarking is a very iffy thing, some go great and some do not, one reason why we have started to stay over a night post cruise, much less stressful. If you can't do this, at least get a later flight. Ft. Lauderdale airport gets really congested on Sundays also, the one time I flew out of there, it was a nightmare. It's because a lot of ships cruise out of that port and they are all unloading a lot of passengers at the same time and the airport gets overwhelmed all at once. Better if you have to wait around a little for a later flight than miss an early one. Good luck.
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Old June 21st, 2005, 12:09 PM
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I am sure the OP read the cruise line materials about booking return flights. 11 is too early. You need to get a later flight.

If you choose not to, don't blame Carnival when you miss your flight. It will be your own fault.
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Old June 22nd, 2005, 12:16 AM
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Hi All I booked on delta at 11am as it was only flight out of fort lauderdale that day Thank you fr your help but I will try self debarkatin and hope for the best Bee
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Default Re: Flight at 11am too early!!!!!

Does your ship come into Miami and you need to get to FLL? 11:00 is way too early if that is the case.

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Old June 22nd, 2005, 09:42 AM
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We have an 1:35pm flight out of Miami, which is where our ship is coming in. I hope this gives us enough time to get to the airport........any thoughts?
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Tony - you should be fine.

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