For those of you who have cruised before, and to those on your first one. Do you get to the port the day of your cruise, or do you get there at least the day before.
We have always driven to the port area the day before. We have been lucky to be able to drive to Galveston from home, but it is still a 5 hour trip. We don't want to be so tired on that first day, so we spend the night in port to get over the drive.
We flew in the day before and it was so relaxing. We also flew back a day later. It was wonderful
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Carnival Destiny Feb. 2006
Carnival Fascination Feb. 2007
Royal Caribbean Grandeur of the Seas Feb. 2008 The DTW & MsBJ tour
Carnival Valor MsBJ and Dina Feb. 2009
Carnival Glory MsBJ and Dina Feb. 2010
Carnival Dream MsBJ and Dina Feb. 2011
We missed a flight out of LAX because the van driver got lost and we had to take one about 0100. LAX - IAD - MIA. Just made the ship.
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We might actually do that to, but there is only one road leading to Galveston, and if there is a accident, you are stuck, and we have to go through heavy traffic in Houston. We have just found it safer to go the day before.
Always fly in the day before. That way we're nice and relaxed to start our vacation (and we don't have to worry about flight delays).
Celebrity Century 1/09
Carnival Destiny 10/07
Carnival Destiny 9/06
Monarch of the Seas 3/06
Carnival Inspiration 8/05
Carnival Miracle 4/05
Carnival Inspiration 4/04
Sovereign of the Seas 4/03
We like to wait until the very last minute to build up the stress (smile)..If you fly, day before just in case there is a problem with your luggage, if you drive the day of, build in a 2-3 hour buffer..if you fly and have the flexibility to stay over one extra day at the end of your cruise, you can take advantage of the airlines giving either a voucher or a free ticket for future travel because they are always so overbooked on cruise weekends..i once received a free round trip ticket that I used to Venice italy on an overbooked flight on a sunday out of san juan back to jfk ( i volunteered twice for the travel credits)
We always arrive 2 nights before as it takes over 30 hours of travelling from Australia! We just crash and sleep the first night then like to get out and WALK A LOT the following day. It's a long time to sit on those planes!
Also there's many opportunities for bags to go missing/delayed with the flight changes. Have to allow for an unforeseen events!
We usually stay at least one night after the cruise (to recover from the last night!). We have been very lucky to then visit somewhere else in the USA before heading home. Last time we spent 4 days in LA and went to Disneyland and tour.
Looking forward to visiting Sea World this time and DisneyWorld.
In the winter from N.E. we always go the day before (snow, you know). If it's after April and before Thanksgiving sometimes go to Florida the day of the cruise. In September we will drive to Brooklyn (5 hrs.) and sail the new Crown Princess. Completely new experience, driving to the port...#19 for us.
We are driving from OH on the 11th for the cruise on July 13th, with a stop in ATL. We want to extend the vacation. We should have extended by booking more nights on the ship! We'll know for next time...!
Baltimore: Carnival Pride 7 Day (Caribbean)
Fort Lauderdale: Crown Princess 9 Day (Transatlantic)
Baltimore: Royal Caribbean Grandeur of the Seas 9 Day (Caribbean)
New Orleans: Carnival Conquest 7 Day (Caribbean)
Anchorage: Carnival Spirit 7 Day (Alaska)
New York: Carnival Triumph 5 Day (New England)
Miami: Carnival Triumph 7 Day (Caribbean)
Port Canaveral: Disney Magic 4 Day (Caribbean)
Miami: Carnival Celebration 7 Day (Caribbean)
If we sail out of New Orleans, or Mobile, we'll drive in that morning. Either port is only 3 hours away.
If I fly in to a port, such as our cruise out of Miami , yes, we'll fly in the day before. And on our next cruise, out of Miami, we're thinking of staying a extra night after our cruise.
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Truimph - Aug. 2010
Legend May 2009
Liberty - Aug.23 2008
Fantasy - Sept.22 2007
Fantasy - Sept.27 2007 (B 2 B )
Holiday- Sept.- 2006
Valor- May - 2006
Conquest- August- 2003
Enchanted Isle- Sept.- 1999
Flying in from Michigan, always at least 1 day before. If it's a port I want to see (Miami, New Orleans) I fly in 2-3 days before.
Voyager of the Seas 5/03
Celebrity Solstice 2/09
Oasis of the Seas 10/16/10
If I'm sailing from Port Canaveral or Tampa it's only about 1 1/2 drive so I'll drive over day of. Out of Miami or have to travel elsewhere I like to go at least the day before. Be rested and on board the ship early.
We always fly in the day before. We've had delays, misplaced luggage, who needs that stress when you're trying to have a good time!
With the exception of our last cruise when we left from the West Coast, no need to go early since we had no airport concerns to deal with. When we stayed at some hotels, booked by the cruiseline, they even had tours if you wanted to partake, such as going to Miami Beach for dinner.
8/92 Mex. Riv. Commodore
9/98, 9/00, 9/02 & 7/04 Caribbean - Paradise
10/00, 08/05 Pac. Wtrs. Holiday, Monarch
04/06 Hawaii - Celebrity Summit
09/07 Alaska - Celebrity Summit
07/09 Western Caribbean RCCL Liberty of the Seas