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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.

What do you do?

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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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Always at least one day in advance.

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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During the winter we'd always try for the day before. We live 5 hours from NYC and Bayonne ports so we drive in the day of the cruise and keep our fingers crossed.
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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.

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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).
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When ever possible, the day before. If I can't do that, I try to get the earliest flight out, so I can land and go right to the pier and board the ship.
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Donna! Size 18!! Your pic does not give me that impression lol. Thank god I live an hour from port. Part of the reason I never cruised was because I didn't know it existed till my wife went 2 yrs ago.
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The day before ..we look for a nice place to eat and relax that afternoon lay around and get a good night sleep wake up excited!!!

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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)
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We always go the day before, but next one we are going to go a few days before as it will be in Florida in winter, and much needed, to get away.
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depends---if we are flying, we leave the day before. If we leave from NYC, then we got the day of since it is only about a 2 hr. drive for us.
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We drive down the day before and stay close to the port.
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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.


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we fly in the day of the cruise and its chater flight
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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.

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we live in New England and cruise in the winter so we always fly in the day before. Its much less stressfull this way.
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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...!
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No the day before is too much trouble.
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We always fly in at least 1 day before. you never know about plane delays and or lost luggage!! It's a LONG flight from Alaska and we need to extra day to unwind and get in vacation mode!!

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Wow, so many the day before. I have never gone the day before or stayed an extra night. For the next one, I might arrive early.

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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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we always arive the day before and enjoy the sailing port just as much as the ports of call
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Since I'am from New England if I cruise during the winter months I fly
one or two days before I cruise and if I cruise from Miami I usually stay in South Beach.

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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.
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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.
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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.
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We go the day before so we can relax and not be hurried the day of the cruise.
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went once the same day, will never do again, always the day before, more relaxing.
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We go the day before if at all possible. That way, you're safe if you have any travel delays, etc. Plus, you aren't so worn out when you get to the ship from traveling, etc.
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