I've perused the boards and some people are happy with their Carnival flights, others are downright unhappy with the flight times, etc.
We're debating purchasing the airfare with our cruise through Carnival, but after I've read the postings here, I'm hesitant to do so. We have booked our own flights separately in the past since we had airline miles.
We're flying from Seattle to either Orlando or Miami (we're debating between the Glory and the Valor at this point) so we'll have to fly day prior to cruise.
Also, anyone know if we can try to upgrade to 1st class flight (assuming Carnival books us by chance on an airline that we have mileage to upgrade with)? We have miles, just not enough for full roundtrip flights on a single airline...
Any tips or ideas or suggestions?? Thanks in advance!
I think I'd look at just booking your flights yourselves, much nicer to pick times/flights, etc. to fit your schedule than leaving it up to the cruiseline. I think you can also get better prices too, just do some shopping around.
I find I get better prices and flight times by booking my air myself. I would check it both ways and see what works best for you.
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Most diffently, book your airflight's yourself. We saved over $200.00 by doing this We used www.AA.com (American Airlines ) Southwest, is a good airline also.
Another good note about booking your own is, picking your own time to fly. Also, try to book at least a 1-2 hour layover between flights. ( if you have connecting flights ) A little delay here, and a little delay there, could have you dashing through the airport , and hitting the panic button.
And on your departing flight, book a later flight out. I assure you, that you don't won't to be in the airport before noon. Its a madhouse to say the least :evil: I would book a departing flight out around 3 or 4 pm. Or maybe even the early flight out the next morning.
Hadn't been on the Glory yet, but I can tell you about the Valor
If you do book the Valor, you won't regret it We stayed at the Downtown Holiday Inn in Miami. Your just across the street from the Market place. I would diffently stay there again.
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I've been checking into booking the flights myself and I like having the freedom to choose the flights, even though I'm not finding anything cheaper than Carnival... so I think I'll go that route and not book the flights thru Carnival. Afterall, I don't really want to get booked on a red-eye and essentially lose the 1st day on the cruise due to lack of sleep!
Now the dilemma is to choose between the Valor and the Glory - but from what I hear we can't go wrong either way...
PS - I love this message board! So full of great info and perspectives. Thanks!
I was going to use carnival for my cruise in nov. on the glory but carnival
wanted $399 per person for the flight from pittsburgh to orlando.
just booked the air on southwest this morning with direct nonstop
flights for $354.20 for two people which is a mere $445.80 savings. not
bad so I say book your own travel but always leave one day early
so you don't miss your cruise with a flight delay
We ended up booking the Glory in December (just a few minutes ago too!) and we're using airline miles for trip. Turns out I had more airline miles than I originally thought! I couldn't find any flights that were less than $1k pp roundtrip - and Carnival wanted more than that... so definitely a good use of those miles!
We're flying out a day early since we're coming from the west coast.
i want to be in controll of the airline of my choice, flight times, and the cost is much less on my own. i go the day before so i always get my own airfare and get a good hotel room through priceline for the night before the cruise.
Me personally i originally booked my airfare with carnival..it was like 425 p/p. I live in saint louis, mo. So before i canceled my airfare with carnival i shopped around..Luckily, amercian airlines dropped their price from stl to miami and i got r/t for 150 p/p. So with that said, i canceled the carnival airfare and am going down the day before. Going down the day before guarantee's that you will not miss the ship..even if you go down the day before and your flight is delayed..Better to be safe than sorry.
For a Caribbean Cruise during the hurricane season - I recently booked my airfare through Carnival based on destination of cruise and sailing time of year...If you're traveling the Caribbean Islands and it's during the hurricane season you may consider booking airfare through Carnival only because everything will be covered...For example, if the ship has to be rerouted, stay out for an extra day, come in early, etc. all will be covered...If you book your own airfare, you're on your own...Just something to consider...[/b]
very good point. i book my cruises around the kids being in school and not during hurricane season so i had not considered that as a plus for booking with the ship. if i ever so i will remember your tip.