What time to get to Orlando for Port Canaveral cruise?
Just booked the Carnival Glory for an Eastern Caribbean cruise in August. Chose the flight landing in Orlando at 12:25 (Carnival rep said this was fine) but I am getting concerned that this is cutting it too close. The cruise departs at 4pm. The flight before this landed at 10:49am and I thought that was a bit early.
This is our first cruise experience and we welcome any input!!
I would have chosen the earlier flight, having "missed the boat" once due to flight cancellation. See if you can rebook or fly standby on the earlier. If nothing happens, your original arrival time should be fine.
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I agree with honeywell, the earlier flight would be better. I always like to be onboard as early as possible. Ideally, arrive the day before, and it would give you a chance to really get into vacation mode, without the stress of traveling to the port! Either way, I know you will have a great cruise!
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I book the day before. My last 3 hour trip from NY to Orlando took 9 hours. I got delayed and diverted to Tampa.
I found a cheap hotel for $38 (Orlando). I will hopefully be at the dock rested, stress free, and ready to board around 11:00 AM. In the grand scheme sounds like the best $50 (with tax I am sure) that I will spend the whole week.
I'm also flying in a day before my cruise, and flying home the day after, so we get an afternoon and evening to check out a few attractions on International Drive. Satyaing at LaQuinta Airport West, 3 miles from airport. Will take free shuttle to airport on cruise day to catch the ship transfer, and will have a rental car waiting when the ship shuttle takes me back to the airport so we can drive to things that day.
You may be ok with the flight you have already, but if you can change to the earlier one I would do that. After the plane lands you still have to go to baggage claim and wait for your bags, that can take a little while sometimes. Also, travel time from the airport to the cruise terminal will take at the very least 45 minutes, and you still have to check in for embarktion.
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I would book the earlier flight if arriving the day before is not possible. Plane delays can not be predicted and our last flight left 30 minutes late due to connecting flights. Then due to weather in Orlando, we had to circle, this then resulted in be routed to Tampa to get fuel then back to Orlando. We ended up almost 2 hours late.
Since you are able to enter the building and wait inside starting about 9am you do not have to worry that the earlier flight is going to leave you sitting outside. It is also possible that you may board early. We boarded at 11:30 so was very glad to be there early.
Which ever way you go, have a great cruise and let us know how it went.
Well thanks for all the posts.. I just finished switching our flights to the earlier one! We will be landing in Orlando at 10:49am instead of 12:25 pm which seems to be the way to go. One less thing to worry about!!