I almost always have to fly to Florida and I always fly in the moring of the cruise. Therefore, no matter what, I book the first flight of the day. That way if there are problems, I have several flights after mine that will still get me to the ship on time.
So far, I have not had any problems but it is better to be at the airport for a 6:30 a.m. flight and arrive in Florida at 9:30 a.m. than to sleep a little later, catch a 11:00 flight that is delayed two hours and you get to the airport just in time to find out that your ship has already left. :evil:
I get there so early, I take my time collecting my luggage and getting to the port. It is not unusual that I am one of those that are put to sit in chairs while they clear out the previous cruise's passengers. By then I am usually starting to feel tired. I eat lunch and go take a nap in my cabin. By the time I wake up, the ship is just starting to fill up, I am refreshed and I have plenty of time to get to the sailaway festivities.
Just my method.
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If you are flying the day of the cruise take the earliest flight. Once we were booked on a 7am departure that didn't leave until 1 pm because of eqipment problems (so they said). If I can't get the first flight out I go the day before and blow some extra money on a place to stay that night. Better to make the ship than be left behind (I have seen it happen)
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I'm flying the day before, but I have been watching TV where a lot of people are complaining about missed flights. I just wanted to know my options if there was some sort of flight meltdown and they put me on something else.
Hopefully there won't be a cloud in the sky between NY and Orlando next Saturday.
The cruiseline says to be there no later than 1 hour before sail time (in my case it was 4pm) but the ship didn't leave until 6pm. I'm wondering, if somebody go there at 4pm and the ship was still at port, would they let the passengers board. When I sailed the Sensation that still would have left 2 hours before the ship actually sailed.
I think the best thing when you are flying in is to arrive the day before. Rest Relax at a nice hotel. Then be on the first shuttle to the pier the next day. You will have extra time to enjoy the ship before you sail. And it will be stress free.
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Carnival states you must check in at least 30 minutes prior to departure.I would check in no later than 12:30 pm so you can go up on the Lido deck and have lunch.Yes,they do serve lunch on embarkation day.