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Old October 3rd, 2009, 08:10 AM
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Default 11am flight from Fort Lauderdale

We plan on going on the Celebrity Century 2/28, and found the cheapest flight home leaves FLL at 11AM. Think this is cutting it too close? If I remember correctly usually you can start getting off of the ship around 8ish, which should give us plenty of time to go the 5 or so miles to the airport.

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Honestly, I think it's quite likely that you'd make an 11 AM flight in Ft. Lauderdale (not many other embarkation ports).

But, you have to be prepared in the event the ship is late clearing, that you'll be faced with trying to get on a later flight... and whatever extra fees that might entail.
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Kuki,

Going to respectfully disagree with you on this one.

Unless something has changed that I can't find, the Century embarks and disembarks in Miami. And, that makes a bit of a difference in than disembarking in FLL, traveling the couple of miles to the airport and making an 11:00 flight.

While it is entirely possible to make that 11:00 flight, the gods of luck have to line up pretty evenly. As you say if there is a problem with disembarkation . . poof . . missed flight. Also to be taken into account is the travel from the Port of Miami to FLL airport. It is only 28 miles, but 28 miles of notoriously delayed traffic patterns, especially on weekdays.

And that is another important point. mrshark says going on the going on the Century 2/28. The Century does not leave nor depart on 2/28. If he means the 3/1 cruise it disembarks on a Saturday (giving him a little better chance at the 11:00 flight). I suppose he could chance it.

If he means he will be on the cruise that includes 2/28 he disembarks on Friday morning (chances decrease). I would suggest he not chance it.

I used to live in Florida, and am unfortunately familiar with the vagaries of travel in that area. Also the vagaries inherent in disembarkation and even more so in security procedures at the airports.
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We plan on going on the Celebrity Century 2/28, and found the cheapest flight home leaves FLL at 11AM. Think this is cutting it too close? If I remember correctly usually you can start getting off of the ship around 8ish, which should give us plenty of time to go the 5 or so miles to the airport.

Please let us know, thanks!
If (1) clearing U. S. Immigration and Customs goes smoothly and (2) you use the option of early disembarkation, which requires carrying your own luggage off of the ship rather than having the ship unload it, you will have no trouble making an 11:00 flight.

However, clearing U. S. Immigration and Customs going smoothly is NEVER a given. On one of my cruises, the immigration agents (1) arrived aboard ship late and then apparently (2) worked "to the letter," checking and double checking every detail of every passport. The result was a two-hour backup waiting to clear immigration before one could leave the ship. If you hit some snag like that, you would miss an 11:00 flight.

Also, you should remember that the immigration agents do not have to allow anybody to disembark until they have cleared everybody -- passengers and crew -- who is aboard the ship. On another of my cruises, there were a couple passengers on the cruise before mine who decided that they really did not want to leave the ship, so they failed to present themselves for immigration inspection. It took the crew about four hours to find them and escort them to the inspection area. I'm not sure whether they let passengers on that cruise disembark or not, but I do know that we were not able to go aboard until they resolved the problem. Again, it only takes one passenger to delay the whole disembarkation process and cause you to miss an early flight.

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Default 11 am from Ft lauderdale

thought I had to give my comments to this one:
Century goes in and out of Miami, so if the flights departs FLL, I wouldn't take that chance at all.
If the flights leave from MIA, I would still have a very anxious time, because whenever I cruise from Miami, there is always a hold up, either embarking or disembarking.

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thought I had to give my comments to this one:
Century goes in and out of Miami, so if the flights departs FLL, I wouldn't take that chance at all.
If the flights leave from MIA, I would still have a very anxious time, because whenever I cruise from Miami, there is always a hold up, either embarking or disembarking.

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Have to admit to not reading carefully. If the ship docks in Miami, and flight is from Ft. Laud. I'd say there's a zero or worse chance of making an 11 AM flight.

I read the "5 miles to the airport", and assumed they were talking about Port Everglades... which is very simple and easy.
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Not to scare you....but it sounds like you'd be cutting it close.
When our cruise docks at 7am....I STILL booked my flight for 5pm that day just to be safe. The last two cruises TOOK FOREVER to disembark. Luckily they disembarked in NY and we drove home so our car was already at the pier.
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One more thing that happeded to us the last time we came into Miami (on Oceania). The Coast Guard stopped our ship about 4AM while we were still at sea for an inspection. This delayed our arrival in port over an hour. According to the Captain, the CG randomly selects ships coming into Miami (and I assume other ports) for inspections and the cruise line does not know about it until just a few hours before arrival. However, I believe that this is rare (first time for me) and I have not seen any others mentioning that their ship was stopped and boarded while several miles out from port.
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And factoring, in customs issues as we once had, while sitting and waiting for what had to have been a major issue onboard, we boarded quite late, and, I can bet many missed flights.....also the traffic issue on 95 "could " also add uneeded stress.......
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I would not even try it for a Miami docking and Ft Lauderdale flight till at least noon.

Even with the ship in on time and your off say by 8am. and you use the express checkout for luggage where you take your own off.

You would be hard pressed to make it on time to check in.
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Just off Equinox on Monday, wife and I did self debarkation and were first ones off the ship. We were through Security at 8:10A.M. and waited two hours to board our flight. Just passing this on as general information we did FLL airport...

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