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mprince4 February 10th, 2010 11:16 AM

Dismebarkation from Century & beverage package question
My boyfriend and I are planning to take a short cruise next month, and it turns out that the Century going to Key West and Cozumel is the best value right now... especially because I want to go back to those ports way more than I want to go to the Bahamas!

I've been tracking flights, trying to find the best price, which is difficult because we have to get back home before 5:30 pm the day the cruise gets back. We can fly from Atlanta to Miami, which is obviously more convenient for a Miami cruise, but it's more expensive than flying Atlanta to Fort Lauderdale. I'd like to try the latter, but I'm concerned about getting to FLL from the Port of Miami because I have no experience with Celebrity disembarkation. I've been on a Carnival cruise and a Royal Caribbean cruise and have self-disembarked on both, so we've gotten out plenty early.

How does Celebrity disembarkation usually work? Can we self-disembark? What is the absolute latest we might be stuck on the ship? What is the earliest flight you would safely book out of FLL? I'm contemplating a 1:30 flight, which seems pretty safe and would get us back just in time to get back home from Atlanta, but I'd rather hear from some people with experience getting off Celebrity ships.

Also, has anyone used SAS Transport from Port of Miami to FLL? Do they meet you at the ship, and can they get you back to FLL pretty quickly? It seems like that would be much better than going with a taxi, because otherwise the price savings for flying into FLL is eaten up with transportation costs.

Also, I read the thread about beverage packages and I've looked at the website with the prices, and I can't understand how the beer package would ever turn out to be a good value. How much are beers on the ship? It seems like you'd have to drink an awful lot of beer to break even. I also don't understand why the frozen drink package is so cheap-- unless it's for nonalcoholic frozen drinks. :shock: Maybe they just think someone can put away more beer than frozen drinks... but they would be wrong. Any other experience with the packages would be helpful. Thanks!

hannibal February 11th, 2010 08:43 AM

I can't tell you about the air or getting off of the ship because my first Celebrity is still a couple of weeks off.
As far as the beer package from the cruise boards that I read, about 6 beers a day is the break even point. This package is what I bought while on the Century, drinking 6 beers is just knocking the dust off for me. The frozen drink package is cheaper if you like that kind of drink. I have read the break even point is 3 drinks per day. You can order them with or without the booze. They will make you any drink they can as long as it is frozen. Hope this helps a little.

happysailing February 26th, 2010 12:11 PM

Hi, just got back from a 5 day cruise on Century. from my past experience, problems getting off the ship were not the cruise lines fault, but the slow and involved immigration process in Miami. This has changed now!!!!!!!!!! First of all, you can take your lugagge and get off the ship on your own at the time of your choice (after the ship has been cleared). Secondly the normal disembarkation process ist very smooth now. I spoke to the lady at check in and told her my horror story from a few years back, and she told me that everything had chenged, that morning (Feb-15) the last passenger was off the ship at 10am. when we got back on Feb-20, our color called for 8.40 am in the theater, we were promptly called at 8.35 am, went one deck down, off the ship, picked up bags and were outside in a cab by 09.05am!!!! Don't know how much the price difference in your airfare will be between Miami and Ft Lauderdale, but a shuttle costs you around 35 $ per person, a taxi between 70 and 80 $ to FLL and about 35 to MIA.

hannibal February 27th, 2010 05:22 AM

I am using SAS for getting from the Port of Miami to a hotel near FLL next Saturday., the cost is $15.00 per person.

hannibal March 9th, 2010 12:14 PM

We got off of the Century last and still made it to FLL by 11:30. SAS picked us up right outside of the terminal, very easy and fast. The price was $15.00 per person, after they dropped off the people flying at FLL they drove us to our hotel, same price. Make sure you program SAS phone # into your cell. Loved the beer package, saved me a ton of money. I could get a beer at any bar that I went to.

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