I may as well put in my 2 Cents on getting home. Helen and I finally got home about 10:30 Last night. After our disembarking from the ship, the fast taxi ride to the Airport in Vancouver, fast check in, paying our departure fee, rambling tow of our big bags thru stores, arriving at another check point, paying another Fee, (cost us $29) to get to the gate, waiting for our names to be called to board the aircraft, We being the last ones to board to completely fill the plane, Helen being in row 23 and me on the last row 34, speinding about 4 hours to DFW, getting in late, trying to catch the last plane out to MCO, it was full, so we look for a Hotel, found one waiting for shuttle for 20 minutes, ordering a Pizza to the room, getting to bed by 12, up at 4, taking the shuttle to DFW airport, 1st plane out at 6 50AM, Missed it, Full, waiting all day, missing 5 planes, Full, finally got one, 1st Class, arriving after 9PM, getting our rental car, getting home about 10:30PM hitting the sack and up by 8:30 this morning. We were pooped to say the least but we are here, safe and well but tired.
CRUISE: one of the best. What made is so good. Cruisemate Cruisers. People. Without the good friends we met, new and old, we had a wonderful cruise. Helen and I wish to thanks all of you with your kindness to make this cruise a success.
Better hush now. Gotta get ready for our June 3, departure to South America.
Hi Ray and Helen,
Welcome home, sorry to hear about your long/delayed flights home, what was that about? No wonder you are tired and going again so soon, catch up on some rest :-)
Wondering how fast you are able to board in Vancouver, have kind of an early flight out in Sept., hoping to make it OK?? Any help there and where and when do you pay those taxes?? I know I've heard of it before, its not already added on to my air tickets?
Debarkation was so easy it was painless. Took us less that 15 minutes from the time we walked off the ship till we were in a taxi. It took us about 20 minutes from hotel to airport but of course that was at 5AM, so figure about half hour from ship. Don't know what airline you're flying but check in for NW was a breeze, 10 minutes. Didn't take long to get thru customs and pay the fee either. In all from hotel to gate was about 35 minutes. Hope this helps. You shouldn't have a problem.
About the Fees. $7.50 at the ticket counter for departure fees. $7 for Airport improvement fees. Per person. $29 for both of us. 14 & 15. It did not take long to process. Next in line then we have to lug our baggage thru the Duty Fee store to the Improvement counter That is the process. Kuki we did not get lost. That is the way it is. First time I have every had to take my luggage after checking in at the ticket counter. But did not take long. The long wait was at the gate waiting to be called for seats for Space Available travelers like us. No Problem mon. We made it.
Helen is 1/2 thru washing. I HELPED some. Got to move along. June 3 is coming up fast.
Ray... sorry, I get it now. I'd guess the departure fee at the counter was because of your "space available" status.
I imagine the rest of the trek was because you had to clear US customs in Vancouver before boarding. Something I'm used to when I fly south, but avoided landing "at home" this time.
At any rate.. glad you made it home safe, and wish were sailing along to the Galapagos with you and Helen next month. Didn't get to see near enough of you and Helen, with you guys having late seating and us early.
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Re: Getting Home
Ray - I must say it was truly an honor to meet both you and Helen on the Summit - I hope to be able to meet up with you again on another cruise someday....and I really loved your part on the Newlywed?Not-so-Newlywed game!
Crown Princess 1/18/14....the NEW Me, Myself and I cruise!
Ray and Helen so glad you finally made it back home without to much wear and tear. It was a pleasure meeting you and we hope to be able to cruise with you again someday. Glad we now have a fire expert on board.
Glad Mr. and Mrs. Fireman made it home...finally. Ray, CruiseCam and I thoroughly enjoyed meeting and getting to know you and Helen. You're our kind of folks, and now we have a new kind of CA in the group!