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Old February 16th, 2003, 09:02 AM
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Nightmare! The thrill of our first cruise made sleep an imposable. Up at 3, on the road at 330 to check into Green Airport, Providence RI at 5 for our 6am flight. Green to Baltimore to Tampa then dinner with friends, a good night’s sleep and an early morning drive to Fort Lauderdale and the long awaited Vacation of a lifetime. Wait…12 inches of snow in Baltimore? All airports closed. This is School vacation week in the North East... No flights open to Florida?? HMM OK OK wait…Providence to Chicago to Tampa at 5pm this evening …getting us to Tampa at 1130pm. Will that work? Book it. Retrieve checked baggage. Get car out of “long term parking” (3 hours) drive 58 miles back home. Wait 4 hours and start again…..I must remember to remind myself that there is a difference between a tragedy and a disappointment…

Will fill you in on the trip when I return. That’s of course if I ever leave…..

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Ed,
I hope this all works out for you. I can't imagine being this close to vacation and then being stymied like this. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you. Hang in there.
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Old February 16th, 2003, 09:17 AM
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Ed, sure hope you beat the snow. Can't imagine having this happen to me. I would be devastated for sure. But I would have made the alternative arrangements just like you. Let us know how it all turns out when you return.

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ED.. GOOD LUCK!! Hope you make it. We're looking forward to a full reporting of the Zuiderdam.

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Old February 16th, 2003, 09:32 AM
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Ed! I am sending positive thoughts your way and WILLING this to work out for you! Stay positive and have a great cruise!

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Well Ed,
You off to a not perfect start, but hopefully once you are on the cruise ship, you can leave your worries behind. Sounds like you really need this cruise, hope its extra special!

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Sorry!

We had a similar thing happen to us the summer of 2000. United kept cancelling our flights to London and it ended up taking us over 48 hours to get to London. After 36 hours of waiting in lines at the San Francisco airport and all the mess that went with it, (such as finding our luggage at different terminals where it had been lost three times, because of these flight cancellations) everything went well and we had a wonderful cruise of the Baltics.

Hopefully all of your bad things have happened and the good stuff will begin soon.
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Unfortunately Ed does not have 48 hours. Make the alt arrangements ASAP or get in the car and drive the heck out of it all the way to FL! Good luck to you and happy sailing!

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Winter weather is just so unpredictable I have to recommend that ANYONE who has to fly from anywhere that may get snow or ice to get to the port, travel a day early at least and just spend an extra day. The lessening of worries is worth any additional expense.
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I agree with Jim, frankly we always leave a day early period. You just don't know what is gonna happen on the way to the port.

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Ed I am sorry you have to get all this last minute hassle! Now Providence, we used to live in RI. You must live in Mass or Conn? Hope you can catch the big ship...good luck!

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Old February 16th, 2003, 04:15 PM
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Hope all is well and that everything worked out! Fortunately, with all the snow and storms that moved across the country, it missed O'Hare and northern Illinois.

Keeping my fingers crossed that it all worked out just fine! Not a great start, but hopefully from here on out it will be smooth sailing for you!

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What a bummer Ed. Keep your head up, it will work out and once you're on the ship you will have forgotten all about the hassle.

Every trip has a specific amount of problems inherently connected to it and you have already used up all of yours so the rest is smooooooooooooooooth sailing.

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Good luck. This is why I go at least a day early.

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