We leave next Saturday to fly from NYC to Fort Lauderdale - to board the Grand Princess on Sunday April 6.
Our flights were not scheduled through Princess because we prefer to book our own air. Everything was set for us to fly Delta nonstop, from JFK. I recieved a phone call from a Delta rep this evening informing me that our flight had been cancelled! They wanted to put us on another flight with a long layover in Atlanta, which wouldn't get us to Fort Lauderdale until close to 9pm. That would make the entire day traveling! Figure in 6 people getting their luggage and transport to the hotel and wow - that's late! I found this unacceptable! I voiced my complaint, also explaining that we were scheduled to embark on a cruise the next day.
There are 6 in our group going together. I asked her if there was any alternative and low and behold.... an earlier non-stop, (getting us to Florida even sooner than the original flight) was available - for all 6 of us. I grabbed it - giving everyone's name and had us all changed to the earlier flight.
Thank goodness!! I was so stressed and worried that somehow, even traveling a day early (which I insist on doing pre-cruise!) something would go wrong - and we'd be up the proverbial you know what - without a paddle!
They were very nice - even managing to get us 6 across in one row. Now I just will pray and keep all my fingers and toes crossed that we don't get another call from Delta!!
In these uncertain times - plan to fly in a day early if you can! At least it makes you a tiny bit more flexible!
(whew) I'm really looking forward to this cruise! I asked about our return flight and was told to check with them the day we disembark. arrgh! Maybe we'll get an extra day in Florida? Everyone due back at work on Monday will have the perfect excuse- stranded!