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Old January 20th, 2005, 11:32 AM
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Any pros and cons?
We are planning to book our airfare separate. If we do, should we purchase transfers to get to ship from cruise line/travel agent? Thanks for any advice!
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Old January 20th, 2005, 11:54 AM
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Maxine:
Depending on when you are arriving you can purchase your transfers separately. What port are you sailing from and what airport do you want to fly into?

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Old January 20th, 2005, 12:08 PM
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We will be flying to Fort Lauderdale, cruise ship is Celebrity Millenium. The travel agent said we could purchase transfers from them. Seems simpler to do, just didn't know what is best.
Thanks for answering my email.
In the past we have booked everything together, so don't want to mess up.
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I book my airfare separate as I've found that it's (1) cheaper and (2) I can pick the dates and times most convenient to my schedule. I always fly in at least the day before the cruise leaves, just in case. For transfers I've either arranged my own or bought the cruise ship transfers. In some cases its more expensive to buy the ones from the cruise than it is to make your own arrangements. An example was in Tampa where the transfers were $20/pp and we got a cab for the 5 of us for a total of $25.

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I tried the transfers once, but the waiting for the coach to fill was almost unbearable. I have done taxis ever since.

You didn't say how far you air travel was, but if there is not a concern about flight delays because of weather, booking separate airfare is cheaper. If you live in the Northern climates, like I do, you may wish to arrive a day early and stay in a hotel overnight. Then you will be rested and ready to enjoy your cruise. In our case, booking separate air + hotel was cheaper than cruise airfare.

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Old January 20th, 2005, 01:02 PM
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Default Re: Re: Booking airfare separate

I agree on the airfare; it was a better price to book separately. We have just been used to having our luggage tags before we leave and didn't know if that would be a hassle if we take taxi. Thanks for your reply.
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Old January 20th, 2005, 01:04 PM
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Our concern was if it is a hassle to take a taxi. In the past we have had our luggage tags prior to arriving in Fort Lauderdale. If you take a taxi, do you get it tagged at the ship instead?
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Old January 20th, 2005, 01:09 PM
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Maxine,

This is my limited experience.

1st cruise: Let cruise line handle air and transfers. Flew to FLL morning of cruise. Almost missed connection in ATL. Bit nails. Stood in herd of fellow passengers and luggage waiting to board ancient bus. Enviosly watched some climbing into waiting taxis. Rode ancient bus. Paid more than those taking cabs. Bleh!

2nd cruise: Bought own air ticket. Flew to SEA day before cruise. Didn't bite nails. Relaxed and visited Pike Place Market. Next day, took cab to port at my leisure. Had a great cruise. Got my bag and climbed into waiting cab. Watched others waiting for bus as we drove past on way to airport.

Next cruise: On Millenium out of Fort Lauderdale in Feb. Needless to say, I'm flying in the day before and relaxing at the Marriott, then catching either a taxi or the hotel shuttle to the port.

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Old January 20th, 2005, 01:47 PM
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Thanks for the info, Tim.

We will be on Millenium March 6th. We cruised on Constellation last March.

Have a wonderful cruise with lots of sun and fun!
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If you fly into Ft. Lauderdale, collect your luggage, put your Celebrity luggage tags on the bags, and grab a taxi.

It's an inexpensive 5 or so minute ride to the pier. No need to wait for cruise line buses!

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Old January 20th, 2005, 02:56 PM
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Thanks for the info; I agree.
My husband thinks it would be simpler to use Celebrity, but it also costs more and takes longer!
Oh well, not important enough to argue over.....
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