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Old January 31st, 2008, 10:01 PM
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Do you normally go down the day before and stay or
fly out that morning and pray you make it?
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I always like to start the fun early, especially if I leave from Florida..It can save headaches, with weather or delayed flights, etc...
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Old January 31st, 2008, 11:25 PM
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Our first cruise in a few days and we are going to Mobile the day before.
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I always arrive at least a day early,,,especially if cruising in the winter. Ya just never know what will happen to make you late.

Besides it helps to make the vacation a little longer
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Old February 1st, 2008, 03:33 AM
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When I am flying to a port I go the day before. For Florida ports it depends which one. If it is one nearby like Tampa or Port canaveral I usually go the morning of the cruise. If I am going to Miami or Ft Lauderdale I will go the day before and stay over.

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Old February 1st, 2008, 10:17 AM
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We also are going the day before. Arriving in FLL on Saturday and staying in Miami and going to the ship on Sunday.

We are excited to make the over night stop in Miami and get those last minute items and the pepsi to take with us on ship. It will make the vacation longer, I agree.
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50 cruises and never flown in the day before (for those cruises that originated in the USA) and so far NEVER EVER had the need to pray we make it


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I've always flown in to my departure port at least 1 day, if not a couple days early. Delays and cancellations are a part of life here in Chicago O'Hare land!
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This will be the first cruise that we haven't flown down the day of the cruise, gotta admit I feel a little more relaxed about that. Plus we will have an extra day in Miami to relax.
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I just drive over that morning and like to be onboard before noon. 8)
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Sailing out of Galveston, we drive in on the day of the cruise -- of course, I live about 35 min from the port.

Anywhere else, I usually go in a day or 2 prior to cruise. Start that vacation as early as possible. It also takes all the stress out of getting to the ship.
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always flew that morning however from now on will be flying the day before.
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I normally go the day before but have arrived on the same day.
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Always a day early. After all, we live in snow country, you just never know...
Also helps to de-stress and acclimatize ourselves before getting on board!

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Really depends. One package we left from Florida, and flight came with, we left the same day. A friend of mine did the same and flight was cancelled due to a storm, and they flew her to San Juan, paid the hotel for the group and all included for two nights and they got on board when the ship arrived. So if it was a package, I would not mind the day of, if I booked on my own, the day before. We leave now from New York, much easier, we drive the day of and always arrive in such away we would have five hours to spare in "case". This time we left the day before only because we met up with friends and because we did some things with the kids in New York . So it really depends.
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Whenever possible, we try to sail from places that are interesting desitnations in themselves. We seldom sail from Florida anymore, but when we do we usually take the opportunity to visit relatives in Palm Beach for a few days. Because we choose sailings based in large measure on the itinerary, it follows that most of the time we go to the embarkation port well in advance of sailing, because it's a place we want to visit. Naturally, this has the added advantage of being sure we're at the port in plenty of time.

On our last cruise we went to Barcelona several days in advance, and enjoyed ourselves tremendously, visiting Montserrat and partaking of the trememdous food, architecture and fun that marks Barcelona.

The only time recently I can recall going to the embarkation port on the day of sailing was a couple years ago when we just drove up to Bayonne from Washington.
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Always the day before. Our next cruise sails out of San Diego, and I still want to go there a day early to get a jump start on the vacation!

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It depends on where you live and where the ship is of course. We live in Denver now and there are no oceans nearby so we always go the day before
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Do you normally go down the day before and stay or
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I usually go on embarkation day, as I find that morning flights out of Boston are generally very reliable even with New England's weather. I had only one problem in two dozen cruises, and that was an afternoon flight with a connection made too close by a change in the airline's schedule after I had booked the flight.

FWIW, I have seen going early backfire pretty royally, too. On one of my cruises, which departed from Los Angeles on a Monday, a major snowstorm hit the northeast on the weekend closing all three of New York's airports and causing cancellations of many flights into and out of Boston, Hartford, Providence, and Philadelphia as well. About 250 passengers who had booked on flights from New York that got cancelled on Saturday and Sunday could not get out on Monday because the flights were too full. Many of them joined the ship in Cabo San Lucas two days into the cruise in spite of their precaution.

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going to the ship, day before..going home after the cruise, I always take an extra day off from work and "volunteer" to give up my seat, to take the denied boarding compensation, which because of overbooking, the airline throws in a hotel room , so I have a head start towards paying for the air fare for my next cruise
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Actually noticed in the flyer for a trip I am considering (not a cruise) that if you are flying out with the group you are REQUIRED to fly in the day before!
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I all ways fly in the day before, id rather be late going home then missing the cruise. Plus I like to enjoy the port for the day.
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Even though I live in FL, I still try to go to the port area the day before. This time of year is particularly important due the wildfire season......I-4 and I-75 can be closed in a heartbeat. It is worth taking the pressure off.....and is 1 less dinner I have to cook!
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you cook dinner My wife told me that was my job now, that congress passed a new law or something -- you mean she's fibbin
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when we cruise next we have been thinking leave one day early
since we have to fly out of o'hare i here there big on delays
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