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.
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.“
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!
Majesty of the Seas - 10/03 & 02/07 & 11/08
Enchantment of the Seas - 10/04 & 10/11
Mariner of the Seas - 10/05
Vision of the Seas - 10/06 & 09/07
Carnival Liberty - 10/07
Adventure of the Seas - 9/08
Ruby Princess - 12/09
Voyager of the Seas - 9/10
Carnival Spirit - 11/10
Oasis of the Seas - 9/13
Song of America Dec '90
Starship Majestic May '89
Sovereign X 5
Majesty Jul '01
Enchantment X 4
Regal Empress Dec '02
Mariner May '07 April '08
Grandeur Feb '08
Inspiration Oct '08
Radiance of the Seas Oct '10
always flew that morning however from now on will be flying the day before.
CQ's Cruise Resume
Allure Of The Seas
Oasis Of The Seas x2
Liberty Of The Seas x4
Freedom Of The Seas x3
Navigator Of The Seas x2
Explorer Of The Seas x2
Voyager Of The Seas
Enchantment Of The Seas
Rhapsody Of The Seas
Majesty Of The Seas
Monarch Of The Seas
Sovereign Of The Seas
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.
"If your number one goal is to make sure that everyone likes and approves of you, then you risk sacrificing your uniqueness and, therefore, your excellence."
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.
Do you normally go down the day before and stay or
fly out that morning and pray you make it?
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.
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
Location: Greater Tampa Bay area (south of the BIG BRIDGE!)
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!