Hi, I have a question for you experienced cruisers...I have booked a trip for this winter on Royal Caribbean, and we dock at Miami at 9 am at the end of the cruise. The only flight that will work with my frequent flyer miles leaves Miami airport at 11:25. There is no way that will work is there? A friend told me that they actually dock earlier than that...what can you folks advise??
I personally will not book a flight before 1:00 p.m.. On our last cruise we docked on time but didn't get off the ship until 11:30 p.m. I'm not sure what the holdup was. Another time we were delayed in getting off as there were people who were not reporting for immigration and customs couldn't clear the ship. I wouldn't chance it.
Celebrity Century 1/09
Carnival Destiny 10/07
Carnival Destiny 9/06
Monarch of the Seas 3/06
Carnival Inspiration 8/05
Carnival Miracle 4/05
Carnival Inspiration 4/04
Sovereign of the Seas 4/03
The problem is what happens if you dock late? It takes about an hour to get off the ship, find your luggage, clear immigration & customs & then another 1/2 hour to the AP. If there's an accident or a problem at TSA, you're stuck.
11:25 might be possible but it would be alwfully stressful for me.