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andyl December 2nd, 2013 07:08 PM

New to Cruising
Leaving out of Ft Laud next Monday with my 87 year old dad.Neither of us have cruised before.We are on the Celebrity Constellation.My guess is that with the date being before Christmas break there will be mostly "Seniors".
Received an email from Celebrity today saying not to be at the port before 12:30..Is that accurate?

What else can we expect.Going to Cozumel and Key West...

Trip December 2nd, 2013 08:45 PM

These couple of weeks before the holiday are so well priced, you will see a range of ages onboard. I always get to the terminal around 11:30. Aer you driving or flying in that day, or pre cruising and coming from a hotel?

Grand Cayman can be busy, depending on how many ships are in. Very expensive island, with beautiful shops. Key West is more honky tonk.Try to go to Southernmost will be 90 miles away from Cuba...The Conch Train is takes you all around with a repetoire of whats, what....enjoy your cruise, you will have a ball!

Dave Beers December 2nd, 2013 08:48 PM

Cruise lines often tell guests to 'not arrive until XYZ time' because they are trying to control crowding. They hope that at least a few will listen but don't expect everyone to comply. You can arrive earlier but to be honest you may have to wait for a little bit to board. If you arrive at 12:30 you may find there is no waiting line and you can check in and board in one continuous flow, which might be helpful to your father if he has any physical limitations. Personally, I always arrive around 11am or so because I can't wait to board!

How wonderful for you both! Celebrity is an excellent choice. You won't be totally surrounded by 'senior citizens'. A lot of people take advantage of cruises during this time of year because they usually are a bargain. The weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas are a down time for cruises in the Caribbean historically. People are more concerned with shopping, and holiday preparations.

Cozumel is a pleasant island. It is quite commercial now as compared to the old days when it was really rustic. But, it is a safe port and the people are friendly and helpful. I like it.

andyl December 2nd, 2013 10:11 PM

Coming by car about a half hour away.Have parking reservations near the pier.

Trip December 3rd, 2013 08:33 PM

I'd get there late morning.....

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