For anyone who has sailed the Eastern Caribbean on the Zuiderdam, what was the quickest time were you actually able to get the airport upon disembarking. I've got a 10:45 departure and I'm a touch concerned. Thanks.
If you are only going to Atlanta, and there is two or more of you I would think about driving there, I believe it is only a 8 hour drive. Should be a lot less hassles then flying, maybe more fun, and the cost should be cheaper.
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I've read horror stories on long waits at FFL and the need to get to airport two hours early. I hope the cruise line made your reservations otherwise you may be in trouble. This is why I fly in the day before and leave a day later. With what I save on airfare I can afford it and I got tired of lousy airline reservations at a high cost.
We didn't get off the ship until almost 10:00AM, our friend was flying into Atlanta & had to be at the airport by 11:30. She made it with plenty of time to spare. The airport is very close to the pier................you may be pushing it but it is possible. Make sure when when fill out your disembarkment form you let them know you have an early flight (it may help) Cathy
We completed the cruise last Saturday and all went well. We received number 1 for our disembarkation order and were off the boat by 8:30 and in a cab driving to the airport by 8:45. We arrived at our gate after the security check and baggage checks around 9:15, an hour and a half before our flight.
The golf pro running the simulator told us that you could request an earlier departure if you don't automatically get an early disembarkation number.
Happy it worked out well for you, Andy. You were fortunate and very often what you experienced will occur. But, when we disembarked from Zuiderdam in September, anyone with a flight prior to 12 noon, did not make it. The ship was delayed arriving back to FLL as they had problems raising one of the tenders at HMC and the ship left late from the island. Leave late = arrive late.
One never knows what hold ups there can be with arrival time, Immigration delays, idiots who don't pay their bill etc etc
Here is the best delay yet...Nor'easter that casued the ship to be 8 hours late ito NY..Lucky I live there..but my "limo" wasn't there since he had no way to know when the ship would arrive.... Back up plans can't hurt. I don't book nonrefunable tickets unless I know that I can make the flight, like when visiting friends.