You should have plenty of time to get on the ship. The airport is only about 10 minute cab ride to the port. On our first cruise we arrived about the same time and were on board and in our room by 3:30. The only problem is that you are tired from flying and rushing that day. We now take at least one day to stay before the ship leaves. We are refreshed and are able to get on board at noon time and enjoy the day before departure.
We are leaving on the Sea Princess next week and are going 2 days before the cruise just to relax and get some heat. It is 25 below in NY with the wind chill.
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IF your flight is on schedule, you'd have no problems. With the way the airlines function, I certainly wouldn't be comfortable with that tight a schedule.
If at all possible, recommend coming in the day before. If not... get an earlier flight!!!
I live in California and I always go in a day early when I cruise from Florida or San Juan. It's just not worth missing the ship of there is bad weather, or now we have to worry about airport closures due to terrorism issues. I know of someone who nearly missed their ship when Atlanta had to close a terminal for 4 hours due to a scare.
Unless we book the air with Princess, we usually plan to arrive in the area one or two days early just in case there are any delays. If you book with Princess, they will either hold the ship or make arrangements to get you to the next port if there is a really bad delay.
This is the first time I am cruising so I am not sure when I made the flight reservations if I made them too late. We will be arriving at Fort Lauderdale at 2:15 and the boat leaves at 5:00.
Your flight should be fine. Most delays are well under an hour, so you'll still have plenty of time to get to the ship.
If anything is going to get you into trouble, it's referring to the vessel as a "boat." In maritme usage, a "boat" is a vessel that is not seaworthy.
I was going to go on, but I better repeat that so it will penetrate. In maritime usage, a "boat" is a vessel that is not seaworthy.
Another practical way to understand the distinction between a ship and a boat is that ships carry boats (the ship's tenders and lifeboats, for example, are correctly called "boats" because you would not want to go to sea in them).
Referring to a ship as a "boat" is a major insult to her captain and her crew. It's every bit as unacceptable as referring to a black person by "the 'n' word" -- and justifiable grounds to leave a passenger on the pier. Please break the habit of using that term in reference to the ship before it gets you into real trouble rather than after!
Norm... I think your advice on the flight is a bit optimistic and off the mark.
How do you come to say that most delays are under an hour? That is a very tight connection... I bring an awful lot of people into Fort Lauderdale (where I live) and, while these people will probably be ok... it can take 30 minutes or so just for them to get their luggage. It averages now, on Saturday or Sunday, about 10 to 15 minutes to pass through the security check at the Port entrance (when they elevate to "orange" it can grow to nearly half an hour)... and if the flight is an hour late or so, they have a problem. Kuki is quite right... they should plan to come in the day before, or certainly earlier in the sailing day, if they must.
With respect to Ship/Boat issue... I always think about the Supreme Court justice who, when talking about pornography, is reputed to have said... "... It is hard to define, but I know it when I see it!" I feel the same way about a vessel... I know a ship when I see one. ()
Fortunately we have never been inconvienced by not getting to the ship on time but we have been witness to others less fortunate. On a cruise from Vancouver to Hawaii approximately 70 passengers coming from the Chicago area were delayed getting into Seattle because of weather and missed the departure. And they couldn't get on at the next port because that was five days later in Hawaii. After this incident my husband and I vowed that we would always fly in at least one day ahead of time. On our last cruise to Alaska quite a few passengers experienced flight delays. Two ladies at our table made it to the ship on time but their luggage didn't. It was delivered to them at the next port which was two days later so had no formal clothes for the first formal night. They were so stressed out onboard the first night from the the worry of not making it to the ship on time that I really felt sorry them. What a way to start off your vacation.
We were in Portugal last week and flew into Lisbon via Amsterdam. When arriving at the Lisbon airport we were advised that many pieces of luggage did not make the flight. My husband had witnessed large bags of postal mail being loaded onto the plane in Amsterdam so we are guessing that our luggage got bumped by the mail (due to weight restrictions). So unless you're flying direct there is always that worry as well.
Plus if you get to the ship early and can sit around the pool if the weather is warm, have a drink, etc., it makes it seem like you have an extra day on the ship.
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I still am having a hard time making a decision whether I should change my flight. The main reason is that we would have to pay extra to change our flight. Airtran charges a $50.00 per person to change your flight plus the difference between what you paid and the cost of the actual fare. Yesterday, I would had to pay $306 dollars extra to change our flight. Today it is $106 plus whatever the hotel charges. In addition, my husband loses another personal day if we leave a day earlier, which he does not have many left. Is it worth the peace of mind? We are still trying to figure that out.
Thanks for the correction. You are right...it is a ship. I will do my best to not make that mistake again.
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How do you come to say that most delays are under an hour?
I was speaking of flight delays -- the majority of which actually are under 15 minutes.
It averages now, on Saturday or Sunday, about 10 to 15 minutes to pass through the security check at the Port entrance (when they elevate to "orange" it can grow to nearly half an hour)...
That's a dramatic change. Do the Princess transfers also have such a burden, or do they go straight through?
My original thinking was quite simple -- if the plane is on time, you allow 1/2 hour to go to the baggage claim and get their luggage and 15 minutes (which is very generous at Fort Lauderdale) for the transfer to the pier -- which would put them to the terminal at 3:00. Even if they encounter an hour in delays and thus get tot he terminal at 4:00, they will still be in the terminal an hour before their scheduled sailing time of 5:00.
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I still think that your arrival times are okay -- but it would be a good idea to buy your transfers through Princess rather than doing the transfer on your own. IIRC, Princess's transfers from Fort Lauderdale to the pier at Port Everglades are $5 per passenger each way. The ship will wait if one of Princess's transfers gets delayed. This would be a lot cheaper than changing your flights.