In the process of trying to get our air tickets for a Monarch of the Seas cruise in May. What is the best airport to fly into as far as convenience to the port? Also we still have a deposit down on the Enchantment cruise which is 1 night and $2800 more thatn MOS. We are first time cruisers with 4 kids. Will we regret choosing the MOS over EOS? Any thoughts appreciated.
I would go with the Monarch. When we first took our kids on a cruise we cruised the Soveriegn of the Seas (sister ship to the Monarch). We decided on the shorter and less expensive cruise just in case the kids didn't like it, got seasick, bored, etc. I didn't want to spend a lot of money and have them hate it or have someone sick on a long cruise. Our kids loved it! and no one was sick. The other advantage to the Monarch is no sea days so if someone doesn't like it you're in port every day. I'm sailing her (for the first time) in March and am looking forward to it. We're flying into LAX the day before and spending the night in LA just in case. I'm from the Northeast so have to plan for weather. Others have posted that the Long Beach airport is much quieter and easier to get around.
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If you can swing it, Long Beach airport is by far the best airport to use and is much closer to the port than LAX or Orange County (John Wayne).
Does Jet Blue fly in to your local airport? I know that they fly into LB. Not sure who if any other airlines do.
Food for thought. OC is farther to the docks than LAX so your transfer to the dock would be a bit more costly and longer. But OC is heads above LAX in service and convenience. You might want to look at that option as well.
I live in the LA area and as you probably know, it's huge and inconvenient. But I wouldn't rule out LAX (which, like the cruise terminal is NOT in LA). LAX does a heck of a job and I don't hesitate to fly in there to save money, I just schedule flights in "off hours." Compare prices of airline tickets plus transportation to San Pedro. If you have a carrier that goes into LGB, for a comparable fare, it would definitely be the most convenient.