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Old May 24th, 2007, 10:29 AM
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Default MCO to Port C-Can we make it in time?

New cruiser here! I have done a lengthy search, and still need advice. My family of 4 is cruising on the Sov. of the Seas in July. Our time of arrival at MCO was 9:38 on a friday morning, then we were renting one way to get to the Port. U.S. Airways has changed our flight arrival to 11:58, with no option for an earlier flight that day.
Due to work schedules, flying in a day early isn't an option. My question is twofold-is this flight just cutting it too close, I understand that the unforseen can always occur, BUT barring that-could we make it in time? Also, now that time is the main factor...what is the FASTEST way to get to Port?? Thank you so much...I appreciate ANY help!
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What time does the ship depart? I would think you would be at the port by 2:30 if you arrive on time. ( I am giving you an hour to get luggage and 1 hr drive time). See the other post - lots of options. Since your time could be tight (if they are late), I think I would buy transfers.
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You will be suprised how many people will be arriving around that same time. I'd just purchase the cruiseline transfers, they are a reliable way to get to the port.
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Thank you both for your replies! The ship departs at 5 pm, RC states that 4 pm is the latest they allow passengers to embark. I was thinking 2 hours from landing to ship-which would be 2 pm...but I am not sure about how long the drop-off process is for rental cars at Port C, or how long the 'shuttle' process is after drop-off. I think that I will probably get transfers...I am understandably very nervous about the whole process!
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I think you'll save time by taking the ship's transfers, once you are at the pier, its very quick and you proceed to embarkment, rather than returning a rental car and getting another ride to the pier.
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I agree wholeheartedly with everyone about buying the ship's transfers. Purchase them in advance so they know to expect you. If their bus has a flat tire or a mechanical problem, the ship will wait but if you experience any of this with a rental car on your own, you're out of luck.
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Good information. Does anyone know if they will do the same if a flight is delayed? This is the first flight of the day-so we have a good chance of getting there on time, but I know flying to a MAJOR vacation destination is risky. I fly in and out of MCO several times a year...the sheer volume of passengers and flights is staggering!
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