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!
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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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!
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.
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.
Teresa and Larry
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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!