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Old August 3rd, 2007, 01:41 AM
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1. Are there specified smoking cabins? or can you just smoke in your cabin if you are a smoker?

2. If we dock at 7 a.m. what time do we have to leave the room? Is it the room steward yelling at us to get out at 7:01, or can we stay til 9 or 10? Also, do we have to give our luggage over to the ship people, or can we carry it off ourselves?

3. Is it possible to catch a 9:45 a.m. flight if we dock in FLL at 7:00 a.m.?
Or is that pushing it?
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Hi Kel,
Some cruiselines are imposing some smoking policies, for example, on Royal Caribbean, no smoking in your cabin at all, but OK if out on your balcony.

On the last day of the cruise, they usually want you out of your cabin by 8:00 and off the ship shortly after that. Sometimes it takes longer and yes, you can carry your own luggage off if you want.

I wouldn't book a flight home until around noon.
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Old August 3rd, 2007, 06:29 AM
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You will probably dock around 5:30 or 6:00 A. M., but it will probably be 8:45 or 9:00 A. M. at the earliest before you can get off the ship. There always seems to be one person who is constantly being paged to come to Guest Relations, which holds up the process.

Even though FLL airport is near the cruise port, booking a 9:45 A. M. flight would be a real risk. I wouldn't try it.
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Old August 3rd, 2007, 08:07 AM
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Although I am a smoker, I never smoke in my cabin - always the balcony.

When all the questions about smoking came to the forefront, I called Royal Caribbean who let me know that right now there is no smoking ban in cabins, however, there will be one as of January 1, 2008 - no ifs, ands or butts!

Also, in fairness to other cruisers who are non-smokers, it is best not to smoke in your cabin. The next cruisers occupying your cabin on the following sailing may be very allergic to cigarette smoke and this would upset their trip and that, certainly, IS NOT FAIR!

Again, although I am a smoker, I have great respect for the rights of others.

The only thing that I wish is that if cruisers are in an area where smoking is allowed by the cruise line, please refrain from making incessant comments about the smokers and their habit.

I realize that non-smokers want the best for us and that is why we are given small areas to smoke that are away from others.
Just let us rest in peace and smoke where we are allowed.
Just my opinion. Soon, we will RIP in a longggggggg time!

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Kel, take Donna's advise she is right on target. FYI - after 1/1/08. You can smoke on your balcony, not in your cabin, and if you smoke in your cabin you will be charged a cleaning fee.
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Diane, THANK YOU for being a thoughtful smoker!

We have two asthmatics in our family and smoke does in fact trigger problems, if not full blown attacks. We do travel with meds but they don't always do the trick.

I appreciate you and applaud your thoughtfulness to those passengers that are in fact allergic to smoke!
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1 - you should never smoke in your cabin
2 - you won't be forced out of your cabin and you can carry out your baggage but it is better to put it out the night before
3 - book a later flight or stay over an extra night
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3. Is it possible to catch a 9:45 a.m. flight if we dock in FLL at 7:00 a.m.?
Or is that pushing it?
That's really pushing it.

The normal procedure for disembarkation in the United States goes something like this.

>> 1. The ship arrives in port in the wee hours (well before the published time).

>> 2. The longshoremen in the port offload the luggage that the ship's staff collected during the night from the ship and set it out in the terminal's customs area for pick-up. Customs inspectors with dogs check the luggage as it's set out.

>> 3. Around the published time of arrival, immigration agents arrive onboard and commence "inspection" of all passengers and crew. All passengers and crew must report for inspection with passports or alternative identification and proof of citizenship. (This process usually takes two to three hours.) During this time, one or two customs inspectors also may come aboard to collect import duty from passengers who owe it.

>> 4. Upon completion of customs inspection, the pursor's desk starts calling disembarkation groups. The passengers disembark by group, claim their luggage in the terminal's customs area, and proceed to the customs inspection station. The customs inspector usually just collects the customs form, but has the right to inspect the contents of luggage if desired.

>> 5. After clearing customs by family units, passengers proceed out of the cruise terminal to transfer buses or other transportation.

The whole process may take three to four hours. For this reason, I agree completely with Donna's recommendation against booking any flight before noon, even from Fort Lauderdale.

To be safe, it really is best to have your travel agent call the cruise line and obtain the earliest permitted flight times for the cruise line's transfers at the end of your cruise, then book flights that conform -- even if you intend to transfer by taxi rather than using the cruise line's transfer service.

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For whatever it's worth........on our last cruise, we had priority debarkation because we were Diamond level C & A members. We had our car in Miami, so we were really in no hurry. However, it took 1 1/2 hours for our bags to come off the carousel. If we had been trying to get an early flight, we would have been out of luck.
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