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Old January 25th, 2011, 11:37 PM
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Question 10:30am flight time, is this too early?

We are going to cruise on the Allure of the Seas in June and our return flight leaves at 10:30am. Is that too early?

I've heard the process for disembarkation was smooth and quick with RCI's newest ships due to their onboard airline check-in and baggage, but I certainly don't want to miss our flight.

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Old January 26th, 2011, 06:29 AM
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Your flight has to be after 1130 to be able to use the onboard luggage transfer so the flight you're tallking about won't work for that.

To make a 10:30 flight (and we've done 10am) you would need to use the walk off process where you take your own luggage and walk off so that you are in the first group off the ship.

FLL is only 10 minutes from the port so it's an easy ride. There is a line-up of cabs once you've been through customs and immigration so there shouldn't be any issue getting to the airport.
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When is the next available flight. I know there is a chance you could make it, but I don't think I would chance it...
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that is cutting it close, it is doable but personally i would feel more comfortable with a bit more wiggle room just in case, you would need to self disembark(carry all your luggage off the ship) on the first call, grab a cab and head to the airport
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On my recent cruise we had a 12:30 return flight .We left the ship at 8:30 . Our taxi got into perhaps the worst traffic jam one could imagine .We got to the airport at 9:30 . If we had an early flight we would have possibly not made it.
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If everything worked perfectly,it's still close...Remember you have so many ships disembarking, FLL airport can be gridlock at security.
Bring some pepto bismal along for the ride...

I would rather sit a bit at the airport, relaxing, there for the next flight home. A change fee is now in play unless you are flying Southwest....
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We fly southwest which, I guess is why I'm not worried about missing my flight
However we always do walk-off and have always been at the airport well before 9 am. It can be done. In saying that we weren't on the Oasis or Allure so maybe that will be different.
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Southwest Airlines is a great airline.

Sounds too close for me, I wouldn't try anything before 11:30.
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On the Allure last month and as mentioned, it can certainly be done if nothing goes wrong.
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Twice we booked 10am flights as the later one was just too long to hang about for. We had no difficulty taking our own luggage off and being at the airport before 8am. However, that was not on the Allure, so I am not sure what disemarkation day with 6K passengers looks like. The biggest delay is likely to be at FLL itself, they don't have enough TSA screeners to handle an average rush hour, unless things have improved a lot.
I would say go for it but have a plan B available..
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We had a 10:10 Flight coming off Ruby Princess in November. I was pretty nervous. We had plenty of time, we walked off with our own luggage. At that time the airport was dead. I probably wouldn't do it again quite that early. Everything went our way and it's not always going to happen that way.
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