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We've been very fortunate full time RV'ing, owning a business with flexible hours and wintering close to an embarkation port that we've been driving to our cruises.  A lot of you do, too.

We're cruisiing in August from Miami on an 8 Day Southern Caribbean (bucket list ports, namely Aruba) and will be flying in and back.  We would always recommend flying in the night before and getting a shuttle or an Uber to the pier in the morning.  Sometimes, though, it just can’t be done.

Connie hates flying in on the day of the cruise, and in truth, there are a LOT of possible issues that can arise.  One of those happened to us yesterday when we got the dreaded “your flight has been changed” email.

Our rule of thumb is boots on the ground before noon on your day of embarkation and flights no earlier than 1p on your return.  The changed flights were within the cruise lines guidelines (which you should always consult), but gave us a little bit of nerves.

These flights were on Delta, and the airline you’re flying can have a LOT to do with your options.  One thing about airlines is they’re not really that accessible.  At least Delta has the callback feature where you don’t have to wait on hold for an hour, they’ll call you back.  Still, in all, it was at least a two hour process.

In this case, we had a lot of them (including flying in the day before), but we settled on an earlier departure and arriving in Fort Lauderdale around 11:45a.  Not ideal, but workable.

I’d still much rather drive to my cruise.

Late Flights After a Cruise

We have clients who want to self assist, earliest flights possible and rush, rush, rush to leave their cruise vacation.  That's fine and we understand it.

When we travel, however, we are the extreme opposite.  We've been told we have to leave.  We've had guys holler down the runway to the guys at the end that we were the last ones and close the door.  We've been called by the porters that our luggage hadn't been picked up yet, and we have priority embarkation.  (Me:  "um, that's because we're still eating breakfast on the ship and we haven't left yet.")  You get the picture.

So we're flying out of Fort Lauderdale next month after a cruise in Miami on the Carnival Vista, and we have a later (5:55p) flight.  Years ago, in Tampa, we had a similar situation and if you've ever cruised from Tampa, you know that the airport (like in Lauderdale) is very close to the cruise port.  We couldn't check in for our flight.  We sat there until check in could begin.  It was a horrible few hours.

So here's our plan for now, years later, with all kinds of technology at our disposal.

We'll still be the last ones off the ship in Miami.  We'll take the Carnival transfers back to FLL, which should get us there around 11:30 or noon.  Too early to check in our luggage for our flight.  We've checked, and FLL has storage.  We'll store our bags there at the airport.  We're going to take an Uber to one of the many places we've enjoyed in the past at Lauderdale or maybe find someplace new.  We'll do that research well in advance.  Then, we'll Uber back to the airport, check in and wait on our flights.

How about you?

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