When I booked our trip 1 or so months ago, I decided to just do everything through Carnival since it is Winter Break. So, I get my documents, and am departing from Seattle at 10:30 & arrive in LA at 1:30 ish. Doesn't it seem like that is cutting it a bit close? I called my agent and another Deviation agent,to express my concerns and they said, not worry it will be fine. "Let's not think about that." Then our flight is not out of LA to Seattle until 7:30 pm. I paid about $50.00 extra to book everything through them so I would not have to worry and thought they would have better "connections" than that. I also did not know it was an option to go down the day before. Now I am a little worried...I do not want to miss the boat, have my luggage dropped in the water, etc. I am probably just worrying about this too much...the Deviation Lady was not very reassuring, to say the least. Okay, vent over! :-)
Yes, 1:30 is cutting it close... but if you booked airport to ship transfers as well as the air travel through Carnival like you said, then they will get you to the ship (even possibly holding the ship). I no longer book air and transfers through Carnival. it always seems like its more expensive that way and then I don't have the control to keep schedules ending up the way you have yours. Its always perferred to fly in the day before and do a night in a Hotel. That way you avoid the stress of getting to the ship on time.
As far as the return flight, if you booked transfers from the port to the airport, then Carnival will take care of your luggage.. I suggest doing an "excursion" in LA when you return. Some times they will combine the airport transfer with some form of sight seeing excursion too... It beats waiting around the airport.
And finally, if you have your docs, you know what your flights are.. go to the airline webpage and see if there are any other available flights... Maybe they can move you to an eariler flight. Remember is not "Let's not think about that" lady's vacation that will get ruined if your flight is delayed... its yours. Don't settle for that.
Alaska Air was nice enough to move our flights to the day before for our Alaska trip last June.. if they have seats available you should have a great shot as having them move you. Just remember to cancel your transfers from the airport. (Take a taxi from whatever hotel you decide on) Most of the time a taxi is cheaper anyway OR you may be able to find a hotel that offers a shuttle to the port. Good Luck!
yes, if you have already paid for transfers from the port to the airport, the cruiseline should handle taking the luggage to the airport. Worst case, you go to the airport with your luggage and then check it in for the flight and then leave to go to D-Land. For our Alaska cruise, they had baggage check-in right there at the cruise terminal and that was the last we saw of it until we were home. But that is a unique case I think. In any case, the cruiseline should be able to offer you getting your luggage to the airport. (remember, they are making trips to and from the airport getting new passengers to the ship from THEIR 1:30 flight arrivals
You will not be able to leave your luggage with Carnival just because you have transfers. If they have airport check in at the pier, you may be able to check them in with the airline. With new security rules some airlines aren't letting you check them more than four hours before your flight. If they don't have airport check-in you will have to take your luggage with you to the transfer bus. The cruiseline usually has some type of tour for those with late flights to take, and then they take you to the airport after the tour. Since you have already received your documents I don't think you will be able to cancel your transfers.