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toddandkathy 01-22-2008 12:19 PM

Looking for advice from experienced cruisers. We are scheduled to dock at the Port of Miami at 7:00am and we have an 11:00am flight out of Fort Lauderdale. I DO realize that the timing is terrible but has anyone experienced this problem? What did you do in order to make it to your flight on time? Any suggestions (besides re-scheduling my flight)??? Thanks!

Dave 01-22-2008 12:36 PM

The only thing you can do is make sure you are in the priority debarkation group for early flights and have reliable transportation to FLL waiting for you on the pier. Did you do the air booking, or was it arranged by the cruise line or an agent?

toddandkathy 01-22-2008 12:52 PM

I arranged it myself........oops I'll know what to do next time! Is the disembark @ port of Miami pretty speedy?

Dave 01-22-2008 01:10 PM

Debarkation in Miami usually moves along well enough, but I have to tell you that of all the ports I've been through Miami has also had the most glitches. Last summer for instance - Customs suddenly lost their computer connections and had to totally suspend operations for close to an hour. They have no manual backup plan. Nobody was allowed to leave the ship during this time and many people missed their flights...from MIA which is just a short ride from the pier. Granted this is not common, and odds are you'll make your flight. However I wouldn't risk this scenario again.

toddandkathy 01-22-2008 01:14 PM

Thanks for the advice!! Much appreciated. Are cabs (metered and non-metered) all over the place once we are off the boat?

Dave 01-22-2008 01:24 PM

There are lots of cabs, but another option would be to look into reserving your own shuttle service. We've used Top Shuttle and like them - very reliable.

Berick1234 01-23-2008 05:50 PM

The ride is a short one to the airport.....we usually have a 12:30 flight and don't leave the ship until 9 or so and get there in time...but if in doubt...take the express departure where you take your own luggage can leave the ship as soon as it's cleared....Good Luck...
And yes, there are lots of cabs...
Happy Sailing

Bob E

Dave 01-23-2008 05:52 PM


The ride is a short one to the airport

Bob, do you mean MIA or FLL?

The Cruiser-Hydes 01-24-2008 11:19 AM

Have you considered contacting the airline and changing your flight so that you fly out of Miami? I realize that there is often a fee but it might be worth it for the peace of mind. The traffic from Miami to Ft. Lauderdale can be really busy during the week, so so on the weekends. If you can't change your flight, I would recommend a private car service and request the earliest disembarkation time. Hope it helps, have a great trip.

JIM2TAK 01-25-2008 04:45 AM

Also plan on doing express walk-off (carry all your luggage off the ship)

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