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Old 01-25-2007, 05:10 AM
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We are changing rooms today to add a third person. But as I've been searching for flights ALL night long, I'm finding that you can't get flights into Miami in the morning unless you want to pay BIG bucks. What's the latest he can arrive when our boat leaves the dock at 5:00 pm? Also, what's the cheapest website to shop, I usually use Expedia but I'm open to other ideas. Thank you.
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Old 01-25-2007, 06:13 AM
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Also, if we fly him into Ft. Lauderdale because it's cheaper, is there transportation from Ft. Lauderdale to Miami that's affordable and reliable? Thanks
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Hi avenger! I don't know where you live so this may be a moot point. We live in Illinois and use AirTran to fly to Florida. It is inexpensive and a great airline to travel on.

In November we booked our air flights through Royal Caribbean and they had us on American. At the last minute their was a change in flight times and we had to race to Miami to catch a flight in order to make a connecting flight at O'Hare. It cost $66.50, plus tip, to take a shuttle to Miami. Because we had to get to Miami in 30 minutes to catch the flight, the driver drove faster than usual! I would expect it to take 30-45 minutes to get there, depending on traffic, construction, etc.

The website for the shuttle service is www.floridalimo.com.
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Old 01-25-2007, 08:29 AM
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GREAT! Thanks Nadine. I was looking at AirTran, he is flying out of either Dayton, Cincinatti or Columbus, OH. The only thing I was worried about with using AirTran is the departure flight, the cheapest one leaves at 10:30, I'm not sure if he will make it to the airport in time after we get off the ship. Do you think he would?
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Flying in the day of the cruise can get dicey. People do it all the time (as you have found out with the air fare) But if the plane is delayed, you can get into trouble. I would be concerned with anything later that a 1PM landing considering that by the time he gets off the plane, goes through baggage and gets through the taxi line, it could be an hour or so. Figure another 15 to 30 mins getting to the port, and you are looking at 2:30 or so at the ship. You need to be ON BOARD by 4PM even though they say it departs at 5PM. That leaves only an hour and a half for flight delay slop.

So, if you can't find anything in the price range, consider flying into Ft Lauderdale. But take into account the cost of a taxi or shuttle from there to Miami. Maybe someone else can say for sure but I'm guessing about $75 for a taxi, but I'm sure you can get a shuttle bus for less. A taxi ride from Miami airport will run about $25 so that a difference of $50 or so.

But people fly into Ft Lauderdal all the time basically because of the reasons you mention.
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Tx for the info Jim, I think I found a flight into Miami for a fairly decent price and it gets in in the morning so we should be okay.
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Good deal.. that will probably be best and easiest. Have a great trip!
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Thank you Jim! You too!!
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The problem is you are looking for a flight with out a lot of notice right during peak spring break time. I would compare what your finding to the cruise lines airfare for your third person. The cruise lines airfare would also include the transfers.
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Also, what's the cheapest website to shop, I usually use Expedia but I'm open to other ideas. Thank you.
In the future try using KAYAK.com or Sidestep.com for your air research. they cover all the airlines airfares.
 
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