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Old 07-22-2009, 11:55 AM
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My heart goes out to the Succes family, BUT, even if they had come to a website like ours, they would have been told it is always best to fly in at least 1 day before the cruise. They should have had insurance, they should have gone down a day or two early. Yes, I book many cruises on my own, but always take insurance and always try my best to get there at least 1 day before sailing.
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Old 07-22-2009, 12:27 PM
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I always give the example of our 1 hour flight from Tucson to Los Angeles. We were supposed to get into LA at 10:00 a.m. We ended up boarding the ship at 4:30pm... Lesson learned. Fly in the day before. If you're looking at traveling in winter - maybe even plan at least two days early.
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I contacted Carnival, and they told me the same thing you did. By booking the flight with Carnival, I am guaranteed to catch the ship even if they have to fly me out the day before.

And you better have that passport if you have to fly into a different port!!
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Old 07-22-2009, 02:29 PM
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Some key words from the Carnival "guarantee":

"If AirSea is unable to get the guests to the home port or first port of call..."

Thus it isn't a 100% guarantee, although it does appear they will try real hard. If they can't get you there they will issue a future cruise credit (not a refund).

Read the full item here
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Old 07-22-2009, 05:45 PM
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I know it is best to go the day before. I was just looking for some assurance that I wouldnt get screwed.
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I was just looking for some assurance that I wouldnt get screwed.
Well, not if they can help it.
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We normally fly in April from the Northeast and know that the weather can be fickle that time of year and now leave at least 1 if not 2 days early so that we are not worried and also always take the trip insurance as well. We once flew out to San Juan the day of the cruise and that was the last time we did that ! We did make it but we were novices at that time.

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Old 07-24-2009, 11:00 AM
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Peter I, I made that mistake, too. I flew into San Juan the day of the cruise. However, my luggage decided to go somewhere else. I had insurance and Royal was very good about letting me have credit in their shops. My luggage caught up with me 3 days later. I have not done that again.
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Old 08-28-2009, 10:01 AM
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always fly in a day prior! worth every extra dime for the hotel...
 
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