Flying in day of cruise at 12:56 pm and cruise leaves at 4:30, is that enough time?
My family and I (4 people total) are flying from Toronto to Tampa on December 22. I have already booked the flight and cruise so just wondering if we have enough time to get to the cruise (royal caribbean).
I think that's cutting it WAY too close. For a 4:30 set sail, I believe you have to be checked in by 3:00 pm. That only leaves you 2 hours to get bags, get to the port, get through security at the port, and get checked in. Check with Royal Caribbean, and see what they recommend as the latest arrival time for your cruise. You can find that info here, and just select your ship, sail date, and embarkation port and debarkation port from the dropdown list. The embarkation port is where you are boarding the ship, and the debarkation port is where you will get off the ship at the end of the cruise.
Also, bear in mind, that since you did not book air through the cruise line, they will not wait for you if for whatever reason you're late, and you will have to catch up to the ship at the next port of call at your expense.
2007 - Majesty of the Seas (Bahamas)
2009 - Enchantment of the Seas (Western Caribbean)
2010 - Freedom of the Seas (Western Caribbean)
2013 - Golden Princess (Alaska, roundtrip from Seattle)
I agree that this is way too close. You'll also have to go through U.S. immigration, and the timing is unpredictable on that one.
I plugged your cruise information into the form that MCPayne provided. The latest arrival time they suggest is 12:30. So, you are already a half-hour past that, and they might not account for the immigration procedures I mentioned above.
Even if everything goes smoothly (and, from experience, flying during winter can mean delays), it will be extremely tight. My suggestion is to pony up the change fee and either take an earlier flight or, better yet, fly in a day earlier and spend the night in a hotel in or near Tampa.
When you leave from Toronto you go thru U.S. immigration in Toronto before you leave and not upon arrival. So there will be immigration concerns. However I would never fly down the same day. We always go down one or two days before the departure date. This is way too close for comfort. Change your tickets and go down the day before.
ironmask, please let us know how the flight rebooking turns out. As many of us have mentioned, there are many reasons for changing your flight times. I'm glad you asked for our advice on this one while there's still time to change it.