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Old 09-06-2006, 07:44 AM
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I was just having a conversation with a co-worker who is going on a cruise on the 21st of this month and his delimma is simular to mine he arrives in Miami Florida at 10:35am and the ship doesn't sail until 5pm so he and I both were wondering what is there to do for that big span of time. My situation is the exact same when I go on my cruise I arrive at the same time of morning, so what is there to do in all that left over time?????
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My daughter and her boyfriend just went on a cruise for the first time. They were in the similar situation. They arrived at ft lauderdale at 10:30, and had a transfer to the ship.They had to wait about 1/2 hour at the airport for the next shuttle to the ship. They ended up being on the ship by noon, and eating lunch at the windjammer buffet, and in their rooms by 1:00. Although their luggage didn't arrive until much later, but they had brought bathing suits, and extra things in their carry on bags. So they were set. So the time does go by fast, and as they were new to cruising, exploring the ship for that extra time was a good way to start before alot of the other people were on board. They loved it.. Have fun.
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Just getting back from two cruises - My daugther and I both used the extra time to take a nap. From rushing around getting ready for the trip - to getting up early for the airport. The nap really does help. Plus it gets you away from the crowd of people.
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I was just having a conversation with a co-worker who is going on a cruise on the 21st of this month and his delimma is simular to mine he arrives in Miami Florida at 10:35am and the ship doesn't sail until 5pm so he and I both were wondering what is there to do for that big span of time. My situation is the exact same when I go on my cruise I arrive at the same time of morning, so what is there to do in all that left over time?????
If your flight arrives around 10:30 am, then by the time you gather up your luggage and get to the port, you should be able to board the ship by noon. It will take about that long. Once on the ship, explore, go eat lunch, or as the previous poster stated, take a nap. The ships are like floating cities, so you will find plenty to do once you board.
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Just getting back from two cruises - My daugther and I both used the extra time to take a nap. From rushing around getting ready for the trip - to getting up early for the airport. The nap really does help. Plus it gets you away from the crowd of people.
So where did you nap during that time?
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You usually have to board at least one hour before departure. There may be activities planned for the afternoon on the ship. Our ship had a "shop talk" which gave highlights of what to expect when shopping and sight seeing on the islands in addition to other activities. I would board as soon as you get to Miami.
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Get on the ship as soon as you can. Your vacation starts as soon as you board, even before the ship sails. Think of it as a partial day at sea! You can usually get into your room by 1pm, to unpack, etc. Have lunch, explore the ship. It's a wonderful start to an exciting vacation.

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Sandy, no one could have put it better...
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Sandy is right and I cant wait go get through all the lines for boarding and get on that ship!!!
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Just getting back from two cruises - My daugther and I both used the extra time to take a nap. From rushing around getting ready for the trip - to getting up early for the airport. The nap really does help. Plus it gets you away from the crowd of people.
I know what u mean. my mom and i do the exact same thing. we usually set our stuff down in the room, freshen up, go eat, come back to the room and take a nap. we sleep until the drill. we usually still have a line on our face from sleeping so hard while we stand in line. god its something about those pillows! as soon as ur head hits it ur out cold. anyways ,yup, by the time all of that is done we are usually up and ready and go our separate ways and explore the ship, then its time for dinner and more fun
 
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