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Old July 30th, 2011, 02:44 PM
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Welcome to this new Forum on Flying... Here we will list some important things yuo need to know about flying to your cruise. This FAQ will be added to as we go...

1. The best rule for flying to a cruise is to always plan to arrive in the port city the day before the cruise and stay in a hotel.

2. For leaving the cruise - depending on how close you are to the airport, it is best NOT to book a flight before 12:00 noon - although there are exceptions to this rule.

3. Take notice of airline baggage allowances - not all airlines are the same. Also carry-on baggage sizes allowed can differ between lines and different model planes.

4. Do not assume that if you are over your weight allowance you can pay for it, sometimes you can't.

5. Note that you should arrive at the airport a considerable time before your flight leaves. Especially on Sundays in Miami or Ft lauderdale.

6. Do not turn up or get drunk before your flight or they can deny you the right to board the plane.

7. Never joke about bombs in line or onboard. In fact - the best way to deal with the TSA is to smile and comply - never argue or joke with them, just smile and do what they ask. They have a job to do and lots of people to process. They don't want to give you trouble anymore than you want to ask for it.
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Old July 30th, 2011, 03:32 PM
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Take notice of airline baggage allowances not all airlines are the same.
Also baggage sizes differ between lines.
Do not assume that if you are over your weight allowance you can pay for it, sometimes you can't.
Simple for experienced travellers, but note that you MUST be at the airport a considerable time before your flight leaves.
Do not turn up drunk or apparently so, you won't get on the plane.
Never joke about bombs.
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Great subject for a new forum!
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On the joke thing....they have heard them all before & they weren't that funny the first time!!!
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It may seem obvious but ensure that all sharp objects e.g. scissors etc are packed in hold luggage. I saw swiss army knives removed from a youth in Boston this year.
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On a trip that required a change in planes, the second shorter leg was first delayed and then cancelled because of weather. Rather than have the airline put us up overnight and risk not getting out in time the next day, we opted to rent a car and drive the 3+ hours to our destination. Although this decision was conveyed to the airline agent, when we got back we found out that our return flight reservations had been cancelled because we had not completed the prior flight. It got straigtened out, but was an annoying way to end a vacation.
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I happen to think the jokes were really funny - especially when a FA can rattle the whole joke speech off instead of doing the original patter.
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great idea for a new forum!

If you can't fly in the day before your cruise, get the earliest flight out. Travel in comfortable clothing, pack a change of clothes including your bathing suit in your carry-on. Your stateroom might not be ready when you board, and your luggage might not be there right away, and you might want to change into your shorts or swimsuit and hang out at the pool
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My S-I-L's mom was flying from Washington ,DC to Vancouver to board a cruise ship .She decided to leave her home the same day as the cruise .She arrived at the airport 2 1/2 hours prior to departure . After getting through security ,apparently more intense because of being DC she realized that the gate for her flight had changed .She literally ran to 25 gates away from where she was and made the flight with 2 minutes to spare .

I agree with Paul 100 % ,always go a day early .
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No - Henry....

The moral to THAT story is a simple one - always double check your gate when you get to the airport to make sure it hasn't changed. I always do that (I have been through quite a few gate changes).
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True ,but it also would have been a good idea to travel a day earlier as did my daughter and husband for the same cruise .

This woman did not fly direct .She had to change planes and had 40 minutes to do so .
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The only way I will fly the same day as the cruise, is the first non-stop, direct flight that lands before noon. So far, I have one for my upcomming cruise. The price difference for going the day before was $500, just didn't make sense when you also bring into the expense is a hotel for that night and another ride to the port.
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I happen to think the jokes were really funny - especially when a FA can rattle the whole joke speech off instead of doing the original patter.
I meant the "funnies" that passengers come out with. I bet they really get on peoples' nerves.
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We will always leave at least a day early from now on.Are first and only cruise we left the same day.We were suppose to arrive in L.A at 9:30 in the moring plenty of time to get from L.A.X to the ship terminal in San Pedro right?Well :it would of been if we would of been on the plane when it landed. The day we were to fly out is the same day Alaska airlines computers crashed! We ended up catching up to the ship in Hilo.So on are next cruise which will be leaving from ST.Luise we will be there 2 days early
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Please don't laugh at this question...it's sincere.

We'll be on a 14 day Panama cruise in December... but we'll need to fly to our departure port. Is it possible to pack everything basic we'll need in one carry-on (22") suitcase each? (We hate dragging luggage around)
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It is possible, but would be difficult, especially for 14 days...I would use two and still pack on the light side. Will you be able to do laundry during the cruise, or have stuff laundered when needed? Even with a lot of mix and match outfits, two weeks and sharing one piece of luggage...I think I would plan on one each, still not bad.
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It is possible, but would be difficult, especially for 14 days...I would use two and still pack on the light side. Will you be able to do laundry during the cruise, or have stuff laundered when needed? Even with a lot of mix and match outfits, two weeks and sharing one piece of luggage...I think I would plan on one each, still not bad.

Sorry for the confusion ...I meant one piece of 22" luggage each and a rather large handbag for me to carry make-up, jewelry, meds. Can it be done?

For formal night...to rent a tux for my husband or maybe not go...We want to look nice, but hate the idea of trying to lug stuff in & out of a cab, on an airplane, or on & off the cruise... Especially if it's hot, humid, cold, rainy, windy or you're trying to maneuver your luggage around a crowd of other passengers.
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Ok, that is more like it..You should be able to carry-on two things, so a purse and a carry-on bag, you should be fine...I just couldn't imagine one 22 inch case for two people for 14 days...
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Please don't laugh at this question...it's sincere.

We'll be on a 14 day Panama cruise in December... but we'll need to fly to our departure port. Is it possible to pack everything basic we'll need in one carry-on (22") suitcase each? (We hate dragging luggage around)
We just did a 14 day cruise to Hawaii with just a 22 in carry on. We packed to miss formal night on purpose. Next year we are doing this cruise again. No checked bags but a going to rent me Tux or suit. We had laundry do once. DW just hand washed her clothes every coupleof days. We still overpacked.
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We went looking for some lightweight 22" luggage and found several styles of carry-ons that were light weight (under 8 lbs) and yet fairly roomy. The 22" suitcases we use now, 'unpacked' weighs in a little OVER 13 lbs! Yikes!

My husband is retiring this [/B]week and we plan to do much more cruising. So, some well made, light weight luggage is a must.

Now all we have to do is par down our packing to just fit into a 22". (a one week cruise, that's super easy...it's the 14+days we're working on)

If Donna and Kamloops Cruiser can do it...well, we can give it a hardy try!!!!!!
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Please don't laugh at this question...it's sincere.

We'll be on a 14 day Panama cruise in December... but we'll need to fly to our departure port. Is it possible to pack everything basic we'll need in one carry-on (22") suitcase each? (We hate dragging luggage around)
We did that on a 14 day Hawaii cruise in April 2012 . Bypassed all the formal nights and get together s.
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We went looking for some lightweight 22" luggage and found several styles of carry-ons that were light weight (under 8 lbs) and yet fairly roomy. The 22" suitcases we use now, 'unpacked' weighs in a little OVER 13 lbs! Yikes!

My husband is retiring this [/B]week and we plan to do much more cruising. So, some well made, light weight luggage is a must.

Now all we have to do is par down our packing to just fit into a 22". (a one week cruise, that's super easy...it's the 14+days we're working on)

If Donna and Kamloops Cruiser can do it...well, we can give it a hardy try!!!!!!
We bought new set of luggage from Costco last year. It was made by HEYS and only weighted 6 LBS for 22 inch bag.We used the airline carry on on bag for a 14 day Hawaii cruise in April 2012. Still half the clothes weren't used.
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Never heard of anyone flying their own helicopter home after a cruise....
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Never heard of anyone flying their own helicopter home after a cruise....
I deleted the posting. It would have helped if it was in English.

I really have noticed more and more people are trying to book flights before noon. I know they are often cheaper but I am seeing posting of people wanting to book 9:00 a.m. flights. Yes, you might make it but it's taking a gamble and if you lose it could cost you quite a bit in change fees to re-book your flight.

It is in your best interest to "NOT" book an early flight.

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