Alternate Routes Getting to Ports

With 6 Cruise Ships leaving Ft. Lauderdale the day after the tragedy at the airport, having an "alternate" plan was a necessity for many. We are familiar enough with both Port Everglades in Florida and San Pedro in California that re-routing ourselves would be fairly easy. Do you make an alternate plan getting to your destination prior to a cruise?

For those flying to Ft. Lauderdale: I'd also like to comment that I have flown in and out of Ft. Lauderdale for cruises more than 8 times in 2016 and would rate it as one of the more secure airports I've traveled to... I wouldn't hesitate flying there for a second.

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Never really thought about it since the majority of the cruise we take leave from our home State. The only alternates we would have to contend with would be if a road was closed. Other than that, it's on a wing & a prayer... Surprised

There are so many airports within easy driving distance to Port Everglade that rescheduling and booking a car would be my first choice. Similarly, although San Pedro is within driving distance from me (3-4 hrs), if flying, switching from Los Angeles to Long Beach would be an option.

If I would have been at the airport in FLL, I would have immediately left and not even attempted to pick up my luggage, grabbed a few necessities at a local discount store and headed as close to the Pier as I could.

We have never thought about it before this, however .... now it seems something to consider.

We have driven overnight to Port Canaveral, and we drove to Port of Galveston, which would be about the same distance as to Miami. Wouldn't want to drive 12-15 hours anymore, but if that's what it took to get onboard the ship, then we'd do it Big Smile

Over 25,000 items were left behind in the airport Friday including ids, passports etc when people clearing security ran barefoot in panic while their carry-ons and ids were still on the security belts. I normally travel with my photo ID and some cash in my back pocket but my passport etc would have been on the belt ... makes you rethink a lot about what you may want to keep on your person or in your pockets ...

Flying into FLL 4 days early and renting a car. Will return the car to the airport the morning of the cruise and either take the free rental car shuttle to the port (if available) or a $20 cab ride.

Always, when I fly, I arrive at least a day early, which should alleviate any delays (other than persistent weather which may last for a week or more). Luckily, where I live, the only persistent weather is the Galveston fog.Big Smile

When you have to fly to a port, there aren't too many alternatives.

I drive to Port Canaveral from NC in about 9 hours. I leave 2 or 3 days prior to the cruise and book a hotel and hang out and have fun. No rushing for me. If I sail out of Charleston its and easy 3 hour drive so I just leave about 9 in the morning. No big deal for me. I think giving yourself plenty of time to get to the ship. That way any delays wont mess you up.

We normally go a few days early but when I realized I had booked myself on Panama & Hawaii overlapping, I had originally rescheduled Panama to January 7th and was only able to book a flight to FLL on January 6th. Fortunately we decided to postpone Panama entirely or I would have been there during the tragedy. I think I am still totally freaked out by that! And thankful I wasn't ....

There is only one road to my local port from where I live. When we drive further afield to Ft. Lauderdale, we usually park our car off site and they drive us to the port or, for lengthy cruises, we rent a car. Again, the rental outfit drives us to the terminal. The last time we cruised out of Ft. Lauderdale, the only delay driving to the ship that we hit was at the port. Passengers were still being transported from the ship when we arrived at 11:15 am.


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