The weather nightmare

Can't image the horror show...folks getting off ships in ports with reasonable weather, but cant get a flight home..and worse, IMHO, cant get to the port to board. Planes have to come from somewhere..Some folks fly to the port the day of..or even the day b4 and stay over. Even driving can be a poor to impossible option. If ever there was an excuse for travel insurance...there it is. and you guys know Im not a fan...but wintertime??? sheesh...

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We always fly in a couple days before a cruise, because we live in the snow belt and weather is often an issue. Plus, it gives us a chance to relax and see the city. Flying in the day of the cruise does not make any sense, even if there are no issues along the way. You have to get up early to make the flight, so you start the cruise tired. We have had a situation where on of our connection flights was cancelled due to snow. By the time we got to the port city, we would have missed the sailing. We have also been sitting in Miami a day before the cruise watching the Weather Channel report one of the worst ever blizzards in our town.

Agreed...we have spoken to folks who flew in the day of, and of course were bragging about how the terminal was empty in the afternoon. Im sure it was, but its not worth the angst involved in getting there and cutting it that close..going home, theres beaucoup people trying to make flights within a few hours of disembarkation.

We like to cruise in the Winter and always fly out the day before sailing. That said, we also watch the weather leading up to the flight, we have been know to change our flight to another day early if a major storm is headed our way and/or go to a hotel near the airport (an hour and a half from the house) so as to not miss the flight. We also do our best to get non-stop going to the embarkation port. It is one of the perils of living in Colorado. It is also one of the pleasures to be sailing in the Caribbean while a winter storm rages back home.Wink

Non-stop flights are the best, but we rarely get them flying out of Green Bay. :)

AuntPinkie, when I sailed Symphony of the Seas last weekend, my town got the most snow of the season so far lol! I was happily scrolling through people's Facebook pictures from the warm, sunny deck.

Due to the distance we always travel to our embarkation port 3 to 4 days prior to our cruise. Causes less stress and anxiety. Getting there is the highlight. Coming back not a concern- we get home when we get home- always but travel insurance.

Always buy travel insurance. We have had to use it a couple of times.

You definitely want less stress when you embark. even if there are no flight delays (hey, it happens!) you wonder if there will be. By flying in a couple days ahead we can choose a later flight and get a good night sleep.

It makes you have a grin on your face that can't be erased, doesn't it? Did you have a good cruise?

Right on

When we do the Alaska cruise out of Seattle, we make a week of it. Coming home, we volunteer for "bumps" as we are in no hurry.( taking a bump sometimes pays for our flight) The rest of the cruises we leave 3 hours prior to boarding as we live 34 miles from Galveston, we take our time driving.

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