So does anyone think a 10:30 am flight home is too early when the ship is due to return at 8:00 am? Leaving port of Miami, have to get back to Ft Lauderdale and plane would leave at 10:30 am.
I wouldn't schedule a flight before noon. The ship could be late arriving back in port, there could be delays with disembarkation and traffic problems could all mean missing a flight that was booked mid morning.
I have done a similar schedule and made it BUT I agree with BonMike in that there is little room for error. It is really frustrating to get off a ship after a relaxing cruise and snap into high gear to make it to the airport! You are exhausted by the time you get there IF you make it.
Keep in mind when traveling in Florida by the coast that you can often get delayed by the bridges that open up to allow ships to pass through (Why I can't remember what that is called is beyond me). Also there are toll roads versus regular highways that can alter the speed you get around.
I wouldn't risk it myself, even with self assist priority debarkation.(which we don't do) you could miss. We have been at the airport in time to make such a flight, but.....it is very risky.
Too risky. Unless absolutely needed to fly back the same day, try to stay overnight as an extra holiDAy. make the Vacation feeling last a bit longer.
Last week it took my son 27 hours to get from Calgary to Orlando - it was supposed to take less than half that time. Someone had to be removed from the flight before it took off in Calgary because of their behaviour, then it took over an hour to find the guys luggage. Heading to Toronto they were turned back to London Ontario because of a terrible storm, waited out the storm then got to Toronto. Finally headed out on another flight to Orlando where he missed the first day of a conference he was attending. My point is that anything can go wrong and you can't do a darn thing about it, so plan carefully to allow for "stuff" to happen.
Thanks everyone. Points well taken. I appreciate all the responses.
Another point - you will have a bit of doubt as to whether or not you will make the flight the entire time you are on the cruise. A bit of doubt can gnaw on you to the point you cannot fully enjoy your cruise. Best to leave plenty of time and no doubts.
I wouldn't schedule it before non.