Posted April 26th, 2006, 01:52 AM
Travelnut: We did what you propose, arranging a limo when disembarking from the Rotterdam last October in Venice. I think we told the limo company 8:30, but we were off the ship and had our luggage by 8. This was for the Delta flight to NYC, leaving at 11 something. Luggage handling was easy upon leaving the ship, and easier for us than for the folks going to the airport on the more expensive HAL bus. For HAL, and I bet for Crystal, they don't take your luggage from the cabin to the bus. It goes to a warehouse where you claim it when you disembark, then haul it to the bus yourself (or find a porter). By contrast, the Mercedes van limo arrived on time, just outside the door of the building where the luggage was claimed. We had booked ahead online. I don't remember the name of the company, but we researched it on Cruise Critic. On the odd chance the limo doesn't show up (never happened to us), there are cabs at the Venice port.