Posted April 29th, 2012, 02:02 PM
So, what time should we be at the airport? We live about 40 minutes away and while airport hotels have deals to park free with 1 night stay, by the time we check out and wake up the hotel van guy it's still 40 minutes...
Most hotels these days offer automatic checkout, so you shouldn't have to physically go to the desk and check out. And if you let them know the night before that you need the van pick up and X:XX, there should be no need to "wake up the hotel van guy." In other words, if you'd rather spend a little extra time sleeping, you should be able to check out and get a hotel van in much less than the 40 minutes it would take you to drive from home. (Whether the add'l 30-35 minutes of sleep is worth it is up for debate of course.)
If checking luggage this is what I would do too.
I live with carry-on only, print boarding pass and go straight through to security. I would arrive at 5, that would give me plenty of time to get through security and get to a gate.
Given that boarding for the 5:40 flight will close around 5:30, I'm not sure I'd say that a 5:00 am arrival would allow plenty of time.
There are apt to be several flights heading out between 5:40 and 6:15, so there could be quite a few pax arriving to check bags, and quite a few people getting in line for security. I'd want more than 30 minutes to be safe.
Remembering 34 past cruises:
25 Royal Caribbean, 5 Celebrity, 2 Carnival, 1 Princess, 2 Oceania
Anticipating 1 future cruise:
Oasis of the Seas, 7 night Eastern Caribbean, Feb 2019