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We are booked on Equinox for the 1/20 cruise that gets back to Fort Lauderdale on 1/31 at 7:00am, which is a Friday. My understanding is that the Equinox docks at the pier 18, which is the dock used by the big ships (Allure, et al) on weekends. Docking at pier 18 on Friday supposedly expedites getting through customs due to less passenger volume at that pier, which in turn gets one on the way to the airport faster. Can someone confirm this? And, if this is correct, would this make it feasible to catch a departing flight at 10:35am in this particular circumstance? Normally I would not book a flight that early, but I am thinking in this case it may be workable.

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We are booked on Equinox for the 1/20 cruise that gets back to Fort Lauderdale on 1/31 at 7:00am, which is a Friday. My understanding is that the Equinox docks at the pier 18, which is the dock used by the big ships (Allure, et al) on weekends. Docking at pier 18 on Friday supposedly expedites getting through customs due to less passenger volume at that pier, which in turn gets one on the way to the airport faster. Can someone confirm this? And, if this is correct, would this make it feasible to catch a departing flight at 10:35am in this particular circumstance? Normally I would not book a flight that early, but I am thinking in this case it may be workable.

 

Hi Stratixman,

 

In recent years, Equinox has berthed at Pier 18. As the Caribbean season has not begun yet, it's impossible to say with certainty that Pier 18 will be her home again this season, but I would think it's likely.

 

As for a 10:35 am flight ? you might be ok... but frankly, I wouldnt take the gamble - especially as it will make for a stressful debarkation. I would not want to end my vacation that way, if at all possible.

 

Are there decent flight options available after 12 or 1 pm ? I hope this is helpful. Good luck !

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Can you handle all your luggage by yourself or do you need help?

Any mobility issues

 

international or domestic?

Do you have airline frequent flyer status?

Flying First Class or Coach?

What would happen if you miss the flight? How much will it cost you out of pocket to be rebooked? When are our alternative flights?

How well do you handle travel stress?

 

All if these would be factors.

 

We would not try it these days. It used to be easy to make flights at thr time from FLL, but no more

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Assuming there are no ship delays with disembarkment you should be fine but I would strongly suggest you sign up for walk-off. You must be able to take your own luggage off (personally perfer it as you don't put your luggage out the night before AND you don't have to search for it in a sea of luggage at the terminal). Other than being able to manage your own luggage for (what can be a very long walk) is getting an elevator on that morning which can accomodate you and your luggage. And be prepared to encounter REALLY rude people who think nothing of grabbing an elevator you have been waiting for long before them.

 

If you decide to do this - if they tell you to meet at 7:00am plan on being there about 6:15 am to allow lots of time to get an elevator as it won't be so busy with others also doing walk off.

 

In addition be careful which elevator bank you select. Sometime one side may be reserved to go only between certain floors on that morning and you may wait awhile before you realize its not going to stop no matter how many times you push that button:)

 

Last cruise we did walk off and were at FL airport before 8:00 am.

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I am also interested in advice as to the best way to do self debarkation. We booked a 10:20 flight out of FLL following our Eclipse cruise in March because of lousy flight times and no nonstops back to Indy. We fully realize that we may not be able to make this flight time if there are any glitches whatsoever but we decided that we would risk it. We also realize that we may miss the flight but will have a Plan B in place in case that happens.

How soon can you sign up for self debarkation?

When do they let you know where/when to meet at the designated point?

Where is the designated point? In a lounge or at a gangway?

Any tips for expediting this process would be most helpful.

I realize that it might be a fiasco but so be it!

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How much of a gambler are you? Normally you would probably make it, but if there is any hiccup you watch the plane go by. Are you comfortable paying for a later flight if you miss? For me, it would be in the back of my mind during the cruise. I would pick a later flight, but I understand the drag of waiting at the airport.

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And despite people saying you 'should' make it, which I can agree with as long as you emphasis the word 'should', keep in mind that sometimes there are delays. We have encountered two instances (one in FLL) where we were not allowed to even start disembarkation until after 9:30. No way you would have made it that day.

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Agree with many others that under normal circumstances you will be good.

 

We only do self disembarkation and have never had a problem.

 

Make sure you check in for flights the day before you dock.

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We made an 8:55 a.m. flight last month coming off the Allure. Did self disembarkation. Lined up at 6:15 a.m. and were sitting at our gate at FLL by 6:44 a.m. I think you would be find booking this flight. Just know that things can happen and be prepared for the worst.

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Thanks so much for the useful replies. I really appreciate the feedback. We will have to give the matter some serious thought. The decision on flights would be a bit easier if the next possible flight out wasn't until 3:30pm and more expensive to boot. Roll the dice? Guess I will find out how much of a gambler the wife is. As if I don't already know. LOL. She's not. Probably just have to suck it up and plan on a long day at the airport - perhaps after waiting to get off the ship at the very latest time possible.

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We made an 8:55 a.m. flight last month coming off the Allure. Did self disembarkation. Lined up at 6:15 a.m. and were sitting at our gate at FLL by 6:44 a.m. I think you would be find booking this flight. Just know that things can happen and be prepared for the worst.

Comparing it to the Allure is not a fair comparison. The disembarkation process from the Allure and the Oasis is better than any ship at sea. Its comparing apples to oranges......

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The last time possible will be around 10:00. Breakfast service ends around 8:30 and there really isn't much to do while you are hanging around the ship. Pools are closed, most public areas that aren't being used for disembarking passengers are being cleaned.

 

You might look into staying an extra day in Fort Lauderdale. That early flight the next morning might have an attractive price, and you might come out ahead.

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For a 10:35 flight you need to be at FLL by about 9:00 (and earlier is better), which translates into being clear of customs/immigration and with our bags loading into a cab by about 8:45. You "should" be able to make it, but do you want to spend your cruise worried about making your flight home? :confused:

 

I would book the later flight and either rent a car for a few hours or take an excursion with FLL airport drop off about 1:00, but then I never bother with the casino on the ship either. :rolleyes:

 

Your call! Good luck! :)

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Thanks so much for the useful replies. I really appreciate the feedback. We will have to give the matter some serious thought. The decision on flights would be a bit easier if the next possible flight out wasn't until 3:30pm and more expensive to boot. Roll the dice? Guess I will find out how much of a gambler the wife is. As if I don't already know. LOL. She's not. Probably just have to suck it up and plan on a long day at the airport - perhaps after waiting to get off the ship at the very latest time possible.

 

Just book a post-cruise excursion. It kills time, it's usually enjoyable to do, and they'll take you right to the airport afterwards. :)

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Thanks so much for the useful replies. I really appreciate the feedback. We will have to give the matter some serious thought. The decision on flights would be a bit easier if the next possible flight out wasn't until 3:30pm and more expensive to boot. Roll the dice? Guess I will find out how much of a gambler the wife is. As if I don't already know. LOL. She's not. Probably just have to suck it up and plan on a long day at the airport - perhaps after waiting to get off the ship at the very latest time possible.

 

Have you looked at return flights out of Miami instead of FLL?

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We decided to take the gamble for our 1/17 Silhouette cruise and booked the morning flight with our fingers crossed. We didn't want to pay more to sit at the airport, so hopefully with walk off we'll make it.

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I was faced with this dilemma once also. We did self-disembark, showed up at the designated spot 30 minuted ahead of time and were sitting at our gate at FLL by 8:30. Even though it worked well for us, I would not book a flight earlier than 11 AM in the future because of how much anxiety this situation produced.

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I am also interested in advice as to the best way to do self debarkation. We booked a 10:20 flight out of FLL following our Eclipse cruise in March because of lousy flight times and no nonstops back to Indy. We fully realize that we may not be able to make this flight time if there are any glitches whatsoever but we decided that we would risk it. We also realize that we may miss the flight but will have a Plan B in place in case that happens.

How soon can you sign up for self debarkation?

When do they let you know where/when to meet at the designated point?

Where is the designated point? In a lounge or at a gangway?

Any tips for expediting this process would be most helpful.

I realize that it might be a fiasco but so be it!

 

I've used self-debarkation for every cruise out of FLL and I've never had an issue getting through customs at any time later than 8:00, and mostly have gone through customs as early as 7:00 a.m. You will fill out a form indicating that you are choosing self debarkation a day or so into your cruise. They will provide you with the meeting point information the day before debarkation. Get to the meeting point about 1/2 hour ahead of time to get close to the front of the line.

 

I haven't had to make a flight at FLL (I live only :30 minutes from the port), but a taxi can get you to FLL in literally 10 minutes or less.

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Greetings

 

We were on Equinox last spring and she did use terminal 18. It is a very nice terminal, but when debarking you still get funneled through customs. Last spring there were only 2 customs agents to handle the traffic. Doesn't matter how nice the terminal is, there is still a bottleneck trying to get through customs. We were some the first in line for self-debarkation and still it was past 9:15 before we were at the curb outside the terminal. Maybe customs has been able to better budget where they can have more agents but that has yet to be seen.

 

Good Sailing

Tom

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