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We are booked on Escape in March and according to the itinerary it shows the boat docks at 8:00 am. Is this the time we can disembark or the time the ship docks? If dock what time can we get off. We are planing to book an international flight out of Fort Lauderdale at 10:55 and want to make sure it would give us enough time. Their is a private transport service that claims 1:00 from cruise terminal to airport so if we can disembark no later than 8:00 that would give us 2:00 at airport which should be enough.

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Keep in mind you still have to clear customs and assuming you are first off the ship with a lot of other people. I personally think you are cutting it close. There is no telling how long a wait you will have at the airport with checkin and then security. You just had a relaxing cruise why ruin it with the tension of getting to the airport.

 

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No way would I try it. What if the ship is late, what if you can't clear customs in time. Security at Fort Lauderdale on a Saturday can be very long. And if 8am is the start of disembark,you and every other traveler who decided to be on an early flight will be with you. .

 

That would make me way too nervous.

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We docked at 7:00 in Oct. Self Debarkation started at 7:45. We were in line at 7:15 and it was BACK to OSheehans.

 

Off and through customs about 8:15 and at FLL at 9:15

 

That is with no delays with ship or customs.

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It can be theoretically possible. But with a lot of factors to consider, like possible docking delay, dock clearance delay, road travel delay, lines for international flight checkin and security check, I will consider a later flight time.

 

 

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You should check with the airport and find out how early you have to be at the airport for an international flight. Our airport requires that we have to check in 3 hours prior to flight time on an international flight

 

 

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You need to be at the airport 3 hours before departure for an International flight. FLL is typically a zoo on cruise disembarkation days, and doing anything takes forever. Don't forget that with an international flight you can't just check in using the kiosk, you have to have your documents checked at the counter., which can easily take 30 - 40 minutes, and the security lines can be another 30 - 40 minutes. It is simply too tight for you to even think about trying it.

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Thank you all for the feedback. I think were going to take everyone's advise and take another flight. The main reason we wanted this one is because we would have a short layover on our connecting flight and be home at 6 pm. The other available flight has a 6:00 layover and we only land at midnight. I guess it's still better than missing a flight.

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Just off the Escape. We were in early, but that could of been due to the engine issue that arose prior to Nassau. We were in port by 6:00. They started calling the self debarkation about 7:30. We took our time. At the airport by 9:15.

 

I have to say it was one of the quickest debarkation with customs in some time.

 

That said... smart move taking a later flight.

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We are booked on Escape in March and according to the itinerary it shows the boat docks at 8:00 am. Is this the time we can disembark or the time the ship docks? If dock what time can we get off. We are planing to book an international flight out of Fort Lauderdale at 10:55 and want to make sure it would give us enough time. Their is a private transport service that claims 1:00 from cruise terminal to airport so if we can disembark no later than 8:00 that would give us 2:00 at airport which should be enough.

 

You should be fine. You MUST carry all of your luggage off the ship yourself. Despite the advertised 8 am arrival, Escape self-walk-off usually starts around 7:30. It's about a 20 minute walk down the gangway, through the terminal, down into the baggage hall, and through customs.

 

You should try to be in line by 6:45 (eat quick and hurry down to the line). We got in line at 7:00, and the line snaked through O'shehans and back into the casino. Plus, at 7:30, the elevators will be full and you'll never get down.

 

There is very limited customs in Miami. Almost as fast as you can flash your passport (even as a non-US citizen) to an agent, you will be waved on. Lots of taxis available.

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What does everyone think about Haven guest trying to make a 11 or 11:50 flight out of FLL? It would be a domestic flight. Figure we should be one of the first off and we also have TSA pre check so those should help but still a bit worried

 

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I'd go with the 11:50 just to be safe but you shouldn't have any issues with the ship. The problem is security. I flew back from FLL on 12/3 after a wonderful week on Escape and the pre-check line was longer than the regular line. The guy in front of me had pre-check; his wife did not. She was through several minutes before we were. FLL needs to be expanded. With all the megaships, the airport is overtaxed.

 

 

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What does everyone think about Haven guest trying to make a 11 or 11:50 flight out of FLL? It would be a domestic flight. Figure we should be one of the first off and we also have TSA pre check so those should help but still a bit worried

 

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Seven cruises on Escape (all in Haven) and I've always been off the ship by 7:45 a.m. latest. Barring any unforeseen circumstances, you should have no problem making your flight.

 

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