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We're on the Caribbean Princess and will be getting off the ship Saturday March 2. If we do self dis-embarkation, is a 10:10 on Southwest do-able?

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Maybe, but a lot has to go right. In May, I was at the airport by 9. The what its are security problems at port or airport.

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There will be lots of ships in port on a Saturday in March and FLL - especially the security lines - can be a nightmare. When is the ship's arrival in port? You will not be allowed to disembark immediately but if there are no unforeseen issues (late arrival in port, understaffed CBP, etc.) you should be fine with a 6 am or 7 am arrival time. Since you are doing self-disembarkation try to be in the first group. As neverbeenhere mentioned you will need a Plan B in case one of the unforeseen issues arises. Know when the next flight is, if there are additional costs, and the likelihood of getting seats. Flights fly full from FLL especially on weekends in season.

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Carry off your luggage and be in the first walk off group disembarking.

Last week we were at the gate at 8:00am.

As stated have a backup plan.

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We're on the Caribbean Princess and will be getting off the ship Saturday March 2. If we do self dis-embarkation, is a 10:10 on Southwest do-able?

 

10:10 is easily a makable flight, assuming you dock on time.

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If we dock and are cleared on time and if there are no long lines at security at the airport...those are two big “ifs”. I wouldn’t want the stress. Mike

 

 

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We made a 945 flight... was a bit stressful. You have to be first off ship and try to have your transportation to airport arranged ahead of time so you don’t get stuck in a long cab line. Would help to have the app on your phone to clear customs faster as well. As others have said, have a back up plan. Ours was that we had a later flight booked on SW as well but canceled it when we got to the gate. While you don’t get your $$$ refunded, at least you have a future flight credit which we used fairly quickly.

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Keep in mind that it's tourist season in S. Florida. They have spring breakers and sports tournaments So a lot of extra people flying in and out.

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Keep in mind that it's tourist season (No you can't shoot them). There are spring breakers and baseball tournaments all over the area. Many people flying in ant out of the airport

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Scheduled arrival time is 7 AM.

Coral Princess is also in port that day, also scheduled for 7 AM.

If one ship is assigned to Terminal 2 and the other to Terminal 4 they will have to stagger the docking times.

Maybe one ship will be early and end up alongside some time before 7:00. If not, one ship will have to wait for the other.

 

Last November I was on Royal Princess returning to Terminal 2 the same day Caribbean returned to Terminal 4.

On Royal I had eaten breakfast, claimed my luggage, went thru passport inspection, and was waiting outside for my pick up when Caribbean was finally cleared to start disembarkation. At 8:40 AM.

 

So scout those back up flights on Southwest ahead of time.

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We're on the Caribbean Princess and will be getting off the ship Saturday March 2. If we do self dis-embarkation, is a 10:10 on Southwest do-able?

 

> what if your ship is late getting into port?

> what if the security line is held up?

> what if there's a problem with customs?

> what if there's a traffic jam?

If everything is perfect and nothing bad happens, you may make your flight.

for your next cruise, plan on staying in port at a hotel and leave for home the next day.

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You can see the airport from the cruise terminal, but the last time where in Fort Lauderdale They has very few customs agents and took forever to get out of the port. Seems like too much stress for me 😳

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You can see the airport from the cruise terminal, but the last time where in Fort Lauderdale They has very few customs agents and took forever to get out of the port. Seems like too much stress for me 😳

 

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As other's have stated, it's possible, if all the stars are aligned. :)

If everything goes as planned, sure, but the risk and the potential stress would keep me from doing it. When we cruise from Florida we usually have to take a 6:30 PM flight home to the West Coast because the earlier flights are just too risky. We let Princess do our check in, they take our bags- it costs extra, but we enjoy the day in Ft Lauderdale.

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If you book thru EZ Air then no; they won't book anything prior to 11:30am. I am on Caribbean Princess in Feb and booked thru EZ Air; my flight is 11:40

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Not worth the stress - no flights prior to 11:30 AM. Customs can be good and can be bad. Even doing the walk off it can take a lot of time depending on how many customs agents are working.

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Most of the time, you'd make it easily...but there are a lot of things that can cause delays. Is it worth the stress of the "what if" issues? Your ship can be delayed arriving at port for a large range of reasons. Then Customs can delay the clearance of the ship (we've been delayed as late as 9:30 am). Traffic? Probably not a problem. Check in and security lines at the airport can be very long.

 

We actually had a 12:30 flight after one cruise and got to the airport before 9. I asked, and we were moved to a 9:30 flight at no additional cost. But I would never have counted on making the early flight.

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I suspect if there are more than three ships in port; the airport and tsa security lines will be busy

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The early flight is probably significantly less costly because it is really too early for most people. Southwest will let you apply your fare toward another flight if you give them very little notice (I think 10 minutes), but buying a last minute flight costs a lot.

 

Depending on how often you fly Southwest, it might be worth booking both the early flight and a later one, knowing that you'll cancel one or the other. Your money goes into a holding account that you can use for travel for a year from the booking date....lose it if not used in that time.

 

Or you might decide to just take the chance.....

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We're on the Caribbean Princess and will be getting off the ship Saturday March 2. If we do self dis-embarkation, is a 10:10 on Southwest do-able?

 

Dicey! You might want to consider booking a later flight so you don't worry about making your flight and be better able to enjoy your cruise! ;)

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Can you....yes. Will you...about 90% of the time.

 

Maybe make it even 95% of the time.

 

Usually passengers stop gambling when the casino closes on the last night of the cruise. However, some like to continue gambling up until the time they get to the airport. But the odds are better for this than in the casino,

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We have done it out of FLL on a cruise on Royal Princess. We were in first group off the ship with all self carry. That way you basically beat all the lines at, customs, the cabs, and even at airport security as you are among the first for each spot. Ship docked on time and we were at the gate by 8:45. I would definitely go for it but be sure you can self handle everything.

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Depending on how often you fly Southwest' date=' it might be worth booking both the early flight and a later one, knowing that you'll cancel one or the other. Your money goes into a holding account that you can use for travel for a year from the booking date....lose it if not used in that time.

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That is a brilliant idea!:)

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You have to ask yourself....are you feeling lucky? Dirty Harry

 

I think this is the best answer to your question. :)

Tony

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As other have said, doable but stressful. I did it last year, off the Royal, had to go through passport control for a 9:45 flight. Only reason I made it, traveling alone, most were couples, huge amounts of luggage, me and my one bag went to this smaller taxi. As someone said, the stars aligned.

 

This was all on me! I missed the paper for getting off the ship, plus when Delta changed my EZ air, I didn't call to say it won't work. I've been cruising for 35 years, one can still learn! When I get off the Royal this Fall, hopefully it won't be like last year. My flight is 11:45, two hours later plus I will watch for the end of cruise paper.

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We're on the Caribbean Princess and will be getting off the ship Saturday March 2. If we do self dis-embarkation, is a 10:10 on Southwest do-able?

 

Speaking from experience we made a 10:25 flight at FLL traveling from Port of Miami. Checked bags at 8am. In Nov we are cruising Royal Princess, we have a 10:50 am flight - we will self assist. Port Everglades is a short drive to FLL.

 

We just returned from Oasis of the Seas out of Port Canaveral and made a 10:46 flight at MCO. Left the port at 8:00 am was through TSA 9:25am. Port is 45-1hr from MCO airport.

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That is a brilliant idea!:)

 

 

I agree.

 

Unless you think driving home is an option. We started traveling on SW for this reason. Just remember to cancel 10 min prior to departure unless you have Business or Any Time fares

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The early flight is probably significantly less costly because it is really too early for most people. Southwest will let you apply your fare toward another flight if you give them very little notice (I think 10 minutes)' date=' but buying a last minute flight costs a lot.

 

Depending on how often you fly Southwest, it might be worth booking both the early flight and a later one, knowing that you'll cancel one or the other. Your money goes into a holding account that you can use for travel for a year from the booking date....lose it if not used in that time.

 

Or you might decide to just take the chance.....[/quote']

 

 

Have you done this with Southwest?

 

My experience, not possible on other airlines....as when trying to book the other flight it will respond with "already have a booking"...I can't imagine Southwest allowing it with their "liberal" refund policy. Everyone would be doing it.

 

Now you could book SW as your second flight and then cancel.

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Speaking from experience we made a 10:25 flight at FLL traveling from Port of Miami. Checked bags at 8am. In Nov we are cruising Royal Princess, we have a 10:50 am flight - we will self assist. Port Everglades is a short drive to FLL.

 

 

 

We just returned from Oasis of the Seas out of Port Canaveral and made a 10:46 flight at MCO. Left the port at 8:00 am was through TSA 9:25am. Port is 45-1hr from MCO airport.

 

 

 

LukeDawg leads a charmed life [emoji56]. There are so many ways those arrangements could have gone wrong: traffic and construction on any of the highways from Port Canaveral to MCO (I95/I4/US 417); construction and traffic at the airport; TSA check in which can be 5 minutes or an hour (speaking from experience).

 

You might make it 90% of the time but it’s a mess if you don’t.

 

 

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lots of posts in this and other threads about passengers who have done it / made it..boring...

 

I want to read about the missed connections and what happened after that...:evilsmile:

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Do you have Global Entry? That would help an awful lot. Being able to go on that shorter line through customs and the terminal and then TSA precheck makes a world of difference.

 

I know that TSA precheck in the AA terminal runs like a well oiled machine and I’m always through within 5 minutes, no matter the time of day. Leaving from FLL next week via Delta so it will be interesting to see how TSA precheck is there.

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We're on the Caribbean Princess and will be getting off the ship Saturday March 2. If we do self dis-embarkation, is a 10:10 on Southwest do-able?

Yes it is.

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