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We virtually always fly in the morning of the cruise.  BUT, we book the crack-of-dawn flight, so that if it's delayed or cancelled, a later flight still gets us there on time.  The only exception for us is flying to LAX, there's nothing early enough, and the red-eye leaves us too crabby to enjoy the first day of our vacation.

 

For your back-up plans:

 

* Print or write down the alternate flights that still work.  Faster at the counter if you can say "Sure, we can fly to Miami instead of Ft. Lauderdale".  or "The 10am through Charlotte is good!"   We often volunteer for bumps when there are options that work, and so far (knock wood) it's always worked out.

 

* Take photos of passport, drivers license, medical insurance cards on your phone; keep them together in a folder so you can find them easily.  Of course, our phones have passwords, and the folder is named something obscure like 'Baby Photos'.  Actually, my adult daughter has photocopies of our docs in her safe, and we have copies of hers, just in case.

 

* Add the customer service 800#s for your credit cards to your phone contacts.

 

* We rarely/never book ship excursions, but often create or print a list of their costs, so that we know what is available on shore, and what prices to negotiate.  i.e. if a specific port has dolphins, or ziplines, or caves.  Gives us a quick reference if weather shuts down one of them.

 

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Good stuff above from Sue. In addition to the suggestions for photos on your phone, I use the password manager 1Password and have all my credit card numbers and emergency numbers there.

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Jeez sometimes I get as far as plan Z 🤣🤣🤣🤣never mind B.

Research is the key and plan for as many eventuallities as you can. Always a girl scout Be Prepared. 

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