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We dock at 7 am.  Is it feasible to get a 10 am flight from Longbeach airport, if we do our best to get off the ship as soon at it docks?  Next flight is 4.30 pm.  Other alternative is to travel to LAX.  Anyone been successful in getting wifi in the port so that I can call an Uber?  Any help or advice would be very much appreciated.  Thank you

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Cell phone service should be excellent in the port, however there are other factors which could screw up your leave early plan. Early morning fog could cause ship to port LATE, immigration clearance could meet with some glitches are just some of them. If you SELF-DEBARK and everything else goes well you have a fighting chance, IMHO. Long Beach airport is close by and easy to move through. What could go wrong ? 🙂

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According to Carnival's website (under Already Booked, Airport Transportation) if you book their shuttle to Long Beach airport you shouldn't book a flight earlier than 11 am.  We always use this as a rule of thumb, even though we always book our own transportation from the ship to the airport.  You never know what time you'll actually get off the ship ( we were delayed once due to gangplank problems, or what the traffic to the airport will be like, or how long it will take to check in and clear security.

 

Here's the link:

https://www.carnival.com/airport-transportation/airport-shuttles.aspx

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I don't know about Long Beach airport.  However,  when I cruised out of Long Beach, I walked off the ship as soon as they let people off around 7-7:30, there were dozens of cabs waiting, and I was at LAX in less than 45 minutes.  It was a Sunday morning in October.  If you take all your stuff with you, it's possible. 

 

For what it's worth, I'm not one to worry or stress. There will be a ton of naysayers telling you it's too risky. As long as you can handle the risk, go for it.

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I'd do it if you self-assist and take a waiting cab. When are you sailing? 

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7 minutes ago, fyree39 said:

I'd do it if you self-assist and take a waiting cab. When are you sailing? 

We are sailing 2/6/20 but need to book flight soon.   Yes we would do self assist.  Would I get Uber ok or is a cab just as good?  Thanks

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We cruise out of Long Beach all the time and use the Long beach Air port.  We have consistently made a 1020 airplane with no trouble.  But as an earlier poster stated one glitch along the way that causes a delay will make that tough to do.

 

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Long Beach Airport is ten million times better than LAX - if you are able to fly in and out of Long Beach then do it. I live in Orange County and avoid LAX at all costs.

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Long Beach is a great little airport and it’s close to the port.  I think You will make the flight as long as the ship isn’t help up in customs or there isn’t something like a medical emergency that delays debarkation.  Good luck!

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If you book Southwest, you can cancel your flight up until about 15 before it's scheduled to leave, and then apply the total fare towards making another flight. Also, consider Faster To The Fun so you can get off right as the gangway opens. Obvi carry you bags off. 

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5 hours ago, Johnny60 said:

We are sailing 2/6/20 but need to book flight soon.   Yes we would do self assist.  Would I get Uber ok or is a cab just as good?  Thanks

If you ordered an Uber, you'd have to wait for the car to arrive then find you. Do you want to wait for that?

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1 hour ago, Wanna_Cruize said:

If you book Southwest, you can cancel your flight up until about 15 before it's scheduled to leave, and then apply the total fare towards making another flight. Also, consider Faster To The Fun so you can get off right as the gangway opens. Obvi carry you bags off. 

I think self-assist gets off before anyone else, including  FttF.

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Thanks so much for all the replies.  SW don’t fly that day from LGB so it’s only Jet Blue.  Good to know it can be done.  All your replies are much appreciated.

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We're platinum, and we have two departures to choose from, one at the start of Self-Assist, and one at the start of Zone 1. I will have to look at some old documents to be sure, but I think FTF was invited to special gathering place (Inspiration is in the Library)

 

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The time I ordered an Uber at Long Beach it took FOREVER for them to get them and find me.  There was a lot of traffic and I could see it wasn't the driver's fault.  I'd take the waiting cab even if I had to pay more (if I had a time deadline)

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11 hours ago, fyree39 said:

I think self-assist gets off before anyone else, including  FttF.

Nope!! Platinum Diamond suites and FTTF who do self assist get off before any other self assist passengers!

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Thank you all so much for your very helpful replies.

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9 hours ago, Cruiseboy06 said:

Southwest doesn't fly out of Long Beach at all.

Are you speaking of to a specific city, because they definitely fly to Seattle out of LGB.

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2 hours ago, riffatsea said:

Nope!! Platinum Diamond suites and FTTF who do self assist get off before any other self assist passengers!

Good to know. I wonder if the OP can visit guest services to see if they can get an exception to disembark early.

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1 hour ago, crzndeb said:

Are you speaking of to a specific city, because they definitely fly to Seattle out of LGB.

Sorry for not giving wrong information   I thought SWA didn't fly into SWA   'It seems like they started flying out of KLGB recently

 

 

 

 

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5 hours ago, fyree39 said:

Good to know. I wonder if the OP can visit guest services to see if they can get an exception to disembark early.

I am a disabled wheelchair user, dont know if that would count?  Thanks

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Have always taken the 10 am flight out of Long Beach! Never had a problem. There is always that 1 time but I would still chance it!

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7 hours ago, fyree39 said:

Good to know. I wonder if the OP can visit guest services to see if they can get an exception to disembark early.

 

Yes you can. Go to guest services with your plane tickets and they will approve you early off no matter what designation you are.

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3 hours ago, Johnny60 said:

I am a disabled wheelchair user, dont know if that would count?  Thanks

I'm sure Guest Services will be able to accommodate you for an early departure. Just be sure to talk to them about it BEFORE the last night. 

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