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buying cruise line air???

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cmitch9999

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Hi
we are booked for the Thanksgiving sailing on the Radiance of the Seas. Need air for 5 from Baltimore, have checked BWI and also Dulles, National, fares are running mid 300pp or so.. cruise air with transfers is $349pp... I have never used cruise air before and worry about making the trip down in time to get on the ship. Please share your experiences with getting air thru the cruise line,

Much Thanks
Chris Mitchell
 
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Searcher

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That is why I book my own air. Cheaper AND you don't have to meet their flight schedules which at times can be quite tight depending on the airport. The only pro is a possible shuttle ride from the airport to the ship but I use a taxi and usually get there a lot faster and again cheaper.
 
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Ali

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Yep, that's exactly why I always book my own air. If you take the cruiselines air you are stuck with the flights that they put you on unless you pay the deviation fee which doesn't always work.

The taxi's from the airport to the pier are usually alot cheaper than the cruiselines transfers. Can you leave the day prior to sailing? If so, go down a day early to insure making the ship on time. Also makes for a wonderful first day on the ship as you are well rested.

Good Luck with your planning!



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L8inAZ

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We took the cruiselines Airfare on our last 2 cruises. NEVER again. We had terrible flight times. Was hearded onto buses to be transferred to the ship(after waiting forever to fill the bus) By the time we were onboard we were truly exhausted. The price we paid was ALOT more than booking our own Air and staying in a hotel the night before. I am sure it will be a much nicer trip this time :) . Whatever you decide have a wonderful vacation.... Stephanie :)
:USA :AZ
 
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kkorman

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On the pro sid eis they know where you are and when you will be there. They will pay for you to catch up to the ship should something happen. I would only consider cruise line airfare if you are flying the same day as departure, otherwaise go with the cheaper. Have you tried AirTran?
 
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Kayrv

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We also are trying to decide whether to use cruise air or not. They are running such a great deal on the one we are interested in that I hate not to use it. Can we still go a day early if we choose the cruise air and if so, do we pay a fee for that?
 
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Ali

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If you choose to use the air/sea arrangements with the cruise line and wish to leave a day earlier you would have to do a deviation which I know RCI charges for. You could pick the airline and flights that you would prefer. Also be aware that if changing flights would increase the airfare costs you would have to pay the increase.

I tried to use a deviation once with RCI. Paid the deviation fee and the increase in the airfare. My tickets were issued on AA through RCI but when I received my docs, my AA flights were switched to US AIR and I had two stops going down and one stop coming home. Wasn't what I had paid for, nor what I wanted. Ended up going through a supervisior at RCI to get it changed back to my original nonstop flights as the air/sea department was clueless as to what had happened.
 
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Ali

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Kayrv wrote:

> Sounds like a lot of trouble, wouldn't you say?

Exactly and that's why I will never use the cruise lines air unless it's an open jaw ticket. Going down the day prior to sailing is just so much more relaxing when you finally board the ship. You're so rested while everyone else was up at the crack of dawn catching flights to the port.

Good Luck with your search too Kayrv!
 
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Cwusinbunny

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we always book our own air - average price now boston to miami is 237 - cruise line prince: 359...we like going down the day before so we don't have to get up at the crack of dawn ..... who knows where prices will be for thanksgiving, BUT, there is plenty of time for the airfare to drop!
 
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ljeanbrown

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We always buy our own air and fly down the day before. The first cruise we took we used the cruise lines air, we felt like herded animals. Now we book our own we usually get non-stop at almost half of the cruise lines price from Hartford to FLL. You really might want to think about going the day before. You have the day to rest up , swim, sleep ,whatever you want. Next a.m. you get up relaxed have breakfast or coffee etc. then around 10 a.m. 10:30 start over to the pier be among the first in line at the pier. You are onboard the ship around 11:00-12:00 depending on when the ship is cleared. All relaxed and ready to go. Just sit back, have a frozen thingee and watch the bus loads come in :thumb



Laurie :wave
 
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L8inAZ

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I am doing just what Laurie stated. I want to watch the others boarding. I was in that herd twice before and wondered how they all got on so quick. Thanks to the great info. here I now know.... :) Stephanie
:USA :AZ
 
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rfische1

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I'm new to this board. Just booked my first cruise ever. My wife and I will be celebrating our 15th with our son and best friend this fall. We'll be sailing the Voyager Oct 12 and are looking forward to it.

Regarding air, we booked RCL's air for one good reason. Most flights out of Portland, ME are fairly expensive. When I compared what I would pay through Expedia vs RCL, RCL was actually cheaper. And Expedia did not even include ground transportation in Miami. I could have saved by going through Boston, about 100 miles of roads and headaches.

Rich
Portland Maine
Voyager of the Seas 10/12/03
 
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bikevegas

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I have always saved $$$ booking my own air...Usually I go a day before and with the cost of the hotel its still cheaper.:AL:USA
 
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Searcher

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>I'm new to this board. Just booked my first cruise ever. My wife and I will be celebrating our 15th with our son and best friend this fall. We'll be sailing the Voyager Oct 12 and are looking forward to it.

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Itinerary Total - US$ 1504.00 Flight Fare Rules

2 adults at US$ 376.00 each and 2 companions at US$ 376.00 each

6:45am Depart Portland, ME (PWM)
11:44am Arrive Miami, FL (MIA) Oct. 12

US Airways flight 1233 / 559 Connection in Pittsburgh, PA View rules

11:50am Depart Miami, FL (MIA)
4:54pm Arrive Portland, ME (PWM) Oct. 19

US Airways flight 530 / 1590 Connection in Philadelphia, PA



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rfische1

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Searcher,

The air/ground transportation portion of my cruise came out to about $75 per passenger than what you quoted. Portland is not a cheap airport to fly in/out of.
 
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Searcher

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More than or less than?

A taxi would cost you about $20 from MIA to the Pier for all 4 of you.

I consistanly get quotes of about $350 per person from GSO to FLL when I can get the same flights, at my schedule, for $200 each from US air online.
 
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jimbulger

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Never never never do cruiseline air for a domestic cruise (ie leaving from The states)

you can always do better yourself and pick your arrival time


now for san juan....i would look at what the cruise line has to offer...depending how far in advance you book

we always pick our cruise one year in advance... the airline do flights 330 days in advance i bought the air to san jaun through the cruise company and ended up with a cheaper flight.......but that is the ONLY time it worked
 
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Desertbelle

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You all are making me a little nervous. We booked cruise air for our cruise on the Legend of the Seas to Hawaii......it was a free air deal, so was really hard to turn down.
In fact the air is from Los Angeles (about a 4 hours drive for us...the plan is to go down day before or drive down that morning if the flight doesn't leave too early) to SanDiego to Ensenada...and returning from Honolulu. I think it would have been a difficult flight to plan myself.

I hope it's not too bad.
 
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rfische1

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Sorry about the typo, Searcher. The cost for the times convenient for the cruise came out to about 75.00 less per seat on the airline. As I said, Portland, ME is not a cheap airport to fly in or out. We usually end up using Manchester, NH or Boston, both about 1 1/2 to 2 hours driving time. When I asked our TA about cost from Boston, he said the fair was only $10.00 less through RCL. I confirmed this myself on their site.

Rich