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Old 09-25-2012, 01:31 PM   #181
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Lisa, 5:00 pm in Anaheim would be nearly impossible to make. Flights from FLL to LAX are ~5+ hours non-stop and then you would have to get your bags and actually get to DL. Figure 6.5 hours at the least in transit, so the latest flight you could take would be 10:30 am? Even thought the FLL airport is close to the docks, I'm not thinking you could plan on making a flight quiet that early.
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Old 09-25-2012, 08:00 PM   #182
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Does anyone know approximately what time we leave the ship once we're back in Ft. Lauderdale? I'm trying to see if I would be able to leave the ship, get to an airport, fly across the country and check in for the Disneyland Half Marathon in time, all in one
I don't think you'd make it before 5 PM. Could someone else check in for you? Maybe ask another DISer ti help.
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Old 09-25-2012, 08:12 PM   #183
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Does anyone know approximately what time we leave the ship once we're back in Ft. Lauderdale? I'm trying to see if I would be able to leave the ship, get to an airport, fly across the country and check in for the Disneyland Half Marathon in time, all in one day.

They haven't released a real schedule or any official race information yet, but based on what they did this year, I need to get to Disneyland by 5 pm on that Saturday to pick up my race packet, for a very early Sunday morning race. Airline schedules aren't quite that far out yet, but I'm trying to see if it's even geographically possible before I'd need to sign up or not sign up for the race.

And yes, I'm crazy, in case you were wondering. I've been wanting to get my RunDisney Coast-to-Coast medal in 2013, and we get back to Florida on the last day of the Disneyland Half Marathon Expo (unless they change their schedule). If I can't manage it, I'll have to wait until 2014. Not a terrible thing, and probably a smarter plan to wait, but I at least want to investigate the possibility.
You can ask to be one of the first ones off the ship - and if you are willing to pull your own luggage you could be off as early as 7AM (don't hold me to the exact time - obviously it could vary and depends on customs).

We had friends pull their own luggage off the last RCCL cruise we were on (Allure) and they walked off the ship at 6:45AM.

Of course the rest depends on how you are getting to airport, flights, etc.
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Old 09-25-2012, 08:31 PM   #184
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Lisa, 5:00 pm in Anaheim would be nearly impossible to make. Flights from FLL to LAX are ~5+ hours non-stop and then you would have to get your bags and actually get to DL. Figure 6.5 hours at the least in transit, so the latest flight you could take would be 10:30 am? Even thought the FLL airport is close to the docks, I'm not thinking you could plan on making a flight quiet that early.
OK, but Anaheim is 3 hours earlier than FLL, so she actually could catch a flight at noon and conceivably still make it (because that's 9am in Anaheim).

I wouldn't try it unless I could get a direct flight.

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Old 09-25-2012, 11:55 PM   #185
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Thanks everybody for the input! It would definitely be safer to have someone else pick up my packet for me, but its still cutting it close. I have hardly seen any direct flights other than from MCO, and then there's the added time to get back there to make a flight. Not to mention that it will be hurricane season, and a storm anywhere around the route could delay getting back to port or ground planes in and out of the area. Decisions, decisions...
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Old 09-26-2012, 07:24 AM   #186
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OK, but Anaheim is 3 hours earlier than FLL, so she actually could catch a flight at noon and conceivably still make it (because that's 9am in Anaheim).
I knew I was forgetting something! Good point Tobi!
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Old 09-26-2012, 08:10 AM   #187
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Thanks everybody for the input! It would definitely be safer to have someone else pick up my packet for me, but its still cutting it close. I have hardly seen any direct flights other than from MCO, and then there's the added time to get back there to make a flight. Not to mention that it will be hurricane season, and a storm anywhere around the route could delay getting back to port or ground planes in and out of the area. Decisions, decisions...
Have you checked Miami airport?
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Old 09-26-2012, 11:54 AM   #188
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Have you checked Miami airport?
I'm going to check again once the airlines actually have Labor Day Weekend flights on their schedule, but Miami was surprisingly non-helpful for timing too. It seems nearly every airline has at least one stop required, and since I can't board an airplane before 7 am in Florida, there seem to be limited flights until too late in the day. I'm hoping the options will be a little better for a holiday weekend, but only time will tell. I didn't really think it would be that hard to find a flight... Maybe it's telling me to wait until 2014.
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Old 09-28-2012, 02:50 PM   #189
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Heads up! Price Increase!

Just a heads up for those on the fence about booking, we have received word from RCL that the prices will increase on October 4th.

If you are thinking about joining us, don't delay!
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Old 09-28-2012, 03:14 PM   #190
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Just a heads up for those on the fence about booking, we have received word from RCL that the prices will increase on October 4th.

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Will this affect current bookings? Or just for new bookings?
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Old 09-28-2012, 03:18 PM   #191
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New bookings only, anything that has been booked already is price protected!
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This is why we're trying to encourage anyone who is 'on the fence' to book now.

If you book and deposit now your price is protected and your space is guaranteed. After 10/4 pricing will go up and space cannot be guaranteed - they basically going to sell this space to the general public.

Remember - your deposit is fully refundable until 6/1/2013. If you cancel any time before that for any reason you will get your full deposit back. We will remind you well in advance of this date so that you can choose to cancel and get your deposit back.

Please don't take the chance that the price will go up or the stateroom you want will be sold out!!!!!
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Hey, I have now officially booked on this cruise! It isn't the best time of year for me, but I just couldn't pass up the chance to check out this amazing ship with you all. I decided to try out a Central Park View balcony, because it's something different, and I wanted to see what it was like. Looking forward to planning and playing with y'all!

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Hey, I have now officially booked on this cruise! It isn't the best time of year for me, but I just couldn't pass up the chance to check out this amazing ship with you all. I decided to try out a Central Park View balcony, because it's something different, and I wanted to see what it was like. Looking forward to planning and playing with y'all!

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that's great!!!!! i'm so glad to hear you'll be on the cruise too!!

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I feel absolutely insane to be putting money down for something I said I would never do, on top of doing it at a time I don't like to travel, right before going on another HUGE vacation in a few days, but I did it!

I'll probably be more excited when I get back from Europe and need something to cheer me up from my post vacation blues(and I have a feeling it's gonna hit me hard). Don't want to pass up the chance of getting a good deal on a great cruise with a bunch of fun people. If I do go through with it this will be my first cruise ever!
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