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Old 11-25-2012, 08:55 PM   #16
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Hello fellow Midwesterners! I know we had a mild winter last year but the chance of that happening again is pretty slim. If you can change your flight, consider staying overnight at the Hyatt MCO. They'll haul your luggage to the Disney transfer and you can board the busses in a totally relaxed fashion.

I hope everything works out and I hope you have a great cruise!
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Old 11-26-2012, 03:46 AM   #17
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As I feared. Ugh, I messed up. I booked the flight outside of DCL. We are on a tight budget, this was a cheap flight, and I was trying to avoid additional hotel costs. We do have DCL transportation arranged. Because of midwest weather concerns I did get travel insurance.

However, I am going to check into going the day before and staying at a cheap hotel.
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Old 11-26-2012, 06:21 AM   #18
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I couldn't tell if your flights had a connection or was a direct flight. Even with the direct flight you are at risk. But with a connecting flight in the middle, at say a northern wintery airport you double that risk. Our policy is always fly in the day before a cruise. It drastically improves your chances. Even if you had the cruise line book the airfare and shuttle to the ship and have insurance, one late flight will wreck your vacation. Even if you did all that, they would get you to the ship at the next port but you'd miss 1-2 days of your cruise.

Depending on your airline you can go to their web site or flightstats.com and check the on time percentage that flight on a specific route typically makes. It's helpful, but not of course guaranteed. I would definitely consider changing to the day before, but you'll now have change fees to consider.

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Old 11-26-2012, 07:42 AM   #19
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It is a direct nonstop flight. We even decided on flying out of Milwaukee instead of ohare because ohare is such a gamble on delays.

Sigh....I checked with airline - they are going to hit us with over 600 bucks to change to flight day before hand. Perhaps we will stay at hotel next to Downtown Disney and do some window shopping the day before hand. I will take a day or two to think this over.
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Old 11-26-2012, 09:59 AM   #20
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There are many hotels around the airport (not just the MCO Hyatt which is pricier) that you can book inexpensively. Many offer a shuttle from the airport to the hotel and then you can shuttle back to the airport in the morning to take the DCL bus. Some also offer breakfast.

I always travel at least the day before a cruise (I live in the northeast) so that I have extra time for delays, cancellations, etc. My last cruise I flew out at 5:30 the evening before and that was beginning to stress me a bit as I knew there was only one additional flight out that night if there were any issues.

In 2008 I flew out the day before. I was scheduled for a 10AM flight. Woke up a storm and to find the 7AM flight was canceled. Kept track of my flight and it didn't show canceled but the flight ended up being delayed several times. We finally took off about 4 hours late. They were offering loads of deals for people who could take later flights but we opted not to as we also had tickets to MNSSHP that night. We did make it in time to get over to the party and of course had time to get to the port the next day.

Getting to Orlando (no matter where you stay) is such a relief cause at that point you know barring any disaster, you will be on that ship!!
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Old 11-26-2012, 10:27 AM   #21
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It is a direct nonstop flight. We even decided on flying out of Milwaukee instead of ohare because ohare is such a gamble on delays.

Sigh....I checked with airline - they are going to hit us with over 600 bucks to change to flight day before hand. Perhaps we will stay at hotel next to Downtown Disney and do some window shopping the day before hand. I will take a day or two to think this over.
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Old 11-26-2012, 12:51 PM   #22
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Does DCL know your arrival time yet? The reason I ask is that even though you have their transportation booked, it is not linked up until you provide them all the details. They may not even guarantee a bus will still be there past a certain time (someone may know the answer though) The biggest problem I see is that even if they hold the bus on you, your luggage may not get to the port in time. There is also the other issue of a wreck on the road getting from MCO to the port.

$600 is a big chunk of money, but I could not imagine getting there and the ship being just out of sight.

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Old 11-26-2012, 08:35 PM   #23
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We are cruising in February. We have an early morning flight booked the day before just in case of weather/cancellations, etc. it gives us time to jump in the car and drive if we have to.
I would never risk arriving that late the day of...
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Old 11-26-2012, 08:50 PM   #24
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I wasn't sure if I should hijack this thread or start a new one. Since my question is similar I hope the OP doesn't mind.

Does anyone fly in to MCO on the day of their cruise?

We are dreaming of a cruise and live in the midwest, but we're thinking of doing a summer cruise so winter weather shouldn't be an issue. There is a nonstop flight that arrives in MCO at 9:30, and another one that arrives at 10:30. Would these be ok? I'd rather sleep in my bed and take the morning flight, but I don't want massive stress either? Any opinions?

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I wasn't sure if I should hijack this thread or start a new one. Since my question is similar I hope the OP doesn't mind.

Does anyone fly in to MCO on the day of their cruise?

We are dreaming of a cruise and live in the midwest, but we're thinking of doing a summer cruise so winter weather shouldn't be an issue. There is a nonstop flight that arrives in MCO at 9:30, and another one that arrives at 10:30. Would these be ok? I'd rather sleep in my bed and take the morning flight, but I don't want massive stress either? Any opinions?

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I took a flight, nonstop from Ohio to Chicago in May. Beautiful weather. 6 hour delay due to mechanical issues. If I'd've been catching a cruise, I'd've missed the boat! Stuff can happen any time of the year. It's just way more likely in winter.

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I wasn't sure if I should hijack this thread or start a new one. Since my question is similar I hope the OP doesn't mind.

Does anyone fly in to MCO on the day of their cruise?

We are dreaming of a cruise and live in the midwest, but we're thinking of doing a summer cruise so winter weather shouldn't be an issue. There is a nonstop flight that arrives in MCO at 9:30, and another one that arrives at 10:30. Would these be ok? I'd rather sleep in my bed and take the morning flight, but I don't want massive stress either? Any opinions?

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I did it once on our first cruise and was so stressed out i could not sleep, had to get up before dawn to get airport and feared we would be delayed. By the time I got to the ship I was exhusted. If you can find a way to manage a change to allow you to fly in the day before I believe it will be well worth it.

We have always cruised in the early fall and I still am not willing to risk flying in the day of. Never Never again once was more than enough.
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As I feared. Ugh, I messed up. I booked the flight outside of DCL. We are on a tight budget, this was a cheap flight, and I was trying to avoid additional hotel costs. We do have DCL transportation arranged. Because of midwest weather concerns I did get travel insurance.

However, I am going to check into going the day before and staying at a cheap hotel.
We use Priceline to get an MCO area hotel. I bid at the 2.5* level because at this level all the hotels offer a complimentary shuttle to/from MCO and breakfast (quality varies). While some places have been nicer than others, none have been in any way objectionable. I've gotten bids accepted from $29-$39 (add taxes and fees for a total of under $50 for the night). This leaves open all transportation options--if we are going to rent a car, we can do that in the evening we arrive; if using DCL transportation, just take the hotel shuttle back to the airport and check in for the bus. If using a limo/towncar, they can pick you up at the hotel.

Warning--do not go below 2.5*. If you do, there are some scuzzy places you could get.



Do not fly in the morning of the cruise if you have ANY other options. It isn't worth getting up at 4 am to get to the airport, the stress, the "what ifs," etc. Just no. Come in the night before if at all possible. Plenty of people fly in the day of the cruise; in many parts of the country, that is what DCL air will do for you at their standard rate. However, even with travel insurance, the BEST they can do for you is to give you money back so you can reschedule a vacation or fly you to the next port. There is no way to make the vacation "right" if you don't make it to port on time. I just don't like the stress of a same day flight--I arrive at the terminal exhausted.

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Does anyone fly in to MCO on the day of their cruise?

We are dreaming of a cruise and live in the midwest, but we're thinking of doing a summer cruise so winter weather shouldn't be an issue. There is a nonstop flight that arrives in MCO at 9:30, and another one that arrives at 10:30. Would these be ok? I'd rather sleep in my bed and take the morning flight, but I don't want massive stress either? Any opinions?

Thanks!
We still have thunderstorms, which can certainly delay things!
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Old 11-27-2012, 08:34 AM   #29
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Thanks for all the advice! It looks like I should just add a hotel night in Orlando and extra food for that night/breakfast into the budget. To go on a cruise would be a VERY nice (read - most expensive we've done by far) vacation for us and I don't want to ruin it over messed up air travel. We'll just have to save longer until we can go, it's not like the Caribbean's going anywhere we'll get there someday!
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Thanks for all the advice! It looks like I should just add a hotel night in Orlando and extra food for that night/breakfast into the budget. To go on a cruise would be a VERY nice (read - most expensive we've done by far) vacation for us and I don't want to ruin it over messed up air travel. We'll just have to save longer until we can go, it's not like the Caribbean's going anywhere we'll get there someday!
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This doesn't have to be an "end of the world" expense. There are hotels that offer good packages. For example, DCL transfers are $70 per person round trip. 2 one way car rentals will cost about $140 with taxes, fees, tolls, gas, etc. OK, the Hyatt Place hotel offers a "stay and cruise" package which includes an overnight stay, GOOD breakfast the next morning, and round trip cruise transportation for up to 4 people in addition to their shuttle to/from MCO. The price on this varies with the dates, but for us it was $121. I've seen it as "high" as $150. Um....that's the price of 2 round trip transfers on DCL. If there are 4 if you, it's a saving of real money.

They Wyngate offers a similar package, but Hyatt Place is cheaper and better.
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