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  1. themrsp

    themrsp Disney Freak!

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    First time cruiser in May. Disney CL website says do not book flights before noon. We are purchasing transportation through Disney to cruise. How early can I book my return flight? What time will be bused to airport? How do they determine who goes first?

    Was looking at booking a return flight leaving at 12:00PM. Help?
     
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  3. kappaman14

    kappaman14 Earning My Ears

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    Just got off the Fantasy. We had a car service, and booked two different flights with Southwest (no cancellation fees). Made it to The airport in time for a 10:35am flight and then cancelled the later flight. Not sure how the buses work though; my other cruise we had a rental car.
     
  4. kcashner

    kcashner DIS Veteran

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    From port Canaveral, Disney says to book after noon, but then THEY book people on 11:30 flights. If your flight is before 11:25, you can't use onboard check in (if you qualify anyhow.....)

    Yes, we've been there early enough to take an earlier flight once, but I wouldn't schedule anything before 11.
     
  5. themrsp

    themrsp Disney Freak!

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    Ok! Thanks. That is what I was wondering. I think I would be safe booking the noon flight. I am booking on my own so I don't think I can check in online.
     
  6. jdb in AZ

    jdb in AZ <font color=green>It could end up curdled<br><font

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    Onboard airline check-in depends on the airline you're flying; not how you book it. AirTran Airways, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Continental Airlines, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue Airways, United Airlines and US Airways participate. Unfortunately, Southwest (our usual airline) does not.

    http://disneycruise.disney.go.com/p...air-ground-transportation-bahamian-caribbean/
     
  7. Tonka's Skipper

    Tonka's Skipper DIS Veteran

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    All the pp's are correct and this is how it usually goes..............however.........

    If the vessel is late.....customs has a problem...........there is a traffic issue..........security is backed up............then you may not make your flight. I know it is rare but it does happen.

    We usualy make a 5 to 6 pm flight. We use DCL buses and rent a car at the airport and go to DTD for lunch and a relaxing afternoon, then back to the airport.:thumbsup2

    I just don't want to worry about missing a early flight!

    Enjoy your cruise!

    AKK
     
  8. EDH Family

    EDH Family Married to the Mouse

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    We're doing the same thing in Sring Break with our SWA points, booked a 11:30 and a 4:30.
     
  9. kcashner

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    To answer how they determine who gets on the bus first...whoever gets off the ship first when they make the "free to disembark" announcement, gets their stuff and goes thru Customs will get on the bus first. The bus will depart as soon as it fills up, and then they'll start filling the next one.

    If you are really in a hurry, you can keep your luggage in your room on the last night (called self-disembarkation.) Then you will be allowed off the ship while they are still arranging luggage in the terminal. However, NO NEED to rush if you have a noon flight time.
     
  10. Bluegrassfam

    Bluegrassfam Can't wait to get back on the Fantasy

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    We were on the Fantasy and had a 6:45 breakfast, picked our luggage, customs and bus (DCL transpo) and arrived at the airport at 9:30 am. We had a 12:45 flight. I don't know if this is typical or not as this was our first DCL cruise, but we had plenty of time. Cheers
     
  11. novascotiagal

    novascotiagal Earning My Ears

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    Did you carry off your luggage or leave it for Disney to take off? Our flight is at 1225 hr to Canada and I'm a little anxious about timing, even though when my TA called Disney they say I'm okay:confused3
     
  12. MikeRx

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    Thank you for solving our problem! We have a 5:20pm flight after our cruise, but wanted the convenience of the DCL transfer for the baggage handling, but dreaded the 5-6 hours in the airport with a 5 year-old. Not such a magical way to end a vacation…We will take the DCL transfer and rent the car at the airport. We can then go to DTD or a Disney park as our APs expire that day! Thanks again for posting.


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  13. tvguy

    tvguy Question anything the facts don't support.

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    Our cruise, the hangup was at the airport. Used Disney transportion, they had us at the airport at 10:15 am, had boarding passes in hand at 10:30, but there was a 90 minute line at the metal detectors at the airport. Our 12:35 pm was already boarding when we got to the gate. So lunch for our plan for a leisurely lunch at the airport. Next time, I'm not booking before 1 pm.
     

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