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Hi,

 

Have just booked our cruise on Oceana for 2020. It will be the second time that we have flown out to Malta for Oceana so never even thought to ask about the flying times.

Well, the flying times came with the paperwork yesterday and it says that we don't leave Manchester until 2pm and arrive in Malta at 18:00hrs.

 

We leave Malta at 19:00Hrs

 

We have done 4 Med fly cruises in the past and the flight times were always very early in the morning with us being at the ship before noon.

 

Has anyone has a flight time this late as we are concerned that we will be arriving at the ship late and may have missed Muster Drill. Really don't want to have to get up early the next day to attend one! Similarly, on the day we leave we will be out of our cabin from 8am and then hanging around the ship waiting to get off for hours. Horrible.

 

We are thinking of waiting to see if there are any flight time changes and if not booking a pre night stay in Malta - but not sure if they will be direct flights.

 

I know that it is a long way off yet, but any thoughts appreciated.

 

 

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You may find this previous thread useful as it refers to a similar situation as yours.

 

 

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We had a late arrival and muster drill was held just after the last passengers board.  They can't sail until everyone's arrived so muster is after that.  Granted for those arriving late they may hardly have time to do anything but head straight for muster.  (Some arrived without their life jackets as it was so rushed.)   But I really don't think you'll be doing it next day as I doubt that would comply with Maritime Law.

As for the last day, we vacated our cabin, had breakfast, left our hand luggage in the luggage drop on board then had a leisurely stroll into Valletta, had a drink then returned for a late lunch.  It wasn't long before our transfer to the airport.  I prefer an early departure both on the outward and return flights but it worked out OK. 

Edited by kruzseeka

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Thanks for the info everyone but I can't believe that we have booked so far out (for August 2020 Select) and have such rubbish flight times.

 

On our first cruise on Ocean Village we boarded on the Sunday and for some reason our muster was the next day.

 

On Oceana in April there was a call for those who had arrived late to an early muster the next morning. Groan.

 

Not ideal and hate hanging around on the last day --- just want to get home and leave. Oh well, at least we won't be up at the crack of dawn on our embarkation day ….

 

Alternatively we will see what the booking an overnight in Malta looks like

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2 hours ago, Presto2 said:

Thanks for the info everyone but I can't believe that we have booked so far out (for August 2020 Select) and have such rubbish flight times.

 

On our first cruise on Ocean Village we boarded on the Sunday and for some reason our muster was the next day.

 

On Oceana in April there was a call for those who had arrived late to an early muster the next morning. Groan.

 

Not ideal and hate hanging around on the last day --- just want to get home and leave. Oh well, at least we won't be up at the crack of dawn on our embarkation day ….

 

Alternatively we will see what the booking an overnight in Malta looks like

We've recently booked the same cruise for June 2019 although not flying from Manchester. Called to enquire and was given the single option of an early afternoon flight time. Called again the next day, spoke to somebody else and had to ask before being told there was an earlier flight. We've not found a departure time for the ship anywhere?

Edited by Tarquin

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We had a similar flight time when we flew out to Oceana at the end of September.  Then at the airport we had a delay due to technical problems and I think eventually took off about 3.30pm so it was after 8 pm when we landed in Valetta.  It was dark by then but the coaches were waiting.  We were on a Thomas Cook flight and had to collect our luggage, which took some time, and then take it to the coaches.  By the time we boarded Oceana we had missed the last Muster Drill.  We were supposed to leave port that night but as we had been caught by the Medicane storm it was so windy we could hardly keep upright walking along the dock, so there was no chance of Oceana sailing that night.  There was an announcement for us late passengers saying there would be a muster drill at 9pm or, if we wished we could wait until the next morning at 9am.  We chose to get it over with rather than have to get up in time for the one in the morning.

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I forgot to add that with a late return flight we chose to do the excursion where you are taken around the whole island, well most of it and finish with being taken to the airport in time for the flight.  This was a good way to spend the afternoon and it all worked out very well.

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We were on Oceana in Malta last June. Muster drill was delayed from 8pm to 8.15 and then 8.30pm so that the coach loads arriving from a delayed flight wouldn't miss it. 

 

On your last day, if you don't want to hang around the ship then it's less than 10 minutes walk from the port to the Barakka lift which takes you straight up into the centre of Valletta in a few minutes for 1euro. The gardens by the top of the lift have a beautiful view over the harbour and there are several good museums within walking distance, as well as lots of shops and places to eat.

 

Also, might be worth enquiring about flights again nearer the time, as if they have a lot more bookings wanting to fly from Manchester then other flight options may become available.

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Thanks everyone. TA has contacted them and P&O have said that it is a 'dummy flight time' and that the proper flight times will become available in August (12 months beforehand). Have never heard of that one before, but will have to trust what P&O has said on this occasion …...

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17 hours ago, Tarquin said:

We've recently booked the same cruise for June 2019 although not flying from Manchester. Called to enquire and was given the single option of an early afternoon flight time. Called again the next day, spoke to somebody else and had to ask before being told there was an earlier flight. We've not found a departure time for the ship anywhere?

 

We've found a webcam that shows the dock where Oceana is berthed in Malta and we tend to watch her sailaway. (Sad I know!) Generally, she leaves any time between 8pm and 10pm.

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