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Home Departure City - Cleveland

Arrival/Destination City - Orlando

Airline(s) used - American to Orlando, Delta back to Cleveland

Number of Connections -  1 each way (Charlotte for 1 hour down, Atlanta for 90 minutes back)

Outbound Flight departure/arrival time - 6:26am - 11:04am

Return Flight departure/arrival time - 1:25pm - 6:17pm

Did You Pay for a Deviation (before or after cruise)? No

# of Days Prior to Departure Flights Were Ticketed? 35 days

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Home/Departure City: San Franscisco

Arrival/Destination City: Honolulu

Airlines: United

Number of Connections:  None.....non stop both ways!

Outbound Flight departure/arrival time - SFO  9:05a -  HNL 12:37p

Return Flight departure/arrival time - HNL 1:05p  -   SFO 8:09p

Deviation:  Flying in 2 days early

Flight info received - 38 days out

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Home/Departure City: Sacramento

Arrival/Destination City: Miami

Airlines: American Air

Number of Connections:  1 Change Planes in Arizona outboard / Return 1 Change planes in Chicago

Outbound Flight departure/arrival time - Dec 6th Sac 7:38pm - Phoenix 10:26pm - Phoenix 12:05am - Miami 6:09am

Return Flight departure/arrival time - Dec 14th Miami -1:40pm - Chicago 4:03pm - Chicago 5:25pm to Sac 8:05pm 

Deviation:  Flying in 1 day early

Flight info received - 60 days out

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Thanks to everyone adding their information! I’ll post an updated spreadsheet tomorrow 🙂 

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Home Departure City - Detroit

Arrival/Destination City - Fort Lauderdale (we will take a Uber to port - approx $45?) 

Airline(s) used - Delta 

Number of Connections - None 🙂

Outbound Flight departure/arrival time - 7:15 - 10:15am

Return Flight departure/arrival time - 6:30-9:30PM

Deviation - none 

Received our flight info 30 days prior 🙂


Happy cruising!

 

 

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Home Departure City - Newark Nj 

Arrival/Destination City - lax 

Airline(s) used - Alaska airlines 

Number of Connections - none 😄

Outbound Flight departure/arrival time -7:45am -11:20am

Return Flight departure/arrival time - 10:20p-6:20am

Did You Pay for a Deviation (before or after cruise)? Yes before 2 days 

# of Days Prior to Departure Flights Were Ticketed? 54.  Very happy with both guaranteed balcony room assignment and airline times /no connections

will get hotel 2 nights pre and do a day pass near airport post 

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Home Departure City - LAX

Arrival/Destination City - MSY

Airline(s) used - Delta 

Number of Connections - 0

Outbound Flight departure/arrival time - 09:30 PST / 15:14 CST

Return Flight departure/arrival time - 13:48 CST / 16:09 PST

Did You Pay for a Deviation (before or after cruise)? Y 2 days before

# of Days Prior to Departure Flights Were Ticketed? 65

 

Home Departure City - LAX

Arrival/Destination City - MSY

Airline(s) used - Delta

Number of Connections - 0 out, 1 return (via SLC)

Outbound Flight departure/arrival time - 09:01 PST / 14:35 CST

Return Flight departure/arrival time - 18:55 CST / 23:41 PST 

Did You Pay for a Deviation (before or after cruise)? Y - 2 Days Before

# of Days Prior to Departure Flights Were Ticketed? 64

 

If you're wondering, 2 separate cruises from the same port, about 9 months apart (and the exact same itinerary).  I won the poker tournament on the first cruise and, lucky me, the big tournament is on a duplicate cruise.  Also, in case you're curious, yeah, I'm still pretty pumped.  

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Home Departure City - Toronto, YYZ

Arrival/Destination City - Miami, MIA

Airline(s) used - Air Canada

Number of Connections - None

Outbound Flight departure/arrival time - 7:30am / 10:45am

Return Flight departure/arrival time - 8:45pm / 11:57pm

Did You Pay for a Deviation (before or after cruise)? No

# of Days Prior to Departure Flights Were Ticketed? 54

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Home Departure City - Denver

Arrival/Destination City - Los Angeles

Airline(s) used - Delta

Number of Connections - 0

Outbound Flight departure/arrival time -9:00 am / 11:30 am

Return Flight departure/arrival time - 8:00 pm/  11:30 pm

Did You Pay for a Deviation (before or after cruise)? No, travel agency got it for free, day early

# of Days Prior to Departure Flights Were Ticketed? 75

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Home Departure City - Chicago O’Hare 

Arrival/Destination City - Miami 

Airline(s) used - United

Number of Connections - non stop

Outbound Flight departure/arrival time -7:51 am CT/ 12:02 pm ET

Return Flight departure/arrival time-

Delta for return

Leaves Miami 4:13 pm ET

Arrives Detroit 7:15 pm ET

Leaves Detroit 8:10pm ET

Arrives Chicago O’Hare 8:34 pm CT

 

I haven’t had a chance (or remembered) to call and see if I can get an earlier flight home, and preferably non-stop. I’m leaving this Friday so I’m sure there would be a charge, but how much?  Will try to call tomorrow. It never hurts to ask!

 

I booked and paid in full for my cruise 45 days out. My flight arrangements popped up 2 or 3 days later. I should have called immediately but dummy me didn’t. Cest La Vie! ✈️🌞

 

 

Edited by lunyma
Forgot something

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7 hours ago, Run14 said:

If you're wondering, 2 separate cruises from the same port, about 9 months apart (and the exact same itinerary).  I won the poker tournament on the first cruise and, lucky me, the big tournament is on a duplicate cruise.  Also, in case you're curious, yeah, I'm still pretty pumped.  

That is awesome, I would be excited too! Congrats! 

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Updated Spreadsheet and guide to abbreviations, in case it is helpful :) 

 

Abbreviation Guide - 

AA - American Airline

AC - Air Canada

AS - Alaska Airline

DL - Delta Airline

IB - Iberia Airline

UA - United Airline

WS - WestJet 

OB - Outbound

RTN - Return 

 

NCL Air Compilation.xlsx

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On 9/22/2019 at 12:55 PM, tvlworm said:

With 1 day deviation at the start and our own booked transfer and hotel:

 

Home Departure City -  Newark (EWR)

Arrival/Destination City - Barcelona (BCN)

Airline(s) used - United 

Number of Connections - 0

Outbound Flight departure/arrival time - 7:30pm / 9am

Return Flight departure/arrival time -  11:15am /2:30pm

NCL transfer - not recommended due to self loading of luggage under bus and early arrival at airport.

 

Delays on both ends, but arrivals 5 to 30 minutes of target, which to me is on time

 

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Home Departure City - Portland, Oregon

 

Arrival/Destination City - Los Angeles

Airline(s) used - Alaska Air

Number of Connections - Straight Flight

Outbound Flight departure/arrival time -  7:15 a.m/9:40 a.m.

Return Flight departure/arrival time:  8:20 p.m./10:50 p.m.

PLEASE ALSO ADD:

How many days out when you were ticketed- 30 days

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Home Departure City - Boston

Arrival/Destination City - Miami

Airline(s) used - AA

Number of Connections - 1 BOS-LGA-MIA/MIA-JFK-BOS

Outbound Flight departure/arrival time -8:00am-9:22am/11:30am-2:52pm

Return Flight departure/arrival time - 5:32pm-8:33pm/11:00pm-12:17am

Did You Pay for a Deviation (before or after cruise)? 2 days prior/1 day after- didn’t pay any fees

(knew what I wanted when I booked with TA and they said it was waived, along with no initial transfer fees)

# of Days Prior to Departure Flights Were Ticketed? 60

 

Went directly to AA with record locator and changed seats, no additional charges. We were originally seated in last rows, middle seats each. With AA you have free personal item, free carry on and with AA citibank card 1st checked bag no charge.

Edited by wojomom

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This is awesome info! Thanks to tvlworm for starting and maintaining this thread info. I have the free air booked on two upcoming cruises, first being the Getaway out of New Orleans in January. Currently I do not have a deviation to come in the day before, however after reading through these comments, am now wondering if I should rethink that. I live in Idaho and the flight will be out of Boise, no such thing as a direct nonstop flight. Both AA & DL have flights that depart BOI @ 5:30 a.m. and arriving in NO @ 1:15.  It's going to be close....… hmmmm.  Input & comments welcome. 

The Bliss cruise in Feb 2021 has a one day early deviation into MIA already so good to go there. 

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2 hours ago, kdmbluerzr said:

This is awesome info! Thanks to tvlworm for starting and maintaining this thread info. I have the free air booked on two upcoming cruises, first being the Getaway out of New Orleans in January. Currently I do not have a deviation to come in the day before, however after reading through these comments, am now wondering if I should rethink that. I live in Idaho and the flight will be out of Boise, no such thing as a direct nonstop flight. Both AA & DL have flights that depart BOI @ 5:30 a.m. and arriving in NO @ 1:15.  It's going to be close....… hmmmm.  Input & comments welcome. 

The Bliss cruise in Feb 2021 has a one day early deviation into MIA already so good to go there. 

Thank you, I’m so glad it’s helpful!  
 

To be on the safe side for your Getaway cruise, I’d probably do a deviation for the day prior. The DL options probably connect through SLC or MSP, and both  could have winter weather impacting flights, as could Boise.  AA, if they use those options might be a bit safer as I’m guessing the connection city is DFW, but even the slightest delay on any of those could impact getting to the ship on time. 
 

 

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Home Departure City - Charlotte, NC

Arrival/Destination City - Los Angeles, CA

Airline(s) used - Delta

Number of Connections - 1 each way

Outbound Flight departure/arrival time - 6:00am CLT - ATL arrive 7:15am

11:10am ATL - LAX arrive 1:02PM

Return Flight departure/arrival time

9:00pm LAX - JFK 5:12AM 

7:40AM JFK - CLT 9:45am next morning

Just received confirmed airfare at 52 days from travel. Joy departure December 1, we are flying in on Friday 11/29

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Home Departure City - Vancouver, BC

Arrival/Destination City - Los Angeles - LAX

Airline(s) used - American and Air Canada

Number of Connections  - Non stop both ways

Outbound Flight departure/arrival time - 7am departure/10:10am arrival

Return Flight departure/arrival time - 4:35pm departure/7:38pm arrival

Did You Pay for a Deviation (before or after cruise)? Yes 1 day before

PLEASE ALSO ADD:

How many days out when you were ticketed -  67 days prior to cruise

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1 hour ago, tvlworm said:

Thank you, I’m so glad it’s helpful!  
 

To be on the safe side for your Getaway cruise, I’d probably do a deviation for the day prior. The DL options probably connect through SLC or MSP, and both  could have winter weather impacting flights, as could Boise.  AA, if they use those options might be a bit safer as I’m guessing the connection city is DFW, but even the slightest delay on any of those could impact getting to the ship on time. 
 

 

Totally agree. The hubs and I discussed and I plan to contact my PCC with NCL in the morning and have him make the deviation change to arrive to NO day before. Thanks. Have a great day! 

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On 9/22/2019 at 12:55 PM, tvlworm said:

Home Departure City - Atlanta

Arrival/Destination City - Miami

Airline(s) used - AA going, Delta returning

Number of Connections - 0

Outbound Flight departure/arrival time - 6:30AM (OMG...seriously, though?!)

Return Flight departure/arrival time - 8:00PM

 

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Home Departure City - Albany, NY

Arrival/Destination City - New Orleans

Airline(s) used - American there / Delta back

Number of Connections - 1 each way

Outbound Flight departure/arrival time - 8:15am ALB - PHL arrive 9:38am

10:19am PHL - MSY arrive 12:30PM

Return Flight departure/arrival time

11:19am MSY - DTW 2:45pm

3:18pm DTW - ALB 4:58pm

 

Just received confirmed airfare at 59 days from travel. Called at 61 days and they changed the flights I was supposed to be on from later in the evening.  The person I talked to was super helpful.  We have the deviation to fly in a day early.  Connection times are tight but love getting into New Orleans nice and early the day before.  Original flight on the way back had us not leaving until 6:00 and getting back to Albany after midnight.  The agent said I called at the perfect time as they hadn't been officially ticketed yet.

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1 hour ago, mfic246 said:

Home Departure City - Albany, NY

Arrival/Destination City - New Orleans

Airline(s) used - American there / Delta back

Number of Connections - 1 each way

Outbound Flight departure/arrival time - 8:15am ALB - PHL arrive 9:38am

10:19am PHL - MSY arrive 12:30PM

Return Flight departure/arrival time

11:19am MSY - DTW 2:45pm

3:18pm DTW - ALB 4:58pm

 

Just received confirmed airfare at 59 days from travel. Called at 61 days and they changed the flights I was supposed to be on from later in the evening.  The person I talked to was super helpful.  We have the deviation to fly in a day early.  Connection times are tight but love getting into New Orleans nice and early the day before.  Original flight on the way back had us not leaving until 6:00 and getting back to Albany after midnight.  The agent said I called at the perfect time as they hadn't been officially ticketed yet.

 

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On ‎10‎/‎9‎/‎2019 at 6:29 PM, kdmbluerzr said:

This is awesome info! Thanks to tvlworm for starting and maintaining this thread info. I have the free air booked on two upcoming cruises, first being the Getaway out of New Orleans in January. Currently I do not have a deviation to come in the day before, however after reading through these comments, am now wondering if I should rethink that. I live in Idaho and the flight will be out of Boise, no such thing as a direct nonstop flight. Both AA & DL have flights that depart BOI @ 5:30 a.m. and arriving in NO @ 1:15.  It's going to be close....… hmmmm.  Input & comments welcome. 

The Bliss cruise in Feb 2021 has a one day early deviation into MIA already so good to go there. 

 

My opinion is that if the cruise wasn't in the winter months, I might consider no deviation but in January, I would never not have my flights at minimum the day before my cruise. 

 

I've done 42 cruises in the last 22 years and most of them in the winter months.  I learned not to think about only local forecasts for our airport as airplanes come from all other parts of the country.  A delay on the other side of the country due to bad weather might well become a delay for us in Boston. 

 

I love to gamble but not when it comes to making it to my ship in the winter!  :classic_biggrin:

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