Arrive for Your Cruise a Day Early to Offset Delays

It’s easy to take condos for granted, especially their lack of mobility. You can show up sometime after your 4 p.m. check in and your room is still right where it should be. A cruise, on the other hand, is more unforgiving. If you miss the ship, there goes your vacation.

Due to the unpredictability of travel, traveling to your ship’s departing location needs to be approached with the same attention to detail as booking the cruise itself.

Arrive one day early for peace of mind.

Our travel agents recommend this to every traveler. If you decide to fly to your destination the day of the cruise, you’re putting yourself at risk for many unknown elements that can cost you time. To name a few:

  • Weather delays
  • Mechanical issues
  • Airport emergency
  • Lost luggage

Each cruise line provides times that passengers should arrive before the ship departs, but you can completely take the stress out of travel by flying in a day in advance. If you board the ship with time to spare, you can get acquainted with amenities onboard and start your vacation early.

This usually entails getting a hotel, but the peace of mind is worth the cost. Besides, you can spend your down time exploring the area. Many of our cruises depart from neat places such as Fort Lauderdale and Miami, Florida; New Orleans, Louisiana; or Vancouver, Canada. It’s like a vacation within a vacation.

If you do fly out the same day, go as early as possible.

There are a few reasons you might be traveling the day of the cruise:

  • You don’t want to spend extra money on a hotel.
  • Your schedule won’t allow you to leave earlier.
  • It’s the way you’ve always done it, without issue.

If that is the case, our travel agents recommend booking the first flight out of your city the morning of to prepare for unexpected delays. Again, minimize the risk of missing embarkation by getting to your destination with plenty of wiggle room.

Whether you’re new to the world of cruising or an experienced veteran, getting to your departing destination a day early can only make the experience more enjoyable for you.

Have you found luck while arriving for your cruises or do you get in the day of? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below.

Corey is a writer from Overland Park, KS, and has been with Global Discovery Vacations since September 2013. Once a sportswriter, he traveled the country and became proficient in airport security line etiquette and leaving items in hotel rooms.