(Closed) Arriving to departure city a day early before cruise. Necessary for us?

posted 7 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper

My only experience with this was flying with a stopover in Dallas/Ft. Worth.  They had overbooked and were BEGGING for passengers to voluntarily give up their seats because everyone on the flight was booked for the same cruise and if they missed that flight they would miss the boat.  Not one person budged.  So those who checked in last missed their cruise!

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

In my opinion, you shouldn’t waste your money staying a night, since you are arriivng by car.  Also, are you leaving from Cape Liberty (Bayonne, NJ)? If so, I wouldn’t recommend staying there over night..it’s a very industrial area, nothing special at all.  If you were flying, then I would say to be safe arrive the day prior. But, I’ve gone on a few cruises, including one that left from Barcelona, and have always arrived to the departure city the day of =)

Post # 5
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Newbee

How far is the drive?  I would make sure that your limo picks you up early and drops you off a bit before checkiin just to make sure.  I’ve heard horror stories of limos not showing up for weddings, breaking down etc. Also have a plan B, relative to rescue you you, just in case.  The boat waits for NO ONE!

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@UpstateCait: Yup, then seriously don’t bother.  I live in NYC and it’s like 15 minutes away from that port.  I see you live in Lake George? I’ve driven up there in 3.5 hours from here, so just leave early that day, and you will be fine =)

Post # 10
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Bumble bee

I was going to post YES YES YES because I love to cruise and have known so many folks that miss their entire cruise due to a delayed flight, snow/poor weather/airline strikes – you name it.

Since you are driving, though, I think if you just leave hours between getting there and your cruise leaving you should be okay.  But (yes I realize I sound like a mother hen, here lol) make sure you have passports or actual certified birth certificate (not cute one from hospital) and insurance.  I can’t stress insurance enough!  Had a girlfriend that had her appendix burst and she was only 23 at the time.  She had to get helicoptered out to a really basic, not very advanced hospital in the islands.  Her insurance covered about $200 dollars of it and she was left witha  bill of….wait for it…..$10,000 for the airlift and emergency services.  No, not kidding!

Of course, that’s all the what if’s, but I dont’ want anyone else to go through what she did so I always just relay that info.  Have fun (if I haven’t just ruined it Embarassed, lol….)

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@luckyprincess: That’s horrific! A few people have mentioned stories before, but eek! That’s a hefty bill.  But you are right, everyone should purchase insurance.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee

@UpstateCait:

Yes, it’s covered under most of the full coverage ones.  It will specifically state that it covers for emergency evacuation because its so expensive.  Believe me, after she came home it was the first thing I checked, lol!

Have fun:)

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