On several of our previous cruises we flew in the day of the cruise. Each time there was so much stress involved with getting to the ship and on one occassion we almost missed the ship.
Yesterday, we had to get off of our connecting flight in Minneapolis because there was a mechanical problem with our plane. We got on a new flight and arrived 3 hours late in Honolulu. We would have missed the cruise if that would have been the day of the Cruise.
Two weeks ago when I flew from MIA to ATL to CLT, my flight from Miami to Atlanta was late so I missed my connecting flight. From what I am hearing this is becoming more common and in July 2009 flights were late an extremely high percentage of the time.
We stayed the night at the Hawaii Prince Hotel at the Waikiki Marina. It is one of the closest Waikiki Hotels to the Airport, it is within 5 mins to the Cruise Ship, and we were able to walk to some beautiful beaches. We relaxed by the pool this morning, and we will go do some exploring prior to getting on the Pride of America. We do not have to be to the ship until 6PM so we will make the most out of our extra vacation day.
I fully recommend flying in a day early for all cruises. It makes the day of boarding the cruise a lot more enjoyable and you don’t take the risk of completely ruining your vacation by missing the boat!
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