Cruising Tips 80: Flight Tips – Getting To And From The Ship

Silversea Silver Whisper Cruise ship

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Getting To And From Your Ship: Flight Times

If you are making your own flight arrangements to get to and from your ship, there are a few key guidelines that I recommend you follow.

If you can, aim to get to the embarkation port the day before your cruise leaves and stay overnight. This means that if there are any flight delays, cancellations or other issues you should have time to make other arrangements. If you miss departure and are travelling independently, the cruise line will not assist you if you get to the ship too late.

If travelling in on the day, double check what the latest time you can embark. Ensure your flight arrives in plenty of time and allow generous amounts of time for collecting your bags, clearing immigration and customs if required, and ensure you know how and how long it will take to get to the port – even in bad traffic. Booking a transfer is a good idea.

On disembarkation day make sure you know what time the ship is due in and only book flights that leave from lunchtime and onwards. The ship may arrive late, there may be delays in clearing the ship and then you have to wait for your allocated time to leave the ship. Leave yourself time to make your flight.

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Gary Bembridge

I grew up in Zimbabwe, but I have been based in London since 1987. My travel life spans more than three decades and that includes more than 95 cruises. In 2005, I launched Tips for Travellers to make it easy and fun for people to discover, plan and enjoy incredible cruise vacations. And the rest, as they say, is history. I have the largest cruise vlogger channel currently on YouTube, with more than 3 million video views per month.

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