I checked AC
for a good comparison. Their nonstop flights are timed the best, but RT "Tango Plus" with free baggage allowance is a whopping $609.45CAD per person. WestJet does not fly from FLL
So comparison's from BUF
connection) $322.40 USD, US (via CLT
) $294, B6
) $400.40, FL
) $255.40, DL
A couple things I would recommend if you are flying the same day your ship sails. Fly earliest flight with minimum connections or via easy airports. Recruit family to cut back on what they think they'll need to carry to reduce checked baggage. It is hot in FL
and Caribbean in Aug/Sep - pack light clothing! If sailing from FLL
, purchase transfers from cruise line or use taxi from airport - cruise port close by. If flying into FLL
but sailing same day from MIA
- purchase cruise line transfers only. Don't book a flight from FLL
earlier than 1200noon if you are flying back the same day ship returns to port. You must allow time to clear ship, transport to airport and check-in. If same day travel as ship docking, remember a bunch from your ship will be at airport too. Very busy check-in and security on cruise days.
Your travel dates are for 8 days so I assume you're spending the night in the FLL
area either coming or going if you're on a 7 day cruise.
Taking all this into consideration, my personal recommendation would be the WN
flights from BUF
. Early morning departure/connection via MCO
and the 1235pm return connection via BWI
or the 1 stop direct flight (a bit higher fare) at 325pm from FLL
. No bag fees, easy connection in MCO
, and WN
is spot on for originator flights to depart on time, and baggage transfer in MCO
almost guaranteed. A couple pointers about your cruise as well:
At baggage claim you'll meet the cruise line rep if you buy transfers from them , or take bags and proceed to taxi stand. Get to cruise port for check-in as early and quickly as you can. You'll clear on to ship quickly, and you can eat lunch and tour the ship while your cabin is prepared. Baggage will be delivered to your cabin.
On return to port, use express "walk off" service carrying your own bags and proceed to airport or hotel. It will get you off the ship early and avoids the "herding" element of getting off the ship and baggage claim on the pier.
If not already mentioned to you, request late seating for dinner on ship. Will maximize time for your shore excursions. You don't have to "dress up" every night, so highly recommend dining room service for the family at dinner. You're on vacation - be waited on. You can eat at a buffet at home!
I hope this info is helpful. Have a great trip!