Golden rule which many will agree with when booking your own flights, go a day early. Never fly the day of your cruise & besides it's a great opportunity to see around your port of departure. If it's any comfort we always book our own flights wherever in the world we cruise from.......Wilba.
P.S. Have a back up plan. Know your next available flight(s) etc.
Basically it is your hard luck and you will have to arrange and pay for transport to the next port of call (if appropriate) in order to catch up with the ship. Your insurance won't pay out because you are on two separate journeys and if the airline finally gets you there (albeit too late) then they have complied with their contract to transport you from A to B and you will have no comeback on them either. So, as Wilba says, go out a day early or at least have a backup plan such as booking with an airline that flies our more than once a day so that you have a chance of getting a later flight.
It would be interesting to know which cruise line this is, pure curiosity. .... Neil.
Do you know, I was thinking exactly the same when I wrote my response....Wilba.
I think we've all been puzzling over this one. Possibilities: Seven Seas Navigator- Monte Carlo to Athens or Venice - Peter Deilmann & Viking River cruises - numerous. At the other end of the scale, Louis Cruise Lines are offering an extensive programme throughout 2009, leaving from Marseille! Extensively advertised at bargain prices in the Sunday papers. Perhaps we should start taking bets as to which cruise 'Marrable' is interested in....Jan .
Shall i put you all out of your misery? .....
It was ......
Louis Lines Cruises (well done Jan)
However, having seen their negative reviews have now decided to reconsider. I was particularly drawn to them as their itinerary was very appealing. New question now any suggestions for cruises in july calling at any of the greek islands.
Thanks to all replies and happy cruising. Kind regards Julie.
Hi Julie, I've now had time to think about some other options for the Greek islands. Luxury - Hebridean International Cruises, lovely if you're able to splash the cash. Seafarer Cruises offer the mega yachts 'Harmony V' and 'Harmony G'. Thomson Cruises have itineraries on the 'Celebration' and 'Calypso'. I've never sailed with Thomson as I prefer a more formal cruise experience, but they do seem to get good reviews. Olympic Holidays have several cruise options. Finally, at the budget end of the market - Easycruise. I've sailed on yachts around the Greek islands and you'll find that the smaller the vessel is, the more islands you have access to. Another option if you haven't already cruised in that area is Croatia. Happy cruising whatever you decide. Jan .
Thanks again Jan. Have checked out all the websites of the companies you suggested and ordered brochures accordingly. I must admit the seafarer cruises seem really appealing. I have cruised with thomsons and there were good. I am busy now checking out cruises in Croatia. Again, many thanks and kind regards to you. Julie.
Hi something I had done before and has been extremely cost effective where the flight is not chartered is to book flight and cruise same flight separately, but make sure the flight book is one that is being used for the cruise package so far it has worked well, however, I have always made sure, I took the earliest flight option, this may be a consideration for July. The Greek Islands are fabulous, but normally very hot in July, what type of cruise are you seeking?..........Regards Jude .