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Sigh.  I apologize in advance for this rant.  I've been searching for MONTHS for a decent flight for our upcoming April sailing out of Miami. I've searched MIA, FLL and even PBI and am having NO luck finding a decent return flight. 99% of everything is either before 10 am or later in the evening. If the sailings would be Sat-Sat, an early evening flight would be fine because we wouldn't have to wake up early the next day for work/school. Why must they come back on Sundays?? I'm jealous of all of you who live close enough to drive and don't have to deal with this 😉 Ok, rant over. 

On another note, my sailing is exactly 100 days away and it will be my first time on Oasis!

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I feel your pain.  We don’t book anything from Florida that isn’t non-stop and, like you, on Sunday’s that’s too early or very late. Our return flight is at 8:35pm.  My daughter who lives in Maitland will just have to put up with us.  Taking her on a free cruise so she owes us!!

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13 minutes ago, wannabecruiseexpert said:

Sigh.  I apologize in advance for this rant.  I've been searching for MONTHS for a decent flight for our upcoming April sailing out of Miami. I've searched MIA, FLL and even PBI and am having NO luck finding a decent return flight. 99% of everything is either before 10 am or later in the evening. If the sailings would be Sat-Sat, an early evening flight would be fine because we wouldn't have to wake up early the next day for work/school. Why must they come back on Sundays?? I'm jealous of all of you who live close enough to drive and don't have to deal with this 😉 Ok, rant over. 

On another note, my sailing is exactly 100 days away and it will be my first time on Oasis!

Where are you flying out of/into ?

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15 minutes ago, Pooch said:

I feel your pain.  We don’t book anything from Florida that isn’t non-stop and, like you, on Sunday’s that’s too early or very late. Our return flight is at 8:35pm.  My daughter who lives in Maitland will just have to put up with us.  Taking her on a free cruise so she owes us!!

Yeah I think we will just have to take a late flight and deal with being tired at work & the kids tired at school the next day. I suppose it's still better than the alternative of not cruising at all!

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I'm sure they have done the research and see that it's easier for people to do Sunday-Sunday for a 7 night cruise, since they probably fly in on Saturday and may only take 5 days off of work.  That is our situation.  a Saturday-Saturday cruise means we need 6 work days off.

 

Our big issues coming from SDF is not "going out of the way" for any destination.  I really don't need to stop in Baltimore on my way to Orlando.  We only fly Southwest, so we have to deal with what they offer, but it works out best for us in the rewards program and they generally are the cheapest option  to book with directly when you include many of the fees that others charge (we always check at least one bag). 

We don't get a lot of nonstop options from SDF, so we just try to get the best layover options 🙂

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Every ship can't do Saturday-Saturday (or any other day of the week).  There are only a certain number of terminals at the ports.  They also have to spread out the demand or there would be massive issues with traffic, parking, customs, loading and storing supplies and fuel, etc.  There would also be staffing problems if the terminals were only in use 1-2 days a week.

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38 minutes ago, Pooch said:

In my opinion, and I am retired but my son and daughter are joining us,  it’s either Saturday to Saturday & you have to take Friday off.  Or Sunday to Sunday & you have to take Monday off.  6 days either way.  I like the Monday off option.

This is how we do it, too. We take the Monday off, and use the Sunday after disembarkation as a travel/tourist day to see the Port city and surrounding area of wherever we happened to be sailing from. Then we get whatever flight works on Monday and it seems/feels like less hassle. It's obviously an extra hotel night, but the convenience to us is the payback. Plus an extra day of vacation!

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3 hours ago, Reigert2008 said:

I'm sure they have done the research and see that it's easier for people to do Sunday-Sunday for a 7 night cruise, since they probably fly in on Saturday and may only take 5 days off of work.  That is our situation.  a Saturday-Saturday cruise means we need 6 work days off.

I am booked on Oasis out of Bayonne in June.  Everything I have done this year (Oasis/Anthem-Sept/Oct/Nov) has been a Sunday to Sunday.
Lo and behold.  the Oasis is FRIDAY TO FRIDAY.  I did not realize this when I booked.  Such is life, people will need to take extra time off now.

 

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3 hours ago, Pooch said:

I feel your pain.  We don’t book anything from Florida that isn’t non-stop and, like you, on Sunday’s that’s too early or very late. Our return flight is at 8:35pm.  My daughter who lives in Maitland will just have to put up with us.  Taking her on a free cruise so she owes us!!

Haha!  I also live in Maitland, so we drive to all the FL ports.

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12 minutes ago, Pooch said:

Yup, we fly down from CT, she picks us up at the airport, drives us to the port and back to the airport.  In return, she comes on the cruise for free!  

You're nicer than we are to my father in law 🙂  For the inconvenience of taking us to the airport at 4:00 AM and then picking us up whenever we return, he gets a free dinner.

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4 hours ago, wannabecruiseexpert said:

My local airport is GSP but I'm right between ATL and CLT. We usually drive to CLT and fly from there, only because driving in ATL intimidates me 😂

If you're immediately cutting out MIA/FLL/PBA - ATL in lieu of only looking at CLT, you're going to be cutting out well over 50% of your options. I'm not sure when you're going, but I looked at a Sunday in April 2022 and see: 

 

MIA-ATL: 12:05pm, 2:08pm, 4:52pm, 6:10pm (Delta); 1:55pm, 4:45pm (American); 11:30am, 5:05pm (Southwest); 4:27pm (Spirit)

FLL-ATL: 11:50am, 1:05pm, 2:05pm, 3:18pm, 4:45pm, 6:10pm (Delta); 2:10pm (Southwest); 12:35pm (Frontier); 6pm (Spirit)

PBI-ATL: 11:36am, 1:06pm, 3:05pm, 4:25pm, 5:50m (Delta)

 

MIA-CLT: 12:04pm, 1:48pm, 5:35pm (American)

FLL-CLT: 12:06pm, 1:44pm, 3:32pm, 5:35pm (American); 4:44pm (Spirit)

PBI-CLT: 12:21pm, 3:50pm, 5:53pm (American)

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