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  • On Apr 3, 2015
    Karen from WY Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    We are on a Magic cruise in and out of Miami. What time should we book a flight home from the Miami airport? Our best connection leaves at 10:52 a.m. Is this too early? Airport is fairly close to the port, not like Port Canaveral and MCO. Thanks!

    Ahoy, Karen!

    The last day onboard the Disney Magic is still a morning to enjoy onboard. I think the best way to have a  pleasant end to a wonderful vacation is to still enjoy disembarkation day leisurely. If the ship returns to the Port of Miami and is cleared for disembarkation at around 7:30am (barring no delays), you'll need to be one of the first few passengers off the ship to make it to the airport on time. This would mean, you'll need to carry your own luggage off the ship and pre-arrange for private ground transportation from the Port of Miami to the Airport. There will be taxis, but imagine if there are other cruise ships arriving all at the same time that morning.

    If you've got about 30 minutes of travel time from the cruise terminal to the airport, you still need to allow some time for US Customs clearing time, traffic, as well as airport check-in and security gate waiting time. I think it will be cutting it close -- especially, if you are traveling with children. I'm sure it is do-able, you just have to hustle and rally the troops every step of the way.

    If convenient, I would suggest a flight departure time no earlier 12 noon on disembarkation day. It gives you a lot of wiggle room, as you get your sea legs back to land. I always feel like the family is moving a bit slow motion when everyone gets off the ship that day. I'm just worried that leading your pack through a hectic morning might wipe out all your newly refreshed spirits. And if you have to deal with a missed flight and catching an alternate flight for your whole family, that adds stress.

    I hope that flight schedules work out fine for you and your family, Karen. 
    ~ Dolly
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Meet the Panelist: Dolly, California

I'm a full-time working mom anchored by an active family who shares the passion for travel, food and music! Our 2 teens have grown up sailing on the Disney Cruise Line and sharing the magic with other working families brings us so much pride and Pixie Dust! Learn More About Dolly

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