Spain/Portugal/Gibraltar - Barcelona: questions re. arriving via cruise ship and departing a.m. flight ex-BCN
Feb 14, 12, 6:30 pm
I am booked on the BCN-JFK 10:20AM Flight and the cruise arrives at the port of Barcelona at 6:30 AM. Air Transfers are booked via Royal Caribbean. My question is why would they book a flight so early in the morning?
Is this calling for stress? I am not sure how long it takes to get through customs at the cruise port, get the bus to the airport and checkin for the flight. Why would a travel agent even be allowed to book such a tight connection?
I am not on a set schedule as I don't have to be anywhere except SFO. In fact what I would love to see happen is I get put on a British Airways Flight or an Iberia Flight and the travel agent would pay for the upgrade to another class of service or a hotel in BCN. Even an overnight somewhere along the lines would be cool since it would be not on my dime.
With my years of travel I know that delays can happen at the cruise port. What are my chances of being put on a later flight out of BCN?
I have insurance from the cruise line just in case.
Feb 14, 12, 7:00 pm
The trip from the docks to BCN is not that long, perhaps 20-30 minutes, and if you have arrived from Schengen destinations formalities will be minimal. I found the Barcelona cruise port fairly efficient.
Advance planning might well have allowed for a day or two in beautiful Barcelona (though on your dime, not "theirs"). <link (http://www.barcelona-tourist-guide.com/en/transport/barcelona-cruise-port.html)> for reference.
But who is this "they" who booked you and why haven't you asked "them"? If Royal Caribbean, one would assume they have done this before and know what they are doing. :)
The idea that somehow you would be upgraded or put up overnight, well, good luck with that; I love the power of positive thinking, but... (In fact, if your day of arrival is an Iberia strike day, you may well want to be safely ensconced in your AA flight and off to JFK.)
Moving to appropriate forum, or should I say "al foro apropiado." ;)
Feb 15, 12, 9:21 am
Check-in and the process to get to the gate at BCN is also efficient. Even better if you have the opportunity to check-in ahead & reprint at the kiosk (or just check-in at the kiosk...).
On Monday, I left my hotel near the Sants rail station at 7:15 for the 10:15 AM flight. I spent almost an hour in the J lounge at BCN before walking to the gate for my flight (boarding time was 45 minutes before departure).
It may be different when you make the trip, but I spent no more than 15 minutes as an EXP doing check-in through immigration & security. No checked bags (that would have added a couple of minutes). The line for non-priority customers was longer.
Feb 15, 12, 9:45 am
BCN cruise port is relatively fast especially if your cruise were all Schengen ports.
Did RCCL book your departure flights? If so then they would be responsible for you getting to the plane.
The cruise information book should also mention an earliest departure flight time. I think it is around 10:30 or 11am.
In your situation I would just grab whatever is put out for breakfast as soon as the buffet is open and get in line to disembark.
Take your bags off the ship with you instead of using the night before pick up and delivery at the terminal service. You will save time looking for you bags in a luggage pickup hall and not risking bags being unloaded at the wrong timeframe.
If taking all your bags is too much then grab the earliest disembarkation luggage tags as soon as they are available for pick up.
If you are running behind and you are the first group on a coach then it might make sense to hop off and grab a cab. They are plentiful on cruise disembarkation mornings.
If this is the repo cruise you were asking about with the flight as part of the package then I think you should be protected. There are many flight possibilities back to NYC later direct or via other hubs.
Feb 21, 12, 3:50 pm
My question is why would they book a flight so early in the morning? It's the only non-stop.