If possible arrive the day prior to your cruise. Local hotels, are close to the Ft. Lauderdale airport as well as the Port and have shuttles to and from both making your arrival and departure much more manageable. Sites like CheapoAir.com and PriceLine.com help you find great rates and make booking easier.
Embarkation usually begins around 11am,
but we usually arrive after the onslaught between 2-3pm, which makes check-in and boarding much quicker. The ship sails at 5pm so be onboard no later than 4pm.
Read your SJC Info Packet in full. Not only does it address the proper documentation required but advises on what to bring to be able to participate in the various Theme Nights and extra activities onboard which are a lot of fun when you're fully prepared.
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