So if you are planning a cruise and decide to go over a holiday - like Thanksgiving - good to check prices of the airline tickets! We started checking about 8 months in advance and I suddenly felt sick. I fly a lot and had plenty of miles for at least a couple tickets. But not at the crazy prices I was seeing to get us down the day before the cruise and back the day after. We started broadening our search and went from tickets for $1800 a piece to $399 each (or 30K miles). Sold - two purchased tickets and three mileage tickets. Yay. We would put the money that would be spent on those crazy expensive tickets towards the expenses on a now 2 week vacation.
Fly on the Wednesday before the Saturday cruise departure.
Spend two days at Universal Orlando (YES! We love this place.)
Drive from Orlando on Friday to Port Canaveral, Florida that Friday.
Spend the night and depart on cruise Saturday.
7 Days Easter Caribbean
-2 days at sea
-Thanksgiving day at sea
-Castaway Cay (the Disney island)
-Back to Orlando
Saturday depart from ship and drive to Orlando - Port Orleans Riverside
Boom Done. Fly Home
So my plans, instead of doing one humongous blog, split it into three. Universal, the Cruise and then Disney after. Or maybe it will be Universal and Disney after and then the Cruise separate. Well whatever that ends up making sense.