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Early Flight Out of Stockholm on Disembarkation Day

Old Sep 29th, 2016, 11:35 AM
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Early Flight Out of Stockholm on Disembarkation Day

My Royal Caribbean ship docks in Stockholm at 7 am on a Sunday. I plan to book a 10am Lufthansa flight (the flight goes from Stockholm to Copenhagen and then on to Vancouver Canada). Just wondering if the 10am flight is doable.

When we disembark, do we still need to go through customs before heading out to the airport?

Thanks so much.
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Old Sep 29th, 2016, 12:40 PM
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I have no experience of disembarking from a big cruise ship but in all honesty that sounds seriously tight, if not impossible. You will presumably have checked luggage since you are from a cruise. Even if you check in online and have your boarding passes printed, or on your phone you still have to get off the ship retrieve your luggage, get to the airport, get rid of your luggage, etc etc.
If your cruise has been somewhere other than a Schengen country you will go through passport control on disembarktion to enter Schengen too.

Make sure you leave enough time at your connecting flight for going through immigration to exit Schengen

You need to book a much later flight imho.
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Old Sep 29th, 2016, 01:06 PM
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The flight you mentioned, 10:00am Lufthansa, is probably a codeshare of SAS #1419. If it is really a Lufthansa plane, it would fly first to FRA or MUC then it does not make sense going to CPH to head back to Canada.

I presume your Canada bound flight is tightly scheduled to your CPH arrival? Then you get fouled up whether the flight gets changed earlier or later.

If you buy ARN-Canada as one ticket, if the flight gets delayed, you might arrive in Canada later, but the new flight would be on Lufthansa's money. If they moved ARN-CPH flight forward, they don't have to do anything to accommodate your difficulty if they changed the schedule even in a major way, I think, at least two weeks ahead.
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Old Sep 29th, 2016, 11:11 PM
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We just flew in and out of ARN (not after arriving from a cruise) but I still would mnot work with that tight a schedule coming in from a cruise. The airport is quite a ways out of the city and it took quite a bit of time to get there. I would try to get a later flight.
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Old Sep 30th, 2016, 05:05 AM
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First, you need to ask RCCL if they are going to allow their usual early disembarkation handling your own luggage. That would solve one potential problem of "waiting for retrieval."

One of the faster ways out to Arlanda (assuming that IS the airport you are leaving from) would be the Arlanda Express which takes 20 minutes BUT it leaves from downtown. You'd have to make your way to it from the cruise port or get a taxi AT the cruise port and perhaps use that to get to the airport.

The published "docking time" may or may not be accurate and a lot will depend upon clearance of the ship by local officials. Ships sometimes arrive and are moored hours ahead of the published time (a practice very typical here in Florida cruise ports)but if you are in any way "concerned" about making flight connections you need to look into a possible change now IMO.
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Most cruise lines do self disembarkation, which means you carry your bags off the ship yourself. Usually you can disembark as early as 6.30-7am or as soon as the ship is cleared by the port authorities. Check with RCCL for precise information, also inform them you have an early flight and plan to self disembark.

Alanda is quite a ways from the city, so you should count at least 45mins to an hour to get there from the cruise terminal. Yes, Arlanda Express is good, but you'll first have to get to the AE terminus, so it might be better to just go straight to the airport by taxi.

Isn't there a later flight you could take, 10am is rather early IMO. Check with both Lufthansa as well as RCCL, and enjoy your cruise
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Old Sep 30th, 2016, 09:00 AM
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Glad you totally agree with me, Geetika.
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