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You don't have to fly with any airline. Why not book a cruise only & then book a flight with the airline & airport of YOUR choice. Your travel agent admitted to booking her own flights, so why don't you. Some of us have been doing this for years, for the very same reasons that you are unhappy with. Try a new travel agent.
Usually I try to avoid flying and sail from southampton (nearest port) whenever I can however I wanted to go on OV1 for 7days eastern med from Crete which leaves on a Thursday. I tried but sometimes one cannot get alternative flights unless you fly different dates and add 2 hotel nights !!
I agree you may not always get a flight on the day of your cruise & indeed most people would strongly recommend you always fly the day before, due to delays etc. We consider flying the day before as a bonus to our cruise, as how many times do you never really see your port of departure, apart from the drive from airport to ship & vice versa. If your only flying into European departure ports, even with a hotel overnight, it invariably still works out cheaper than the cruise package. I can't say the same for some long haul destinations, but I still book my own flights as I wish to choose whom I fly with & from which airport at a time to suit myself.
Who do you fly with when you do med cruise please can you recomend some airlines that fly from edinburgh or glasgow many thanks.
If you google Edinburgh or Glasgow Airport click Flight Information then Destinations - move your mouse over the map that appears, it will tell you every destination they fly to.
The cruise companies profit margin ? try and book your cruise with and without the air fair your savings would not that much if it is a charter flight,and considerable if they use schedule flights,Its asking to chose between Hung or Shot the schedule flights we have had long and short haul have meant hanging around airports for hours as we seem to get allocated seats which are off peak?More people are arranging there own flights and going cruise only if they can.
Hi ya i done thomas cook in 2006 from glasgow for island star flight time 7.05 out on time no problems was delayed about 20 min coming back .you talk about air lines palma airport is night mare going back home lastyear we never even got duty free shops we were at airport at about 9 in morning coming home from cruise to fly back to edinburgh airport stood over 1 hour spanish check in gils really slow they could not find my details on screen i said well got out ok so must be able to get home sent for her supervisor she was putting wrong details in one wrong button and all went wrong one button from her boss and hey presto all went right .