So we we this year.
We were on board by 11.30 last year.
I know from reading the threads that you and Wilba are experienced cruisers. Don't want to put the fear of doubt into anyone out there, but at the time of booking your cruise, did it never cross your mind that by flying into the embarkation port from the UK same day then there may be a possibility of 'missing the boat'?
I can't seem to think of anything else, so much so that I am considering changing the booked flights (through cruise line) to arrive a day early and stop overnight ... at more cost !! :-(.
To be honest, I always book scheduled airlines, and the first one out in the morning, so if they cancel that one there is a chance I will get on the next flight. I never book sleezy jet or other low cost carriers as there is no fall-back support. I also check the number of flights out in a day - Barcelona has flights about every 2 hours so I would not have probs with that. Watch this space as I now eat humble pie and miss my next cruise out of BCN....! Remember if you have booked the flights through the cruise line and you miss the boat then it is the cruise lines responsibility to get you on the ship at the next port at their cost, not yours.
As I've said many times on this site, I always book my own air carrier & if it's Europe on Cheapy Jets, we always go a day or two earlier & extend the holiday. On long haul we go on the 'quality' carriers , but always go 'early' otherwise all you ever see of your embarkation port is the airport & cruise terminal.
I'm with both Wilba and A of N on this one, if I am flying to an airport in Europe then another flight is normally available providing you use scheduled airlines. I would never take this chance when flying further afield when there may only be two flights a day and it's great to relax and throw of the jet-lag with a short stay anyway. I have two coming up one on each side of the States and enjoy the "bedding in" bit before hand. Neil.