Holland America: A New Flight Plan

As the PICOT in this family — that's Person In Charge Of Travel, now that you ask — I welcome anything that simplifies the process of flying. So when I spotted an item about Holland America and something called "Flight Ease" I was all over it.

It's the first time I've heard of a cruise line going so far to make it easier for passengers to get to the ship on time. In a nutshell, this is what you get with Flight Ease, starting this fall:

• Schedules (they'll be updated continuously) only for flights that arrive in time for your cruise

• Competitive pricing (cruise line promise) and availability from multiple carriers

• Next-port protection…if your flight is delayed or cancelled en route to the home port and you miss departure, the cruise line will get you to the next port

That umbrella of assurance has two other components. The "Flexible Fares" give you no fees for changing your flights and you pay when making your final cruise payment. Go for "Restricted Fares" and you'll pay less but be responsible for cancellation fees and pay the full amount when booking your cruise.

Passengers who use travel points to fly from their home city to the point of departure need not apply, of course. And passengers who shop around for the best deal are going to match it against the Flight Ease fare. That comparison is likely to determine whether Holland America's flight assistance is better than those of any other cruise line.

It will be interesting to see how many others copy Holland America's idea.

Crown Princess
7 nights
November 23, 2013
Fort Lauderdale (return): Princess CaysSt. MaartenSt. ThomasGrand Turk
Inside: $698
Cost per day: $99

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  1. Cam Miller says:

    Bob and Nancy – thank you for your posts, they have been most helpful.  For the airfares Princess cruises has the same deal with the firm and flexible fares and we have used them.  In fact we are using them for our upcoming MedCelebrity also has a similar plan but we have not used them.  The Princess air plan often goes on "sale".  Not that the airfare is put on sale but they offer a discount so the savings can add up.  Taking a cruise vacation from our home in Canada during the winter the next port protection is a big comfort as winter storms can wreak havoc on flights and travel – the cruise line will get you to the next port so it is akin to getting a form of travel interruption insurance for free.

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