Well, to catch a 9AM flight you'd need to get to the airport by 7:30AM (latest). The ship will begin letting folks off by 7:00-7:30am for the elite / suite guests (white lugggage tags / Group 1) and express departure. You can certainly talk to guest relations and have them put you in this group. It's a 10 min cab ride from Ft. Lauderdale to the FLL airport; fastest to grab a cab at the pier. Also, I'd recommend you take your luggage off yourself, instead of any of the luggage tag stuff. This is known as "express departure" they are let off first thing too.