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  • On Aug 25, 2021
    Vanessa from OH Asked

    Ahoy! Can you please explain the new process for online check-in at 30 days prior to sailing. What do we need to have for uploading? Photo? Passport? etc. Any details are greatly appreciated! Thanks

    Ahoy, Vanessa! Thanks for coming back to planDisney with your questions about the newest Disney Cruise Line procedures. 

    I was fortunate to be on the first sailing since the shutdown of the gorgeous Disney Dream on August 9, 2021. As you can imagine, everything was different. Our cruise was up in the air for quite a while, so our check-in did open at the 30-day window, but things were slightly different than in the past. 

    First off, I was able to do our entire check-in on the Disney Cruise Line Navigator App, which I hadn’t done before. The steps are very clearly laid out for you, and it is explained thoroughly.  A couple of new things that were needed were clear headshots of each member of our family with a plain background (think passport photo), and photos of our passports. In the past, I have loaded in our passport information, but not had to submit photos. 

    This all made for a very smooth check-in on our arrival to Port Canaveral. Be sure when you choose your port arrival time that you don’t plan to arrive early, as you will be turned away. 

    Once we were onboard, the DCL Navigator App became absolutely essential! Disney Cruise Line has gone entirely paperless! No menus – you simply scan a QR code that pulls up the menu on your device. No Daily Navigator – all activities are listed in the app, and you can “favorite” different things and receive a reminder notification about 15 minutes prior to the activity. We could even chat with a crew member on the app! 

    Obviously, things are still changing often, so be sure to check the Know Before You Go section of the Disney Cruise Line website for the latest information as your cruise gets closer. 

    I know you are anxiously awaiting your return to the high seas with Captain Mickey and his crew, Vanessa! I can’t wait to hEAR all about your sailing! 

    Bon Voyage (finally),
    Tracy
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Meet the Panelist: Tracy, Illinois

GAWRSH! Hiya pals! I am a Goofy-loving mom of 2, who is married to my real-life Prince Charming. My family supports my passion for all things Disney. Walt Disney World was my very first vacation, when I was just 3 months old, and I recently completed my 73rd trip to a Disney location! I have been fortune enough to parasail high above the Disney Fantasy, attend opening day of Batuu, snorkel in the lagoon at Disney's Aulani, and SO MUCH MORE! I can't wait to help you plan your Disney vacation! 

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