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  • On Sep 14, 2023
    Bob from NY Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I was assigned an 1130am checkin time for my cruise. , can I check in later in the day. Departure time is 4pm?

    Hi Bob, 

    Welcome to planDisney and thank you so much for asking us a question about your upcoming Disney Cruise Line voyage!

    For my family’s first few trips, we always tried to arrive at the port as early as possible, to ensure we didn’t miss a single moment of Magic. I’ll admit that we’ve gotten a bit more relaxed about our port arrival time, just to be able to arrive at a more leisurely pace. An added benefit is that, by the time we arrive (usually around 1 PM), the port has moved to an “open boarding” system, which means we can walk right onto the ship. Plus, because our staterooms are typically ready at around 1:30 PM, we can usually drop our stuff off in our rooms and then head off for a late lunch at Cabanas or Marceline Market

    That said, I still get an earlier Port Arrival Time, just in case I do want to start the cruising portion of our vacation more quickly. So, based on my experience, even if you have an 11:30 AM port arrival time, you can absolutely arrive later in the day.

    Please review your cruise documentation carefully to check what the “all aboard” time is for your sailing. Although the ship may be scheduled to leave at 4:00 PM, your all aboard time might be earlier. I would highly recommend planning to arrive at least 2 hours before that “all aboard” time, just to make sure that you don’t get tripped up by any last-minute travel snags along the way. And don't forget to do your Online Check-In to save even more time at the port!

    Please don’t hesitate to come back and see us if you have any other questions. We’re always happy to help!

    Have a Magical Day, 

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Hi, I’m Lynne from Montreal, Quebec, Canada! I’m a working mom who enjoys snuggles with my son and my husband, who has been my sweetheart since 1997. We’ve been lucky enough to experience several milestones in Walt Disney World, including our wedding and honeymoon in 2009. As Disney Vacation Club members, we often plan trips for large, and sometimes even multi-generational, groups to come and enjoy the fun with us. Learn More About Lynne

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