• On Dec 11, 2019
    Diane from IL Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Can you make it back to your ship by lunch time (11 am to 12 noon) if you book an early morning dolphin encounter (8:45 am) on either the Blue Lagoon or the Atlantis in Bahamas and you’re just there strictly for the dolphin encounter? Thanks!

    Hi there, Diane!

    Ahoy and welcome back to the Disney Parks Moms Panel and thank you for stopping by with your question about your Disney Cruise Line vacation next year!

    You are looking at what will definitely be an exciting (and very memorable) excursion when you visit the Bahamas!  My boys participated in a dolphin encounter when we cruised to Cabo San Lucas last year and they still talk about it!!  When your online check-in and onboard booking window opens, you will be able to see the exact departure times for the different excursions as well as the duration of each of the excursions.  Depending on which dolphin encounter you choose (there are a number of different ones - and each a little different) and the departure time available will help determine whether or not you will be able to make it back for an early lunch.  Looking at them, it appears that most of them are at least 4 hours in duration, so it may be a bit of a challenge to get back to the ship for an early lunch.  But, rest assured, food will be available onboard throughout the afternoon if you don’t make it back until after noon!  The buffet lunch at Cabanas typically stays open until 2 or 2:30PM each day and the quick serve options by the pool are available throughout the day…and you can always opt to call in for Room Service (the club sandwich is delish), too!

    Diane, if you haven’t yet marked the date when your onboard booking window opens, go ahead and do that now – 75 days prior to sailing for first-time Guests, 90 days prior for Silver Castaway Club members, 105 days for Gold Castaway Club members and 120 days for Platinum Castaway Club members – so that you will be ready when the clock strikes midnight (EST) to book your onboard fun!

    Happy Sailing!
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Meet the Panelist: Stephanie, Texas

Hello from Texas!  I am a stay-at-home mom to two young boys and a Disney Cruise Line addict!  In my circle of friends and family I am the one that people reach out to for information on Disney vacations.  My family loves seeing the world aboard Disney's amazing ships and I look forward to helping you plan your own magical Disney Cruise Line vacation!   Learn More About Stephanie

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