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  • On Jan 28, 2012
    Zhaohui from BC 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.

    What is the best time to check in on the ship on embarkation day?

    Hi there Zhaohui!

    Embarkation day is full of excitement and anticipation as you start your magical vacation with Disney Cruise Line!  When you arrive at the port, check-in begins at 11:00.  This is probably the most popular time for arrivals at the terminal, but the cast members at the port handle the crowds well.  Not everyone that arrives at 11:00 will embark at the same time so the cast member that checks you in will give you a boarding number.  While you wait for your number to be called, you can enjoy the beautiful, airy space Disney created for their Guests.  There is comfy seating and lots to see!  On the floor you will find a map of the Caribbean Sea and in the middle of the space is a model of the Disney Magic which is great photo spot.  There is also a small deck where you can get your first up close look at your magnificent ship in port.  Your favorite Disney characters might also come out to greet you while you wait!  Make sure to have your cameras ready!

    If you would like to check-in and have a shorter wait time, your best bet is to arrive at the port after 1:00.  The initial rush is usually over by then, but there is still time to board and enjoy your first delicious meal on the ship.  All passengers should check-in no later than 3:45 to insure you are not waving the ship goodbye!

    If you have any other planning questions, please let me know!  As one of the DCL Moms on the panel, I'm here to help!

    Have a magical day!

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Meet the Panelist: Nancy, Georgia

Ahoy there!I'm excited to help you plan a magical voyage filled with pixie dust onboard one of the magnificent Disney cruise ships. As a mom of two,I love planning a Disney cruise and can't wait for you to experience all that DCL has to offer. Learn More About Nancy

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