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  • On Nov 11, 2022
    Sheila 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.

    What can we do on board before we set sail

    Ahoy, Sheila! You've come to the right place for answers to this question. I love boarding my Disney Cruise Line ship as early as I can to take advantage of some activities before we set sail.

    I always recommend that you bring a small carry-on bag with you when you board your Disney cruise ship because it's a great time to hit the pool. If you're onboard early, you can change into your swimsuits and be one of the first ones to hit the water slide on your ship. Lines tend to be shorter on embarkation day.

    Another great thing to do is to grab lunch. Depending on your ship, usually one of the main dining rooms will be open for a sit-down experience, or you can head to the buffet or some of the on-deck offerings. 

    Prior to sailing away, you'll have to complete your pre-departure assembly drill. This drill has been done a little bit differently these past couple of years, but keep an eye on the Disney Cruise Line Navigator app once you board and the Know Before You Go section of the website to see the latest information on the drill requirements. 

    Sheila, there may be a ship tour you can take prior to sailing, and definitely use some time to familiarize yourself with the ship. You can usually access your stateroom around 1 PM, and they do try to get luggage delivered quickly. It's a good time to unpack, unwind, and start to enjoy your vacation!


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Meet the Panelist: Anna, New Jersey

My name is Anna and I am a retired teacher with a J.D., a proud Navy wife with 30+ years of experience, mom to three daughters and a son-in-law, and grandmom to three tiny Disney fans. I have planned vacations for all sorts of special occasions and celebrations, but I really enjoy DVC vacations, helping military families, and assisting those with special dietary needs.    Learn More About Anna

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