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  • On Nov 7, 2011
    Lisa from ON 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.

    Do we book a time to board the cruise ship as well as for disembarkation?

    Hi, Lisa!

    When you check in online at the Planning Center, you will be asked to provide an estimated arrival time at the port in order to stagger registration for guests.  This is more important at Port Canaveral for the larger ships (Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy) since there are more guests boarding in the same time frame. However, I've never been refused entrance into the terminal because it wasn't my "turn." It just helps the check-in staff to plan for embarkation. Once you check in, you'll receive a boarding group number, and you'll hear the announcements of when you'll be able to board.

    For debarkation, you'll need to provide Disney Cruise Line with your departure information -- either in your cruise documents or by completing the online check-in process at You'll be assigned a debarkation group by character (Ariel, Chip n' Dale, Minnie, Tinker Bell, etc.) -- according to what luggage tags you received the previous night.  Should you have an early flight, you'll need to alert Guest Services a couple of days in advance of debarkation in order for you to be of the first guests off the ship. Usually, debarkation begins as early as 7:30 a.m., and every guest is off the ship by 9 a.m. It's a quick process...which is unfortunate for those of us who are reluctant to leave!

    Best wishes as you travel, and I hope you have a wonderful day and a magical vacation. Bon voyage!

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Meet the Panelist: Andi, Alabama

Anchors aweigh! Time to set sail aboard Disney Cruise Line, and I'm just the mom to help you navigate the waters of planning. From stem to stern to ports of call, I'll show you the ropes of pixie-dusted vessels filled with magic and adventure. Learn More About Andi

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