Three Generations Aboard Ship
  • On Feb 11, 2010
    Kim Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    We are booked for a cruise on September 9, 2010 returning on September 12, 2010. We are booked, independently, not through Disney, on a flight out of Orlando at 11 a.m. Will we have enough time to get to the airport for our flight? Thanks.

    Hi Kim,

    Welcome to the Moms Panel!  I absolutely love cruising in September, the rates simply can't be beat!

    The ship is typically cleared by U.S. Customs at approximately 7:30 a.m., and guests are able to disembark the ship at any time after the all-clear announcement. 

    For my first few cruises, I followed the guidelines and found that they do build in a generous time-buffer with the recommended flight departure times.  I would find myself at the airport simply wishing I had booked the earlier flight.  So I now book flights a bit earlier (but no earlier than 11:00 a.m.) and find this to be a very reasonable time table (even with all the bathroom breaks and snack stops for our family of five).

    So based on my experience, I think you will have plenty of time to make that 11 a.m. flight, I simply suggest disembarking the ship at your earliest opportunity.

    Hope this helps, have a wonderful voyage!
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Meet the Panelist: Karen, New Hampshire

Ahoy matey!  My name is Karen and if there is such a person as the all-American Disney Mom, I'm it. I am a proud card-carrying member of Disney Cruise Line's Castaway Club and I would love to help you plan your Disney Cruise Line vacation! Learn More About Karen

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