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  • On Jun 22, 2015
    Patina from CA 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.

    I have a compound question about port excursions. We are first-time Disney cruisers, are we not able to book any port excursions prior to 90 days before our cruise and when do we pay for the excursions, at the time of booking?

    Ahoy, Patina!

    First, congratulations for booking your very first Disney cruise. You are sure to be amazed at all the ways Disney Cruise Line makes their guests feel at home on their beautiful ships! You'll be treated like VIPs from the moment you step onboard, and enjoy incredible customer service throughout your sailing. Not to mention, you'll have more to see and do than you can imagine!

    First-time Disney cruisers are able to book Port Adventures up to 75 days before their sail date. You'll also be able to book Adult Dining reservations and Spa Services at that time. My advice is to go ahead and look through the Port Adventures available to you, choose your favorites and prioritize them. When your reservation window opens (typically at 12:01am Eastern Time), log in to the Planning Center on the Disney Cruise Line page, and select your favorite activities first.

    If a particular Adult Dining venue doesn't have availability online, guests can sometimes secure a reservation once onboard the ship. They set aside a limited amount of tables for guests that might need to make a change to their reservations. You can also check with cast members at the Port Adventures desk once you're onboard to see if there have been cancellations on any of your top choice excursions that might have filled up.

    Payment will not be due at the time of booking. All of your onboard expenses will be billed to the credit card you link to your stateroom account, and will be settled up at the end of your sailing. At any time, you can stop by Guest Services to request a print out of all your onboard charges. You can also apply cash or Disney Gift Cards to your stateroom account - just make sure to stop by Guest Services before the end of your sailing to do so!

    I hope this helps with your planning!  - Diane W.
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Meet the Panelist: Diane, Alabama

"Dream It! Plan It! Do It!" – that's my motto! If you've always dreamed of a magical visit to Walt Disney World Resort, or sailing away with Captain Mickey on a Disney Cruise, I'd love to help you plan and make the most of your vacation. My favorite getaway is a Land and Sea adventure - from Cinderella Castle to sand castles! Learn More About Diane

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