• On Jun 26, 2023
    Valerie from TX Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I've cruised DCL to Cozumel several times, but usually either book my shore excursion thru DCL, OR just disembark at our leisure. Can we get off AS SOON AS the ship is cleared or do we have to wait for those w/shore excursions to disembark first?

    Hello, Valerie! Thank you for stopping by planDisney with your question. 

    A Disney Cruise Line vacation is a fantastic way to kick off 2024! While Disney Cruise Line Port Adventures are a convenient way to experience a new place, I can appreciate, as an experienced cruiser, wanting to explore on your own. 

    When your ship receives the all-clear, the captain will announce that Guests may begin disembarking and make their way ashore. Check the Disney Cruise Line Navigator app to see which gangways are open and the all-ashore time. Guests traveling on Disney Port Adventures usually use the forward gangway. If you can, use the midship or aft gangway to avoid some of the crowds. Taking the stairs down is sometimes easier than waiting for an elevator. As for lines, they usually move quickly. When going ashore, each adult must carry a photo ID, and every Guest will have their Key to the World Card scanned upon disembarking and returning to the ship. 

    I hope you have fun exploring Cozumel! Whether you’re seeking a quiet beach getaway, a splash with dolphins, or wish to wander about, there is something for everyone. Just ensure your adventure wraps up by the all-aboard time because Captain Mickey will not wait for late Guests. 

    Valerie, I know you'll make incredible memories both in port and at sea. My favorite place to be during a sea day is at Palo, enjoying their delicious brunch and the sweeping ocean views. On my last sailing, I fell in love with the warm toasted almond croissant dusted with powdered sugar. It was a delightful way to start brunch. I hope you have an afternoon planned in this adult-exclusive restaurant. 

    Please drop us a line if you think of any more questions. We would love to help you make the most of your Disney Cruise Line vacation.

    SEAS the adventure!
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Meet the Panelist: Tracie, Florida

Ahoy! Just like Moana, I feel the irresistible call of the sea. I think the best vacation is aboard a Disney Cruise Line ship – thankfully, my family agrees. Whether savoring gelato in Italy, snorkeling in Mexico, or basking in the sea breeze on deck, each destination fills us with memories to last a lifetime. I look forward to helping your family plan a Disney Cruise Line adventure brimming with cherished moments!

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