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  • On Feb 22, 2013
    Lisa 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.

    We are cruising for the first time on the Fantasy in May with a port visit to St. Maarten. Will our excursion be first thing in the morning, and will we have time to explore the port area near the dock? Thanks so much for your help!!

    Welcome aboard, Lisa! I bet you are very excited about your upcoming cruise on the Fantasy! It's a beautiful ship with so much to offer as far as activities. You are going to have an amazing time!

    Most of Disney's Port Adventures do leave shortly after the ship docks at the port, so that the adventure guides can make the most of your day there. That being said, if your Port Adventure is not more than say four or five hours, you will certainly have time to explore the port area once you arrive back from your excursion. The longer adventures are the ones that might have you out all day, not arriving back until a few minutes before you need to be back on the ship.

    Either way, by choosing a Disney-sponsored Port Adventure, you can guarantee that even if it is running behind, the ship will not leave without you. This can't be said about booking your own excursion through a different company, so for us, it's worth the cost to have that peace of mind.

    Most likely, Lisa, you'll arrive back from your excursion with enough time to wander the port area and pick up a few souvenirs before getting back on the ship. Just keep in mind that lines can get long to re-board, especially within an hour of when the ship is set to leave, so watch the clock to ensure you don't miss the boat!

    Have fun planning, Lisa!
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Meet the Panelist: Marcy, Ohio

Welcome aboard! I'm the mom of two tween/teen Castaway Clubbers who would live on any of the Disney ships if they could. I would love to help your family discover the magic that awaits you on the open seas with Disney Cruise Line. Learn More About Marcy

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