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  • On Sep 21, 2023
    Jessica from CO Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hi, Cruising out of Galveston..flying into IAH.What is the earliest departure flight on disembarktion day that you would suggest?

    Hello there Jessica!

    Thanks for sailing back to planDisney for some guidance as you plan your upcoming Disney Cruise Line vacation. I’m excited to hear you’ll be sailing out of the lovely departure port of Galveston, Texas – hopefully a convenient location for you and a great launch to exciting ports of call in the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea.

    Disney recommends you plan a departure flight no earlier than 12:30 P.M. (local time, so CDT) from George Bush Intercontinental/Houston Airport. Once the ship pulls into the home port that morning, there are a variety of processes in place before the ship is cleared for passengers to disembark. As you know from previous cruises, there is then a process to get your luggage, clear United States Customs, and then navigate safely to the airport. Arranging a departure flight after 12:30 P.M. will enable you to manage these logistics and mitigate the risks of missing your flight home.  

    For additional peace of mind, you can add Disney Ground Transportation to your cruise reservation. This is available both to and from the airport, currently at $45.00 per person (prices subject to change). You can add this within your reservation on the Disney Cruise Line website or within your Disney Cruise Line Navigator App. Please note that if you only need one-way transportation, you need to call Disney as the default reservation online is round-trip. My family loves adding this service to our cruises, knowing we can slip into “vacation mode” quickly with Disney taking care of those final transportation details for us.

    Sailings from Galveston often visit the beautiful tropical ports of Cozumel and Progreso, Mexico. My family had a wonderful time at these ports of call earlier this year on the Disney Magic. In Cozumel, we had a blast with the Dune Buggy and Beach Snorkel Combo (CZ23) Port Adventure – gorgeous sights, a fun drive in a funky buggy, amazing beachfront lunch, and lots of laughs together. On a past cruise, we enjoyed the Fury Catamaran Sail Snorkel and Beach Party (CZ12) for a relaxing sail coupled with adventurous open water snorkeling and a festive beach party. This spring was our first time seeing Progreso, which boasts the world’s longest pier! We made magical memories together on the Holy Guacamole Holy Guacamole, Salsa and Margaritas Beach Cooking (PGO24) Port Adventure. My son is a picky eater, but making his own Mexican snack really opened his eyes to new flavors and it was a wonderful afternoon together on the beach.

    I hope this information helps you finalize your flights for this special vacation, Jessica. Please let us know what other questions you have as you continue to plan the details for your sailing.

    Wishing you a magical cruise, 
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Meet the Panelist: Amy, Virginia

Hi friends! I'm Amy, a lifelong Disney dreamer from horse-and-wine country, Virginia. My family of three is BIG on fun and treasures every adventure together. We've been making memories at the Walt Disney World Resort and aboard Disney Cruise Line since my son was a toddler; we love our family traditions balanced with "what's new" each visit. I have a passion for Disney details, a love of digital tools, and an eye for practical planning. I can't wait to help you make the MOST of your magical vacation! Learn More About Amy

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