• On Jan 30, 2019
    Keith from NV 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.

    On the day that we board the ship, we plan to board 3 hrs before the ship sets sail. What is there available to do on the ship during the three hours waiting to leave port? Are the pools open? Can you have lunch, etc?

    Hi Keith!

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel!  I am so excited to hEAR you are headed to sea with my favorite…Captain Mickey!!  I hope you are preparing yourself for an adventure that you won’t forget, because it’s sure to be just that!

    On embarkation day, boarding begins around 11:30AM or 12:00PM and once your boarding group number is called (which you receive when you arrive at the port for check-in and registration), you are welcome to board the ship.  That is always one of my most favorite moments – it’s so exciting to step foot onboard the beautiful ship and be amazed by it all!  Your stateroom won’t be ready until about 1:30PM, but you will certainly want to take advantage of the time you have until the ship leaves.  There will be a main dining room open for a seated lunch or if you prefer, you can visit Cabanas, the buffet restaurant, which is located on the pool deck.  The pools will be open and if you happen to be on either the Disney Dream or the Disney Fantasy, this is the perfect opportunity to take a ride on the AquaDuck!  Just be sure to wear (or pack in a carry-on bag) your swimsuits since your luggage may not arrive until later in the afternoon.  You can also use this time to explore the ship, familiarize yourself with your surroundings and take it all in.  I make it a point to visit the Senses Spa Open House and always hope to win one of the raffle drawings but have yet to!  There is a mandatory muster drill before setting sail and immediately following that is the always fun and exciting sail away celebration!

    Wishing you a magical and memorable adventure at sea!

    Happy Sailing!
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Meet the Panelist: Stephanie, Texas

Hello from Texas!  I am a stay-at-home mom to two young boys and a Disney Cruise Line addict!  In my circle of friends and family I am the one that people reach out to for information on Disney vacations.  My family loves seeing the world aboard Disney's amazing ships and I look forward to helping you plan your own magical Disney Cruise Line vacation!   Learn More About Stephanie

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