Mickey and Gang in front of Ship
  • On Jul 21, 2019
    Rebecca from PA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    We are doing a cruise in the beginning of 2020, we keep hearing people say about picking their time to board the ship, however we are staying at the Polynesian resort before we go, so do we still need to pick a time to board the ship??

    Hi there, Rebecca!

    Ahoy and welcome back to the Disney Parks Moms Panel!  I am so glad you sailed by with your question about your upcoming Land and Sea vacation!  No better way to escape the winter months than with a stay at Walt Disney World Resort followed by an adventure at sea with Captain Mickey!  I am so excited for you and know you must be eagerly counting down the days until your vacation gets here!

    Since you will be staying at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort and are using Disney Cruise Line transfers to get you to Port Canaveral for embarkation you will not need to choose a Port Arrival Time when you complete your Online Check-In.  Instead you will receive information in your Resort hotel room the night before you embark on your voyage with what time to have your luggage ready and when and where to meet for transportation to the cruise terminal.  Typically, you will be asked to have your luggage ready for bell services around 8:00AM and meet shortly thereafter for your transfer.  Then, once you arrive at Port Canaveral for check-in and registration you will receive a boarding card with a number on it which will determine when you can actually board the ship.  They usually begin calling boarding groups around 11:30AM and once your group number is called then you can board, and your adventure at sea will begin!  Since you may end up with some waiting time, I do recommend planning and bringing some things that may help entertain any little Mouseketeers while waiting for embarkation to begin because there really isn’t a whole lot to do in the cruise terminal while waiting.  So, planning ahead with activities and snacks is always a good idea!

    As a first-time Guest your Online Check-In and onboard booking window will open 75-days prior to your voyage.  So, make sure you have that date, as well as the 180-day mark for Advanced Dining Reservations and the 60-day mark for FastPass+ selections on your calendar!  Then everything will be planned and all you have to do is arrive ready for a magical and memorable vacation!

    Wishing you an incredible adventure on land and at sea, Rebecca!  Please come back with any other questions you have as you continue planning for this unforgettable adventure!

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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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