• On Apr 3, 2017
    Norma from CA 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.

    How early can you board the ship on day 1?

    Welcome back, Norma! Have you begun a countdown of days left until you set sail? My family and I start our countdowns from the day we book the cruise and watch how many days are left on the Disney Cruise Line Navigator App. Then, once onboard, we use the app to view schedules of activities and events onboard, character greeting time and locations, maps of the ship, and the convenient texting feature within the app to keep in touch onboard. If you haven't yet, be sure to download it to your mobile devices!

    Once your window to begin online check-in begins (75 days prior to sailing for first time guests), you can log into your reservation and begin booking fun extras like Port Adventures and more. This is also where you'll complete your cruise check-in and choose from one of the available Port Arrival Times. Disney will expect you to arrive at the port around that one hour window that you choose and you'll then check in at the terminal and receive a boarding number. Once your number is called, it'll be time to board! Boarding usually begins just before noon, and guests will need to wait until their number is called to board. But, since you may have a later Port Arrival Time, you may find that when you arrive, most guests ahead of you will have already boarded, and you may be able to walk right on. It really depends on what time you arrive at port. Those who arrive earlier may have a longer wait to board, and if you arrive at 1:30 or later, you may not wait at all!

    Either way, it won't be long until you walk into the atrium lobby of the ship as the Cast Members announce your family name and applaud your arrival! What a magical way to begin your vacation at sea! Have such fun, Norma!
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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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