• On Mar 25, 2023
    Deborah from MI Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hello, my family will be sailing on the Disney Dream leaving out of Southampton in September. We will be arriving a few days prior to our sailing and are wondering if Disney recommends any particular hotels in the area for a pre-cruise stay? Thank you!

    Welcome to planDisney, Deborah!

    My family's first European Disney Cruise sailed out of Dover. I fell in love with the seaside towns, beautiful landscapes, and rich history. I hope you feel the same after exploring the countryside on your British Isles Cruise.

    I think it’s always a good idea to arrive a few days early to acclimate to the time change. I spoke with a reservation agent who said that, at this time, Disney doesn’t have a recommended hotel in Southampton. Some Guests like to join sailing groups on social media. You could see where your fellow passengers plan to stay if you're part of such a group. Another option is to stay in London and take the train to Southampton on embarkation day. I actually did this when we sailed from Dover. It was easy to reserve our tickets online, and we arrived on time. There are frequent trains from London to Southampton Central Station. The London Waterloo high-speed train operated by Southwestern Railway runs every 30 minutes, with a journey time of around 75 minutes. 

    I hope this information helps point your compass in the right direction. I recommend downloading the Disney Cruise Line Navigator app before you leave home for the most up-to-date port information. Once on board, you’ll receive valuable information about your scheduled Disney Cruise Line excursions in the app messaging center. To save time at check-in, I suggest having a picture of everyone’s passport saved to your phone. Before each excursion, crew members checked to make sure we had these pictures before leaving the ship. 

    Deborah, please let us know if you have any more questions as you finalize your plans. My pals and I are always ready to help!  

    SEAS the adventure!
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Meet the Panelist: Tracie, Florida

Ahoy! Just like Moana, I feel the irresistible call of the sea. I think the best vacation is aboard a Disney Cruise Line ship – thankfully, my family agrees. Whether savoring gelato in Italy, snorkeling in Mexico, or basking in the sea breeze on deck, each destination fills us with memories to last a lifetime. I look forward to helping your family plan a Disney Cruise Line adventure brimming with cherished moments!

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