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  • On Dec 27, 2019
    Emileigh from GA 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.

    Hi there! My family and I are set to sail on a 7-day Western-Caribbean cruise in February. We are scheduled to arrive ashore in Grand Cayman at 10:30 and leave by 6:15. Do we need to leave port early to make our main dining time?

    Welcome aboard, Emileigh! Based on your dates, it appears you are sailing on the Disney Wonder on one of its first voyages from New Orleans. Following in your footsteps, I will also be cruising on the Disney Wonder in February!

    You are smart to already be planning your days ashore and what time to return to the ship to experience all that the Disney Wonder has to offer. And one of the main attractions is definitely the FOOD! 

    As you have selected Main Seating instead of Late Seating for your dinner dining rotation, it may influence your return time to the ship. Main Seating is approximately 5:45PM (times vary based on itinerary), so you will need to return to the ship well in advance of the 6:15PM all aboard. Check the Disney Cruise Line Navigator app to find out exact times and keep in mind that not everyone can be seated precisely at 5:45PM (so there is a cushion there). 

    But if you have so much fun ashore that you decided to forego the rotational dining, there are so many other dining options available: from Cabanas to Daisy's De-Lites to Pinocchio's Pizzeria. In fact, sometimes the most memorable cruise experiences are dining more casually and spending time poolside watching movies on the jumbo LED screen (aka Funnel Vision). Fortunately, a 7-night cruise means that if you passed on the Main Seating on your Grand Cayman evening, you would still get to experience all the restaurants in the dining rotation during your cruise. 

    Plus, did you know that Disney Cruise Line features complimentary 24-Hour Room Service? Fun fact: Even though they are not on the menu, Mickey Premium Ice Cream Bars are available. Mmm-now I'm craving one!

    I can certainly "sea" why you are eager to stay ashore in Grand Cayman as long as possible as it's one of the most vibrant Caribbean ports. 

    If exploring Grand Cayman on your own, keep a weather eye on the time while ashore. Alternatively, check out the various Grand Cayman Port Adventures either online or inquire at the Port Adventures desk (Deck 3, Midship). One of the main advantages to arranging a Port Adventure with Disney Cruise Line is the assurance that if the excursion runs late, the ship will wait or arrange complimentary transportation to the next port of call. Our Port Adventure to Stingray City on a catamaran was super chill because I wasn't stressed out about getting back to our ship in time. 

    As you chart your course, send me a message in a bottle with any additional questions. Have a WONDERful cruise!


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Meet the Panelist: Sherry, South Carolina

Ahoy there! I'm Sherry, a wife and mom to two, lawyer, and blogger from South Carolina. Family time is precious, so making the most of it is a top priority. That's why planning cruises to exciting destinations, trying new port adventures, and experiencing fabulous entertainment and dining is my jam! I'm thrilled to be your personal navigator as you chart your course on your next Disney Cruise Line vacation.  Learn More About Sherry

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