• On Mar 14, 2017
    Elizabeth from ON 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.

    When do we find out what time we board the ship? How is that decided. Thx!

    Welcome aboard, Elizabeth! Isn't it so exciting to plan your vacation with Disney Cruise Line! When we are counting down to our next sailing, I love to check out all the Port Adventures, specialty character greetings, and other new information so that I'm all ready to book those fun extras when my online check-in begins!

    It is during that online check-in that you'll get to select a Port Arrival Time so that Disney knows when to expect you at port. There will be a list of remaining available one-hour windows from which you can choose once you are doing online check-in, which begins at 75 days prior to sailing if you're a first time Disney cruiser. Don't wait too long to begin this check-in process as some special extras book up quickly, and guests who have sailed with Disney before get earlier access at 90 or more days prior to sailing.

    Once you have your Port Arrival Time, plan to arrive at the port terminal during that time frame to check in. It's time then for your vacation to begin! You'll check in there and receive your very first Personal Navigator, the ship's daily newsletter and schedule of events! You can also access this schedule on the Disney Cruise Line Navigator App, so be sure to have that downloaded to your mobile devices before you arrive at port. As you check in there that day, you'll get a boarding number and once it is called, it's your turn to board the ship! Stop for a quick embarkation photo with your family and then you'll walk into the atrium of the ship as the Cast Members announce your name and applaud your arrival. There is no better way to begin your magical voyage at sea, Elizabeth! Happy planning!

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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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