• On Oct 30, 2018
    Bryan from FL Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    First cruise ever and it is a Merrytime Christmas. When are we allowed to board? I do not want to miss first day ceremonies. We also booked Palo. Should I move to 8 or early? On a 4 night cruise with one signature will I experience all dine rooms?

    Hi Bryan!

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! Eee! I can't wait for you to step onboard and experience all of the festive activities awaiting you during your Very Merrytime Cruise! Setting sail during the holiday season will make your first Disney Cruise unforgettable.

    During your Online Check-in, you were able to select a designated Port Arrival Time. Disney Cruise Line will excitedly expect your family to arrive at the Cruise Terminal within the one hour window that you've chosen to check in for your voyage! While you're checking in, you will receive a boarding number. Once your number is called, you will be able to board the ship! Boarding typically begins around noon on embarkation day. Once your number is called, you will board the ship for your high-seas adventure to begin! Any activities scheduled for the first day will begin after all the Guests have been invited onboard; you won't miss a thing!

    Ooo, I'm so glad you booked an adults-only meal at Palo! As soon as you receive your "Key to the World" card while checking in at the Cruise Terminal, you'll see which Main Dining Restaurants you'll be eating in on each day of your cruise. On a four-night voyage, one of the Main Dining Restaurants will be repeated; I recommend booking your dinner at Palo for that evening. If you booked Palo for a night that isn't in the repeated restaurant, there will be an opportunity to try changing your reservation onboard on the afternoon of embarkation day! Your Personal Navigator newsletter (which you will receive upon checking in at the Cruise Terminal) will give you the location and times to make modifications to any Palo reservations. Personally, I like eating at Palo a little earlier in the evening because the sunset makes for such a romantic backdrop to dinner with my husband!

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Meet the Panelist: Beth, Illinois

Let's talk about the WONDER and MAGIC of your FANTASY DREAM vacation aboard the Disney Cruise Line! I'm a proud stay-at-home mom to my little buccaneer with special needs and, along with my husband, a lover of everything Disney! We've had so many unforgettable memories and adventures while sailing on Disney Cruise Line. I can't wait to help you navigate through any questions you may have while planning your family's adventures at sea! Learn More About Beth

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