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  • On Apr 6, 2023
    Sofia from Buenos Aires Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hi, this is my first cruise, I'm going with my kids, my husband is taking us to the port, where can he park and up to where can he go with us before we get on the cruise?

    Hi there Sofia, and welcome aboard planDisney! 

    I'm so glad that you've chosen a Disney Cruise Line voyage for your introductory cruise, there's nothing like experiencing the salty sea air and being completely surrounded by water for the first time - especially being surrounded by so much magic to explore and enjoy, even without your husband joining you for your voyage.

    I wish I had more details about which of the ships in the fleet you are sailing on, as well as the dates of your cruise so that we could provide you with some more specific advice! Each port generally has different parking locations and drop-off procedures on Embarkation Day. Access to the terminal buildings at most home port destinations like Port Canaveral is restricted only to those who are either working or sailing on board as a guest; this means that unfortunately visitors who aren't sailing are typically not allowed on board nor able to say farewell to their families inside the terminal itself.

    I recently sailed on board the Disney Wish and you may be happy to hear that I saw many families hugging, taking photos and saying goodbye just in front of the terminal building as they dropped off their loved ones. We even noticed some folks who had safely driven a short distance away and parked along the coast where the ship would later pass by, in order to wave at their loved ones once again as they sailed into the distance!

    Rest assured that you'll see your husband again after you take advantage of your cruise vacation to enjoy everything that your ship has to offer. Since it's your first cruise with the kids, I highly encourage you to attend the Open House hours in the Youth Spaces on board, which usually take place on the first day of your voyage and allow you to enjoy these locations alongside them. It also makes it easier for them to be comfortable to come back to places like Disney's Oceaneer Club for secure programming while you take some time for yourself and have a special day dedicated to Sofia. (When was the last time that you were able to enjoy a bit of relaxation on the open ocean without the husband and kids around? Many frequent cruisers who are part of the Castaway Club can say they came back after their first cruise after enjoying the spa experiences at sea!)

    Don't hesitate to come back to planDisney to ask us any more questions as a First-Time Cruiser, and be sure to connect with our Disney Cruise Line specialists Tracie and Adrianna for more advice from fellow moms who've traveled with their kids on board!

    Wishing you a happy, husband-free voyage on your first cruise!
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