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  • On Apr 8, 2022
    Raven from NV Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    My flight arrives around 6am but my port arrival time isn't until 11am. I purchased ground transportation from the airport so I am wondering does the shuttle operate on a rotating schedule to ensure we do not miss our ride?

    Ahoy there, Raven, and welcome aboard planDisney! I'm so excited that you and your crew are planning to set sail on your Disney Cruise Line vacation! Soon, you'll be out on the big blue on the most relaxing Disney vacation there is! 

    Are you sure you're not a pro at this? From your early morning arrival, to purchasing Ground Transportation, you've already made plenty of "planDrew-approved" decisions that should make arriving for your cruise as easy as saying "supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!" 

    As Port Arrival Times are strictly enforced as part of updated health and safety protocols, you're correct that you'll need to catch the right motorcoach to coordinate with your arrival! But don't worry - there's really no guesswork involved as long as you make sure to include your flight details during your Online Check-In process! 

    Now, the specifics of Ground Transportation differ depending on which departure port you are leaving from, but in each location, helpful Disney Cruise Line crew members will be near baggage claim to help direct you where to go! When you arrive, the crew member assisting you will give you some final information as well as direct you to where you will await the motorcoach. To give you an idea of the differences, if your cruise is leaving from the Port of San Diego, the airport and the port are only about 10 minutes away from one another, but it's roughly an hour in the case of Orlando International Airport and Port Canaveral to get to the ship!

    Oh, and I didn't even mention the best part! Since you've purchased transfers directly from Disney Cruise Line, your party's arrival information will be on-file - including your Port Arrival Time - so it looks like smooth sailing for you and your crew, Raven! My only other suggestion would be to check in with a crew member right after you arrive and be sure to bring some snacks, games, or books to help pass the time while you wait! 

    I hope that helps you chart a course for your upcoming voyage, Raven! Thank you so much for your question, and if any others materialize as you continue planning, please drop me another line here at planDisney! 

    Until then, may your anchor be tight and your compass true! 


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