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  • On Oct 18, 2023
    Cheryl from MI Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Flying from detroit to Orlando day of cruise what happens if plane delayed

    Ahoy and welcome back to planDisney, Cheryl! How exciting that you're planning a Disney Cruise Line vacation

    My family and I just disembarked the Disney Dream a couple of weeks ago and I'm already looking for our next itinerary. If you haven't ever before sailed with Captain Mickey, you are in for a pixie-dusted trip. One of my favorite features of this cruise line is the rotational dining. While never leaving the ship, it feels like we are constantly at a new destination! 

    Now, Cheryl, your question is an important one because unfortunately if your plane is delayed to the point of not making the cruise ship before departure, the ship will not wait for you and you will not be able to board. As a guest who lives in Pennsylvania, we often need to fly to our cruise departure port, so I understand your predicament. My first recommendation would be to consider adding the Vacation Protection Plan or other type of trip insurance. My next recommendation would be to consider changing the time of your flight or even arriving the night before. Cheryl, I understand that both of these options have an added expense, but if the time of your flight is close to your port arrival time, the expense may be worth it if it fits into your budget. I'll also encourage you to read the Terms and Conditions Cruise Contract in its entirety. Reviewing the cancellation policy outlined on that page might help as you're thinking about how to best plan for the day. 

    Cheryl, while I know this wasn't the answer you were wishing to hear, I do hope it's helpful in your planning process. Please come on back to planDisney with any additional questions you might have. 

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Meet the Panelist: Lauren, Pennsylvania

Greetings from central Pennsylvania! Hi, I’m Lauren and I can’t wait to answer all of your Walt Disney World Resort and Disney Vacation Club questions. My husband and I became Disney Vacation Club Members because we love visiting the Disney Parks and with hectic day-to-day schedules, wanted to prioritize time away for our family. The options at the Walt Disney World Resort make each trip unique and I am excited to help other families build vacations with those unforgettable moments.

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