• On Jan 10, 2017
    George from IL 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.

    I heard that you can start booking activities and Port Adventures at midnight 75 days before the cruise. Is it worth staying up to reserve as soon as we can?

    Hi George!

    It's always a pleasure helping a fellow cruiser from IL plan their magical voyage aboard the Disney Cruise Line! As it's pouring freezing rain outside, I would love to share my thoughts on jumping at the chance to book Port Adventures and other shipboard activities when the clock strikes midnight (EST).

    You're correct! First-time Guests are able to book Port Adventures 75 days prior to their cruise during online check-in. Online check-in is based off of Guests' Castaway Club levels and Castaway Club levels are based off of how many cruises you've completed. So, Silver Castaway Club Members get to book excursions 90 days prior to their cruise, Gold Castaway Club Members can book 105 days prior to their cruise and Platinum/Concierge Castaway Club Members can book Port Adventures 120 days prior. The reason I mentioned this is because there will be many of your fellow cruisers already having booked their excursions by the time your advance booking window arrives.

    In my opinion, if you have your heart set on a certain Port Adventure, it would be advantageous to set your alarm for 11:59 (10:59 CST) and hop onto the Disney Cruise Line website to try and book it! I've done this multiple times and it's actually really fun! I also suggest researching the excursions ahead of time at each Port of Call during your cruise and make a list of your top three. This way, if your first choice excursion is sold out, you have two more in the queue that you know you've already researched. Finally, if you aren't able to book the one excursion you had your heart set on during your online check-in, I suggest stopping by the Port Adventures Desk, onboard, the day of embarkation! Sometimes people cancel and there will be spots available. If there are no cancelations, you can at least put your family's name on a waiting list.

    I had so much fun answering your question!

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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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