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  • On Feb 18, 2024
    Cindy from FL Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I’m arriving 30 minutes late at the port , will the ship wait for me?

    Hey there, Cindy, and welcome aboard planDisney. I want to make sure I understand what you mean by "arriving 30 minutes late at the port." There are several interpretations so let me lay out a few scenarios regarding arriving late for a Disney Cruise Line Boarding Time.

    1. Arriving after the Guest Onboard Time (aka last Port Arrival Time) may prevent you from sailing. Your port will have a Cruise Terminal opening time when Guests may arrive at the terminal and wait until their Port Arrival Time Boarding Group. If you miss Guest Onboard Time you will likely be left behind. Do not be late.
    2. Arriving 30 minutes after your Port Arrival Time and before Guest Onboard Time will still be allowed on the ship.
    3. Arrival 30 minutes after "All Aboard" on any Port of Departure or Port of Call will be left at the Port where you will need to arrange for your transportation to the next Port of Call or back to your home. The only exception is that if your Port Adventure of through Disney Cruise Line then the ship will wait for you. This happened to us in Santorini, Greece, where the ship waited an extra hour for a group of us.
    4. Arrival 30 minutes late because of the airline and the flight was arranged through the Disney Cruise Line Air Program. Disney will work with you, if possible, to help you get to the first port of call. 
    Simply put, do not be the White Rabbit from Disney's Alice in Wonderland and arrive late to your Port Arrival Time, Guest Onboard Time, or "All Aboard" time. You risk the ship departing without you.

    Cindy, I hope this clears up any confusion about when you should arrive and the consequences of arriving late. Please feel free to write me back directly with any follow-up questions or for other Disney vacation planning tips.

    Enjoy making many Magical Memories on the High Seas.
    ~Jason
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Meet the Panelist: Jason, Georgia

I am a father and orthodontist who loves the hidden treasures found on Disney vacations. For over a decade, my wife and I have raised our two sons on Disney Cruise Line, Adventures By Disney, and Disney Theme Parks on both coasts. From large group and multigeneration family vacations to adult trips and couples getaways, I am excited to share my years of pixie-dust-covered experiences with you while planning your Disney vacation. Let the lifelong magical memories ... begin! Learn More About Jason

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