• On Dec 4, 2019
    Kristina from NC 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.

    Hi! I'm confused by the "Port Arrival Time". The ship doesn't depart until 3:45, but we can check in as early as 12:15. Are there activities for the kids to do prior to boarding?

    Ahoy, Kristina!

    Welcome aboard! It looks like you'll be sailing away with Disney Cruise in a little over a month. I know it will be fun to have something to count down to after the holidays. 

    I'm glad you sent in this question because I'm happy to share with you what to expect when you arrive at the cruise terminal next month. The ship is typically cleared for new Guests around 11:30 to 11:45 a.m., so Guests will begin boarding around that time. With a Port Arrival Time of 12:15 p.m., you should be able to breeze in to complete your check-in, pick up Oceaneer Bands for your sailors' ages 3 to 12, and have your picture made with one of your favorite Disney Pals before embarking shortly after. You'll receive a boarding number when you check-in, and it shouldn't take long for this number to be announced as they call them pretty quickly once they begin. Lunch will be served at various venues, and your stateroom will be ready at 1:30 p.m. At check-in, you'll receive a paper newsletter, The Personal Navigator, and it will list everything that is going on from the minute you step onboard! There will be plenty to explore, including the youth clubs. The youth counselors will be on hand the first afternoon for any questions you may have, and it's the perfect opportunity to capture some photos of these areas as they aren't allowed during secured programming. You can also start using the Disney Cruise Line Navigator app once you embark. It will have all the activities listed, deck plans, restaurant menus for dinner each evening, and so much more! You'll love having this app at your fingertips throughout your cruise. 

    Kristina, I hope I've cleared up any confusion about the Port Arrival Time. If you have any other questions, please don't hesitate to reach back out. We are always hEAR to help!

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