• On Oct 16, 2021
    Jan 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.

    Im flying in to Miami for a cruise using airline miles. I was going to arrange ground transportation through disney. Do they get the luggage off the plane or do I? Do I have to get off the ship at a certain time? Or is there more than one transport?

    Ahoy Jan!

    “Think of the happiest things. It’s the same as having wings!” Well then, I feel like I have wings when I think of Disney Cruise Line. You are hopefully having happy thoughts too as you envision your 5-night Western Caribbean cruise from Miami. Even better, it includes a Marvel Day at Sea!

    I like your idea to let Captain Mickey handle all the traveling for you from the Miami International Airport to PortMiami and vice versa. You would make these arrangements in advance by calling Disney Cruise Line. Be mindful that ground transportation is available on Embarkation and Debarkation days only. 

    Guests will have to claim their own luggage from the baggage claim area at Miami International Airport and take it to check-in for Disney Cruise Line ground transportation. A Disney Cruise Line representative will greet you outside the Baggage Claim area and will direct you to your designated transportation. You can expect either a motor coach, minibus or taxi, depending on your arrival time and party size. Travel time from the airport to the port is 30 minutes, depending on traffic.

    On Disembarkation Day, the time you get off the ship will be determined by whether you would like to enjoy breakfast onboard one last time or if you need to instead choose Express Walk Off. The times for breakfast are set based upon your seating for rotational dining and can be found using the Disney Cruise Line Navigator app. Main Seating Guests will be expected to eat breakfast around 6:45.A.M. to 7:00 A.M. Guests assigned the Second Seating for dinner will have a later breakfast time, typically 8:00-8:15 A.M. 

    If your travel arrangements must be earlier, then you could do the Express Walk Off which usually is around 7:30 A.M. If you choose this method, then you are responsible for carrying off all your luggage. So if time allows, I suggest that you go enjoy that final meal on the ship and savor that “See Ya Real Soon” sendoff. 

    The Disney Cruise Line ground transportation page shows the following guidance on flight times for the Miami to Miami sailings on the Disney Magic in 2022:

    -Latest arrival time to Miami International Airport on Embarkation Day: 1:45 P.M.
    -Earliest departure time from Miami International Airport on Debarkation Day: 11:30 A.M.

    Rest assured that Disney Cruise Line will know in advance which of their Guests will be needing ground transportation back to the airport and will make sure you are covered! No cruiser left behind (which sometimes I WISH I could be just to stay onboard and sail a few more days!)

    Jan, don’t say goodbye to planDisney anytime soon. We hope you will instead say "hello" many more times as you send in more planning questions. Have a wonderful cruise, and say hi to Captain Mickey for me!

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Meet the Panelist: Sherry, South Carolina

Ahoy there! I'm Sherry, a wife and mom to two, lawyer, and blogger from South Carolina. Family time is precious, so making the most of it is a top priority. That's why planning cruises to exciting destinations, trying new port adventures, and experiencing fabulous entertainment and dining is my jam! I'm thrilled to be your personal navigator as you chart your course on your next Disney Cruise Line vacation.  Learn More About Sherry

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