Mom And Daughter Hammock
  • On Sep 14, 2015
    Debbie from CA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    How long does it take Before you can get in your cabin after boarding the ship? Just curious as I don't want to have too many carry on bags if it takes a while.

    Ahoy, Debbie!

    Boarding any Disney Cruise Line ship is an exciting endeavor! I always seem to carry too much and don't want to lug it around with me. On my last two cruises, I have focused on NOT carrying too much with me.

    As a general rule, the staterooms are not ready until 1:30pm. Sometimes, it is even a little bit later. This means that you might be onboard for nearly two hours before you are able to get into your stateroom. So, the less you are carrying, the better. On our July cruise on the Disney Dream, each of my daughters carried a drawstring backpack with their swimsuits, flip flops, and sunscreen in them. Once we were onboard (Boarding Group 1, since we are Platinum Castaway Club members), we went right to Guest Services to inquire about a couple of things, followed by lunch in Enchanted Garden at noon. Once we had eaten, the girls went to the bathroom to change and then up to the pool decks they went.

    My husband and I had a small rolling suitcase (our adult beverages and our swimwear were inside) and I had a large purse.Even that small amount of stuff seemed like a lot. I want to be the person that boards with only my purse, but I am too much of a planner and over-packer, so it will probably never happen. I will definitely recommend only carrying with you what you will absolutely NEED and sending everything else with the porters outside the cruise terminal. Your bags should arrive to your stateroom before dinner.

    I hope this helps with planning for your cruise! Please visit us here at the Disney Parks Moms Panel again with any more questions that you have before you set sail.

    Happy Cruising, Tracy V.
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Meet the Panelist: Tracy, Illinois

GAWRSH! Hiya pals! I am a Goofy-loving mom of 2, who is married to my real-life Prince Charming. My family supports my passion for all things Disney. Walt Disney World was my very first vacation, when I was just 3 months old, and I recently completed my 73rd trip to a Disney location! I have been fortune enough to parasail high above the Disney Fantasy, attend opening day of Batuu, snorkel in the lagoon at Disney's Aulani, and SO MUCH MORE! I can't wait to help you plan your Disney vacation! 

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