• On Mar 2, 2017
    Tasha from MN 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 am planning my first Disney cruise in January 2018 and I have read about the personal navigator. How do I get that? Is it different than the Disney Cruise Line Navigator. Also what are the times to get on and off the boat on departure and return date

    Ahoy, Tasha!

    Welcome aboard the Disney Parks Moms Panel! Yay for booking your first Disney Cruise! Next January might seem far away, but it will be here before you know it. I'm so happy to help answer these questions for you!

    The Personal Navigator newsletter is a printed schedule of all the day's activities onboard. Your Stateroom Host/Hostess will leave a Personal Navigator newsletter for the following day in your stateroom each evening. (You will receive the Personal Navigator for embarkation day upon checking in at the Cruise Terminal.) I love using a highlighter and ending our day by going through the Personal Navigator each night and highlighting all the activities we don't want to miss for the following day! The Disney Cruise Line Navigator app has the schedule for the following day's activities, just like the Personal Navigator newsletter, but has even more information right at your fingertips! With the app downloaded to your mobile device, you can check out dinner menus, use the Onboard Chat feature to message other family members onboard who also have the app, access the ship's deck plans and so much more! Download the app now to start using the fun "Countdown to Your Cruise" feature!

    You'll have the opportunity of choosing your Port Arrival Time for embarkation day during your online check-in. For first-time cruisers, online check-in is available 75 days prior to your sail date. This will also be the time you're able to book Port Adventures and other activities onboard! On the morning of debarkation, all Guests are asked to be out of their staterooms by 8:00 a.m. and off the ship by 9:00 a.m after having a final breakfast with your serving team.

    Tasha, I hope I was able to start your planning off right by answering your great questions!

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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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