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  • On Jan 2, 2022
    Heather from IL Asked

    Reservations for the Port Adventures on my upcoming cruise were promptly Sold Out. Is there any way to be able to do these?

    Ahoy there, Heather and Welcome to planDisney! I'm so glad you brought this question to us in advance of your cruise next month! 

    I know it can be a real bummer to get excited about a particular Port Adventure and then learn that it's no longer available (believe me, I'm still trying to get a Cabana on Castaway Cay after more than 15 years of Disney Cruise Line vacations!). 

    My best advice is to continue checking for availability periodically as your embarkation date approaches. There have been multiple times where I've gone in to the "My Reservations" section of the site to double-check what time I'd reserved dinner at Palo or Remy or another activity, and a spot for me or my family has opened up on a Port Adventure we'd been hoping to do!

    I'd pay particular attention the week of your sailing: since Port Adventures and other activities need to be booked three days before embarkation, that's when your fellow castaways may be finalizing their own plans, and realize a great activity doesn't fit into their plans anymore and decide to release their spot. 

    Even if you don't find a Port Adventure before your sailing, be sure to have the Disney Cruise Line Navigator app downloaded when you arrive. Once you're on board and logged in, the Port Adventures Crew Members can be reached via a new Live Chat feature. They'll have the best ideas of any availability that may have opened-up while you're at sea. Depending on the length of your cruise, your fellow cruisers may decide to change plans, giving you the opportunity to jump at the chance of an adventure you may not have considered!

    The good news is there's no shortage of fun to be had on a port day even if you don't have a Port Adventure planned! Just be sure you're aware of current Ports of Call information, including that all Guests ineligible for vaccination can only disembark as part of a Port Adventure. Once you're sure you meet the requirements to disembark, there's a world of adventure to be had right in the beautiful port areas and their immediate surroundings. 

    If there's just no pixie dust left, one of my favorite tips is to take advantage of the lower crowds aboard the ship to experience all it has to offer. From catching a first-run film in the Buena Vista Theater, to snagging prime seating in front of Funnel Vision out on the pool decks and everything in-between, a "port day" aboard any Disney Cruise Line ship can be just as exciting (and sometimes MORE exciting...or relaxing if you hit up Senses Spa and Salon...) as a day shoreside. 

    I'll be hoping some Port Adventures MAGICally find their way to you. I hope you have a WONDERful time on your DREAM vacation, and it turns out to be the FANTASY you'd always WISHed for. 

    Fair winds and following seas, 

    Andrew
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Meet the Panelist: Andrew, Missouri

Anchors aweigh! I’m Andrew - but you can call me PLANdrew! I’m a Disney Husband and dad who’s been sailing with Disney Cruise Line since I was 15 years old. My family and I have embarked on incredible itineraries around the world, making magical memories on each exciting adventure. So, if “the line where the sky meets the sea calls you," I’m here to be your guide! As Maui would say, “You’re Welcome!” Learn More About Andrew

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