Mom And Daughter Hammock
  • On Dec 4, 2021
    Julie from OH Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Sailing 1/13/22 for our daughter's 16th! In the past I would get push through the checkin process to focus on PAT then the next day when fully awake would complete the remainder. Is this still an option with the new process?

    Ahoy there, Julie!

    Welcome aboard! I think a Sweet Sixteen cruise will be the ultimate birthday for your daughter. I did the same for our daughter’s 16th birthday and we sailed on the Disney Wonder to Alaska. Needless to say, it was a birthday she will not soon forget!

    Like you, I’m always eager to go ahead and get my Online Check-In completed so I can receive that all-important Port Arrival Time. That said, the check-in process is a bit more involved, requiring the uploading of passports/travel documents and photos of all Guests in the stateroom. So if you are a night person, by all means, go ahead and get it done at midnight 30 days prior to your sail date. But I have found that you can wait until the following morning and still have your choice of a Port Arrival Time. 

    This Port Arrival Time is even more important now because times are currently being strictly enforced. If you arrive early (and are not using Disney Cruise Line ground transfers), you will not be permitted at the terminal or in parking areas before the scheduled arrival time. Also, all non-Concierge level Guests, including Platinum Castaway Club members must choose a Port Arrival Time. 

    There’s a great checklist in the Know Before You Go: Pre-Cruise Checklist section if you have further questions. And don’t forget to complete the pre-arrival steps on the Safe Passage website. 

    Julie, we are so happy you came back by planDisney! Feel free to cruise on over anytime. Hope that you have the most amazing voyage with Captain Mickey and his crew. 

    Happy Sailing!

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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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