Three Generations Aboard Ship; fireworks; night
  • On Jan 4, 2011
    Elizabeth from MA 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, We are taking our first cruise in February. I am wondering if you know what is the earliest time we can board the ship, and is there any benefits to doing so?

    Congratulations on choosing the best cruise line in the world...Disney Cruise Line! I know I'm a little biased, but just don't take my word for it -- the readers of Conde Nast Traveler also voted it the top cruise line in 2010.

    You are going to have such a wonderful time on your cruise, and I understand why you want to get the fun and relaxing started as soon as possible. For Disney's Bahamian and Caribbean cruises, check-in registration begins at 10:30 a.m. and embarkation begins at 1:00 p.m. All guests must board the ship no later than 4:00 p.m. You will want to plan your arrival accordingly to avoid the possibility of not being permitted to sail.

    Yet, I recommend getting there as soon as possible and enjoy exploring the ship to become acquainted with some of the areas and activities which you'll experience later. If you're one of the first to get to the terminal for registration, you can get through baggage check-in (if you didn't use Disney's ground transportation), security and check in upstairs quicker. Plus, you'll get an earlier boarding time which will allow you to get settled in your stateroom, grab a bite to eat and begin the fun before the ship sets sail! (Our family is usually the first ones on the ship and the last ones off...just like at parties!)

    Have a wonderful day and a magical vacation! Bon voyage!
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