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  • On Feb 26, 2024
    Kevin from UT Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    What time should we select for our shuttle return to Orlando from Port Canaveral?

    Hello again, Kevin!

    Thanks for trusting planDisney to help get your transportation plans squared away! You will be setting sail before you know it, which sadly means that your cruise will be over before you know it, too. Since that "tragical" day must follow a magical cruise, let's get you ready for it.

    If you select Disney Cruise Line Ground Transporation, your port departure time will be set automatically, typically depending on your outbound flight time. You will receive a notification in your stateroom about the departure details. Even if I don't use Disney Cruise Line Ground Transportation on the way to the cruise, I often use it afterward to travel to Orlando International Airport or Walt Disney World Resort because it makes things so easy. You may add ground transportation to your reservation by calling Disney Cruise Line directly at  (800) 951-3532. If you choose to go this route, I recommend calling soon since spaces are limited and only a limited number may be available once you arrive. Make sure to have your flight information or your Walt Disney World Resort stay information ready to share with the Cast Member when you call.

    If you choose private ground transportation, remember the ship is usually given the all-clear by port authorities around 7:00 a.m. Kevin, this timing is always subject to change due to weather or other conditions. Another factor to consider is how you plan to spend your last morning onboard. All Guests are asked to vacate their staterooms at 8:00 a.m., but if you want to enjoy one last sit-down meal onboard, your breakfast dining time is based on your Rotational Dining time, and you will return to the restaurant you dined in the night before. Even with an enjoyable breakfast, you could be off the ship as early as 8:00 a.m. if you have the first rotational dining seating time.

    If you forgo breakfast or opt for a quick bite from Cabanas or Marceline Market (depending on the ship you are sailing), these locations usually open as early as 6:30 a.m. After a quick breakfast there, you can debark as soon as the all-clear is given. In this case, you will need to opt for "Express Walk-Off" and carry your luggage with you rather than having the porters deliver your luggage to the terminal. 

    Kevin, if you are flying out of Orlando International Airport on debarkation day, keep in mind that Disney Cruise Line recommends that the earliest flight departure should be 11:15 a.m. 

    I hope this information helps you with your planning. You are going to have a spectacular vacation with all your good work! Thanks again for sailing by planDisney, and we hope to see you again real soon.

    Wishing you magical memories,

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Meet the Panelist: Shannon, Georgia

Hi! I'm a dreamer and doer who loves exploring the big blue world! My love for Disney began at Walt Disney World Resort and after my first Disney Cruise Line vacation I was hooked. I especially enjoy the ships' adult-exclusive spaces and activities while experiencing the magic only Disney can create. A Land and Sea vacation combining an action-packed Walt Disney World Resort visit and a relaxing Disney Cruise Line voyage is my favorite way to do Disney. I can't wait to help you create your magical memories! Learn More About Shannon

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