• On Oct 23, 2019
    Graciela from TX 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.

    what time can we start getting up the ship. is it ok if we arrive by noon to the port, or is it better to be at San Diego a day before departure?

    Ahoy, Graciela!

    Embarkation day is such an exciting day because it means the waiting is finally over, and it's time to enjoy your magical vacation after months of planning! You will be surprised at how quickly this day will come as you count down to your Halloween on the High Seas cruise next October. My family loves to watch the days fly by on the Disney Cruise Line Navigator app countdown, especially when our favorite Disney Characters pop up! 

    Graciela, boarding at the Port of San Diego, will begin once the ship is cleared for new Guests. This is typically around 11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. with all aboard around 4:00 p.m. You will complete your online check-in at 75 days before your departure and select a port arrival time. These times are set into 30-minute intervals beginning in the late morning up until the all aboard time. The check-in at the cruise terminal does not take long, so noon is a great time to arrive. I always recommend arriving the day before your cruise departs, just in case you encounter any unexpected delays. This will also make your day of embarkation a lot less stressful. Disney Cruise Line partners with the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego for pre-and post-cruise stays. You can call Disney Cruise Line at (800) 951-3532 to add on a night at this hotel and ground transfers to the port the following day. 

    I'm so glad to have the opportunity to help you with your magical plans, Graciela. Please let us know if you have any other questions about your voyage on the beautiful Disney Wonder!


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Meet the Panelist: Nancy, Georgia

Ahoy there!I'm excited to help you plan a magical voyage filled with pixie dust onboard one of the magnificent Disney cruise ships. As a mom of two,I love planning a Disney cruise and can't wait for you to experience all that DCL has to offer. Learn More About Nancy

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