• On Jan 30, 2019
    Laurence from victoria Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    Hi ,we are travelling from Australia to cruise on the Disney Dream April 1st with our grandchildren and their parents. We have been given a port time of 11.15 how long does it take from that time generally to actually board the ship.

    Hi there, Laurence!

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel!  I am so excited to hEAR that you will soon be embarking on a Disney Cruise Line adventure!  A magical thing about a Disney Cruise Line vacation is that there is something for everyone onboard!  Organized events and activities geared toward the youngest cruisers and activities just for the adults onboard – there really is something for everyone.  I can guarantee you that this vacation will be one that you won’t forget!

    On embarkation day, when you arrive at Port Canaveral Cruise Terminal for embarkation you will receive a boarding group number during check-in and registration.  Once embarkation begins (usually between 11:30AM – 12:00PM), you will need to wait until your boarding group number is called.  At that time, you will be invited onboard for your adventure at sea to begin!  It usually does not take too long for them to get through the groups, but they do stagger it to avoid longer than wanted lines to actually get on the ship.  Staterooms are typically not ready until 1:30PM so I always recommend heading to the pool deck (pack your swimsuits in a carry-on bag!) and taking a ride on the AquaDuck or enjoy a swim in the pool until you can access your stateroom.  There will be a main dining room restaurant open and serving lunch as well as Cabanas, the buffet restaurant, will be open for lunch.  Then, once your stateroom is available and your luggage magically appEARs you can get settled in!

    Wishing you an adventure filled with magic and memories!

    Happy Sailing!
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Hello from Texas!  I am a stay-at-home mom to two young boys and a Disney Cruise Line addict!  In my circle of friends and family I am the one that people reach out to for information on Disney vacations.  My family loves seeing the world aboard Disney's amazing ships and I look forward to helping you plan your own magical Disney Cruise Line vacation!   Learn More About Stephanie

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