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Old 07-17-2010, 05:04 PM   #1
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Perfect time to Arrive at your Cruise?

I know this is another subjective question, but in your opinion what is the perfect time to arrive at the port for your Disney Cruise?

How much time to you allow from a Disney Resort, (BLT)?
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Old 07-17-2010, 05:11 PM   #2
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I like to get to the terminal around noon. I'm not sure when we will get there on our upcoming cruise in April because I think we're going to take limo service this time (want to stop at a liquor store first) and the "kids" don't like to get up early since we're flying in the night before and staying at the Hyatt there that night.
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Old 07-17-2010, 05:12 PM   #3
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It really depends on what you need/want to do at the terminal or as soon as you board the ship.

If you are happy with your cabin (not trying to upgrade at the port) and you have all the reservations you need at Palo, I think the ideal time to arrive is 12:30-1 pm. If you arrive then, you will check in (if not already done at the cruise desk at your resort) and walk right onto the ship. If you are trying to upgrade at the port or you need to make reservations that will require you to be on the ship ASAP, you'll want to arrive at the terminal in the 10:15-11 range.

It takes about an hour to 75 minutes from WDW to the terminal.
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Old 07-17-2010, 05:12 PM   #4
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We like to leave our Disney resort around 9am to arrive at the port around 10:00am. If we are returning a rental car, we will leave about 8:30, arrive at the rental car counter around 9:30, then take the shuttle to the port. THe sooner we get to the port, the sooner our cruise vacation begins and we can get on the ship.

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Old 07-17-2010, 05:38 PM   #5
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As soon as they let you

Even if we are not trying to upgrade we like to get to port between 10am and 10:30. The time flys buy and it is always great to be one of the first people onboard and have the pools all to yourself and take pictures
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We live 45 minutes away, and have found the 'perfect' timing for us is to leave the house at 11:30.

Arrive at the port...12:15

Get parked/checked in by 12:30 (the lobby is empty...almost literally)

Lunch from 12:30 to 1:30 and then the cabin is ready.

All the early birds are already on the ship, and we beat the resort buses. Works well for us. But I've never had to make any changes to a resevation or anything.
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Another vote for noon.
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When does the Disney bus leave for the ship?? We would leave from the POP.
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Even if we are not trying to upgrade we like to get to port between 10am and 10:30. The time flys buy and it is always great to be one of the first people onboard and have the pools all to yourself and take pictures
Not to mention, they often bring characters out for a meet and greet while we are waiting. The kids love hanging around the port waiting to get onboard.
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I know this is another subjective question, but in your opinion what is the perfect time to arrive at the port for your Disney Cruise?

How much time to you allow from a Disney Resort, (BLT)?
Port at 10:30-11... that gets you onboard at 12 for lunch... the kids can swim immediately, while you eat, get dining changes done, spa reservations, palo reservations, etc. The problem, coming from the resorts, is the resort buses get you to the port at 2... missing lunch... and rush, rush, rush. Bah, humbug!

Better trick, if you don't have a rental, and want to park at the port... is to use magical express to the airport.... then, get on the DCL bus at the airport, to the port... catch the 9:30, :45, or 10:00 bus... to make the port, per above.
Tell magical express that you have an 11:00 flight... they'll pick you up at 8, have you at the airport in time.... to do the above.
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Old 07-20-2010, 09:40 AM   #11
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The buses are nearly alwys there before or at 1:30. Parrot Cay lunch is till 2:15 and Topsiders till 3:30 (at least those were the times for my last 7 day cruise in January).

But I also like to be on right away...am way to 'antsy' to sit around the hotel waiting for time on the ship!

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Old 07-20-2010, 12:32 PM   #12
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We like to get there between 1100-1130 we had number 13 too and boarded at 12:15 this time we are doing Disney transport.
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