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Old 07-17-2010, 06:04 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, 06:11 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, 06:12 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, 06:12 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, 06:38 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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Old 07-17-2010, 11:37 PM   #6
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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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Old 07-17-2010, 11:38 PM   #7
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Another vote for noon.
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Old 07-18-2010, 12:07 PM   #8
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When does the Disney bus leave for the ship?? We would leave from the POP.
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Old 07-18-2010, 12:16 PM   #9
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When does the Disney bus leave for the ship?? We would leave from the POP.
Possibly 11;45-12;15 ish. May stop at other resorts too. You'll be at the terminal shortly after one, will check right in and probably will be able to drop you luggage in your stateroom (which is open to you at 1:30) then head upstairs and grab some lunch!

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Old 07-18-2010, 12:23 PM   #10
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If it is your first cruise get there by 10:30 - 11am, we did.

We took in the terminal, took pictures and enjoyed the experience.

We got to meet some great people while waiting to board. We were on the ship by 12:30pm and we did not board right away.

Note- we were told to go to PC, but I told the CM that we wanted to be up on deck at TS with the kids and that was not a problem.

We had lunch, my boys went swimming (do not forget to pack the swim suits) and we explored Deck 9. Our floor was 8 and it was delayed a little be ready by about a half hour, but that was not a problem.

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Old 07-18-2010, 01:03 PM   #11
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We are driving so we will be checking in as soon as they allow us too. IF you want to upgrade at the port which is something we might be interested I've read that you need to get there early.
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Old 07-18-2010, 01:09 PM   #12
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Noon, only waited a few minutes.We had to be out of room and villa by ten so that is perfect time for us.
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Old 07-18-2010, 01:13 PM   #13
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I like being there early if there is a big group of DISers to meet up with. It's so much fun to walk into the terminal and meet your newest BFFs! And even more fun to see the people you've cruised with before!


I've only ever gone early for the express purpose of trying for an upgrade on two occasions...one successful, one not.


Funny story...about six of us were in a mini van on our way to the terminal when we got a cell phone call from a friend who was there. Apparently the Walt Suite was open and she wanted us to all chip in and get it. While the concept was nice...giving up four full baths and four private sleeping areas to all be crammed into communal sleeping didn't appeal for a 7 day cruise. Now I just might have been up for that adventure on a shorter cruise, just for bragging rights!
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Old 07-19-2010, 02:15 AM   #14
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Thanks for all the comments/advice. What's the earliest they allow boarding. Is it any quicker/easier if you have cruised on Disney before?
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Old 07-19-2010, 08:27 AM   #15
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We had a limo take us to port and ate breakfast before we came at our resort. We got to port around 11AM and drew a number 13. It was fine with us though. There was no one in line at the Castaway Line and the character lines were smaller. By the time we got our pagers for the kids clubs it was time to line up to board. You can't get into your rooms until around 1:30pm so you can go eat at Parrot Cay or Topsiders(Beach Blanket Buffet)
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