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Old 08-08-2013, 01:47 PM   #1
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Few more Dream questions

If you take the DCL bus from a resort hotel or the airport how early can you get on the ship? We were planning on driving and parking and we did the check in and were assigned the 12:00 - 12:30 time. If we catch an early bus will we have to wait until 12:00 to get on?

If we keep our plans for driving and arrive at the port at 11:45 am, park and get inside the terminal at noon, how long after arrival before we get on the ship?

Once on the ship what are our options for lunch?

The Palo brunch is booked up on line, are there some reservations that will be available once on the ship? If so, where do we go to make the reservations?

What breakfast options are available? Buffet vs. table service?

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Old 08-08-2013, 01:54 PM   #2
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The hotel buses get to the port around 1. The airport buses start leaving at 9 so they get there earlier.
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If you take the DCL bus from a resort hotel or the airport how early can you get on the ship? We were planning on driving and parking and we did the check in and were assigned the 12:00 - 12:30 time. If we catch an early bus will we have to wait until 12:00 to get on?

If we keep our plans for driving and arrive at the port at 11:45 am, park and get inside the terminal at noon, how long after arrival before we get on the ship?

Once on the ship what are our options for lunch?

The Palo brunch is booked up on line, are there some reservations that will be available once on the ship? If so, where do we go to make the reservations?

What breakfast options are available? Buffet vs. table service?

Thanks!!!
Lunch - You can go up to Cabanas on deck 11 or to Enchanted Garden on deck 2. These will be buffets and you will sit at a dining table. You can also go to Flo's V8 Cafe, which includes Tow Mater's Grill, Fillmore's Favorites, Luig's Pizza and Eye Scream Treats near the pools on deck 11. If you get your food from one of these quick service counters you can sit at a table in that area. On Castaway Cay there will be a BBQ.

Breakfast - Cabanas is always open for breakfast (buffet). We never ate there, but I believe either Enchanted Garden or Royal Palace is also open.
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Old 08-08-2013, 04:11 PM   #4
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Thanks for the input.

Anybody know about booking Palo brunch on board?
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Old 08-08-2013, 05:19 PM   #5
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We were able to make our Palo brunch reservation once we were on board without any problem. I had the same experience with the spa. All the times we wanted were booked, but once on board we were able to get times that worked with our schedule. I don't know if this is because they hold back a certain amount of times or if they have that many cancellations. I think you have a good chance unless you are a large party - we were a party of four.
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The hotel buses get to the port around 1. The airport buses start leaving at 9 so they get there earlier.
We're gonna be leaving from the WL to the cruise. Does this mean I won't be able to get an 11:00 boarding time? That's what I was aiming for.
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We're gonna be leaving from the WL to the cruise. Does this mean I won't be able to get an 11:00 boarding time? That's what I was aiming for.
You certainly may select an 11:00-11:30 PAT (if it's available). The busses don't usually arrive at the port from the WDW resorts until around 1:00, but your PAT is tied to the actual boarding number you will receive at checkin at the port. Earlier PAT = lower boarding number, later PAT = higher boarding number.
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Old 08-09-2013, 03:20 PM   #8
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Thanks!!!

So, if I take the DCL bus from the airport at 10 am will we be able to board the boat then or will we have to wait until 12? In other words, does arriving on the DCL bus get you a different boarding time?

Also, let's say our port arrival time is 12:00 how will they determine what our boarding time is? How long from the time you get in the terminal until you get on the ship?

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If you take the DCL bus from a resort hotel or the airport how early can you get on the ship? We were planning on driving and parking and we did the check in and were assigned the 12:00 - 12:30 time. If we catch an early bus will we have to wait until 12:00 to get on?

Well if you go from a resort hotel you will arrive around 1ish and if you go from the airport you can arrive as early or as late as you would like.

If we keep our plans for driving and arrive at the port at 11:45 am, park and get inside the terminal at noon, how long after arrival before we get on the ship?

Not long usually, we had the earliest PAT and we boarded immediately after we checked in, granted we did check in at the end of our PAT window.

Once on the ship what are our options for lunch?

There will be the buffet at cabanas and a buffet in two of the MDRs. The buffet in the MDRs will have drink service by the waiters and a more limited selection for lunch.

The Palo brunch is booked up on line, are there some reservations that will be available once on the ship? If so, where do we go to make the reservations?

They do save some reservations to be booked on board. You can book them at the designated location on the ship. When you board they should tell you and if they don't feel free to ask!

What breakfast options are available? Buffet vs. table service?

The buffet will be at cabanas and a sit down at one of the MDRs.

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Thanks!!!

So, if I take the DCL bus from the airport at 10 am will we be able to board the boat then or will we have to wait until 12? In other words, does arriving on the DCL bus get you a different boarding time?

Also, let's say our port arrival time is 12:00 how will they determine what our boarding time is? How long from the time you get in the terminal until you get on the ship?

Thanks again!
If you have a 12:00-12:30 PAT and take DCL transfers from MCO - you will be allowed to enter the terminal and check-in when you arrive. However, your boarding number that is given out at check-in will be tied to your PAT, so you will watch others board sooner than, likely others who may have arrived after you but had an earlier PAT and therefore a lower boarding number.

Open boarding is typically called around 12:45, meaning at that time the boarding numbers handed out at check-in are the same as what's being called to board, and from that point forward anyone may board regardless of PAT or boarding number.

Your PAT is your Port Arrival Time. If getting yourself to the port (rental, car service, etc.), and you arrive earlier than your PAT then you may be required to wait outside the terminal until your PAT; this is to control building occupancy requirements of the fire marshall. If you take DCL transfers, you'll be allowed to enter the terminal when the bus arrives regardless of your PAT, though as explained above your boarding number is tied to the PAT.

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