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Old 08-23-2013, 07:03 AM   #16
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Perhaps DCL's IT department has finally programed the process to recognize the difference between a reservation on a classic ship and a new ship. You would think they would have done that from the beginning, but you know how the DCL website goes.
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Old 08-23-2013, 05:33 PM   #17
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Is it safe to say that if I'm coming from WL and taking the DCL transfer to the port that I will be getting there later in the day. I thought I read that the DCL buses don't pick up at the WDW hotels until like 1 in the afternoon. That means that I wouldn't be able to get on the ship early. Is this right?
They typically pick up around noon-ish and you get to the port a little after 1 pm. We've been picked up as early as 10:30 once but it's usually 11:30-12:30 pick up. They'll give you a letter the night before to tell when and where they pick up. We usually find that by the time we've checked in, gone to our room, unpacked our carryon bags and head down to lunch it's between 1:30 and 2 pm.
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Old 09-13-2013, 03:23 PM   #18
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Hey All,

I've got an 11am port arrival time.

#1, is that good? (ie what is the earliest time avail?)
#2, does that mean I arrive @ 11a or should I really get there @ 1045 to be able to walk into the building by 11?
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Old 09-13-2013, 07:56 PM   #19
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Hey All,

I've got an 11am port arrival time.

#1, is that good? (ie what is the earliest time avail?)
#2, does that mean I arrive @ 11a or should I really get there @ 1045 to be able to walk into the building by 11?
If you are cruising out of Port Canaveral on the Fantasy or the Dream, it has just been reported that the earliest PATs actually start at 10:30am. I don't think there has been any "live" experience yet with these new times, so it's uncertain of they'll start boarding earlier or not. Typically, boarding has started around 11:45am and moves fairly quickly, with "open boarding" called around 12:45pm.

As to arrival...the 11:00am PAT window (is that 11-11:30 or 11-11:15am?) means when to arrive. Port has typically opened around 10:45am (maybe as early as 10:30 maybe as late as 11:00) so no need to arrive much earlier than 11 unless you don't mind possibly hanging around outside. Though, again, now with the earlier PATs presumably they'll be opening the terminal earlier. IF they are enforcing PATs and you arrive before 11am, you could be asked to wait outside. Maybe not, but on very full cruises people have reported needing to wait for the PAT time before entering the building.

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Old 09-13-2013, 08:20 PM   #20
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I've got an 11am port arrival time.

#1, is that good? (ie what is the earliest time avail?)
#2, does that mean I arrive @ 11a or should I really get there @ 1045 to be able to walk into the building by 11?
We were on the 9/1 Dream cruise and had a 11am port arrival time. We got there around 10:15 and had to wait on the besiege for the 3rd level of the parking garage to the terminal. At 10:30 they open the doors and we started to go into the terminal and checked in and got boarding group 3. Boarding started at 11:30 so we were on board and up to the pools by 11:45.
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Old 09-18-2013, 01:54 PM   #21
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We are on the same cruise. Are you staying at the JW Mariott?
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