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Old 08-22-2013, 09:40 PM   #1
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Port Arrival Time

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My niece and I will be taking our first ever Disney Cruise Oct. 20 on the Magic. I've read a lot on these boards about Embarkation and choosing your port arrival time during online check in. Well, during my online check in, I wasn't given an option to choose a PAT. Should I be concerned? Or would this have anything to do with arranging my hotel and transportation through DCL?

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Old 08-22-2013, 09:47 PM   #2
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Hello Everyone~

My niece and I will be taking our first ever Disney Cruise Oct. 20 on the Magic. I've read a lot on these boards about Embarkation and choosing your port arrival time during online check in. Well, during my online check in, I wasn't given an option to choose a PAT. Should I be concerned? Or would this have anything to do with arranging my hotel and transportation through DCL?

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Old 08-22-2013, 09:49 PM   #3
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No. No concierge. Just a Deluxe Inside Stateroom that adjoins with my cousin and her girls.
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No. No concierge. Just a Deluxe Inside Stateroom that adjoins with my cousin and her girls.
Well, then, I don't know. The PAT is on, like, page 4, and you have to complete all the information on the previous pages (correct info, default answers, gibberish, whatever) before it will "unlock".

Did you fill out everything? Are you arriving on departure day?
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Well, then, I don't know. The PAT is on, like, page 4, and you have to complete all the information on the previous pages (correct info, default answers, gibberish, whatever) before it will "unlock".

Did you fill out everything? Are you arriving on departure day?
I did fill everything out. We're flying in from Los Angeles the day prior and staying overnight at the Marriott. All my travel was arranged through DCL. I'll have to log back in and check to see if that page is there. Thank you!!!!
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If you are using dcl transfers I dont think they give you a port arrival time when we sailed to Alaska last summer and used Disney transportation from hotel to port we werent able to select a port arrival time.
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If you are using dcl transfers I dont think they give you a port arrival time when we sailed to Alaska last summer and used Disney transportation from hotel to port we werent able to select a port arrival time.
Hmmmm... What time did you arrive and get on board?

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When you do the Disney hotel and transfer package, you don't have to choose a PAT. You just get on the bus when they tell you to and check in when you get to the port. When my parents did this, they had a fairly early boarding number.
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When you do the Disney hotel and transfer package, you don't have to choose a PAT. You just get on the bus when they tell you to and check in when you get to the port. When my parents did this, they had a fairly early boarding number.
Oh awesome!!!! Thank you for that information!!

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If you are using dcl transfers I dont think they give you a port arrival time when we sailed to Alaska last summer and used Disney transportation from hotel to port we werent able to select a port arrival time.
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Oh awesome!!!! Thank you for that information!!
The first two posts have outdated information. Sorry, but since DCL stopped allowing check in at MCO everyone has to select a PAT. If you are on DCL transfers, you will be allowed into the terminal whenever you get there. However, your boarding number is based on the PAT that you selected. This has been in place just this year. So you may be on the first DCL bus from MCO, but if you have a 1-1:30 PAT your boarding number will be higher and you will be waiting around the terminal for your number to be called. DCL uses your flight time to release available PATs for you to select.
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No. No concierge. Just a Deluxe Inside Stateroom that adjoins with my cousin and her girls.
I would contact DCL in the morning to have them fix this because the only cases where a PAT doesn't need to be selected is if you are concierge or platinum. Your boarding number will be generated based on your PAT, so it could affect how long you will be waiting in the terminal to board.
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Old 08-22-2013, 11:00 PM   #12
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I would contact DCL in the morning to have them fix this because the only cases where a PAT doesn't need to be selected is if you are concierge or platinum. Your boarding number will be generated based on your PAT, so it could affect how long you will be waiting in the terminal to board.
Good idea. I'm wondering since they don't have any of my flight info yet (I'll get it 45 days out) that I'll get to select my PAT then. I'll call DCL as well just to get it figured out.

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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?
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Old 08-23-2013, 03:57 AM   #14
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I had something similar to you, although we are on the wonder out of Galveston. I booked transfer from the airport and a precruise night through DCL. I just finished my registration online a couple weeks ago for my October 19 cruise. After finishing the registration, I tried to select a port arrival time, and it said I didn't need to select a time since I was staying at a Disney resort, I would just need to take the transport from the hotel to the port, check in and board. It didn't even allow me to select one, it just gave me that message.
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....... That means that I wouldn't be able to get on the ship early. Is this right?
Yes. You should arrive at PC between 1:00 - 2:30.

Some of the anxious passengers arrange private transfers because of this.
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