Boarding on Ship for Bride/Groom

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  1. karyn09

    karyn09 Earning My Ears

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    My fiancee and I will be getting married on the April 19th-22nd Disney Dream cruise in Castaway Cay. I'm excited, it's just a little over 2 months away! We've been planning this since we got engaged back in Sept 2010!

    I have a question for anyone that knows - and hopefully someone does!

    I was told by Shanda (Disney wedding coordinator) that we need to be on the boat by 12pm - we're coming via Disney Bus from Animal Kingdom Lodge. How do they know we need to be on the bus by 12pm? Last time we took ground transportation to the terminal (back in 2005) I remember being picked up at our resort around lunchtime and not getting to the boat until like 2pm!

    I would REALLY hate to cancel ground transportation for that one trip & get a rental to be sure we'd get on the bus by 12pm.

    Any help would be great! THANKS!!
     
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  3. mmouse37

    mmouse37 DCL Diva!!

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    I do not think if you are coming from WDW that you will make it on the ship by 12:00....the buses do not leave from WDW until 11:30-12:30 depending on the resort.

    MJ
     
  4. drischar

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  5. PrincessShmoo

    PrincessShmoo DIS Veteran

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    If it were me, I'd be in contact with Shanda and tell her that you have DCL transfers booked, and see what she says.

    :cutie:
     
  6. extechie rbd/wdt

    extechie rbd/wdt DIS Veteran

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    Can you just clarify what you were told.
    You need to be on the Bus or need to be on the Boat/Ship by 12pm?

    Ex Techie :)
     
  7. sissy_ib

    sissy_ib DIS Veteran

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    I would not use DCL transfers. Get a private car or get a one way rental Another option is to take ME to the airport very early and check in with DCL at MCO. Since you are getting married that day and they will have the officiant who will be getting off the ship, they probably wont give you any room time wise.
     
  8. karyn09

    karyn09 Earning My Ears

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    I have emailed Shanda, and have found on multiple occasions that it takes her on average about 4-5 days to respond back to emails, so I was just hoping someone who has cruised recently or has gotten married on the cruise knew what to do. Thanks! Hopefully I hear from Shanda soon! =)
     
  9. karyn09

    karyn09 Earning My Ears

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    Yes, per the wedding planning guide, it states "Please plan to arrive to the terminal by 12pm".
     
  10. extechie rbd/wdt

    extechie rbd/wdt DIS Veteran

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    Ah so being on the bus at 12pm is out of the question then!

    Hopefully the wedding planning guide is incorrect, and Shanda will be able to clarify what time your need to get on the bus, and what time they require you to get to the terminal for the ceremony to take place before you set sail.

    Hope you have a amazing wedding and the CC ceremony is beautiful for you both!

    Ex Techie :)
     
  11. Deluzy

    Deluzy Taking on the Wonderful World of Disney - one park

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    Since the reason they want you on the ship by 12 is to perform the civil ceremony, I would recommend obtaining a town car service (less hassle than renting a car). It is your wedding - arrive in style! :)
     
  12. karyn09

    karyn09 Earning My Ears

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    Thank you so much! I'm hoping for great weather while we're on our cruise!
     
  13. karyn09

    karyn09 Earning My Ears

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    This is probably a sign that I definitely should take a limo/town car to the terminal from WDW to be like all other brides who take a limo to the church - except mine will be going to Port Canaveral!! :cool1:
     
  14. Forever a Princess

    Forever a Princess One bottle of ketchup is not enough!

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    Hi there!! We just did our 10 Year Vow Renewal on the Disney Dream in June 2011. :lovestruc:lovestruc

    Congratulations to you both!! :cloud9:

    We had our meeting with our wedding coordinators at about 1:30 PM. I will go back and check what the letter said to confirm this.

    We took the DCL bus from the WL and got to the port around 1ish.

    We were given a boarding pass that would of got us on the ship around 2:30 or 3 pm.

    I went up to a CM and showed her the letter which showed that we had our meeting on the ship with the wedding coordinators.

    She then took us to the front of the line so that we could get to the meeting on time.

    Happy Wedding Wishes to you both!!!

    If you have any other questions please ask. :)
     
  15. kcashner

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    The bus will not get you to the terminal by 12. You will need to arrange another form of transportation--either a towncar or a rental car.

    As above, the reason you need to be at the terminal is that the legal ceremony occurs in Port Canaveral before you board the ship. The ceremony at Castaway Cay is basically "for show." (no disrespect intended).

    Bus pick up at the resorts ranges from 11:30 to 12:30 with terminal arrival about 1:30 (if traffic is good!)
     
  16. Forever a Princess

    Forever a Princess One bottle of ketchup is not enough!

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    I read the other posts. I see that they want you there by Noon for the civil ceremony.

    I agree with what the others have posted. You need to go by private transportation as the DCL transportation will be get you there later than You need to be. If the civil ceremony is at Noon you will need to get to the port much sooner to check in etc.
     
  17. truck1

    truck1 Growing older but not up.

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    I see that communication hasnt changed with her. We had her when she first started as the wedding cooridinator for the cruise line. We started off with Brianna, who changed postions( she would answer almost same day. If not then next business day)I even mentioned it onboard the Magic in 2010, talking to the supervisor in GS and our onboard wedding consultant.
    Call her. You get her quicker that way.
    Unless something has changed which is possible, our civil ceremony was 2pm on the ship.
     
  18. karyn09

    karyn09 Earning My Ears

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    No disrespect felt! Hehe, I know the ceremony is "for show" - but it's an awesome "for show"!! :)
     
  19. kcashner

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    You're right about that!:goodvibes At about age 10, my DD informed me that her honeymoon plans were a DCL cruise in the Roy suite. She may have changed her mind when they removed the piano......now I'm hoping she waits a few more years.:goodvibes

    Above is interesting...friends of ours had their civil ceremony in the terminal before boarding...maybe 2 years ago? I lose track of time. THey got to be the "most recently married" couple that night at Match Your Mate.
     
  20. dodle

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    My son and daughter-in-law were married in September 2010 onboard the Wonder. They met the wedding coordinator and had the civil ceremony at either 1:30 or 2, onboard the ship. The civil ceremony took place in front of the Walt Disney Theater. From what I have read on the wedding board, the place and time have not changed much since then.
     

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