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Discussion in 'Disney Cruise Line Forum' started by JimGA, Dec 3, 2012.

  1. Paula Sedley-Burke

    Paula Sedley-Burke Proud to believe in Rainbows and Unicorns...

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    Yes we had the same decision but always decide on staying at WDW if only for a brief time. If you are getting Disney transportation to the terminal its nice because they take the luggage from outside your room and the next time you see it its in your stateroom! Even when we drive ourselves we still stay at SSR our home resort ( DVC ) because it gets us in that Disney mood like OP said :-)
     
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  3. Four Swampers

    Four Swampers Picture is Disney Wonder at Cabo San Lucas

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    Well, you really need to be at the ship by 2 pm. Earlier, if you want to grab lunch on the ship and start exploring early. That makes it hard to go to a Disney resort that morning, because you would have to walk out of the park at noon to reach your car, drive to the port, park, and board.

    As others have mentioned, you can stay at a hotel in Port Canaveral and leave your car parked at the hotel. Very convenient.

    Also, you could choose to visit the Kennedy Space Center. Twice, we have spent the morning at KSC before our cruise. Three or four hours at KSC is time to do a lot, then leave at 12:30, a twenty minute drive to the ship, be on board and eating lunch by 1:30.
     
  4. sgc1107

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    We're driving down in 24 days! First time driving... We are staying at the comfort inn. In cocoa beach With parking for cruise, free shuttle, 300ft from the beach! Priced around $147ish
     
  5. Fjobe

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    We plan to arrive at our WDW resort on the evening of the Thursday before our cruise and hit the parks that Friday and Saturday, so we will just stay at WDW resort. Before we had decided to go to the parks, we planned on doing the CI&S thing.

    This is our first time cruising, so I have no idea how this will work for our family.
     
  6. EMTMICKEY

    EMTMICKEY Earning My Ears

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    Definitely go over to Port Canaveral. Visit the Welcome Center, grab a bite to eat at Simply Delicious, and watch what's going on at the port. The morning of the cruise is so much easier and less stressful when you are only 5 minuets away. You can sleep in a bit, grab some breakfast and go to the port . Don't get me wrong I love Disney, but the relaxed morning is worth not being at a Disney resort.
     
  7. Paula Sedley-Burke

    Paula Sedley-Burke Proud to believe in Rainbows and Unicorns...

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    I was looking at the Comfort Inn Port Can as a few mentioned it included cruise parking and transfers. Could somebody be so kind as to let me know how this works? Do you book a transport time for drop off and pick up? DW and I like an early cruise check in ( usually the first they have at 11:30 ) would they drop us off at this time? We also like to disembark early do you have to wait like on the ME till the bus is full when returning to the hotel?

    One more detail I am disabled are the buses accessible?

    Tia
     
  8. poohj80

    poohj80 Got Hunny?

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    Not sure how it works at Comfort Inn, but at the Country Inn and Suites, you select a shuttle departure time when you check in. When you return, you call Duane the driver and he's usually there to pick you in within 5 minutes (he's already been there waiting when we have called).
     
  9. Paula Sedley-Burke

    Paula Sedley-Burke Proud to believe in Rainbows and Unicorns...

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    Thank you for your reply. That sounds great I will check them out also :-)
     
  10. sgc1107

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    We have the 11:30 check in, not sure yet about shuttle times but I know every time we've had a question someone is there 24/7 to help, so you can give a call! Oh, and the price I said earlier is for a king bed suite w/breakfast of course. I recommend calling them, they are pleasant to deal with.

    Here ya go...

    tel:(321)783-2221

    http://www.comfortinn.com/hotel-cocoa_beach-florida-FL521

    I could always let you know our experience when we get back! Good luck!
     
  11. CaskPeg

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    Booked a 7 day Eastern Caribbean in May 2013, since you have stayed at WDW before your cruise....do you know current charge for the bus to the port for boarding? I am flying down and staying the night before at OKW. Would love your input!
     
  12. poohj80

    poohj80 Got Hunny?

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    Last time we took the DCL transfers, the cost ws around $70 each round trip.
     
  13. Paula Sedley-Burke

    Paula Sedley-Burke Proud to believe in Rainbows and Unicorns...

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    That is great! Yes please I would love to hear your experience when you get back. How helpful :-) when do you go?
     
  14. kritter

    kritter <font color=deeppink>I need a Disney FIX!!<br><fon

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    Highly recommend the Residence Inn!!
     
  15. stacecakes

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    So if you are flying in and want to stay at port canaveral, what's the best way to get there from the airport? Any reccomendations?

    Is the advantage of not having to drag luggage worth staying at a Disney resort/ use disney transport??
     
  16. poohj80

    poohj80 Got Hunny?

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    I would rent a car from one of the providers located near the port. The rental car companies have a shuttle to the port as well. If you have several people in your party, it's probably cheaper to rent a car. You can do the DCL transfers one way for your return trip if you are flying out directly after your cruise.
     
  17. Paula Sedley-Burke

    Paula Sedley-Burke Proud to believe in Rainbows and Unicorns...

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    Just contacted them and was speaking to Natalie. I emailed as I am from the UK. Can I just say how friendly and helpful she was and I haven't even stayed there yet! This is looking good. Thank you!
     
  18. JimGA

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    Great idea, grab a drink and some food and watch them sail by!
     
  19. sgc1107

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    We're on the fantasy for NYE! leave dec 29th and back on jan 5th
     
  20. ratt1345

    ratt1345 Always wishing I was Disney cruisin'!!!

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    I have stayed both at a Disney hotel and near the port. I like being near the port. I can spend that extra time in bed or getting things organized.
     
  21. Paula Sedley-Burke

    Paula Sedley-Burke Proud to believe in Rainbows and Unicorns...

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    Oh lush! That sounds brillo pads as we say in the UK! Oh please do tell when you get back. And every detail of the cruise! A new years cruise omg! Omg! Room for a little one lol.
     

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