Port arrival time experiences?????

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  1. tiawolfe

    tiawolfe Earning My Ears

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    Recently booked our first cruise, so we won't be able to do the online check in and pick a port arrival time unit 75 days out. Will early times still be available? What was your experience?

    Thank you!
     
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  3. bmer1rick

    bmer1rick DIS Veteran

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    They may be, really depends on when your cruise is. If it is during a popular season, they probably won't be available.

    However, even if they aren't, if departing from PC, the entire boarding process only takes about an hour, so you won't have to wait too long.
     
  4. tiawolfe

    tiawolfe Earning My Ears

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    We are on the Magic April 7, 2014. Spring break season. Since we are driving we really want an early time so we can enjoy the ship.
     
  5. lambermm

    lambermm Earning My Ears

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    We just did on-line check-in at 75 days and we had all the available port arrival times to choose from. So we choose 11am. Also everyone in my Cruise meet group also got 11 am Port arrival times. We are cursing in June.
     
  6. bitlerzx4

    bitlerzx4 DIS Veteran

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    I wonder if you are linked with other cruisers if they will get the same boarding time.
     
  7. PrincessShmoo

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    Each reservation must do their own online checkin and select their own PAT. Linked reservations or not.
     
  8. Beermam42

    Beermam42 Grit and bear it

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    Daughter, Cruise Directors, got up 3:00 am 75 days out and called. We got 11:00 checkin, Galveston. For both staterooms. She got Polo on Valentimes Day, I payed the bill. By reading Dis boards, watching a bunch of you tube videos, everything went like clock work. I never felt like it was our first cruise. Down to Google Maps satlitte view of cruise terminal area in Galveston, watching the ships come and go on port cruise cams. We had one hell of a great time, even the trip to HELL.
     
  9. Beermam42

    Beermam42 Grit and bear it

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    Daughter, Cruise Directors, got up 3:00 am 75 days out and called. We got 11:00 checkin, Galveston. For both staterooms. She got Polo on Valentimes Day, I payed the bill. By reading Dis boards, watching a bunch of you tube videos, everything went like clock work. I never felt like it was our first cruise. Down to Google Maps satlitte view of cruise terminal area in Galveston, watching the ships come and go on port cruise cams. We had one hell of a great time, even the trip to HELL.
     
  10. southlake

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    lol
     
  11. dennes

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    We were on the first Disney Poxar California Coast cruise last year and we got the 1030 PAT. It was our first cruise :)
     
  12. magrudersmakes3

    magrudersmakes3 DIS Veteran

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    We got 11 am on our first cruise and I didn't do the check in portion until 6 am CST.
     
  13. staley98

    staley98 The Mouse makes me feel like a little girl again!

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    First Time cruisers on the Fantasy in June. I registered at midnight and got a PAT of 11:30. However, we're taking DCL transfers from the airport and hope to get on one of the first buses at 9:00 (PAT doesn't matter when you use DCL transfers).
    Good luck!
     
  14. Iceman09201

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    PAT doesn't matter but your boarding number is tied to your PAT. So even if you take the first bus you will get a higher number then those with 11am PAT
     
  15. calismic

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    My MIL did not register online until a few days prior to the cruise. She was given a 2:30 PAT but took the Magical Express and arrived at 10:30. Her boarding number was 38 and was on the boat by noon. My FIL didn't register online at all and arrived at port at 1. He was on the boat immediately. (Dunno if he was given a boarding number or just told to board.) Our cruise was sold out.
     
  16. tinkerbell 766

    tinkerbell 766 <font color=purple>If I can't fly, let me sing. Or

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    It constantly amazes me that people are in such a hurry, particularly on seven night cruises. You will surely have lots of time on the ship????
    We are taking DCL transfers from WDW and are looking forward to having a leisurely breakfast, boarding the bus and getting to the port when it is quieter and most have the crowds have gone. Can't get into the stateroom until later anyhow. Rushing about is just not on the agenda for this portion of our trip!!!;)
     
  17. OrangeCountyCommuter

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    I am dong the Med cruise and was shocked that people would rather be on the boat then in Barcelona. I took the latest time I could get.
     
  18. FabFivePA

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    For us it was a matter of wanting to book some things. I wanted to change the BBB time for my kids, and book Mixology and a couple of other things. So getting on the ship ASAP just makes that easier so they don't fill up.

    We had an 11:00 time, showed up at 10:15, got boarding group 4, boarded about 11:30, (skipped the picture), went right to guest services, easy peasy booking everything, and were also first in line at BBB to change our time and got what we needed. So though it was a little rushed at the beginning, it made the rest of the trip more enjoyable knowing we were able to book the things at the times we desired and enjoy the week to the fullest.
     
  19. Pirate Chica

    Pirate Chica Earning My Ears

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    First time cruising on Disney coming up in May :-)cool1:)...

    I waited a week after my open window to arrange my PAT. 11am was still available! A week later, my friend (her cabin is next to mine) got 11:30am. I think this sailing has a lot of newbies who don't DIS! :banana:
     
  20. MissDaisyofTexas

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    We were on a sold-out cruise last June on the Dream. First time cruisers. I stayed up until midnight to book Palo, then 3 a.m. to get the port arrival time. I got 11 a.m. Some people in my DIS group who did everything the next morning when they woke up got 11:30, 12, 12:30 port arrival times.
     
  21. ppony

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    But so does everyone else. :confused3


    OK, almost everyone else. :rotfl:
     

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