Three Generations Aboard Ship
  • On Aug 24, 2015
    Nancy from NY Asked

    Hello! We are cruising on the dream in may! Soooo excited! Was wondering about boarding at Port Canaveral. Is it done in groups? How do you get assigned to a group? Thanks for any help!

    Ahoy, Nancy!

    Planning a cruise is super-exciting! When you are able to begin your online check-in for your cruise on the Disney Dream, you will select a "Port Arrival Time". This is the time that it is expected that you will arrive to Port Canaveral. So, depending on how your family is traveling to the port, you will choose what you think will work.

    Our family almost always rents a car at the Orlando International Airport and drives to Port Canaveral the night before our cruise. Then, in the morning, my husband drops the girls and I off at the terminal and then he returns the rental car while we get a porter to take our luggage. If they are allowing passengers into the terminal, the girls and I will enter, go through security, and then wait for my husband to return in order to check-in.

    When you are checking-in, you will receive a boarding number card, which is the group you will be in to board the ship. While your family is in the terminal, be sure to take some pictures in front of the amazing model of the Disney Magic, and wait in line for photos with one of the famous Disney Characters. You can also check your children into the Oceaneer Lab or Oceaneer Club while you are waiting in the cruise terminal.

    When your number is called, you will go through the Mickey ears to a hallway where photographers are waiting to take your embarkation photo. I call this our "Before" photo, when we are all clean and happy to be getting on the ship. Do not miss this! If you are planning to purchase a photo package, you might consider pre-purchasing on the Gifts and Amenities tab on the DCL website. I almost always purchase the photo CD of all of our cruise photos.

    I hope you have a wonderful cruise on the Disney Dream. Please visit us again at the Disney Parks Moms Panel with more questions before you set sail.

    Happy Cruising, Tracy V.

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Meet the Panelist: Tracy, Illinois

“If you can dream it, you can do it” just about sums up my life. I am a mother of two amazing girls and wife to a fantastic man, all of whom support my passion for all things Disney. I am a thrill seeker, and have been fortunate enough to go parasailing high above the Disney Fantasy, zip-lining in St. Lucia, and swimming with stingrays in Grand Cayman – all while sailing the seas with Disney Cruise Line. I would love to help you plan your Disney Cruise Line vacation! Learn More About Tracy

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