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  • On Apr 6, 2015
    Heidi from IN Asked

    We are planning our first Disney Cruise! For first time cruisers, is it easier to depart form Port Canaveral or Miami? Do you recommend having a day at sea to explore the ship or would an extra stop (Key West) be a better choice? THANK YOU!!

    Ahoy, Heidi!

    How exciting that you are planning to embark on your very first Disney Cruise Line vacation! DCL makes the check-in process so easy, it is equally as easy to depart from Port Canaveral or Miami. You should choose the cruise that fits your family the best.

    On our first cruise, we had three days at sea, and we STILL couldn't do everything that there is to do on the ship! I know it is sometimes confusing choosing which itinerary is best for your family. Just know that you will have a wonderful time, regardless of where the ship stops. Also, you don't necessarily have to leave the ship while it is docked in a port. I usually book the best dates for our family, we have sailed 3 & 4 Night cruises to the Bahamas, 7-Nights to the Western and Eastern Caribbean. If you ask me to choose my favorite, it is really hard!

    I will say that I definitely recommend booking the longest cruise that you can. The shorter cruises pass by SO FAST. Some more of my best first time cruise tips can be found here.

    I hope this helps with your cruise planning for your first cruise! Please come back and visit the Disney Parks Moms Panel as more questions arise.

    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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