Q: I heard that Disney Cruise line has made changes to its check-in procedures. How will this affect my upcoming cruise?
A: It is true. We reported on our sister site Chip and Co the end of last month that Disney Cruise Line was making changes to both its on-line and in-person check-in process. These enhancements are designed to make the system easier, quicker and more streamlined for those checking in for their Disney Cruise. Here’s some of the changes unveiled over the past few weeks.
Youth Activity Registration – Guests going through the online check in process can now do quite a bit of the bulk work when it comes to getting their children registered for youth activities online. As part of the online check in process, parents or authorized adults can provide more in-depth information regarding medical and dietary restrictions as well as meal preferences and program participation. This includes:
- On-board Activities- Parents can highlight the sorts of activities they’d like their children to participate in from science labs to cooking classes.
- Allergies – Guests checking in online can also indicate any allergies their child might have and even give permission for Cast Members to administer Epi Pens or other forms of First Aid if required. Allergy information will also inform what a child is offered during evening meals as well as during youth club snack times.
- Self Check Out – For those travelling with older children you can now authorize your kids to check themselves in and out of youth activities without having an adult present. Previously this could only be done at the terminal or once on-board.
Advanced Sign-off on Terms and Conditions – Previously guests had to wait until they were at the terminal to go through the lists of Terms and Conditions with Disney and approve them before boarding the ship. To speed things up on embarkation day, Disney is now giving guests the option of doing this in advance as part of the online check-in process.
Updated Port Arrival Form – Disney Cruise Line has replaced the old Online Signature Form with a new Port Arrival Form that can be completed online. The form will feature important information and reminders regarding appropriate documentation and check-in procedures. Guests are encouraged to bring a printed copy of the form with them on check-in day.
Changes to Castaway Club Mailings- If you’ve sailed with Disney Cruise Line numerous times, chances are you don’t need all of the introductory material sent to guests like the Guest Travel Booklet. Now Castaway Club members travelling on a closed-loop cruises out of Port Canaveral or Miami may opt to only receive the luggage tags and a simplified travel booklet rather than the larger edition.
Many of these changes have already been unveiled to Disney Cruise Line guests. Watch this space for details on any further changes and to receive the latest news and updates regarding Disney Cruise Line.
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