Question:  How Early Can I Board A Disney Cruise Line Ship?

Answer:  This depends on the type of cruise you are taking.

Disney Cruise Line is very organized when it comes to boarding their ships!  I love to know when I can arrive at the terminal for check-in!  I also like to know when I can board the ship.  So, here we go!  This information should help you tremendously when planning!

For Bahamian and Caribbean cruises, check-in registration begins at 11:00 a.m. and embarkation begins at 1:00 p.m. All Guests must board the ship no later than 4:00 p.m. Please plan your arrival accordingly to avoid the possibility of not being permitted to sail. For the European and Mediterranean cruises, check-in registration and embarkation typically begins at 11 a.m.

Quick Tips:

*Disney Resort guests arrive to Port Canaveral around 1pm.  This is when the terminal is at capacity.  If you are arriving with the Resort transportation, do not worry.  The line will look long, but it moves swiftly!

*If you are arriving by plane on the day of, I recommend and early flight.  You can check in at 11am at Port Canaveral and explore the terminal.  It is very fun and there are a lot of Hidden Mickey’s to be found!

*Once you board, get something to eat and hit the pools!  Enjoy some ship time!

*Enjoy!  This is the vacation of a lifetime!

If you need any help or have questions planning your next Disney Cruise Line vacation, I would love to help you plan. Disney holds a special place in my family’s heart!  We have brought many of our dreams to life!  It gives me a tremendous amount of joy being able to help others create memories that will last a lifetime!  If you have questions or would like to book a cruise with Disney Cruise Line contact me at


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