Your Disney cruise is booked and the countdown clock is tickin’! You’ve scoured the internet for tips, booked excursions, scheduled a princess meet and greet, and are ready to order your Mickey bar at midnight from room service, but what should you expect on embarkation day? Let’s break it down so you make the most of your first afternoon exploring the ship!

You've selected a Port Arrival Time when you did your on-line check-in. This is when you can arrive at the port and start the boarding process.

  • Before arriving at the port, make sure all your check-in luggage is tagged. It will go through a screening process and then magically appear outside your stateroom later in the afternoon. Be sure you retain all your travel documents, including your passport, as well as medications and anything else you might need for the afternoon.
  • Check your luggage and then continue through security where you and your carry-on luggage will be screened.
  • Proceed into the main terminal, keeping your entire party together. You will be asked to fill out a brief health survey and your photo will be taken. You will then receive your Key to the World card, a Daily Navigator, and your boarding group number.
  • Once your group number is called, present your Key to the World card and continue on for a quick pre-boarding photo. Now your adventure starts!
  • Most guests head straight to lunch. You may go to the buffet upstairs or dine in one of the three main restaurants. One restaurant will be open for breakfast and lunch daily if you would prefer a leisurely table service meal. Take some time to look at the Navigator for that afternoon and evening’s activities.
  • Following lunch, it’s up to you what you’d like to see! Staterooms are ready after 1:15. Take this time to get your bearings. Have a swim, tour the kids’ clubs, check out the adult district, find the shops and theaters, and tour the spa and gym. The Navigator will list ship tours, or you can wander on your own.
    • For security, adults are not allowed back into the kids’ clubs during the sailing except during Open House where you can see all the activities and play spaces for the kids.
    • For the adults, take the time to tour the spa even if you don’t think it’s something you’d be interested in. On embarkation day, they often offer a special on spa services or the Rainforest Room.
  • Once your stateroom is ready, you can put your carry-on bags away, meet your stateroom host, and review the map on the back of your door which shows you where to report for the mandatory muster drill before you are allowed to set sail. They will announce the drill over the speakers. You must all be present and on-time.
  • After the drill has been completed, head on up to the pool deck for the sail away party and wave goodbye as you embark on your voyage.

Happy sailing!