We have cruised 6 times on Disney Cruises and each one is an amazing adventure! We have taken 4-night, 5-night and 7-night cruises from Port Canaveral and are looking forward to trying other Debarkation ports in the future. Let’s start even before you get on board:
-Once you book your cruise, look for a Facebook page for that cruise, this is where other guests on that specific cruise share info, get questions answered and get excited for their upcoming journey.
-Order magnets or make them for your stateroom door. Etsy shops and sometimes on the Facebook group you join! sell magnets that have your sailing date on them. Go crazy and decorate your door. Just wait until you see what others do. If there is a special occasion, announce it on your door! Guests enjoy walking around the interior hallways to see the decorations.
-(Optional) you can join a fish extender group for your cruise. Usually one person puts this together and lets you know the staterooms that are participating. Basically, you bring small (easily packed) items for other guests (sometimes Disney-themed or home-town themed) and you put them on their doors (usually in a fish extender hanging decoration). You will hang something from your door (check out fish extenders on Esty) and will receive gifts from everyone in the group also.
-Book excursions- if you want to, remember that port days don’t have to be packed with activities, the ship will be pretty empty and it might be nice to have a relaxed day on a deck chair with almost private dining and not have to get up early to make a tour time. You can always get off the ship and wander around the port area (always a place to shop). But if you want excursions, sign up as soon as your booking window opens because some trips do fill up fast.
-Get to the Port early (if possible fly in the night before, the cruise will leave with or without you and if your flight is cancelled, you may not make it) We have stayed at an airport hotel the night before that has a shuttle and takes us back to Orlando International Airport the morning of the cruise so that we can get on the Cruise line bus that takes you to the port. We suggest you get on the earliest bus and spend time at the terminal in Port Canaveral, sometimes they start letting guests on early plus there may be photo ops with Captain Mickey!
-Items to bring: a Tervis style cup to keep drinks cold by the pool, plus they are bigger than the cups available for soft drinks and water so you won’t have to refill as often. Sunscreen, there is nothing that ruins the first few days of a cruise more than sunburn. Keep reapplying too! Beach towel Clips the wind on deck can make it bothersome when you have to keep putting your towel back over the top of your chair. These clips (usually fun animal shapes) help you keep the towel in place and will help find your chair again if and when you leave for the pool, lunch, ice cream run, etc.… Hangers there some provided but we never have enough especially for formal wear that we bring along.
-Pack swimsuits in your day bag. You may not see your luggage from your home-town airport until it arrives at your stateroom door (usually around 3:00-4:00pm). If you have little ones that want to swim or older ones that want to start on a tan, have the suits available. Don’t forget goggles too!
-Sign up for spa treatments when you get on the ship, we go right to the spa and find out what specials are available. We love the rain forest package which allows you steam rooms (body scrubs are given each time you visit- try the chocolate-scented one), specialty showers, hot tubs that overlook the ocean and warming lounge chairs.
-Read the Navigator every day, this will let you know what is happening on the ship and where. You can also use the cruise app on board. There is always an activity for every age group so don’t be shy go and participate.
-Check out the photos taken on the cruise, these are the best way to preserve memories from your adventure. You can get professional pictures of your group, fun pics on the beach, photos with characters, and candid pictures (just find a Disney photographer to snap a few shots).
-Most importantly, Have Fun! Don’t stress, Relax and enjoy being on Vacation where you don’t have to cook, clean or worry about a thing!
Meet you on Main!