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Yes, your cruise is really over. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could just stay onboard and sail forever? Even when it’s time to go, nobody gets you to the exit more smoothly than Disney. This is the company that made crowd control a science. There’s no waiting in line to depart, nobody calls out your name, and things seem to just flow. Here’s the drill:
First, you need to settle your onboard account. If you put a credit card on your account at check-in, you’re all set. Otherwise, visit Guest Services (deck 3 midship) to check and pay the total with credit card, traveler’s checks, or cash. Do this the day before you debark. On the Magic and the Dream Class ships you can check the status of your onboard account (“folio”) on your stateroom TV. If you took advantage of Onboard Airline Check-in (see page 71), your boarding pass is delivered to your stateroom on the day prior to disembarkation.
On your last night aboard, pack your bags, remove old cruise tags, and attach the new tags provided (more tags are at Guest Services if you need them). Don’t forget to fill out the tags and make a note of the tag color. When you’re ready, place your tagged luggage in the passageway by 11:00 pm–you will not see it again until you’re off the ship. Thus, it’s crucial that you pack a small day bag to hold your toiletries, nightclothes, and valuables. And don’t forget to keep out an outfit (and shoes) to wear the next morning! Tip: If you’re dining at Palo or Remy on your last night and need some extra time to get your luggage out, you can stop at Guest Services and ask for a later pickup time for your luggage so you don’t have to rush as much. If you’re hoping to get off the ship quickly the next morning, consider keeping your luggage with you and carrying it off the ship yourself—it’s not as convenient, but a bit quicker. This is a good time to fill out the customs forms placed in your stateroom (see previous page). Also, make sure your Wave Phones are all accounted for, to avoid the stiff fee for loss.
On debarkation morning, take your day bags and go to breakfast in the same restaurant in which you dined the previous evening (unless you ate at Palo or Remy, in which case you go to the restaurant you would have been in). Guests with early seating eat at 6:45 am, while late seating guests eat at 8:00 am. If you prefer, you can get “early bird” coffee and Danish pastries at 6:00 am to 6:30 am at the Beverage Station (deck 9/11 aft) or a continental breakfast from 6:30 am to 8:00 am at Cabanas (deck 9/11 aft). Be aware that guests must vacate their staterooms by 8:00 am. Shutters is open from 7:00 am to 8:30 am (expect crowds!), but all other shops are closed. Drop off your questionnaire (see page 568) at breakfast or as you debark. Typically the first guest debarks at 7:45 am and the last guest debarks at 9:45 am.
Now it’s time to say goodbye to all your “family.” After breakfast, go to the gangway (deck 3 midship), stroll off the ship with your day bags, and head off to customs. Keep your passport or other valid photo identification handy. At the customs area, claim your checked baggage in the color-coded area. Photography is not allowed in the customs area—keep your camera down to avoid complications. Pass through customs (usually you just present your customs forms and walk right through) and you’re soon in your Disney motorcoach, car, or limousine. Porters are available to help you—don’t forget to tip them. If you’re flying out of Orlando International Airport, several airlines give you the option of checking your bags on the ship (see “Disney’s Onboard Airline Check-In Program” on page 71).
Now that you’ve cruised, you are in Disney’s Castaway Club! Turn the page to learn more!
Top Photo Slice: One of the last sights you see as you debark the ship! (℗ 53525) Photo contributed by © Jennifer Marx
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