Disney Cruise Line and Its Ports of Call LIVE! Guidebook

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Check-In and Embarkation at Port Canaveral (continued)

Check-In and Embarkation at Port Canaveral (continued)

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Check-in takes about 10 minutes (you may spend more time in line). Once your forms are filed, your identification is verified, and your security photo is taken (if you already have a photo from a previous cruise, they may not take a new one), each member of your party will get a Key to the World card, which is your ID, charge card, and room key for the duration of the cruise (see page 86). Keep this card with you at all times.

Non-U.S. citizens (including alien residents of the U.S.) may have special check-in counters—look for the signs as you approach the counters. You will need to present your passport with any necessary visas at check-in to ensure that you can reenter the U.S. upon the ship’s return. (Canadian citizens must also present a passport, according to Canada’s Passport Office at http://www.ppt.gc.ca.) If you live in a country that participates in the U.S. Visa Waiver Program (see http://travel.state.gov) and plan to be in the U.S. for 90 days or less, you don’t need a visa, but you do need to obtain 72-hour advance authorization through ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization https://www.cbp.gov/travel/international-visitors/esta). Be sure to bring a copy of the ETSA application with you. For more information on visas, check with the U.S. consulate or embassy in your country (see http://usembassy.state.gov). Non-U.S. citizens may have to surrender their passports at check-in; if this is necessary, they will be returned upon disembarkation—see page 569. Generally, though, passports are not surrendered at check-in and are instead handed back to be kept in the passenger’s care for the entire duration of the cruise. Regardless, you should bring extra forms of photo identification, which you can use when you leave and reenter the ship at most ports of call.

Embarkation usually begins between noon and 1:00 pm, and continues until all guests are onboard. Upon arriving at the terminal, you will receive a boarding number and may board when your number is called; there is no need to wait in line. While you’re waiting you can relax on cushy sofas, watch Disney cartoons, and read whatever papers you received at check-in (usually the daily schedule, the Personal Navigator, or cruise summary sheet). While you wait, Captain Mickey, Donald, or other characters may appear for photos and autographs. If you haven’t already, you may also be able to sign up your kids for Oceaneer Club/Lab—look for a sign-up desk. Be sure to visit the 20-foot-long model of the Disney Magic in the middle of the terminal. You’ll also find a small coffee kiosk and can look for more than 50 images of Mickey (both obvious and hidden) in and around the terminal! See the terminal map on page 85 to get your bearings before you arrive. Be sure to arrive at the terminal by 3:45 pm. If you arrive later, you will be denied boarding.

Inside the Disney Cruise Line Terminal

When it’s your turn to board, you’ll walk through the 16 ft. (5 m.) high Mickey-shaped embarkation portal (see photo) and present your Key to the World card, which is swiped through a card reader and handed back to you. Just before you reach the ship, photographers will arrange your party for the first of many photo opportunities. Then proceed on up the gangway to the magic, wonder, dream, and fantasy that await you.

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