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Check-In and Embarkation at the Port of Miami

Check-In and Embarkation at the Port of Miami

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PortMiami is the world's largest and busiest jumping-off spot for cruise ships. The seaport, both cruise and cargo, occupies Dodge Island, in Biscayne Bay east of downtown Miami. The port is just south of famed MacArthur Causeway, which links Miami Beach to the mainland. A drive along the causeway delivers stupendous views of the docked cruise ships. There are seven berths dedicated to the cruise trade, with up to six ships "parallel parked" alongside a one-mile-long wharf, the bow of one ship a mere 150 feet from the stern of the next. It can be quite a sight! The Disney ships normally berth at Terminal F (see sidebar below), though other berth assignments are possible. Electronic signboards will guide you to the correct terminal.

Terminal F is one of the port's mid-sized terminals. Curbside drop-off and pick-up are just outside the terminal's street-level entrance, and porters will be on hand to help with luggage. Parking structures are a short walk away, by Terminals E and G.

While Terminals D and E have been recently rebuilt to handle today's super-ships, and provide extensive passenger comforts, Terminal F is older, with just basic services inside. As this terminal is shared with other cruise lines, only hanging banners and character appearances provide a "Disney" experience within the terminal.

The terminal opens for check-in at 11:00 am. Have your cruise travel booklets and passports (see page 66) handy. Be sure to bring original or official documents. The check-in/embarkation procedure moves quickly, especially if you fill out the cruise forms before arrival, which you can do online. Your cruise documents booklet (see page 64) also has the forms to be completed in advance.

Wheelchair, scooter, and medical rentals are supplied by Special Needs at Sea—contact them at http://www.specialneedsatsea.com or at 800-513-4515. Reserve in advance.

Disembarking cruisers head down to the ground level for baggage claim and customs clearance. Onboard airline check-in with luggage delivery should be offered.

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