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Island Daze

Island Daze

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Feeling adventurous? There’s a whole world to explore off-ship. Each of the ports, many of which are islands (even Port Canaveral, which is on a barrier island), offers fun things to do and explore. Here are the details:

If you wish, you can get off the ship at each port (guests under 18 will need to be with an adult or have the permission of a responsible adult to go alone) and there is no additional fee to simply visit the ports—Disney folds the port fees into your cruise price. It does cost extra to book “Port Adventures” (shore excursions, see page 223), and if you plan to eat ashore anywhere other than Castaway Cay, that cost is also your responsibility.

Allie watches the ship come into port

It’s fun to watch as the port slides into view. Check your Personal Navigator for the arrival/departure times and observe from deck 4, deck 10/12, or from your verandah.

While the ship and Castaway Cay have a cashless system, you’ll need to bring cash, major credit cards, and/or traveler’s checks to pay for anything at the other ports. You will also want to have small bills to tip excursion operators, too. Note that there is no ATM (cash machine) on the ship, but there are ATMs at the ports (except Castaway Cay). Keep in mind, however, that ATMs will give you cash in the local currency—this can be good if you’re planning to use it immediately, but a drawback if you are left with extra or don’t understand the local currency-to-dollar rates well enough. If you’re looking for U.S. currency from an ATM, you’ll generally only find it at ports that use the U.S. dollar as their main currency—check for this in the small chart at the bottom of the first page of each port description in this chapter.

Some of the ports attract merchants aggressively hawking their wares or services near the dock. If this makes you uncomfortable, avoid eye contact and keep walking. Most travelers find that hawkers will respect a polite, but firm, “No thank you.”

Some guests like to bring drinks and snacks with them during their time onshore (see page 179). Be aware that you can’t bring open containers of food back on the ship.

Changing facilities may not always be handy for those planning to swim or get wet. We suggest you “underdress” your swimsuit (wear it under your clothing) before going ashore.

Some guests never get off the ship at the ports, preferring to stay onboard and enjoy the ship’s amenities. We’ve done this ourselves on non-research cruises. The decision to stay onboard or explore the port is a personal one, however, and no one way is right for everyone. If this is your first visit to a port, we suggest you at least get off and look around for an hour, or book a shore excursion. If you decide you like it, you can explore more!

Disney does not guarantee that you’ll visit all ports on an itinerary. Bad weather or rough seas can prevent docking, and you may spend the day at sea or at an alternate port instead. Although you will not receive a refund of cruise fare if this happens, you will not be charged for the canceled Disney shore excursions, either. In addition, you may have port charges for the port you missed refunded to your stateroom account. In any case, Disney will do what they can to make your extra onboard time fun.

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