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All Ashore! All Aboard!
All Ashore! All Aboard!
If you decide to take a shore excursion or simply explore the port on your own, you’ll need to get off the ship and onto the shore. Here’s how:
To find out what time you can go ashore at a given port, look for the “All Ashore” time in your Personal Navigator—we also give typical times in each of our port guides. This time is typically the earliest you can disembark in the port. (You don’t have to go ashore if you prefer to stay onboard.) Ports that put more limitations on disembarking (such as Grand Cayman) may require that guests not on shore excursions meet in the Walt Disney Theatre before going ashore. If this is necessary, the details will be in your Personal Navigator.
At most ports, the ship pulls up right alongside the dock and guests step out right onto the pier. When this isn’t possible, guests must be ferried ashore in “tenders.” Boarding a tender isn’t difficult—you simply step off the ship and onto the tender and enjoy the ride to the shore. If the seas are rough, you are more likely to feel the effects while on the tender. At the time of writing, the only regular port that always requires tenders is Grand Cayman—other ports may require tenders if Disney cannot secure a berth or if rough seas inhibit docking.
Before you go ashore, pack a day bag with bottled water, sunscreen, hat, rain gear, a watch, and any other necessities you may need. You may also want to “underdress” your bathing suit so you don’t need to find changing facilities in the port. And make sure everyone has their Key to the World card and, for those over 18, photo ID. (If you lose your Key to the World card, go to Guest Services on deck 3 midship.)
To go ashore, follow the signs in the passageways to locate the specific “tender lobby” from which you’ll disembark. There are two/three of these, located on deck 1 (see page 5 and page 9). Note that there are no passageways connecting the lobbies, so you’ll need to take the proper elevator or stairs to deck 1 to reach the correct lobby—the signs won’t lead you wrong. If you booked a shore excursion through Disney, you’ll disembark with the other guests going on the shore excursion as a group. See page 223 for more details.
Once you’re in the tender lobby, have your Key to the World card (and photo ID) in your hand so the crew may swipe your card and allow you to disembark. Guests under 18 must have an adult staying in the same stateroom accompany them to the gangway to go ashore anywhere other than Castaway Cay. Once you’re cleared to go ashore, simply step out onto the dock or into the tender. On Castaway Cay, watch for a crew member handing out towels for use ashore (towels are bath-size, not beach-size). If they run out of towels at the gangway, the crew members will invite you to take towels from the pool areas on deck 9/11.
While you’re onshore, keep an eye on the time—you don’t want to miss the boat! The “All Aboard” time is noted in your Personal Navigator. If you are late, the ship won’t wait for you and it is your responsibility to get to the next port to reboard the ship. The exception to this rule is for guests on one of Disney’s own shore excursions—if their excursion makes you late, Disney will normally hold the ship’s departure for you.
Reboarding is simple. Just return to the dock area, present your Key to the World card (and photo ID) to security personnel to enter the dock, show your ID again to the Disney crew to either board the ship or board the tender (which then takes you to the ship). You will need to put your belongings through a security scanner once you’re onboard and have your Key to the World card scanned again (so Disney knows you’re back on the ship). Don’t bring restricted items onboard, such as opened food and black coral.
Top Photo Slice: Disney Wonder docked in Nassau (℗ 18181) Photo contributed by © modisney
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