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We’ve gone on several family cruises over the past few years, and they are always my favorite vacations of the year. I love the uninterrupted time with my family, and since everything is taken care of for you, I enjoy relaxing. But before you can completely relax on your cruise, you need to get through the first day. Here are some tips for your first day on the Disney Cruise Line (although this tips can also be applied to other cruise lines as well).
This is the most important tip, regardless of the cruise line you are sailing on. The first day is filled with logistics and other “boring” activities that help you prepare for the perfect trip. Set appropriate expectations with yourself and your children – especially through the important evacuation drill that happens before you sail away.
Stay overnight the day before
Unless you live a short distance from the port, consider staying overnight near the port. That way, you won’t have to worry about traffic or delayed flights. For flights leaving from Port Canaveral, we stay at the Hyatt Regency Orlando Airport. Check prices and reviews here.
Pack a day bag
You won’t have access to your checked bags until later in the evening, so be sure to pack essentials for the day in a day bag. Include things like prescription medication, sunscreen, dinner clothes, and swimsuits. You also won’t be able to access your room until later in the day, so make sure the bag isn’t too heavy.
Find transportation to the port
If you aren’t traveling, I’d recommend scheduling your transportation to the port in advance. Consider all of the factors, including price and convenience, before booking.
Sign up for kids’ activities
On the Disney Cruise Line, you’ll have the opportunity to sign up for your children to participate in kids’ activities right in the port. They will receive their bracelets, and you can add essential information, like allergies and other concerns, to their files.
Once you are onboard, you’ll be able to attend open houses in the kids’ clubs so you can check them out.
Once we board our ship, we head right up to Cabanas to grab a table for lunch. It gets crowded, so we try to arrive early to scout out our spot.
While waiting to board the ship, review the Navigator to see which seminars and activities can be booked once you are on board. On our latest cruise, I signed up for a wine tasting beverage seminar for later in the week. Do this early, because they do fill up.
Decorate your door
Once you have access to your stateroom, have fun making it your own by decorating your door. Check out this post for decorating ideas.
Have you been on the Disney Cruise Line? What tips would you recommend?