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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Arriving at Port Canaveral and the Disney Terminal

When I arrive at the port, there are certain documents I need to get ready to show customs and the cast members who will be checking me in. It is important you have these documents ready. The information below is directly from DCL's website on cruise documents.

Beneath the information on cruise documents below, I will post my experience, photos, and videos for your enjoyment.

What documents will be required when I check in for my cruise?
  • At check-in, all Guests must present valid passports or other acceptable proof of citizenship. 
  • All travelers are required to have a valid passport to enter or re-enter the United States by air.
  • In addition to a valid passport, many countries require an entry visa based on your nationality. It is each Guest's responsibility to identify and to obtain all the necessary visas before embarking on the cruise. Because requirements may vary, Guests are advised to contact their local consulate or embassy for more information on required travel documentation for all ports of call during the cruise.
  • The Guest who booked the cruise must present a copy of the Online Check-In Port Arrival Form at check-in. You can save time during the boarding process by completing this document ahead of time through My Online Check-in.
  • When a minor (age 17 and under) travels without a parent or legal guardian, an accompanying adult must present an Authorization For Minor To Travel Without a Parent or Legal Guardian Form, completed and signed by that child's parent or legal guardian.
Passport & Travel Documentation Guidelines
  • Under My Reservations you'll find important travel guidelines and regulations relevant to your individual itinerary. However, it is your responsibility to check with your travel agent, government agency, embassy or consulate to ensure that you have all the proper documentation to board the ship and enter each of the countries on your cruise. U.S. travelers can visit the U.S. State Department's travel website or call the U.S. National Passport Information Center at (877) 4USA-PPT [877-487-2778] for more information.
Important International Travel Advisories
  • Guests without proper documentation will be denied boarding.
  • Travel restrictions for each destination country may vary according to a Guest's citizenship.
  • Plan ahead to get your passport(s) early. At Disney Cruise Line, we ask that you provide your passport number at least 75 days prior to the start of your vacation in your Guest Information Form in My Online Check-in. Visit your "Passport and Travel Documentation" page for the information you need to apply for a passport, including how much time is generally required to receive your passport. United States citizens should also visit the U.S. State Department's travel website or call the U.S. National Passport Information Center at (877) 4USA-PPT (487-2778) for more information.
  • Make sure your passports aren't expired or about to expire. Many countries require your passport to be valid up to 3 months after the completion of your cruise. Check the passport policies in the countries you plan to visit ahead of time.
Seeing Minnie and Mickey at the terminal is a great start to our cruise. 


When you book your cruise, you will have a chance to do online check-in. When you do this, you will pick your Port Arrival Time (PAT). We like to pick the earliest PAT so we have the best chance of getting on the ship earlier than not. Remember, the ship does not accept passengers until 12:00 (unless you are concierge, platinum, or on a back-to-back cruise). If your PAT is 3:00, please do not show up at 11:00 if you can help it. The terminal gets really crowded and will seem overwhelming for new cruisers. 

While you are in the terminal, you will check-in, get your Key to the World (KTW) cards, lanyards (if you are repeat cruisers with DCL), and can check your child into the kids clubs. If you choose not to check your child into the kids clubs here, you can do it on the ship during open house hours or anytime you are on the ship. 

Wonderful sign to see before your voyage.

Pre-cruise photo (optional)

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