Getting ready to check in for your Disney Cruise? So exciting! This means your cruise is due to set sail soon. Here’s what you need to know and what you can expect during the Disney Cruise Line Check-In Process.
Disney Cruise Check-In Process
You’ve paid off your balance, booked your Disney Cruise excursions and now it’s time to check in! The check-in process for Disney Cruise Line is currently all online. You can start your check-in as early as 30 days, and we recommend you check-in as soon as you’re able so you get the port arrival time that works best for you. The process takes about 10-15 minutes if you’re prepared, but this also depends on how many people you have in your party, as you need to check in each person.
What do I need for Disney Cruise Check-in?
Before you start online check-in, you’ll want to have your passport or required citizenship documents. You’ll also need a photo of each person, with a blank background, shoulders up. We recommend getting everyone’s photos beforehand, so when you get to that screen, you can just upload and move along.
You’ll also need the credit card that you’d like on file for room charges and tips. Try to have in mind what time you’ll want to select for your port arrival time so when you get to that screen, you’re prepared. A lot can affect this, so try to be realistic.
You’ll also need each person’s covid vaccination cards when it comes time to upload them to the Safe Passage website. You can’t do this part until 15 days before sailing. We talk more about that below.
What to know about your Port Arrival time
Your port arrival time is just what it sounds like. It’s the time that you’ll arrive at the port on the day of your cruise. It’s important to pick a time that actually works for you, rather than just the time that will get you on the boat fastest. If you arrive early, then you just have to wait at the port. There isn’t really much to do at the port, especially right now; so being at the port early doesn’t do you much good. And if you arrive late, sometimes they allow you to just go right on the boat, but other times, it will delay your boarding even further.
The only groups of people this does not apply to is concierge guests and those who are taking a Disney Cruise Line bus via their ground transfers. Concierge guests are generally escorted right into line when they are ready to board. Basically, they get to cut the line at a certain point. And those who are taking Disney’s transportation are generally allowed to arrive at a different time since there isn’t a guarantee of when the bus will actually get there in the first place.
How do I check-in for my Disney Cruise?
Start by making sure you have a Disney Cruise Line account. You should already have this set up since you need it to manage your booking and port excursions. When you’re allowed to begin to check in, there will be a link on your reservation page telling you it’s time to check in. Click that link and follow the prompts. Easy!
You’ll add in your citizenship documents, photos, add a credit card on file and complete the cruise contract. You can choose to settle your balance with cash. See below for the screen that explains that. Then you’re finished, for now. 15 days out from your cruise, you’ll have to create a Safe Passage account and upload Covid-19 vaccination information for each person for approval.
Disney Cruise Line Vaccination Requirement
Disney Cruise Line currently requires all guests 5 and up to be fully vaccinated. Fully vaccinated currently means that you have had two doses of the covid-19 vaccine, plus 14 days. If you get vaccinated the week before your cruise, it’s going to be denied. So keep that in mind if you need to fulfill this requirement for you or your child as you will need to plan ahead to make sure you can meet this requirement or you will be denied boarding.
If your child is under 5 when sailing, you will be required to get them a PCR test before you set sail. This needs to be timed just right as there are specific rules about when the test can be taken and what types of tests will be accepted.
You can read the full vaccination requirement for Disney Cruise Line here.
Safe Passage Website for Disney Cruise Line
15 days before your cruise, you will need to create a Safe Passage account. You can find the Safe Passage website for Disney Cruise Line here. You will need to register each adult guest separately. And you will need your cruise reservation number. Minors can be included with their parent or guardian and will not need a separate registration. This is where you will upload photos of your vaccination cards for each person 5 and up. You’ll go through a series of screens and once it is all uploaded, it will show your status as “pending”. Once it has been approved, the status will be updated to “clear to arrive”. All this means is that you are clear to arrive at port, not that you are clear to sail. You will still need to test at the port before they will clear you for sailing.
You can find out everything you need to know about that here.
Testing before your Disney Cruise
As of June 7, 2022, Disney Cruise Line has changed its testing policy. Now fully vaccinated guests have the option to test at home before their Disney Cruise. Guests can choose to order a pre-trip test from the Safe Passage Website, that includes a virtual observation of an antigen test being performed. Basically, you schedule a telehealth appointment and perform the test during it. This must be done 2 days prior to the cruise. And results must be uploaded to Safe Passage by midnight the day before your cruise. The observed antigen usually comes with instructions regarding providers who can observe this appointment for you and they’re very easy to self-administer.
You can also use the Safe Passage website to locate a test near the terminal. Or you can have a PCR test done by any independent provider, like CVS and Walgreens. Just be aware that you’ll need the results in by midnight before your cruise, so be sure to choose a provider who can get your results in quick enough.
Once you’ve received your results and have uploaded them into Safe Passage, you’ll see a “Clear to Sail” near your name which means you’re ready for your trip!
If you choose not to test prior, you will have to test at port and will be charged $74 + tax per person.
You can read all about Disney Cruise Line’s testing requirements here.
Testing for Kids under 5 on Disney Cruise Line
Kids under 5 are the only guests currently allowed onboard unvaccinated. They also have special testing requirements. They must have a negative test submitted within 3 days prior to boarding. And another one to be performed at port. Currently, those under 4 requiring the second test at port will be tested free of charge.
What to do if you have tested positive for covid in the last 90 days
While you may not know if you’ve had covid in the last 90 days, if you have symptoms it’s important to get tested even if you’re unsure if you have a cruise coming up. When you arrive at port, you will be required to have a covid test before you are cleared to sail. You will receive a rapid PCR test at the port, not a rapid antigen test. PCR tests can detect even dead virus cells, so it’s possible to test positive on a PCR for up to 3 months after you’ve had covid, even when you no longer do.
If you do by chance test positive for covid within 90 days of your sail date, (but no sooner than 11 days) make sure to get a lab PCR test done to confirm the positive result. After you have recovered from covid, you’ll need to get official documentation of recovery from a doctor, stating you are clear to travel. This will allow you to skip being tested at port since it’s possible you could have a false positive. You can find out all of the information about Covid Recovery and Disney Cruise Line here.
It’s also important to note that even if you have a covid recovery letter, you do still need to upload your covid vaccination card to Safe Passage, so don’t forget to do that! We also recommend bringing your recovery letter with you to port as well. Just in case!
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We hope this has helped you prepare for check-in with Disney Cruise Line! Bon Voyage and happy sailing!