The process of leaving a Disney cruise actually starts the day before with several things to do prior to exiting the ship.
Here’s what to expect for disembarkation.
Things to do the day before disembarkation
On this last day, there are a few things you’ll need to do as you wrap up your time on the ship.
If you plan to purchase any of the photos taken by the ship’s photographers, you’ll need to head to Shutters Photography Shop to choose those. They will not be available once you’re off the ship.
Your stateroom attendant will leave envelopes in the room for you to put cash inside as tips for your stateroom attendant, server, assistant server, and head server. Be sure to give the envelopes to your servers at your last dinner.
If you prepaid for tips, you can also tear off the perforated strips on the sheet and put them in the envelopes to give to the servers.
Fill out the survey
A survey will be given to you to fill out about your whole cruise experience. This survey is very important to the crew members and many will be very assertive about asking you to complete it.
Be sure to take some time to fill it out and drop it off as you’re leaving the ship. Drop-off locations include Guest Services, breakfast dining locations, and the desk as you exit the ship.
Do some final shopping
Want some things in the shops? Be sure to snag those items while you’re still at sea as the shops will be closed as you pull into your port.
Settle any charge discrepancies at Guest Services
Check your folio for charges. If there are any issues, head to the Guest Services desk to settle those.
Book a future cruise placeholder
One of the most popular ways to save on a future cruise is to book a placeholder on your current cruise (same idea as a bounceback offer for Walt Disney World). This is only available on the cruise so you’ll need to book it in the DCL app if you’re interested.
Booking this placeholder will save you 10% on a future cruise and give you a reduced deposit on cruises of 7+ nights. You can choose your exact cruise later, but it must be within 24 months. Get more details.
Put your luggage out by 10 p.m.
If you want your bags transported off the ship by the crew, you’ll need to have your luggage set out in the hallway between 8 and 10 p.m. with the tags attached (your tags will be left in your room by your stateroom attendant).
The character on your tags is also the group you’ll listen for when they call groups to disembark.
If you want to take your own luggage off the ship (called “Express Walk-Off”), you can skip this step. Definitely recommend Express Walk-Off for anybody who wants to exit the ship ASAP.
Watch the farewell show
There’s usually a farewell “Til We Meet Again” show at 10:15 p.m. (check your DCL app for exact times) that includes the ship’s characters in the atrium on the last night. After they parade through, they’ll often spread out and be available to meet and take pics with in various spots in the atrium area.
Order room service breakfast by midnight
If you want breakfast the next morning but don’t want to head to a restaurant, order it the night before by midnight so you can have it on hand in the morning. Coffee will stay hot in the carafe, and cold items can be kept in the refrigerator overnight.
Note: you can’t use the door hanger to order breakfast this night. You’ll need to dial 0 to place your order.
Things to do on disembarkation day
The morning that the ship pulls in and everybody is ready to leave the ship can be a little hectic. Here are some things to do.
Pick up alcohol being held by the ship
If you purchased any liquor at a port during your cruise, it’ll be held by the ship until this day. Be sure to allow time to pick it up this morning.
For breakfast before leaving the ship, you’ll have these options:
- Casual Buffet – often fewer options than other days of the cruise, but a limited selection will be available
- Eat in a dining room – you’ll be assigned a dining room where you can have a sit-down breakfast if you’d like
- Room service – ends at midnight the night before, so you can order the night before as mentioned above
- Cove Cafe – fancy drinks will cost extra, but the pastries are included
Keep in mind that you will usually have to be out of your stateroom by 8 a.m. so you’ll need to carry any belongings with you if you’re eating at 8 a.m. or later.
Leave the ship
You’ll walk off the ship with any luggage that you have with you.
If you are doing Express Walk-Off, you can exit the ship as soon as the ship is cleared.
If you’re not doing Express Walk-Off, you can exit the ship when your group is called.
You’ll need your Key to the World card with you as you exit.
Pick up luggage in cruise terminal
If you tagged your bags and left them out the night before, you’ll need to find them in the cruise terminal. They will be grouped together by the character on your luggage tag.
In the cruise terminal, you’ll need to have your luggage and passport available to clear customs.
Get the checklist
Save the checklist below to your phone to help remember during your cruise.
Have any questions or things you’d add? Feel free to let us know in the comments.
The following products and services give us a commission on sales.
Get our free Quick Start Guide
Have our guide delivered right to your inbox with our 6-step Disney World planning process to make it less overwhelming. Snag our free guide ➡️
Take our course
Check out our course that will help you learn all about Walt Disney World planning with dozens of videos and downloadables for each step along the way. Get access now ➡️
Our recommend travel agency
We partner with Small World Vacations, Diamond Level Authorized Disney Vacations Planners in business since 1996. Get a quote now ➡️
Want to stay deluxe on a moderate budget?
It’s 1 of our top fave ways to save! By renting DVC points, you can stay in deluxe accommodations for a fraction of the price. Check availability ➡️
Private car service
Quicksilver Tours will transport you in style. They assist with luggage at the airport, provide car seats, and include a free grocery stop. Book your car ➡️
Need a stroller, wheelchair, or scooter?
Buena Vista Scooters is a company with a great reputation who offers in-person resort drop off and pick up of strollers, scooters, and wheelchairs. Book your rental ➡️