If you are staying at a Disney Resort, you can travel by DCL coaches at a cost of $35 per person each way. You can also get picked up or dropped off to MCO Airport (not Sanford).
Alternatively, you can do one way car rentals with numerous rental firms which work out cheaper normally than parking your car at the terminal. You return the car to Cape Canaveral, but all of the rental firms have transfer buses to take you on the 5 min journey to the Port.
Car parking at the official terminal car park, is $15 per day right now, but there are plenty of other cheaper ones nearby as you drive towards the Port ... you can't miss the signs for them!
At Port Canaveral, they have a new system in place to try to ease the conjestion often seen before noon at the terminal. This new procedure is only being partially used right now, so make sure to check if it's being fully used before travelling to the port.
The new procedure is that when you complete your online check in, you can then choose a port arrival time. These range from late morning through to mid afternoon. The idea is that you choose the time period of when you will realistically arrive (if the time is available). Once instigated, you will not be alllowed to enter the port area until your arrival time is reached.
As I said, it's not being forced right now, but when you do online check in, you do choose a time still.
Once inside the terminal, you will be given a boarding number. The guests staying in the Suites, or if you're in a wedding party get Boarding Card 1 generally. Dependent on what time you get there, will depend on what number boarding card you get. Boarding is very quick so don't panic if you get a card in double figures!
Once onboard, you'll be met by a crew member who will welcome your family and explain where you can grab some lunch.:pop:
Everyone has to do it, please don't miss it. Around 4pm on EVERY cruise (first day only), you will be expected to make your way to your designated muster station. Each muster station will be a letter, so, for example 'A' may be Walt Disney Theatre. The letter for you and the rest of your cabin will be on your KTTW cards.
You will hear numerous warnings about the drill, so once they start mustering, make your way to your designated station. You DO NOT need to grab your lifejacket (kept in the wardrobes in each cabin).
Once you get there, a crew member will tick your cabin number off of their list. Any missing will be called out once everyone is in place. If your cabin number is called, just yell that you're there .. they may have missed you turning up!
It only takes 20 mins but is vitally important.
All times are GMT +1. The time now is 03:42 AM.