Who would have thought how quickly the time would go from May last year when we booked our Transatlantic cruise on the Disney Magic to today when our cruise documents arrived by post – we sail from Barcelona five weeks today! I love that Disney Cruise Line still sends out documents as I love having something to read before we go and have been watching the letterbox for about the last ten days.
It is also still true that if you have different addresses in the booking, then you will each receive a set of cruise documents. The books are nearly identical however as my name is not the lead name on our booking, our Palo reservations are not listed in my booklet whereas they are in the other one.
Each person is provided with two luggage tags to attach to your checked luggage on the day before you reach the port. I’m only planning on having one suitcase with me as I’m trying to pack less than what I did when we sailed to Alaska – this will be a lot easier as the temperatures should be much warmer and I won’t need to pack as much bulkier clothing and I’m definitely not taking boots or a raincoat with me this time. Also now after having the experience of doing a cruise, I now know what I need to take and what I definitely do NOT need take with me – I took so much stuff last time that I simply never used.
There is lots of handy information in the booklet including that you must carry a printed copy of your ESTA on the cruise. We have one ESTA printed already and I have a visa in my passport which I use to travel to the USA.
As you can see we have a lot of sea days – eight to be precise. Apart from brunch at Palo on one of these days, we have absolutely no plans and I cannot wait for the opportunity to relax and enjoy my time on the Disney Magic. We do have a few things planned during our short stop in Funchal and I can not wait to get to Castaway Cay as I’ve always wanted to visit – I’ve even bought an underwater camera to go snorkelling with.
There is information on onboard airline check in if you are catching a flight from Miami on arrival however this does not apply to us as we are picking up a rental car and driving straight to Orlando for a few days before flying home. There is also information on gratuities and how you can pre-pay them if you wish. We haven’t pre-paid as we will just let them auto-charge to our onboard account each day as we did for our Alaskan cruise.
We completed our online check-in 90 days before departure and were able to select the earliest Port Arrival Time. There are directions provided to the Port of Barcelona however we will just get a taxi from our hotel on the day. We currently have two hotels booked and will decide in the next few weeks which one we want to stay at for our two nights in Barcelona before the cruise and will cancel the other one. They are cancelleable up to the day before we arrive and did not even require a deposit – I like hotels like that.
Thirty three days until we fly to Barcelona…
…and thirty five days and counting until sailaway…