Disney: On Shore

Disney Cruise Line On Shore
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  • Overall Rating: 4.5stars 4.3 4.3
  • Expert Rating:4.0stars 4.0
  • Traveler Rating:4.5stars 4.4
    • Couples: 4.2
    • Families w/ young children: 4.3
    • Families w/ older children: 4.3
    • Singles/Friends: 4.6
    • Groups: 4.3
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On Shore Excursions

During days docked at port, you can explore on your own or with Disney's Port Adventures. These shore excursions are operated by independent contractors separate from Disney Cruise Line and vary by port, excursion type, age range and activity level (from mild to moderate to active). Most excursions require children to be at least 3 years old; however, the minimum age requirement can vary by activity. When booking, check with Disney Cruise Line customer service to verify the age requirement. Passengers younger than 18 must be accompanied by an adult on Port Adventures, unless it's designated a "teen only" activity. You can reserve your Port Adventure online 120 days prior to the cruise departure, or you can book on board at the Port Adventure Desk on Deck 3. You can cancel Port Adventures reservations up to three days ahead of the cruise departure date; if you miss this deadline, you will incur the cost of your shore excursion. Possible shore excursions might include a drive along the Amalfi Coast with a tour through the Ruins of Pompeii or rock climbing and rapelling in Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park. The cruise line's "Signature Adventure Collection" offers more customizable excursions, with private vehicles and specialized experiences not offered under Disney's regular excursion menu. These tours can be booked online just like the other excursions; however, some do require that you fill out a request form and submit it to Disney's Special Services department. You can also sign up for adults-only excursions, which can include snorkeling, historic tours and dinner under the stars, among other pursuits. To better navigate the plethora of shore activities offered, use the Disney Cruise's Port Adventures planning tool available on the Disney Cruise Line website.

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