If the early bird catches the worm, then the early traveler catches the best photo ops! The checking-in process couldn't be easier — simply follow the Mickey Mouse hands (all the port staffers were wearing them) to the appropriate terminal. Boarding the ship takes place in the order of arrival, so the earlier you are there, the sooner you get on the boat. Here in NYC, a Statue of Liberty-clad Minnie Mouse and Uncle Sam-dressed Mickey Mouse were there to greet guests and welcome us to the cruise. And about an hour prior to departure, the Sail Away Celebration begins with all the iconic Disney characters in attendance.
Our best tip: If you're leaving from NYC, then stand on the starboard (right) side of the ship as you pull out of New York Harbor. The views of the Statue of Liberty are nothing short of magnificent!