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sftnslky
10-27-2009, 06:30 PM
:goodvibes We have our next cruise scheduled for Nov 6th of 2010. We originally had wanted to book the repo cruise from Barcelona to Port Canaveral, but the air fare for 7 of us was :scared1::scared1:THROUGH THE ROOF...for less then the air fare cost we could book another 7 night. So we would do one week western and one week eastern. DH is concerned that we would get bored. I know many of you do a b2b on the 3 or 4 night ones..which basically is one week, but do many of you do a 7 night b2b which would be 2 full weeks? Any thoughts on this? Do you think it is to much? Would we get bored? Would love to hear from all of you. :upsidedow

kcashner
10-27-2009, 06:45 PM
Bored? ON the Magic???

You'll have the same menus repeated. You'll have basically the same movies, but there might be minor changes. Depending on the scheduling, it is possible that you'll have different entertainment. On our May cruise, they were on a 2 week "rotation" of entertainment. 2 acts were on at the beginning of our cruise (call them team A). Midway thru the cruise, they got off and 2 others got on (team B). Back in PC, 2 others got on for the next cruise (team C)....midway, you got team D. They used to just alternate A and B, but they are using more entertainers now.

You'll have the joy of 2 safety drills....but also 2 Castaway days, pirate parties, etc. I wouldn't hesitate to do it!

Grandma4ever
10-27-2009, 06:56 PM
:goodvibes We have our next cruise scheduled for Nov 6th of 2010. We originally had wanted to book the repo cruise from Barcelona to Port Canaveral, but the air fare for 7 of us was :scared1::scared1:THROUGH THE ROOF...for less then the air fare cost we could book another 7 night. So we would do one week western and one week eastern. DH is concerned that we would get bored. I know many of you do a b2b on the 3 or 4 night ones..which basically is one week, but do many of you do a 7 night b2b which would be 2 full weeks? Any thoughts on this? Do you think it is to much? Would we get bored? Would love to hear from all of you. :upsidedow

We did a week at WDW and two 7 day cruises back to back last fall. We plan to do another back to back on the magic in the fall of 2010. We were just as busy both cruises and I only wish I had the time and money to make it a 3 week vacation yet again. But alass one must work so that will not occue again in my near future.

On the port day between the two weeks you do need to exit the ship and check in for the second week. If you book the same room for both weeks you do not need to pack up or remove your stuff. We filled up the washers before we ate breakfast then put them in the dryer before we lefy. Once back on board we folded them and put them away. Canm't wait to be back on board next fall.

My vote is DO IT!!!!

Im_A_Princess
10-27-2009, 07:04 PM
Just did a B2B in July/Aug 2009. One Eastern and one Western.
WE DID NOT GET BORED!
Loved it!

Melcatfish
10-27-2009, 07:11 PM
Sounds fab. On our August cruise there was someone on our cruise meets thread who was doing 3 7 nights back to back. They had booked western \ eastern \ western. Unfortunatley our Eastern in the middle was diverted due to weather and became a western so they did a triple bill of westerns - however they did get FOUR stops at Castaway Cay!

I say GO FOR IT!

Mel
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MagicalPins
10-27-2009, 08:17 PM
I think you should be fine! Only port that repeats is Castaway Cay. I did a back to back in 2007, the last Med back to back with the Transatlantic, on board for 24 nights. Didn't get bored at all, you should be fine for 14 days. That was a friend of mine first cruise(s) and now she complains about onlydoing a 7 night.

trimix
10-27-2009, 08:35 PM
When I cruised last month, a family on our meet thread was on their third of four consecutive weeks on the Magic! I can't imagine the misery of going home after 4 B2Bs!

But remember, bad things can happen. That family was expecting western/eastern/western/eastern, but they had three consecutive westerns before one eastern. The first planned eastern turned into a western because of a bad storm approaching the eastern caribbean.

So look forward to your vacation, but be flexible and happy if there is an unexpected change in plans.

sftnslky
10-27-2009, 09:22 PM
Thanks for all the replys. Personally I could cruise for months with zero stops, but not DH. I think is he mostly concerned with the repeat of food..which we really don't like on the Magic, and that we can't book the same connecting rooms so we would have to pack, go through customs, then get back on and un-pack and then repack again LOL :rotfl2::rotfl:I told him that we get two Palo brunchs and dinners which put a twinkle in his eye...and we if we did the b2b it would be cruises 4 and 5, so we would go up to the next level, of course we wouldn't get the extra obc, but thats ok. I guess I would be more worried about my boys driving the kids club counslers INSANE :rotfl::rotfl:

stlkeeler
10-27-2009, 09:30 PM
Thanks for all the replys. Personally I could cruise for months with zero stops, but not DH. I think is he mostly concerned with the repeat of food..which we really don't like on the Magic, and that we can't book the same connecting rooms so we would have to pack, go through customs, then get back on and un-pack and then repack again LOL :rotfl2::rotfl:I told him that we get two Palo brunchs and dinners which put a twinkle in his eye...and we if we did the b2b it would be cruises 4 and 5, so we would go up to the next level, of course we wouldn't get the extra obc, but thats ok. I guess I would be more worried about my boys driving the kids club counslers INSANE :rotfl::rotfl:

I don't believe you have to go through customs in between. I have heard that you can leave your luggage at GS and they will take care of getting it to your next room. I'm sure someone will chime in if I am mistaken... :goodvibes

clten
10-27-2009, 09:30 PM
We've done 7 day B2B's three times and we have another B2B for this November/December. They are a lot of fun. First of all, you can space out your activities so you don't feel like you have to rush to see the show every night. We usually pick out the shows we are going to see and divide them between the two weeks (maybe the first week we'll see Disney Dreams and we'll skip it on the second week, while we skipped Golden Mickey's the first week, we'll try to do it the second one.) It gives us time to do activities that we hadn't really done before -- plus more general relaxing. (Book a late activity on the first Castaway Cay stop because we know we won't be rushing back to the ship to pack that night.) The other big plus is that the crew loves B2B cruisers. We've done so many now that when we get on board, the first question from the cruise staff is if we are staying for 2 weeks! Last time, our cabin steward had never had B2Ber's before. He was so excited that he got to make us special surprises for two weeks.

The one special activity that you can only do if you do B2B's is have the ship all to yourself (well, maybe a very small group) for a couple of hours. It also includes seeing the terminal completely empty. And sometimes you get to see things you might not otherwise. On our first B2B, they were rehearsing the Pirate Party on deck. We sat on deck 10 out of the way and watched. Before we knew it, Captain Thord was going across the zipline like Mickey does. (Unfortunately, it took us by surprise and we didn't have the camera ready!) The real plus is that first Friday night (while you are still glowing from the fun on Castaway Cay) when everyone else is packing up and going crazy to get everything ready. We like to stroll around the ship, sit on deck 4 above the atrium and watch everyone go nuts trying to get their things done at guest services. Then we stroll into pub night early to get the good seats while everyone is dragging their luggage out into the hall.

As far as the itinerary, remember it can change -- for us it usually does. The first two B2B were the double dip western/regular western. First one went without a hitch. The second time, DCL told us in advance that our stop in Costa Maya was cancelled and we'd be going to Grand Cayman instead. So it would have basically been the same cruise with an extra stop in Castaway Cay instead of Key West. But weather kept us from Grand Cayman the first week so we ended up in Key West. So we made a surprise stop in Key West on Thursday and were back again on Sunday. The third B2B was this May. Eastern with Tortola/Western. Things were going well until they told us on Wednesday that we would not be going to Cozumel the next week because of H1N1 and that we'd be going to Nassau instead (yuck, just stayed on board instead). So next month, we've already gotten one schedule change -- no St. Croix, back to Tortola. So even the best planning to have a different experience on your B2B goes haywire occasionally.

Anyway, sorry for the long story. But I recommend them. They are a lot of fun. But let the crew know in the beginning of the first week that you are doing B2B, they have a lot of fun with it! Any questions, ask away.

Im_A_Princess
10-28-2009, 01:18 PM
We have always had the same room on our B2Bs.
This is what we had to do:
Left all our stuff in our room. Stateroom Host knows you are a B2B. Ours always knew and said something during the first week or day even.
Leave the ship after just about everyone else is off. Or supposed to be off any way-LOL
Walked down through customs with our Passports the went back up the escalator to check in.
After about 30 min to 1 hour they let us back on the ship.

This past summer we were escorted by a duty officer to customs because we were the only ones doing B2B.

I SO WANT another B2B-LOL!
After the EB Panama Canal last year, 7 days is not enough :rotfl: