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DisWitt
11-04-2010, 02:42 AM
Quick question - if doing a back-to-back B2B cruise, do you have to disembark? Part of me thinks "yes", but part of me wants to think that DCL is cool enough that they'd let you stay on.

granmaz
11-04-2010, 06:21 AM
Not quite cool enough these days, sorry. I believe they used to let you stay onboard, but not now.

The process is simple, and actually good fun.

You get your info the night before. If you are changing rooms you pack up ad leave everything in your room and it all gets moved for you. You do need to take your old room key and all your new cruise documents as normal, plus stuff you will need for a couple of hours out of your room.

I popped a couple of loads in the washer, putting a sticky note on the washer to say we were still onboard.

They give you a time to meet somewhere. I think it was about 9.30am in Sessions. Once everyone getting off the ship has done so, you are all escorted off, then back into the terminal. The terminal building is all empty, and great for photographs. Very quickly someone comes to check you in, and when you are all done, they let you back onboard. I think we were onboard for not long after 10am. It is all a very painless procedure.

If you have kept your same room, you can go back there, but don't want you going under the tape blocking the room corridors once all the new cruisers are onboard, or they want to do that too!!!! But it means you can go get all your laundry finished. If you are changing rooms then the normal 1.30pm rule will apply, unless you know the room steward and your room is finished early.

You can wander the ship and get great photos. You base yourself at Cove Cafe, and they have a few pastries there. The drinks station should be open. Otherwise there is nothing until the buffets open at 12md.

We had a starboard room so it was great watching all the ship side activity.

I loved our changeover day and didn't think it a wasted day.

4everluvDisney
11-04-2010, 07:45 AM
Thanks so much for all the info. We are doing a B2B in Dec and the laundry idea is a great one. I really wasn't liking the idea of having to take time out to do it once we were underway but being able to do it before anyone gets on board will be great!!

M4travels
11-04-2010, 09:16 AM
Not quite cool enough these days, sorry. I believe they used to let you stay onboard, but not now.

The process is simple, and actually good fun.

You get your info the night before. If you are changing rooms you pack up ad leave everything in your room and it all gets moved for you. You do need to take your old room key and all your new cruise documents as normal, plus stuff you will need for a couple of hours out of your room.

I popped a couple of loads in the washer, putting a sticky note on the washer to say we were still onboard.

They give you a time to meet somewhere. I think it was about 9.30am in Sessions. Once everyone getting off the ship has done so, you are all escorted off, then back into the terminal. The terminal building is all empty, and great for photographs. Very quickly someone comes to check you in, and when you are all done, they let you back onboard. I think we were onboard for not long after 10am. It is all a very painless procedure.

If you have kept your same room, you can go back there, but don't want you going under the tape blocking the room corridors once all the new cruisers are onboard, or they want to do that too!!!! But it means you can go get all your laundry finished. If you are changing rooms then the normal 1.30pm rule will apply, unless you know the room steward and your room is finished early.

You can wander the ship and get great photos. You base yourself at Cove Cafe, and they have a few pastries there. The drinks station should be open. Otherwise there is nothing until the buffets open at 12md.

We had a starboard room so it was great watching all the ship side activity.

I loved our changeover day and didn't think it a wasted day.

Thanks for the info, Marilyn!!

Michael

DisWitt
11-04-2010, 05:56 PM
Thanks! I knew you all would have the answers to this! Maybe we'll do a B2B 3/4 day on the Dream and make a double-dip Castaway Cay trip out of it?!

aan1701
11-04-2010, 07:34 PM
I just did a B2B on the Wonder but it was not as outlined above but still painless. I got letter in my fish the last night of the first cruise. It clearly stated that I should take myself off the ship at 9:20 A.M and there was no meeting place. No escort by DCL was provided. Go thru Customs then right back up to check in. When we checked in we were told between 10:30 and 10:45 someone would get us to take us back on board. About 10:40 someone got us and walked us back on the ship.

insureman
11-04-2010, 08:43 PM
The only problem I can see doing a b2b on the Dream is there seems to be more people doing this, at least in the beginning cruises. I'm not sure how DCL will handle this many b2b passengers. In the past, as another person posted it's been a breeze.