View Full Version : 7/31/04 Rollcall
08-14-2003, 02:39 PM
Hi jlawall, I've been looking for 7/31 folks for months now and noone has answered.
It will be me, DH and DS 11. We were on the Eastern last August and booked for next year in January.
08-18-2003, 04:15 PM
08-20-2003, 12:52 PM
08-20-2003, 10:11 PM
Well there's two of us now!!!! I'm bringing my DH, and three DDs - 20,17,13. My DDs know a few kids from this summer who will be joining us that they met on the cruise.
Let's get this party started!!!!!!
08-20-2003, 10:19 PM
We're also crashing the party. Plus another DVC family of 4, and another Non-DVC, 1st Time DCL family of 6.
08-21-2003, 12:19 PM
Finally found someone else going. There will be another family with us.
Jlawall we definately have to get a party together.
DisneyBill, are there any kids in your group and what are their ages?
08-21-2003, 10:23 PM
Oh yes, kids. My (at the time) DS 17, DD 11. Also, I could be off on ages, one more 9yo girl, and boys 19, 16, 15, 13, 12. & maybe the GF of the 19yo.
08-21-2003, 11:42 PM
This is starting to sound promising..............................anyone else???
08-22-2003, 12:04 PM
You know, it would be interesting to see exactly how many cabins have been sold to-date on this voyage. Just to see how many pick up on this thread on this board.
08-24-2003, 05:47 PM
Okay, just saw (8-24-03, 5:45pm) where the 8/7/04 cruise posting has 148 replies and 1606 reads, & the 8-28-04 cruise has 56 replies and 504 reads on these boards. It is time for 7-31rs to step up and be counted.
08-24-2003, 08:59 PM
I agree !!!!!!!!!!
08-25-2003, 02:48 PM
Something happened to my computer so my automatic log in did not work and for the life of me I could not remember my password. I tried to get it twice and not reply. Thank goodness my brain woke up today and I remembered.
Ok DisneyBill, how come you haven't come up with more people to respond to our thread. All the ones around us have tons of replies.
Come on people lets get a move on. LOL.
Maybe we are just a bit over anxious. I know I have been lurking out here for eight months already trying to get people to respons.
Can't wait to me you guys anyway.
08-28-2003, 09:44 AM
We were getting down too far. Noone would have found us. Hope everyone is doing well.
08-28-2003, 09:04 PM
09-02-2003, 02:04 PM
Wow, I really had to dig deep to bump this up.
09-02-2003, 09:46 PM
I don't know, Patti, should we give up and try again in a couple months?
09-03-2003, 12:10 PM
jlawall, sounds like that is what we are going to have to do. Talk to you in a couple of months.
09-03-2003, 09:14 PM
I don't know, let's not GIVE UP!! Maybe someone will sign on!!!
09-06-2003, 03:18 PM
We will also be joining the gang. son aged 7, dw, and myself. This will be our first time on a 7 night cruise. We were on the july 4th 3 night sailing last year. Can't wait, we've also jumped a category to try a verandah.
09-06-2003, 03:24 PM
Welcome Scott & family!! We are now up to 4 Disers on the July 31st Western sailing!!!!!!!!!!
09-07-2003, 12:40 AM
I'm sure more people will appear the nearer we get to the time.
Have you all cruised many times before.
09-09-2003, 01:05 PM
Hey Scott, a second welcome to you.
We did Disney eastern last year with our then 9 year old. DH and I did RCL in 1998 to Bermuda and had a great time. I really got hooked with that one. DH cruised many times before we got married. We are totally hooked and so is our DS.
Can't wait to meet everyone.
09-10-2003, 07:17 AM
We have only been on the DCL, never tried any others yet. I'm not even sure I would want to after our DCL experiences. We will arrive on the 30th July from the UK, not decided where we will stay yet. After the cruise we will stay 7 nights at Disney Boardwalk.
Really can't wait I love the time I vacation in Florida, this year we were at St Petes Beach. All of us had a great time.
My only regret is that we stay to far away to make more than one visit a year, flights are looking very expensive for next year.
We are staying in a Cat 7 this time, hopefully we will meet new friends as we did last time.
09-10-2003, 06:14 PM
Hey Scott! It's our 3rd 7-day (sailed Eastern and Western before. We also did the 3-day in '99. We are totally hooked. We are also planning to arrive early and possibly visit WDW or another location in FL before the cruise.
09-10-2003, 07:58 PM
Count me in for 7/31/04!
Third cruise for me and the Missus. 1st time on the Western.
09-11-2003, 12:28 PM
Welcome tdsryan. We'll all keep in touch and learn more about everyone over the next 11 months.
09-11-2003, 11:07 PM
Hey DISers! We're up to 5! Keep 'em coming!!!!!!
09-12-2003, 12:44 PM
Up to 5 already and we still have 322 days to go. We should have quite a crowd of Diser's before we go.
09-12-2003, 05:45 PM
Wow, up to over 24 replies! And, 5 families out of what, 877 staterooms. We're moving along now. I was doing okay until I saw the 322 day comment, geeze I've got alot of houses to sell between now and then. Just looking at the Stateroom Celebration items, I've already spent $400 and not even onboard yet. LOL
09-12-2003, 10:52 PM
At this point, I'll settle for breaking 300 days!!!
09-20-2003, 05:55 AM
Just received our booking confirmation from DVC, Deck 5, Cat 7, early dinner seating - can't remember the cabin number, will post that later when I get home.
I'm sure the time will fly past, and will soon be time for packing.
09-20-2003, 08:49 AM
WTG Scott, anyone else signing on.....................?????????????????
09-20-2003, 03:28 PM
This is great, this is when I want to cruise, but I have not been able to find a listing of sail dates available July/Aug2004.
Please answer this: How did you book cruise, do you feel you have the best deal, and what happens if prices drop a little between now and then? I also will want to get travel insurance in case of a sick kid, did you get that as well?
We have never cruised before, and we are so excited to have finally decided when we were able to go. Now I just need to surf around to make sure I have found the right sail dates.
One more thing...do any of you rent a car in Orlando then drive to Port Canaveral, then turn your car back in for the week you are cruising? Then pick one up after the cruise to get back to the Orlando airport? I think we want to go to the parks first then cruise, so how do you get around?
Thanks a bunch!!!!!!
09-20-2003, 07:27 PM
Welcome Iowa Girl,
As for dates, just go to disneycruise.com and go either to "make a reservation", or "rates & dates". That will give you the specific cruises available and sailing dates for each. I'd also suggest you order the cruise video while on disneycruise.com.
We booked through All Seasons Travel (*************.com) and at the time of inquiry they had by far the best prices. They will rebate you if the cruise for some unlikely reason should ever go down in price. Earlier you book the less money.
As for rental cars, I don't know where you could turn the car back in at Port Canaveral. There may be someplace I haven't noticed. Also, I've read other posters discuss one person driving the rental vehicle back to MCO and taking a shuttle back alone. I think this was families that drove down, rather than flying however.
Glad to see you're excited as a first time cruiser - you should be!
09-21-2003, 06:12 AM
As we travel from the UK we usually book the rental car for the whole two weeks and leave it at the terminal, works out better for us that way.
Next year we are cruising first then staying the week at Disney Boardwalk.
We tend not to take the Cruise lines insurance as we are pretty well covered with our own personal insurance.
Again the dates are accesible from the cruise line website, we booked through Disney Vacation Club using a combination of points and cash. I think that if the cash price was to drop that would just be tough luck for us.
09-21-2003, 08:12 PM
Have a blast at BW. We stayed there this summer and had a great time!! Good choice!!
09-22-2003, 01:31 PM
Hi all. Welcome to the new comers, glad to see we are catching more people along the way.
Last year we booked through a local travel agent, this year I shopped around a bit and found that AAA had the best rates for us. I have dealt with Celeste there and she has been reall good about answering questions.
Also last year we took Disney transfers from Orlando to the port but rented from Avis from the port to Orlando. The rental office used to be at the Radisson and the shuttle took you back and forth. They have since moved down the street from the Radisson and they still have a shuttle.
Good luck Iowagirl, hope you make it on with us. Shop around and get a good deal.
09-22-2003, 11:42 PM
Any other disers out there?
09-27-2003, 08:27 AM
I might be getting a friend and her family to join us next summer.....WML!!!
09-29-2003, 01:11 PM
jalwall, I hope you get your friends to go. It will be fun to have a big group. We have another family that is going but their computer is not working so they aren't responding here. We met them on our cruise last August and have become very good friends. Sadly out of the 16 families we met on the Dis board last year they are the only ones we became good friends with.
Hope it goes better on this next cruise.
09-29-2003, 11:17 PM
Thx I've been answering their questions all weekend. Hopefully they will book this week!
10-03-2003, 12:52 PM
Hi all. Just kicking this up to see if there is anyone new out there.
Have a great weekend.
10-04-2003, 08:54 PM
If my friends sign on, we're up to 6 families????!!!!
10-14-2003, 12:43 PM
Just moving this up to see if there is anyone new out there.
10-14-2003, 11:57 PM
My friends didn't book, bummer! Oh well, I guess we will have to meet new friends!!!!
10-24-2003, 10:33 AM
Hi all. Just bumping us up to see if there is anyone else out there. We were getting pretty far back.
Have a great weekend.
10-24-2003, 07:56 PM
Nothing better than hot, hot weather, sunshine, tropical islands, etc.................Just do it!pirate:
10-25-2003, 02:12 AM
Oh Boy I can't wait, it's 7am here, it's very cold, it's very wet and I'm at work. I'm just trying to imagine the trip to cheer me up and make me feel warmer. brrrrrrrrrrr
10-31-2003, 08:24 PM
Well, it's Halloween here! we are still looking forward to the tropical weather of summer cruisin'.....who's in????????
11-03-2003, 08:47 AM
I know I'm getting excited and My DH who rags me all the time about being too anxious said the other day, "I can't wait until it is time for the cruise". :earseek:
11-11-2003, 09:31 PM
Hey! It's only a matter of time.............
11-12-2003, 12:07 PM
Where in PA are you from? I am originally from Erie and moved to VA 11 years ago.
11-12-2003, 10:11 PM
I live on the other side of PA in Newtown, Bucks, CTY. I was in Erie, PA last spring for my DD16's state gymnastic meet! It's about 7 hours from where we live. How do you like VA?
11-13-2003, 01:08 PM
That's cool. It sounds like you are in my brother's area. One is in Coopersburg and one is in Reading.
I love VA. Except for the traffic of course. I don't think I will ever get used to it.
Can't wait to meet you next year. Sounds like we are getting a pretty good group together. Right gang???
11-13-2003, 10:35 PM
Hey Patti, eventually all of these really cool Disney freaks are going to sign up for our cruise and have an amazing vaca because most of them will realize that WE are really fun people to cruise with!
11-15-2003, 03:43 PM
Well gang, we've just completed the next step towards our cruise next year. Flights have been booked, flying from Edinburgh to London and then onto Orlando on the 30th July. Hire car is also booked.
Next thing I know we'll be packing! lol
Only thing I need to sort out is a new passport as my son is on mine and as from November the United States is not allowing a child on a parents passport, they need to have their own.
11-17-2003, 10:17 PM
Hey Scott! You are ahead of us! We haven't yet booked our flights. We're not sure yet what day we want to arrive. We want to go at least a day ahead but we are waiting until it is closer to see when our daughters are available with their sports, etc.... Lucky you!:jester:
11-18-2003, 11:52 AM
I've been checking airfare but nothing is cheap enough for me yet. I'm pretty sure we are going down the day before but not sure yet where we want to stay.
11-19-2003, 12:41 PM
Well I've just booked into the Radisson at the Port on the 30th, got a really good rate via expedia.
All thats left to do now is pack and save up some spending money.
Are any of you prebooking anything, wine packs, etc.
I can't wait :hyper:
11-20-2003, 10:35 PM
We bought the wine package on ship last summer, it was pretty good. We're not ready to decide how long we are staying in FL prior to the trip. It depends on our DDs schedules.......after the New year we will make some decisions.......
11-24-2003, 02:33 PM
With regards to the wine package, is there a lot of choice, is it expensive. Myself and DW really just like white wines, and not very dry ones at that.
11-25-2003, 08:08 PM
Hey Scott, we bought it last time and we found out that if you just like one or two types, you can get them each time. It was a nice package, helped make our dinners alittle more special and didn't seem too expensive. I would also recommend the wine tasting. It was $12 pp last summer.
12-02-2003, 10:11 AM
You can add another cabin to the 7/31 list; my wife, daughter (she'll be 4 and is very into the Disney Princesses) and myself. This is first cruise on DCL (other cruises were large family groups on Royal Caribbean and a pre-daughter cruise in Australia on the barrier reef - very small boat, 100 passengers). We've picked an inside cabin (first time - have always had balconies before but had grandmothers in our room each time so they enjoyed the outside without having to leave the room if they didn't want to - moreover on DCL, the inside room is as large as the Royal Caribbean balcony room including the square foot area of the balcony, so I'm not too worried about feeling closed in) - we're on deck 7 as close as we can be to the "secret deck" - we figure practically everyone else on deck 7 has their own balcony, so the secret deck shouldn't get too crowded. We have no doubt the daughter will love the oceaneer club and will never want to leave. (I apologize for not knowing all the abbreviations everyone else uses). Right now interested in knowing if anyone else enjoyed the secret deck on 7 and if anyone has enjoyed staying on the ship during ports of call (as it happens, the last cruise in 2002 for my wife's mom's 75th birthday, went to the same three ports as the DCL 7 day western, so we're thinking we might stay on the ship some of those port days - especially as in Key West and Cozumel it should be easy on/easy off without tendering in - at least that was our experience in 2002). Castaway Cay will be a new experience as we've never been to a "private island" stop before.
12-02-2003, 12:41 PM
Welcome fcrouch. Glad you can join us. We have a great group and are slowly getting to know each other.
We had an inside cabin last year with three of us. My son was 9. It was fine for the amount of time we spent in it.
The secret deck is nice and there is hardly anyone there most of the time.
We never stayed on ship in port but I hear there is enough to do and that the pools are nice and empty then.
See you soon,
12-02-2003, 09:44 PM
Welcome to our small but hopefully growing DCL group! My question to you is.....what did you think of the Great Barrier Reef? My DH and I will be married 25 years in Summer'05 and we were thinking of visiting this area that summer. Would it be worth it? What did you think of it?
12-03-2003, 07:52 PM
OK let me in on the secret - what secret deck?????? maybe I've been there on my last cruise but didn't know it was a secret!!
Anyway weather has turned pretty cold and miserable here in scotland - how about with you guys.
12-05-2003, 09:56 PM
Cold, miserable....try.....snowy, blizzardlike conditions!!!.....It's been snowing all day, we have about 8 inches on the ground with another 8 to go tomorrow! Be glad you're in Scotland!!! USA is getting blasted with Winter! Soon we will be at 200 days, let the time fly!!....Happy Holidays to all!
12-09-2003, 10:35 PM
Well, the warmer temps are coming tomorrow. The blizzard's over, it wasn't that bad. Let's keep those diser's comin'!
12-22-2003, 12:39 AM
12-24-2003, 09:16 AM
Just like to wish all my fellow 7/31/04 cruisers a Very Happy Christmas and a Great New Year.
12-24-2003, 05:03 PM
Merry Christmas to all!!!!
12-24-2003, 05:13 PM
12-25-2003, 08:35 AM
Another few days and the much awaited cruise will no longer be next year!
I'm so looking forward to this vacation, most things are booked, flights, car hire, hotel at the port, 7 nights at the Boardwalk. Still need to decide whether to book park tickets from here or wait, also need to decide on any packages we wish to book on the cruise.
And I need to decide whether to pack my kilt for the formal nights, I'm not sure, I like wearing it but it's a long distance to carry it for a couple of nights out of 15.
Do any of you know which nights are the formal ones?
12-25-2003, 09:33 PM
Hi everyone! You can add us to the list of Disney Cruisers for 7/31. We are going to be a party of 5: myself, my husband, DS (8), DD (5) and father in law. We have 2 cabins on the 5th floor. This is our 2nd Disney Cruise. We did the Eastern in 2001 and just loved it. Can't wait to get to know all of you!
12-26-2003, 08:13 PM
Welcome to the post Michpoit, always good to see a new face join us. We're also former eastern cruisers, and can't wait to take this voyage. How long ago did you book your vacation?
12-30-2003, 12:27 PM
Another welcome mitchpoit. Can't wait to meet everyone. We are starting to get a good crowd.
I hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday season.
Scott.cambell I think you should bring your kilt.
See you soon. Patti
12-31-2003, 07:48 PM
Thanks for all of the warm welcomes! We booked our cruise the 3rd week in December, exactly 1 week after we returned from WDW. I was going through vacation planning withdrawal! I hope you all have a very safe and happy New Year!
01-01-2004, 12:46 AM
Happy New Year fellow DISers!!!!!
01-06-2004, 03:33 PM
Okay, out of all the folks who are currently reading this thread, (what, 6 now) how many are on early versus late dining rotation? We're on early as is 1 other family out of the four that are going with us.
01-06-2004, 03:47 PM
we're on late seating
01-06-2004, 08:44 PM
01-15-2004, 12:51 AM
01-15-2004, 12:15 PM
01-15-2004, 12:53 PM
We are on late also but are wait listed for the early seating!
01-18-2004, 02:28 PM
At this moment I think we are on early, although I'm answering this from memory. Will change my reply when I check the paperwork.
Does anyone have any plans or must do's, for the trip.
01-18-2004, 02:57 PM
The ports of call happen to be the same as those we stoped on a family cruise for my mother in law's 75th birthday a couple of years ago - if the guy with the "jumping" cats is still performing in Key West, he's worth watching (and besides, he's on some hotel property so there's waiter service to get you drinks!) We took the little trolley bus tour and that was interesting. Lots of interesting history in Key West - we didn't go in for any of the night life - we let our babysitter (we hired on the ship - RCCL - we weren't on Disney) - go and enjoy the bars that evening as we had her for at least a couple of hours every other night on the cruise.
I want to do the stingray swim in Grand Cayman (everyone else in the family did this in 2000 but I was in charge of mother-in-law that day!) (We would recommend Captain Marvin's company - which is not booked through the cruise line). I wouldn't waste time with the turtle farm in Grand Cayman unless you want to see turtles (obviously) - much of the facility was damaged by a hurricane and I suppose it may have been rebuilt somewhat by now, but they turtles were just in big concrete pools of water - not very attractive, and didn't look particularly nice for the animals. The rum cake factory though is right next door (though you can buy the rum cakes most anywhere on the isaldn - if you want to have a bunch shipped, I think the factory is the place to go for the best selection of sizes and flavors.
Cozumel - might go to a beach (I'm too old for Carlos and Charlies - either that or I need a few cocktails before I go in so the loud music and "behavior" isn't quite so obnoxious to me - though many people have lots and lots of fun)
01-26-2004, 02:43 PM
Any other DVCr's so far? We are, as well as one other family of the total four that are going from here. If so, did you use points, part points and part cash, or all cash? We did cash.
01-27-2004, 11:24 AM
We're DVC members too, we used part points / part cash. Used points for DW and myself, paid cash for DS.
This will be the second time we have used our points for the cruise.
Just getting passports organised and actually getting the dollars now as well seeing as the exchange rate is so good.
01-30-2004, 11:00 PM
Let's keep this thread alive, our cruise is right around the corner!!!! WE ARE FINALLY WITHIN 200 DAYS!!!
01-31-2004, 09:59 AM
My passport is away for renewal, have bought new tags for the luggage.
Have also read again, the navigators from my first cruise. Also been ploughing the web for info on the destinations. I guess it shows we're excited.
My son has watched our last cruide videos a couple of times as well to remind himself of what it was like.
For car parking do you think it's is best to use the parking at the hotel for the duration of the cruise or should I consider parking at the terminal?
01-31-2004, 11:53 AM
Parking at the Port is guarded, but cost $70.00. Hotel parking is not guarded. I would go for the Port Authority parking, quick assess to your vehicle, and reasonable assurance that the car will be there when you return. You've heard about not leaving any food in the car while you're gone - right?
02-05-2004, 09:24 PM
Wow, isn't the winter flying by with this great trip on the horizon!!! Any new sign-ups???
02-13-2004, 07:41 PM
I'm here! I'm here! another 7/31/04 Western Cruiser! I'm so excited. There will be 9 of us.
My husband, 3 daughters (18, 13, and 10), son (20), stepdaughter, her husband and g-son 2 y/o. We are all so excited. This is our first cruise and can't wait.
We are on deck 5 - early seating.
02-13-2004, 09:59 PM
Welcome Innerpc! Glad to see we picked up another cruiser. Did you just book? & where ya from?
02-13-2004, 10:30 PM
We booked in November and we are SOOOO ready. We live in San Francisco.
02-17-2004, 09:38 PM
Hey Mandy! Welcome! I am bringing a DD20, DD17, and DD14! I hope our kids will hang out! Also, my DH and me! We are Deck 6, and late seating! It's just around the corner!!!:teeth:
02-18-2004, 12:03 PM
Again, Welcome. We are on deck 5 with late seating. Glad to see we are picking up more people. We want to have a big dis meet.
See you all soon.
02-21-2004, 04:56 PM
Just like to add my welcome to the list.
We are travelling just as a party of 3. DW, myself, and DS (7).
Hopefully we will make some friends on the trip.
We are also on the early seating, and also on Deck 5.
Looking forward to seeing you all onboard.
02-21-2004, 09:44 PM
Hi all. Just booked our airfare. We are going down the day before. Anyone else? Where are you staying. We can do a mini meet the day before.
Just an update it is me, DH and DS11.
Sounds like deck 5 is going to be the party deck.
Are you who are on deck 5 forward or aft? We are in one of the secret porthole rooms. 5020.
02-22-2004, 08:48 PM
We're flying in Thursday afternoon and will be at SSR until Saturday morning. 1 of the 3 other families cruising with us isn't flying in until Saturday morning, the other two are driving from Louisville, and I believe are staying at the hotels in Lake Buena Vista on Friday evening.
02-24-2004, 12:14 PM
Excursion suggestions? We're going to dinner with 1 of the other couples Friday to discuss excursions. Any previous Western cruisers have suggestions to-do, or certainly not-to-do excursions? -Jlawall?
02-25-2004, 08:17 AM
I've heard some good things about Captain Marvins for the Sting Ray's. I think that is Cozumel but not sure. I think we might do a dolphin encounter at Grand Cayman.
02-28-2004, 05:03 PM
Hey all! Excursion advice.....last summer, we did kayak excursion (DH's request) in Key West. It was fun but we didn't see much sea life, we kayaked through mangrove trees - we did laugh our heads off because we kept getting stuck.(I wish I had seen more of KW, we just shopped near the ship) Next year I want to check out KW more if possible....
in GC we reserved Captain Marvin's Stingray City excursion and this was a MUST SEE! We reserved this because we were too late for the Disney excursion. Great experience! We also took a taxi to 7 mile beach and stayed there briefly. It was okay nothing special.....
In Cozumel, we took the Fury Catarmaran party boat. The snorkeling was ok, the beach was ok (my DD18 loved the volleyball game) but the ride back was SO much fun. They put on the tunes and the boat ROCKED, everyone danced and partied, it was really fun. We finished up at Carlos and Charlies which even more fun.
At CC, the weather wasn't great so we just did the bike tour, the banana boat and then had to head back to the ship. In years previous, we snorkeled and that was always a nice experience. (The water does get rough the further out you go.)
Honestly, the reason we rebooked this summer is because we want to check out more of these ports. I heard the jeep tour in Cozumel is a NOT TO BE MISSED!!!
02-28-2004, 08:43 PM
Thanks so much for the welcomes!!! We are going to be on deck 5, rooms 5513, 5509 and 5506 - the front of the boat. Has anyone stayed in these rooms?
So what has everyone book so far for excursions? We have book Capt. Marvins - we booked it for the whole day, but I'm going to call and get it changed to 1/2 day excursion.... I think that will be plenty of time.
Has anyone heard of Xcaret in Cozumel?
02-29-2004, 02:44 PM
...We are going to be on deck 5, rooms 5513, 5509 and 5506 - the front of the boat. Has anyone stayed in these rooms?
Mandy, in our group two of the parties are staying across the ship from you in 5016 & 5018. They're pleased with where they are. You'll have to keep an eye on them for us.
02-29-2004, 02:48 PM
It's a small world isn't it Bill? Do they have children or just adults? Glad they are pleased with their rooms! I'll take that as a positive response :-).
03-01-2004, 01:25 PM
Somewhere, there was someone who had a Farmer's Almanac and could look up the weather for us cruisers (7/31/04)... has anyone seen that post? I'm getting worried about the weather..... I want it to be sunny!!!!
03-03-2004, 11:13 PM
Are we now officially under 150 days!?
03-03-2004, 11:28 PM
YES WE ARE!!!!! YAHOO!!!!
03-04-2004, 12:22 PM
Sounds like we are right next door to your group. We are in 5020.
03-04-2004, 03:23 PM
Well Patti - it looks like we know which area of the ship to keep an eye on now! - LOL
03-04-2004, 07:17 PM
We are on deck 5 too. We are in rooms 5010 and 5009. We haven't decided where my son is going to stay yet. He is pretty excited about being on the top bunk. Looks like Grandpa might have his room all to himself on this trip.
03-05-2004, 12:08 PM
You're right about that Bill. Sounds like that whole end of the ship on that deck is full of Dis'ers. We will just have to have the dis meet right there in the hallway.
03-05-2004, 07:50 PM
Anyone check our weather yet?
03-06-2004, 02:25 AM
We are also on Deck 5, I'm at the work at the moment so I can't remember the cabin number.
I've not checked the weather, but I know it will be warmer than back home.
We have not booked any excursions yet, I really think we had better decide very quickly. I've been reading your messages on suggested excursions with interest.
Will definently be booking the wine package.
Passports are now all updated, at last. The day is getting ever nearer.
03-14-2004, 05:33 AM
Some help please.
For those of you that are more experienced cruisers, could you let me know about the "formal" night. What night is it? What is minimum dress standard for adults and kids? Is there an alternative or are all the restaurants "formal" on the same night?
Reason I'm asking is I'm having second thoughts of using up weight allowance on the flight for something I'll wear once, and it will restrict all the goodies we can bring back from our trip, again due to the weight restrictions.
Thanks for the help.
I'm sure it's way to early to start panicking.
03-15-2004, 07:53 AM
I don't remember which night the formal evening is, but you can skip it and go to topsiders, do room service, or schedule Palo (which is also on the formal side). I can tell you from our last cruise that anyone, and there were plenty, of men who wore tuxedos are in the minority. Most, myself included, wore suit jackets and ties. Same for children. So really I was able to wear my suit pants other nights to dinner, and just brought along the jacket as well. Hope this helps, but either way it really isn't a huge deal as long as you don't show up in shorts and sneakers. I think DCL has a section about dress on their website somewhere. - Bill
03-16-2004, 12:56 PM
I agree with Bill. I saw very few people in tuxes. Most wore suits or slacks and a sports coat. I'm not sure what day it is on the Western. I'm pretty sure it was Sunday formal and Thursday semi formal when we were on the Eastern.
03-17-2004, 05:05 AM
I'm glad that Shirt, Tie, Jacket, will do. The weight of the kilt and extras were really going to hamper our luggage allowance.
We tend to bring back way more stuff than we take with us on vacation.
Now I just need to convince a 6yr old, that he will still look "cool" dressed up a bit formally.
We are still trying to decide which if any trips we will prebook.
Not too many months to go now.
03-17-2004, 12:20 PM
I wouldn't stress the 6 year old. My son was 9 on the last cruise and he was fine kahki's and a nice shirt.
03-17-2004, 02:51 PM
I've spoken to him, he is cool about it. As long as he gets to pick what he wants from the shop for wearing. He likes wearing khakis so it won't be a problem.
03-18-2004, 05:37 PM
You will see all kinds of dress on formal night, from a tux with tails to, sadly, shorts and a shirt. Some people are a little pig-headed and refuse to dress nicely on vacation.
I personally wear a dark suit, with a dark shirt. I tend to go for that "Regis on Millionaire" look. I think the tux is a bit much, IMHO.
03-19-2004, 06:23 AM
Thanks for the comments, my curiosity is getting the better of me, so I'm going to have to research the "Regis on Millionare". I take it that that is an TV show in the USA.
It could be a trend though, "which TV show you model your dress on", could be fun.
Ok I'm going to have to think about this.
03-19-2004, 07:47 PM
Sorry, Scott. Let me clarify the reference. I was speaking about how Regis Philbin dressed on "Who Wants to Be A Millionaire". During the height of the show's popularity, many people took to dressing like him, which meant dark solid or pinstriped suits, dark solid shirts, and shiny one-color ties. Regis even had a line of dress shirts and ties put out by Van Huesen. I am guilty of owning a Regis tie.
I think it's a nice look for formal night, as it feels a little more dressed up to me.
03-20-2004, 03:49 AM
Ahh, I understand now. The presenter of the show in the UK is Chris Tarrant who also wears the type of suit which you mention. Yes it is a good look for a formal / semi-formal occasion.
We also had our scandal in the show with the person accused of cheating his way to the million. An assistant in the background coughing the answers.
Has any of you fellow cruisers ever had any luck upgrading your cabin on arrival at the port?
I was reading a thread about this and a lot of people have been able to upgrade for not a lot of cash.
03-20-2004, 02:32 PM
Scott, with regards to upgrading at the port, I think a big piece of that is how full the ship is when it sails. We took the Eastern that left this same week of the year in 2002, and it was a total sell-out. (or would that be sail-out?) I don't recall what accommodations you're in, but if you think you want to upgrade I'd consider contacting your TA before the prices go up again. - Bill
03-20-2004, 06:20 PM
We are staying in a navigators verandah cabin, I'm sure we will be more than happy in that one. I was just interested after reading the thread in others experience.
I actually would rather stay in the cabin we have as that is an upgrade from our very first cruise two years ago, and experience this cabin.
I would not like to spoil the experience by getting a wonderful upgrade which we would probably never be able to get or afford again.
03-22-2004, 09:42 PM
Wow, in just one month, we will be double digit - ***!
03-22-2004, 10:48 PM
Originally posted by jlawall
Wow, in just one month, we will be double digit - ***!
Odd, same with the weight I need to lose.
03-23-2004, 04:23 AM
Yes it's getting closer, I really am looking forward to this vacation.
A real chance to recharge our batteries.
03-23-2004, 01:18 PM
Soon we will have to get serious about a dis meet and all of the other fun details.
03-23-2004, 09:01 PM
Just a little tidbit. Earlier this evening I went to check a cabin price for a friend who's remotely considering joining us. Apparently catagory 4, 7, & 12 are sold-out for our voyage. I also went to Expedia in an attempt to replicate this, and they too couldn't book into these catagories. OOT, the prices have gone up a bunch since the 5 cabins in our group booked.
03-23-2004, 09:18 PM
I called last week (Priceline who I booked through) to see if I could get adjoining rooms (we booked 3 rooms and I thought 2 of them were adjoining). They weren't able to, because all of the rooms were booked. Then they tried to get us different rooms that were closer together. He said, "Looks like the shipped is booked!" He even called Disney. Hard to believe that it could be booked so far in advance!
03-23-2004, 10:15 PM
Sounds good, let's hear it for a rockin' cruise!!!!!!!!!!!!:Pinkbounc :jester: :teeth: :teeth:
03-23-2004, 11:17 PM
Okay then, if it is getting so booked-up, where in the world are all the DIS posters?
03-24-2004, 04:24 AM
It sure will be interesting to see the ship fully booked, on our first (and only) cruise so far the ship was not full. It was also the three night cruise so there were no full days at sea, I'm interested in seeing how full / crowded the ship feels on the days at sea.
03-24-2004, 05:16 PM
Sailing in the summer, keeps things hopping! Seriously, I'm sure we will have a blast!!!!
03-24-2004, 07:38 PM
Has anyone sailed the end of July before? I sailed years ago in June to the Western Carib. it was muggy... but no rain! I remember one night being woken up by rough seas.
I just pray, pray, pray that we have good weather and very little rain!!! I want to see Castaway Cay!
03-24-2004, 09:55 PM
I sailed the last two summers in early August. Two years ago, we had great CC weather but the trip back from St. Thomas was rainy. On the way out, it was very windy.
Last summer, sailing to Western Carribean was wonderful, like bath water, but CC was rainy and not that great. Sooooo....it's up to fate. No matter what we WILL HAVE A MAGICAL TIME!!!:wave:
03-24-2004, 11:09 PM
We did the 7-27-02 eastern. It was absolutely perfect the entire time. Smooth seas, warm days & evenings. It had been raining the morning of arrival @ CC. But was DONE by the time we had breakfast & got off the ship. Plenty of sun, fun, food, beer, service, exploring and napping. I expect nothing less this time!
03-25-2004, 12:13 PM
We sailed in August 2002 and had great weather. You could hardly tell the ship was moving. CC was funny because it would rain one minute and be sunny and hot the next but it was nothing to spoil it.
I keep reading the reports people are putting out there and it is really making me anxious.
03-25-2004, 05:24 PM
My husband has been giving me a bad time lately about spending so much time on the Disney Board. I"M SO ANXIOUS!!! I want to go right now!!!! But, then again I don't want it to be over with. I told him the only way I can survive 129 days is if I read these boards every morning with my coffee and every night before I go to bed. I'm terrible!
03-25-2004, 05:25 PM
Wait!!! It's 127 days!!! yahooo!!!!
03-25-2004, 11:23 PM
The more you read these boards, the better time you have onboard! I have been reading since two summers ago, and my trip last summer was ACTUALLY BETTER THAN THE YEAR BEFORE!!!
03-25-2004, 11:31 PM
Now that you mention reading, here is some interesting reading on Castaway Cay.
03-25-2004, 11:35 PM
What a great story writer he is. I was there right with him... thanks for sharing DisneyBill.
03-30-2004, 07:17 AM
We are narrowing in on the final 100 days folks!!!
04-03-2004, 02:08 PM
Ah the sun, the sea, beaches, swimming, visiting new places, meeting new people, and then the joys of Orlando.
Relaxing with a glass of wine.
I can feel my batteries recharging just thinking about the trip.
04-03-2004, 03:38 PM
Reading your post made me realize how easily corrupted I am.
Just wanted to add us to list of DIS members on this cruise! It'll be us with our DS's 7 and 4.
Anyone doing Capt. Marvin's? If so, what time?
Any other tours? We're thinking about doing the Dune Buggy tour on Coz. but we're not sure if our 4 year old will be up for 7 hour tour.
04-09-2004, 01:28 PM
We did a cruise ou of Galveston in 2002 - same ports of call as the 7/31 cruise (except no castaway cay). Weather was fine. Very smooth every day but one. Rained once for a short time. Don't know about the Bahamas area, though. Have also been in the British Virgin Islands a great deal in August and never rain problems there (a brief shower from time to time). But the Bahamas seem to get more "Atlantic" weather - does that make the seas rougher?
04-09-2004, 02:28 PM
We did not have a problem in August in the Bahamas for the last two summers with rough seas. However, it did rain for us last summer in CC. I felt the Western sailing was like "bath water" and the Eastern sailing was rougher and more windy when going to and from Florida to St. Maarten and St. Thomas to the Bahamas.
04-09-2004, 02:54 PM
We'd recommend Captain Marvin's in Grand Cayman based on August 2002 experience. It's a short walk from where the tender boats drop you off. Also, on the walk back are a couple of good lunch spots and a good liquor store that will deliver the rum/rum cakes to the ship for re-delivery to the stateroom the last night of the cruise - I thought the prices were pretty good.
04-11-2004, 08:08 PM
I scheduled with Captain Marvin after the DCL excursions were no longer available. It was a really pleasant experience. There are many other tours there at the same time but it is still an amazing experience.
04-11-2004, 10:06 PM
Happy Easter everyone!
04-12-2004, 01:21 PM
Glad to see we are picking up a few more here and there.
Is anyone flying in the day before? If so where are you staying?
04-12-2004, 03:22 PM
I 2nd that welcome to 5by5! As booked as this sailing is becoming, I would think we will have other DIS'ers join the thread.
Our flight arrives Thursday afternoon, and we're staying at SSR those two nights before.
04-12-2004, 03:48 PM
Another Welcome for 5by5.
We fly in the day before and are staying at the Radisson.
Still haven't decided on which trips, if any we will be doing.
Have definently decided on the wine package. :teeth:
Still to decide whether to park at the hotel or at the port.
04-12-2004, 03:56 PM
we're staying out at the Grande Lake Marriott in Orlando the night before and night after the cruise (the latter happens to be our wedding anniversary so thought we'd extend the trip one more day rather than fly home and unpack - we're just going to store a bag at the hotel for our last night there). It has a children's program and a great pool. It is far from the parks so our 4 year old won't feel the pull of the Magic Kingdom (I hope). (And perhaps a week of Disney will be enough for her until she's tall enough to go on all the rides!)
Note to scott on wine package - we will probably do the same - and I note on the premium package on Dave's Disney Tribute site (somewhere) that Conundrum is one of the offered white wines - which is a terrific "blend" of a variety of California white grapes - and I think leans towards the sweet (maybe I'd say more "rich" rather than the dry of say a sauvignon blanc or a dry dry chardonnay). Anyway, it's a great wine.
04-12-2004, 04:55 PM
We are flying in the Tuesday before the cruise. I am a Pampered Chef Consultant and earned 4 free nights to practically anywhere in the US. I decided that there was no better place to use them than Orlando! We are staying at the Residence Inn at Sea World. After the cruise we are spending 1 night at the Dolphin so that we will have time to spend whatever money is left at Downtown Disney. For those of you coming in early, are you using a rental car? If so, who has the best rates? Thanks!
04-12-2004, 07:56 PM
This year we will probably fly in the night before. I still have to arrange the airfare. Depending on where we stay will determine if we get a car. I should be arranging it this week....
04-13-2004, 01:05 AM
Thanks for the tip on the wine. It is also our wedding anniversary whilst on vacation. Ten glorious years, not decided what to do yet.
Thanks for the warm welcome everyone!
We are flying in the day before also and staying in Cocoa Beach. We haven't picked a hotel yet but we'll probably go through Priceline.
I think we are going to bring a few bottles of wine with us. I'm planning on enjoying the tropical drinks more!
04-13-2004, 02:46 PM
Count me in for the tropical drinks too. :hyper:
Friends of ours are just back from a P&O (I think) cruise stopping at Cozumel and Grand Cayaman. They thoroughly enjoyed their cruise and the stop offs.
But they weren't with Disney :jester:
Hopefully regardless of the weather there will not be too much motion on the ocean felt as the ships are so large.
04-13-2004, 03:53 PM
Originally posted by scott.campbell
It is also our wedding anniversary whilst on vacation. Ten glorious years, not decided what to do yet.
Congrats Scott! It is our anniversary as well (7-31) but we're a bit ahead of you on the years. 22 if we make it until then.
04-15-2004, 11:21 PM
We're on 24 years this summer, imagine that! .....and they said it wouldn't last...............
04-16-2004, 03:50 PM
Congratulations to allow the fellow cruisers who are celebrating this year. The amount of time that each of you mention deserves special congrats, that is a long time together - especially nowadays.
Congrats to all, be it anniversary, birthday, reunion, whatever.
04-19-2004, 12:48 PM
I second Scott's congratulations. I will be celebrating my 50something birthday on that Friday the 7th. We did out 10th anniversary on the last cruise in 2002.
Always looking for something to celebrate.
See you all soon.
We'll be doing the double digit dance very soon here.
04-19-2004, 09:35 PM
2 more days, guys.................................
04-19-2004, 10:17 PM
I'd didn't think the 2 digit # would EVER GET HERE!!! I'm soooo ready now....but then again I don't want it to be over with....
04-19-2004, 11:25 PM
Ditto Mandy, the looking-forward to it is a good piece of the fun. Oh well, we'll just have to see where the Magic is going next summer and book another cruise!
04-21-2004, 10:49 PM
It's only a matter of hours until....................THE DOUBLE DIGIT DANCE!!!:Pinkbounc :bounce: :Pinkbounc :bounce: :Pinkbounc
04-21-2004, 10:55 PM
Double Digits soon. Oh Yeah Oh Yeah!
:thewave: :rockband: :jumping1: :drinking1
04-22-2004, 01:17 PM
We finally did it!!! It seems like it has been forever to get to the double digit dance.:bounce: ::yes:: :hyper:
04-22-2004, 10:07 PM
we made it!!!
Scott, I really like your images!!!
Hey everyone it's only 99 days now!!!!!!!!!!!
04-22-2004, 10:18 PM
Probably the more important countdown is to when the final payment is due. That tax refund check can't come quick enough!
04-24-2004, 09:15 PM
04-27-2004, 09:42 PM
Ok, let's make a list of who's going so far....
DH47, me42, DD20, DD17, DD14
Add on please!!::yes::
04-27-2004, 11:47 PM
DH 47, me 41, DD18, DD13, DD10
My girls would love to email with any DD13,DD18 or DD10!
04-28-2004, 08:50 AM
It is going to be my DFIL 64, DH 36, me 33, DS 8 and DD 5. Anyone else out there with young kids?
I get to make my PS today for the first day of our trip. Cape May Cafe, here we come! :Pinkbounc :bounce: :wave:
04-28-2004, 09:55 AM
I'm 44, wife 47 daughter will be 4 when the cruise begins. We decided to go this year as the 3-4 age group activities looked like our daughter would really enjoy them (and we'll probably be back for the 5-7 age group in a couple of years if this cruise goes well!)
04-28-2004, 01:28 PM
Im 51 turn 52 on the ship, DH 46 and DS 11. Sounds like we have a bunch of kids in the same age group. Hopefully they will meet and have a great time.
I think a bunch of us are on deck 5.
05-04-2004, 10:44 AM
I shall be 33 (34 whilst on holiday), my wife shall be 31, and my son shall be 7.
Our group is DH 37, DW 37, DS 7 and DS 4. We're on Deck 7.
05-06-2004, 10:37 PM
05-11-2004, 09:26 PM
Wow, time flies when you're having fun!!!.....80 days folks!!!
05-14-2004, 07:01 AM
Getting so close now. We are all very excited about this trip. I have everything ready, just waiting on the tickets to arrive, and ofcourse the packing.
But I'm sure I've spied my DW sneaking some things into the suitcases already. I'm more of a last minute packer.
05-15-2004, 11:30 AM
Well the final payment is due to the travel agent this upcoming Friday, May 21. You would think I'd be more concerned about letting go of that much money - but, I'm NOT. I am ready, ready.
05-15-2004, 11:52 AM
I agree with you DisneyBill ~ I'm not thinking of the $ either, I'm just thinking that it's one more step toward the cruise!
I'm going through finals right now... it's been a little bit easier lately because I haven't had as much time to think about how many more days left and to be on the DIS boards as much. I couldn't believe it when I logged on last night and saw that there were only 77 days left!!! whooohoooo!
05-15-2004, 05:55 PM
75 big ones folks!!!!!!!!!! Whoopeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
05-16-2004, 01:10 AM
What dinner seating is everybody in?
05-16-2004, 12:02 PM
We are first dining. That way we'll be in bed by 10pm. We are SUCH the partiers.
05-16-2004, 10:45 PM
We're on second seating, the DDs like to sleep late!
05-17-2004, 11:16 AM
Hello all 7/31 Western Cruisers! I'm feeling a little frustrated with the DIS Board the last few days and I just want to know if anyone else is feeling this way... and if not, please enlighten me!
This is our first cruise as a family. There are 8 of us going with 3 rooms, so the expense has been very high... when I booked this cruise with Disney it was because of the positive comments and the "family feel" of the cruise.
The negative comments (from people who have just returned) are getting me down. From the food being terrible to this mornings post on "do you know where your teen is?" (I will have 2 of them on this cruise)... I'm just tired of it! Why are they on the Disney Boards if they don't have anything positive to say???
Okay, thank you for letting me vent. I realize that the Disney Cruise isn't for everyone... but come on people, some of us haven't gotten to go yet!
I want some positive feed back.... can someone continue to tell me how great it is and I made the right choice?
05-17-2004, 01:36 PM
Like you said it is all what you make of it. We went 2 years ago on the eastern and had a blast. My son was nine then and he is really looking forward to going again. The food was good. We are really easy to please.
By the way we are on late seating for dinner.
05-19-2004, 10:23 PM
My last 3 cruises have been amazing!
My teenaged DDs enjoy alot of freedom on the cruise. Each time, I have sailed, there is one night where they come home later than curfew and I have to go out and look for them. After I "ground" them the following night, I have no further problems. Your children will act the way they act at home. There may be a few "wilder" kids onboard but they are few and far between. Just arrange check-ins with them and make them stick to them.
What has really been cool for my girls is the friends they've met on the ship from all over the country. They continue to IM them, months after the cruise. One guy took my daughter to the Fall dance. (He drove up from an hour away - he was a really nice kid.)
These cruises are really expensive! There is no way I would keep coming if we weren't having a blast!!
05-21-2004, 05:45 AM
This our second cruise, the first being the 3 night cruise a couple of years back, we thoroughly enjoyed the cruise and had no issues with irresponsible behaviour - although as is the habit with teens it will happen occasionally.
05-22-2004, 01:46 AM
As of last night, I am "PAID IN FULL"! Now, the countdown to June 1st to reserve the shore excursions.
Everybody else finish paying yet?
05-22-2004, 11:50 PM
I payed yesterday too! Now we just get to wait for our documents. Don't those come fairly soon after we'd paid?
05-22-2004, 11:53 PM
The docs usually come about a month before the cruise. The key dates now are that 60 days out, you can call to reserve shore excursions. At 30 days out, Disney reserves your airfare (if you are letting DCL handle that). You can call the air travel desk to find out your reservation number, so that you can call the airline itself to reserve your seating.
05-23-2004, 04:07 PM
Oh well, the time has come to pay! I will take care of this this week! Happy summer, good times are ahead!!
05-23-2004, 08:05 PM
What excursions are you doing? I thought that we would do Key West on our own. I heard that swinging with the stingrays in Grand Cayman was a great experience but I do not think that my kids would be comfortable with that. I need to hurry up and plan what we are going to do. The 1st is just around the corner!
05-23-2004, 09:06 PM
We are also going to do Key West on our own. We are doing Captain Marvins Stingray Excursion in Grand Cayman. Everyone says it's something not to be missed. I figured if the kids freaked out they could stay on the boat and watch. They all enjoy snorkeling and there are still a few stops for that.
We haven't booked anything else so far. I was thinking today that the 1st is right around the corner also!
Anyone else doing anything fun?
05-24-2004, 10:31 PM
At this point.....I plan to do the Rum Point/ Stingray City excursion in GC with a stop at HRC afterwards!......the jeep excursion or Paradise Beach in Cozumel and I'm not sure what in KW....on CC we will do the BB ride and probably snorkel and bike ride/ visit the Adult beach.............the time has come to book.........whoooppeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
05-25-2004, 12:45 PM
I believe our son Geno is one of the people your daughters have cruised with before. He is really looking forward to the July 31st cruise. Your daughters, T, T, and J are part of the reason we are taking this cruise. When he found out that some of the kids he met on previous cruises booked for the first week in August he immediately asked if we could book for the same week.:jumping1:
05-25-2004, 10:49 PM
Wow! How cool that you are DISers too!! I did meet Geno last summer and my second DD - T told me that Geno was returning. I'm so glad you'll be with us. I'm so psyched about this trip!! What excursions are you guys doing? I will tell the girls you checked in....see you soon!!!!!!!!!!!
05-26-2004, 05:49 PM
Okay, now that we're approaching the 60 day window, is everyone that has previously posted on this thread still going?
We are, along with the other the other 3&1/2 families going with us.
05-26-2004, 07:10 PM
We weren't planning on doing any excursions. We were going to try to walk around Key West ourselves. We tried last year but it was just too darn HOT!! We have already done stingray city - AWESOME - but Geno really didn't care for it. So we thought maybe we would just walk around there too. Are there any DIS meets planned yet? I haven't had a chance to read through all 14 pages of this thread to find out.:earsboy:
05-26-2004, 07:32 PM
DisneyBill~ we are still going. Me my DH, DS 20, DD 18, DD 13, and DD 10 and of course my oldest DD 29 w/my grandson who is 2.
Any kids that are close in age to mine? My 13 and 10 DD's are getting nervous about meeting other kids their age.
05-26-2004, 07:38 PM
What is everyone doing in Cozumel?
05-27-2004, 09:52 PM
I guess it's time to arrange our DISmeet....We could meet at the Adult Pool around 3pm before sailing. I met a lot of nice people there last summer. What does everyone want to do? It's not crowded at all and since all the DISers arrive early, lunch is over, ressies are made and it time to start having fun!!
05-28-2004, 12:03 PM
I think that is a good time and place. Will the other adults get mad because we have kids there?
05-28-2004, 07:50 PM
I don't know, there's not alot of people there then.
05-28-2004, 10:01 PM
Perhaps the Goofy pool would be a better area. Disney really enforces the "no kids hanging around" rule, especially now that the teen area is an adult area. That whole section is a total adults' zone.
05-29-2004, 06:32 PM
Whatever everyone wants to do is fine with me. Goofy Pool is good too, let's do it there. If it helps the kids to me each other, that sounds good....so who's in????
05-29-2004, 09:49 PM
Sounds good to us!!! Can't wait to meet all of you!!!! Goofy pool it is , 3:00pm!! See you all there!!! By the way is anyone staying on with us for the second week of cruising?????:earsgirl: :earsboy: :earseek:
05-31-2004, 05:11 PM
Okay fellow cruisers, tomorrow, June 1 is the 1st day to make your shore excursion arrangements through DCL.
06-01-2004, 12:44 AM
Thx Geno for bumming everyone else out!!....jkjkjkjk.....Thx to DB for the excursion reminder.....we're currently deciding which ones we want to do!
06-01-2004, 01:22 PM
Goofy pool sounds good to us. Can't wait to meet everyone. Lot's of us are on deck 5 forward so we should see a lot of each other.
Bummer, two weeks on the ship. How I envy you.
We are not sure what we want to do as far as shore excursions. Heard that Captain Marvins is good for Sting rays.
06-02-2004, 11:30 PM
Ok...our excursions are picked...subject to change....
Island Tour (SRs and Hell and Turtle Farm)....GC
Jeep ..... COZ
Kayak, BB and snorkeling.....CC
Anyone try these? Any other better suggestions?
06-03-2004, 05:09 AM
Still trying to decide which tours, if any we are going to go on. Does anyone know of any sites that has reviews of the various excursions? I've had a look, but can't find anything so far.
3 o'clock at the goofy pool, should be fine as long as we don't get caught up in the excitement of everything else. I really want to hear the ships horn playing that special tune. We missed it on our last cruise.
06-03-2004, 09:45 AM
we can recommend Captain Marvin's in Cayman for the stingray tour - our whole family went on it two years ago and I still read good things about it - my wife, daughter and I are already reserved for the half day outing for this cruise (actually, I didn't get to go the last time as I was in charge of the mother-in-law - but my wife and daughter went - wife was very impressed with how good they were with little kids (daughter was 2 at the time) - my older sister used Captain Marvin's 10 years ago as well so they've been in business a long time. It is a short walk from the pier (where the tender ships drop you) to Captain Marvin's office - the half day is over around 1 - so you're back downtown in time for lunch and some shopping in Georgetown, a little time on the 7 mile beach or simply returning to the ship.
06-03-2004, 09:56 PM
We are doing the following excursions:
KW: Trolley tour
GC: Seaworld Explorer Semi Sub
Cozumel: Chankanaab Sea Lion Discovery
CC: relaxing on the beach, floats and snorkeling
Goofy Pool at 3:00 sounds good for us too.
06-03-2004, 11:10 PM
Hey Scott, I'm pretty sure the ship's horn goes off when we depart at the deck party (which is at the Goofy pool) around 5pm. Once the drill is over if you head up to the top deck you shouldn't miss anything.
06-04-2004, 09:11 AM
Capt Marvins is sounding quite good and I'm sure my wife and son (7) will enjoy it. IS Marvins best bookable direct with them, or is it something to book via Disney?
Our very first cruise was the 3 nighter and we did not do any excursions.
We shall be at the goofy pool for 3pm.
I look forward to meeting you all. We shall be the people that nobody can understand for the first day or two untill we adjust to talking a little bit slower and with less accent.
06-04-2004, 09:19 AM
I booked directly with them - www.captainmarvins.com. They have a secure web site - it's worked twice before for us so we did it the same way this time.
3 PM goofy pool - we'll have drinks in our hand no doubt. Do we need a sign?
we're not doing any other excursions - walking around Key West - if the jumping cat guy is still at the resort hotel right by where the ship ties up - he is entertaining and the hotel will of course sell you a drink - and you're right next to the square with the other entertainers, etc.
cozumel - I may get off to go in and buy some good Mexican vanilla - the carlos & charlies places are too loud for me - we'll see if the daughter wants to fo anything or hand out in the club/pools on cozumel port day - the same holds true for CC - we might rent a bike but I doubt we do anything organized - I'd like to snorkel some - again, all depends on the daughter - though frankly we anticipate she'll be in the club all the time and have no interest whatsoever in what we are doing.
06-04-2004, 02:16 PM
Originally posted by scott.campbell
I look forward to meeting you all. We shall be the people that nobody can understand for the first day or two untill we adjust to talking a little bit slower and with less accent.
LOL Scott, those of us with teenagers have already learned about understanding other cultures.
06-04-2004, 03:53 PM
groan, we still have that joy ahead of us when our currently darling six year old turns into a two headed wild monster when he reaches his teens.
At least that's what my parents say I was like. :rolleyes:
06-04-2004, 03:59 PM
our 4 year old daughter is 4 going on 14 as is so Scott's 6 year old son better watch out! (her current career choices are Cheerleader and Rockstar - which tells me she's been spending too much time with her teenage cousins!)
06-04-2004, 05:41 PM
I'm so glad everyone will try to make it to the "DISmeet!" How about if we all wear a certain color so we can find each other! What do you suggest?
06-07-2004, 01:50 PM
We picked up the little green mickey heads from Home Depot. They can be stuck so your shirt or anywhere else for that matter.
We will try and meet you guys at the pool as well, unless my DW already planned something for us!
Scott, we are doing Capt. Marvins as well. We have a 2 DS, 4 and 7. I think we are on the 11:15, 2 hour tour.
Is anyone doing the Dune Buggy Tour on Cozumel? It sounds great but we are a bit concerned that it will be too long of a day for our 4 year old.
06-07-2004, 08:36 PM
I'll look for them!
06-08-2004, 01:59 AM
I shall confirm with DW that we are going to go on the Capt Marvin trip, if so 5by5 the 1115hrs trip sounds good to me too. Souns like it will finish at a good time.
As there are no home depot's in the UK I might struggle to find the green mickey's, but I shall watch for everyone elses.
06-08-2004, 12:27 PM
Just booked with Captain Marvins for the 11:15 tour. Now I am really getting excited about this trip. I don't think we are going to plan any excursions anywhere else just wing it.
Is anyone artistic? Someone can make a cute sign for us to look for at the pool for the meet.
See you all soon.
06-09-2004, 12:18 AM
We did captain Marvin's last summer and it was really good so.... I just wrote an email to join the 11:15 group! I'll let you know if I get it!
06-10-2004, 09:50 PM
This cruise is just around the corner!!!!!!!!!!!
06-13-2004, 10:35 AM
Did anyone else happen to notice how many more catagories opened up after we passed the 60 day window on DCL's website? When I checked, there was availability in all but I think 2 cats.
06-13-2004, 03:57 PM
OK just emailed Capt Marvins to reserve the 2hr trip at 1115hrs, hopefully we will get on.
Not sure if I've done the introduction thing before, but here goes anyway.
Travelling shall be my DW Karen, my DS Grant (age 7), and myself Scott.
This is second cruise ever, and our first seven night cruise. We are staying the night before departure at the Radisson at the Port. After the cruise we are staying a further seven nights at Disney Boardwalk Villa's.
Looking forward to meeting everyone at the Goofy Pool (3pm). My son is looking forward to making new friends also, last cruise he was a little bit young and did not want to play in Kid's areas. This time he hopefully will.
See you all real soon!
06-13-2004, 09:13 PM
Hi Scott, I have an 8 year old son who is planning on hanging out in the club, not the lab. Believe it or not, he wants to be in the same place as his younger sister. He is pretty small for his age, so he will blend in well. Plus, I feel better knowing that he will be there to keep an eye on her. It will be great for him to meet up with another kid his age from the beginning.
06-13-2004, 10:57 PM
Ok, we're reserved for 11:15am Captain Marvin's. See you all there!!
Scott and Michelle, my sons, 4 and 7, will be in the club and lab respectively. Although I expect the older son to go and hang out with the younger one from time to time. If they meet up and get along that would be great for us, more free adult time! (and them too).
We also signed up for the Cozumel Homes Dune Buggy Tour. Looks like it will be a lot of fun. We are a little concerned how the 4 year old will handle the long day but he can nap on the beach if he wants to.
06-14-2004, 11:51 PM
We were confirmed for Captain Marvin's today, so it looks like we're definitely in!
We are also booked for the jeep tour in Cozumel. So..............see you there!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
06-15-2004, 09:22 AM
Received email from Capt Marvins today confirming our reservation for the 1115 tour.
Also just received the excursion guide from Disney today in the mail. I guess the rest of you guy's will have received this already.
At this moment I don't think we are doing any other tours, but I guess that could change.
Just hope we receive our tickets in plenty of time, I was in a sweat last cruise about the delay in airmail getting to us with them.
Almost time to buy up the sun screen we will be needing.
06-15-2004, 10:50 AM
Sounds like most of us are doing Captain Marvins. We got out confirmation the other day.
We don't have anything planned for the other stops.
Won't be long till we are packing and on the way.
See you all soon.
06-15-2004, 01:18 PM
We are also doing the Capt. Marvin's excursion. We booked the all day excursion, then changed our minds (we are bringing a 2 y/o)... decided it would be too much for him. This will leave more time to see some of Grand Cayman.
I have bumped into 3 people in the past few weeks who have told me that Xcaret in Cozumel is incredible and so fun. I'm thinking about booking this... anyone else heard anything about it?
We also received the info. for excursions along with a balance that we owe for the cruise - which we already paid. Did anyone else receive "the balance to be paid" letter?
06-16-2004, 10:31 PM
I've been to Xcaret twice but not on DCL. It was definitely a wonderful experience. The underground cave (fresh water) was really neat and there are many other things to do there. My second time there, our DDs did the dolphin experience. It is really neat. But......I think it is a lonnnnngggggg bus ride from the cruise, that is the only drawback. Any other ?s, just ask, I would be happy to help!!
06-17-2004, 12:36 AM
Jlawall thanks so much for the info. I'd forgotten that I had read somewhere that it was a long ride to Xcaret. Maybe just a beach day... maybe Paradise Beach... do you have any suggestions on beaches? Thanks in advance.
06-18-2004, 05:16 PM
Last year we did the Fury Catamaran excursion through DCL and we had fun but.....I wasn't impressed with the beach or the snorkeling. On this board, I've heard that the Paradise Beach is the place to see. We have signed up for the Jeep Tour b/c I've heard here that that is very fun. GL deciding!
06-21-2004, 09:46 PM
Does anyone know if the beaches at Cozumel and Cayman are within walking distance?
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