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MarkRG 09-23-2008 04:02 PM

09/13/09 SSMC09 S.S. Member Cruise 2009
Updated 11/3/08 by Mark:

Ladies and gentlemen I give you the 2009 DIS Member Cruise webpages:

Main Web Page

Member Photo Gallery

We (Mark and Mary) are thrilled to be sailing on the 2009 Member cruise with all of you. We've set up the website above as we have for past Member Cruises.

In addition as in past years we will make gifts of buttons to all the DISers and their families. We do this as a way to identify the DISers to each other. We ask only 3 things: 1) you must be a poster on the DIS. In the past we've had people who just found our site via web searches. 2) we ask for your cabin number for the buttons so we can deliver them if you miss the meet. If you want your cabin posted on the site and in the mini navigator so others can find you great - if you want it kept secret we will do that as well. 3) only ask for a button if you are going to wear it. They do cost money and we would hate to waste the money if you aren't going to wear it.

The Logo

Btw, permission IS given to grab the logo below for your own siggie. That's why it's there. :thumbsup2 Thanks to Time4disneynow/Monika for the original artwork :)

If you've never done that before, here's some easy instructions!

Highlight the following line, right click and select copy:

Click on UserCP above.
Click on Edit Signature.
Right click and paste, select Done :)


As noted on the website we have two DIS meets set up. These are based on past Member Cruises and what has worked well. Of course it is up to the group as a whole so if someone has another idea for time/place for the DIS meets let us know. Also if anyone is staying out by the Port Saturday night by all means set up a DIS meet there. We've done that before and it is great fun.

What you can do!

That's what we've taken on, but there are many other things you can do to help make this cruise great.

First and foremost become a regular poster. As we all get to know each other is where the fun comes in.

Things we've done on past cruises that you could volunteer to do:

Linked dining - on past cruises someone took up the job of linking the DIS group in dining. This could be one person willing to do it for both seatings or two people (one for early and one for late). We can put you in contact with who has done it in the past to find out how. Update - Flo is handling this!

Fish extenders - organizing the exchange of little gifts between DISers. Update - Flo is organizing this!

Pirates/Swans - a little game we play on the thread based on each 99th post and each 100th post. Update: Gary (OKWMEMBER) who gave us the game on the 2008 thread has volunteered to be the pirate master this year as well even though he isn't sailing with us. Thanks Gary.

Group Party Bus - something we did in 2006. Update: Annmarie has volunteered to look into and organize the party bus!

T-shirts - back in 2005 and 2006 we had group t-shirts. We haven't the past couple of years. Either way works fine, but if someone wants to organize this through cafe press etc. have at it.

Anything else you've done with past cruise groups or something new you'd like to do for this group? Let's hear about it.

Well that is about it - any questions just ask away.

Pirates and Swans:

Pirate postings - on the last Member cruise thread Gary OKWMember came up with the pirate game where each 100th post got a pirate (and later we added each 99th post got an Elizabeth Swan). We even gave prizes away at the onboard DIS meet. Gary has volunteered to be Pirate Master again even though he isn't sailing with us. We'll have a prize for the DISer with the most pirates and the most swans at the onboard DIS meet.

Fish Extenders

Flo (wltdsnyfan) has offered to organize the Fish Extender program. PM her if you are interested in joining. Here's what she has to say about it:


Originally Posted by wltdsnyfan (Post 28496451)
I know it is early but I was wondering if any one be interested on doing a Fish Extender exchange. The reason it is called fish extender is you hang what you want your little trinkets to be put in on there. These are right out side the room. Please let me know your thoughts.

*Fish Extenders – We will be putting little things in them through out the cruise. Like, Paper, Pencils, stickers, playing cards, pirate things etc. To do this I would compile a list with Room Numbers and names and hand out at the DIS meet on Ship. You could PM me this.

**Fish Extender Gifts - This can be EVERY day or you pick a day to distribute all your gifts. There really is no set rule for gift-giving, it is up to you as to what and how much you want to give... each to their own accord. It was allot of fun to come back to are room and find something there. It also gave me a chance to see parts of the ship I never saw in the previous cruises.


Party Bus!

Annmarie is looking as setting up a chartered bus from WDW to the port and back. Here's what she has to say:

Originally Posted by BCVOwner2002 (Post 28500311)
I know Mary has already supplied some information but if you are interested in taking a chartered bus, please send me a PM with the following information:

Dis User Name
WDW Resort Prior To SSMC09
WDW Resort After SSMC09
# of Adults
# of Children & Age(s)

I believe the last time we did this, we had approximately 50 people which filled the bus. Everyone was asked to be at one resort around 8:30 or 9:00 because we wanted to get to the port as early as possible.


Linked Dining

Flo (wltdsnyfan) has volunteered to handle the linking of dining for the group. Thanks Flo! Linking with other DISers adds a lot of fun to the cruise because you can get to know each other here before sailing. That way you aren't sitting with strangers you are sitting with DIS friends. Here is her post:


Originally Posted by wltdsnyfan

If any one would like link there dinning together please let me know. You can e mail to me at or PM them to me. Below is the information I will need for ALL involved (regardless of age). I will need this info no later then the end of July 2009. I know there is some time, but I just wanted to let everyone know.

1) Legal name of Each guest in the stateroom or staterooms
2) Stateroom
3) Age of each guest (at time of sailing)
4) Early or Late seating
5) Who you would like them to be linked to.

Each Waiter can accommodate 18 guests. The tables for each station are 8, 6 and 4.

WDWLVR 09-25-2008 08:17 PM

Anyone else planning on booking this or have booked it via adding on while on the '08 cruise? As Mark said we're going to try our best to get on. We've always had a great time on the Member Cruises. :thumbsup2

cobbler 09-25-2008 10:47 PM

I am still up in the air. It really depends on price, if I can get enough $$ by 11/2 and I am really leary about the time of year. Sure it is only 1 week earlier than this year, but that one week could make a difference.

It will only be 1 week after the boys start school, so it may be a me and hubby trip OR a me and mom trip. We have to talk it over.

gjw007 09-26-2008 12:19 AM

I'm considering it but I came to the conclusion that a 4-day cruise was way, way too short. I'd definitely try if it were a 7-day cruise and when the temperatures are a bit milder. I'll see what happens November 2; you never know, I might get through.

figmentnnemo 09-26-2008 07:24 AM

Next year
Vikki and I had a great time on the cruise and will talk about it for a long time to come. About next year, we do not know. This year I was very lucky to get off in September because my office is nuts this this time of the year. Next year I may not be so lucky. Does anyone know if we (being on the 08 member cruise) will get first choice of going, or is it open for all members? Did anyone see BLT? We took the tour yesterday, and thought it will be nice for one or two night, but then go back to AKL.

iluvdisney 09-26-2008 08:20 AM

Hoping to get on again next year!

cobbler 09-26-2008 09:12 AM


Originally Posted by figmentnnemo (Post 27814450)
Does anyone know if we (being on the 08 member cruise) will get first choice of going, or is it open for all members? Did anyone see BLT? We took the tour yesterday, and thought it will be nice for one or two night, but then go back to AKL.

On 11/2, it is open for booking for all members, regardless if they were on the 08 cruise. Mary usually has a chat while people are calling in on that day though :)

I did see BLT yesterday, pretty neat. I like it. I debate between getting more points at BLT or doing an SSR add-on via resale since those are going for a good price right now.

Alex's Mom 09-26-2008 11:17 AM

We are already booked :cool1: :cool1:
Can wait!!!!

WDWLVR 09-26-2008 01:30 PM


Originally Posted by Alex's Mom (Post 27818104)
We are already booked :cool1: :cool1:
Can wait!!!!

Excellent! When we get back home Mark will work on having a logo made for those of you already booked and an "I'm calling" logo for those of us hoping to book.

We'll also be happy to do the web page again for the group. Of course we won't open that up until we really do get booked. :)

Time4disneynow 09-26-2008 07:39 PM


Originally Posted by Alex's Mom (Post 27818104)
We are already booked :cool1: :cool1:
Can wait!!!!

We're already booked too....can't wait!!!!:yay: :yay:

tiggerguy2000 09-27-2008 10:26 AM

Way To Early
I missed the 2008 cruise and still remember the best DVC cruise in 2007.The one thing I don't like is the time frame that they choose.In the north east most kids go back to school after labor day so that becomes a problem.I understand for them it's the cheapest cruise but the tropical nightmare weather is why the cruise prices are so cheap at this time of the year.You pay less to roll the hurricane dice but im sure the DVC price will not reflect the time of the year.I was looking foward to going on the 2009 cruise with my family but im not sure it will happen.
I liked the 2007 cruise dates oct 21st thru 25th and that cruise theme was something special.
Is anyone else in favor of cruising in october then september?

Billy-tiggerguy :thumbsup2

P.S. I hope everyone had a wonderful 2008 DVC Cruise

tinkerbelle77 09-27-2008 11:20 AM

We are booked for 2009...Added on again! Can't wait!

Time4disneynow 09-27-2008 11:22 AM

For me....there is never a bad time to be on a Disney cruise :rotfl:

Time4disneynow 09-27-2008 11:25 AM


Originally Posted by tinkerbelle77 (Post 27835828)
We are booked for 2009...Added on again! Can't wait!

We were on the 2008 Members Cruise too....we loved it. Had the best time.
We also added on and are booked for Members cruise 2009.


MarkRG 09-28-2008 05:20 PM

I get home, and I see someone is more anxious than me to go next year, and has graciously provided for everyone a new 2009 member cruise logo!

Thanks to Time4disneynow/Monika for being really ahead of the game :)

Now I've tweaked it so the background is transparent, and here it is!

Either right click copy then paste into your signature, or copy the following line of code:

Now, from that, I've created this one for everyone that has to do the call in on Nov 2nd. :)

and the code for this one:

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