Originally Posted by KelseyLaPerle
I have read nearly all the Alaskan info. threads and yet I still have a few questions. We are on the late July sailing, it'll be just DH and I (celebrating our 10th anniversary).
1.) While on board, do we need to keep anything with us at all times? I'm having a hard time deciphering the actual size of the ship and how long it will take us to walk around, etc. If it'll only be a 2-3 minute walk to get back to our room for stuff, I won't carry around a bag. Otherwise, I'll want to stash stuff and keep it handy. The ship isn't that large that a 2 or 3 minute walk won't get you where you're going. I usually just have my KTTW card, and chapstick. And the ever important camera.
2.) I know the ship is cash free and we'll pay for everything at the end of the cruise. Can we do this with Disney gift cards, credit card or cash? Charges to your onboard account will be taken (in this order) from any gift cards applied to your account, then cash, then charged to your credit card. Be sure to keep your gift cards after applying them to your account, in case there is any left :lmao: they need to be put back on the same gift card.
3.) What is the pier like where we'll have to wait in line to board? It'll be late July so the weather shouldn't be too bad, but I'm wondering if we'll have to stand out in the wind while we wait. Don't know what dock DCL uses, but all our cruses (Alaska or otherwise), you are in the terminal, go out on a small deck sort of area and directly onto a covered gangway, that leads into the ship.
4.) For excursions, I assume we can bring a backpack with stuff for the day and for space to remove layers if needed? For higher activity excursions, like zip-lining, is there a place to store items or will we have to carry everything with us at all times? Sorry, haven't done ziplining, don't know this one.
5.) What are the indoor temperatures like at the restaurants, etc.? I guess it can be chilly on deck but the temperature must be controlled inside. I have always found the MDRs (as well as the theatres) chilly onboard.
6.) We have AT&T cell phones - will they work on the ship or at the ports? We have Verizon, we called home from Ketchikan, Juneau, and Anchorage with no problems. Onboard the ship, while cruising, you will be charged for Cellar at Sea ($2.49 per minute).
7.) Do we pay for excursions when we book them online, or is our place held and we pay on the ship? Excursion are charged to your onboard account once you are onboard (usually shows up on the day of the excursion). If you book an excursion, and want to cancel it, you must do so 3 days prior to the beginning of the cruise, or you will be charged for it, unless DCL can re-sell you spot.
8.) Can we only make a reservation at Palo during our normally scheduled dining time? You may make Palo reservations for anytime during thier dining hours. In many cases, this isn't when your "regular" scheduled dining time.
Thanks so much for any and all help!