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Old 01-01-2011, 11:29 AM   #1
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Top 10 Things i learned on our Disney Cruise

Just got off the Wonder Christmas cruise on Thursday. This was our 2nd cruise (last one was Aug 2009). During the long 9 hour drive home, my mind started wandering and i came up with a top 10 list of my own...

1. Yes, even in December in 60 degree weather, you still need sunscreen.

2. Bring those extension cords, command hooks, sharpies, scissors, tape, baggies, and laundry hooks - you will need and want them.

3. No matter how many towel folding classes i take, i still cannot make any towel fold to look like any animal. That skill alone is worthy of a big tip to the room steward.

4. Pin trading is a sport.

5. Travel iron - do not bring it. Use the full size iron and ironing board in the laundry room on Deck 2. It works great and there is never anyone else using it.

6. Disney spends a LOT of money on things, but one thing Disney does NOT spend money on is the hair dryer in the cabin. They are crap. Bring your own if you need one.

7. Going from the suite in Aug 2009 and the Concierge level to the Family Stateroom was really not that bad...

8. Seeing the Pixie dust light up the theater for the show still will give adults a smile and chill every time.


ok, so i only have 8 but i am sure others have more to add...

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Old 01-01-2011, 12:06 PM   #2
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You are so right on the blow dryer!! EEK!!

Here are two that we found:

1. Room service is a treat and so helpful on long excursion days..remember to bring dollar bills for tips!

2. Don't let your teen have charging privileges without you showing him how to use the arcarde credit machine..he put $50 on a card, not realizing it and promptly left without it on one of the games...it was stolen....he was broken hearted, it was all the money he had...we of course made up for it, but it was a lesson learned.

I would love to hear how they handled Christmas! Any special celebrations? Figgy pudding for dessert?? We're considering it one year, but not sure the kids would get that Christmas feeling on a ship...how was it??

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Old 01-01-2011, 12:57 PM   #3
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Amen, ladypirate!! Those hair dryers remind me of the kind they have in every single hotel in Europe - they suck They don't dry your hair, but they do burn your hand. I am sooooo glad my sister had thought to bring hers, and I'm investing in a good one with a retractable cord and a folding handle for our next cruise.

And the sunscreen - I swear the sun is stronger in the Caribbean! We were slathering ourselves all day and I still got burned. Next time I'm taking a 2-pronged approach, with a layer of a good strong cream physical block and then a layer of the spray-on chemical block kind. We'll see if it works.

Here's my addition to your list:

9 - Fireworks launched off the back of a cruise ship are cooler than any land-based show, and will cause an adult to repeatedly gush "This is sooo awesome!!"
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Old 01-01-2011, 11:01 PM   #4
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And the sunscreen - I swear the sun is stronger in the Caribbean! We were slathering ourselves all day and I still got burned. Next time I'm taking a 2-pronged approach, with a layer of a good strong cream physical block and then a layer of the spray-on chemical block kind. We'll see if it works.
And speaking of sunscreen, be sure you have plenty when you go ashore. When my husband bought some in Nassau, he failed to look at the price before he got it, and learned he had just spent $24.50 a bottle.
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And speaking of sunscreen, be sure you have plenty when you go ashore. When my husband bought some in Nassau, he failed to look at the price before he got it, and learned he had just spent $24.50 a bottle.
We had approximately the same thing happen, but we bought our bottle in Cozumel and...ouch! the price was pretty darned high too.
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Old 01-02-2011, 09:25 AM   #6
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You are so right on the blow dryer!! EEK!!

Here are two that we found:

1. Room service is a treat and so helpful on long excursion days..remember to bring dollar bills for tips! YOU CAN TIP WITHOUT MONEY NOW, JUST ADD IT TO THE TICKET THAT THE ROOM SERVER BRINGS

2. Don't let your teen have charging privileges without you showing him how to use the arcarde credit machine..he put $50 on a card, not realizing it and promptly left without it on one of the games...it was stolen....he was broken hearted, it was all the money he had...we of course made up for it, but it was a lesson learned.

I would love to hear how they handled Christmas! Any special celebrations? Figgy pudding for dessert?? We're considering it one year, but not sure the kids would get that Christmas feeling on a ship...how was it??

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Christmas was only so-so. The "Christmas" menu wasn't very good, They just don't "get" American food on the ship. Horrible mush cornbread dressing, no mashed potatoes, no sweet potatoes, no "regular" vegetbles.

Absolutely NO figgy pudding.......
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Old 02-22-2011, 07:37 PM   #7
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As a courtesy for tipping, don't put the tip on your card. The workers must then claim it on thier taxes. If you give them cash they can "fudge" the tip income a little
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Old 02-22-2011, 09:49 PM   #8
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We've gone on 2 Disney Cruises...here's some of the things that we've learned:

1. Bring pillowcases and sharpies to have autographed...these are the BEST souvenirs for the kids!

2. Buy pins before you leave if you want to pin trade. Again, much cheaper than buying pins on board, and the kids love the hunting!

3. We LOVE decorating the door! We planned ahead for the 2nd cruise and I carried the stuff in a scrapbook 12x12 plastic case, which came in handy to bring all the navigators and paper stuff home.

4. If you are a scrapbooker, ask for stuff at Guest Services...you'd be AMAZED at the things they have just hanging around that they will give you!

5. Bring baggies and order room service sandwiches to bring for a snack on excursions.

6. TURN OFF THE TECHNOLOGY! No one needs your updates until AFTER you are home!

7. Be sure to ask for the galley tour..adults only...on a sea day..free, but you need to get a ticket. And also for the Alice Tea Party...families...free, but need a ticket.

8. Be nice to your servers, room stewards, etc. Tell them what you like...you might be surprised at what you "find" in your room or at your next meal!

9. Order Mickey Ice Cream bars or Mickey Rice Krispy treats from room service...neither are on the menu, but BOTH are available. The Rice Krispy treats are on a stick and the ears are dipped in chocolate!


I'm sure there are more, but that's what I can think of off hand. LOVE THIS THREAD!
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We've gone on 2 Disney Cruises...here's some of the things that we've learned:

4. If you are a scrapbooker, ask for stuff at Guest Services...you'd be AMAZED at the things they have just hanging around that they will give you!

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hmmm, like what kind of stuff I wonder.

I know this is an older thread, but I had it bookmarked, and after reading thru, there were some good tips, so I thought I would resurrect.
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Old 01-01-2011, 01:13 PM   #10
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Just got off the Wonder Christmas cruise on Thursday. This was our 2nd cruise (last one was Aug 2009). During the long 9 hour drive home, my mind started wandering and i came up with a top 10 list of my own...

1. Yes, even in December in 60 degree weather, you still need sunscreen.

My wife learned that lesson on our cruise to Alaska, she got sunburned on a 40 degree day.

2. Bring those extension cords, command hooks, sharpies, scissors, tape, baggies, and laundry hooks - you will need and want them.

Never found a use for anything other than the baggies.

3. No matter how many towel folding classes i take, i still cannot make any towel fold to look like any animal. That skill alone is worthy of a big tip to the room steward.



4. Pin trading is a sport.

Never got into that, but somehow ended up with a drawer full of Disney pins over the years.

5. Travel iron - do not bring it. Use the full size iron and ironing board in the laundry room on Deck 2. It works great and there is never anyone else using it.

Don't bring them because they are forbidden....a fire hazard

6. Disney spends a LOT of money on things, but one thing Disney does NOT spend money on is the hair dryer in the cabin. They are crap. Bring your own if you need one.

Clearly varies from stateroom to stateroom. I always have suspected that some folks must use flame throwers at home, because the 1500 watt wall dryer in our stateroom put out way too much heat. Of course, why ANYONE uses one on a Caribbean cruise baffles me. 15 minutes in the wind and humidity, and your hair is back to what mother nature gave you anyway.

7. Going from the suite in Aug 2009 and the Concierge level to the Family Stateroom was really not that bad...

8. Seeing the Pixie dust light up the theater for the show still will give adults a smile and chill every time.


ok, so i only have 8 but i am sure others have more to add...

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Old 01-01-2011, 03:14 PM   #11
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Thanks so much for taking the time to post your list!!
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Old 01-01-2011, 04:17 PM   #12
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Great post!

Something I love (but those who like to sleep in may differ) - getting up early and having coffee out on deck while it is still quiet... priceless.
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Really good post...just a couple of mine to tag on...

Join a fish extender group if you get the chance, its great fun!

Make use of room service, hot chocolate & cookies can be brought up for kiddies at bedtime (or me !!) for a couple $$ tip

For europeans- Get any cash you need for ports before you go- dont rely on currency conversion aboard, they actually have to change back to $ then to whatever youre buying, so you lose out twice!

When your checking in,if you have pre registered your children online, you dont have to stand in the queue to register your children in the kids clubs, just head up to the clubs once your onboard and they will register you there, much quicker!

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Old 01-02-2011, 03:04 PM   #14
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Join a fish extender group if you get the chance, its great fun!
I agree. We do our FE gifts on the first night of the cruise. It gives us a chance to explore the ship!

My tips to add to the list:

1. You can carry your own wine & alcohol on board. Disney is one of the only cruiselines that allow this! Make sure you bring a wine opener. They will charge a corkage fee in the dining room. Also, you cannot carry open alcohol off the ship and unopened alcohol counts against your customs limit so plan on drinking what you bring.

2. Highlighters are a must for us! We use them to highlight the activities in the Navigator that we'd like to participate in.

3. Bring a sweater or jacket with you...even in the heat of the summer. Some areas of the ship like the theaters are kept cool, and it can be cool and windy on deck in the evening.

4. Ladies, if you plan on wearing your hair down, bring a clip or poneytail holder for when you go out on the deck. Again, it gets very windy and you hair will be all over the place.

5. Purchase the Tropical Rainforest Pass. It entitles you to use the Tropical Rainforest in the Vista Spa throughout your cruise. The Tropical Rainforest has two steams rooms, one large sauna room, two aromatic showers, and heated tile loungers that are heavenly! i believe the pass is only $10-$15 a day. It's a bargin!
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Tara - for the Christmas cruise, they had a tree lighting the first night of the cruise which i am sure that the tree is actually "lit" all thru December. We had a Santa visit on Christmas and the kids got a Cars calendar (since it was boys themed they are giving them away). Can't think of anything else to be honest except that the night of Christmas eve they did the towels as an angel. That was a new one for us. Not sure if they did that just because it was Christmas. Our Disney cruise for this Christmas was a gift from dh's mom, but for the price increase, i would not do it. too many logistics with gifts and all that...!

and another for my top 10 list -

Dining room servers will get the kids fed with their complete meal including dessert by the time you are done - that way you can have your dessert and coffee "in peace" while they go to the kids club. Priceless.
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