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Old 06-21-2013, 04:38 PM   #1
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Celebrating Birthdays/Anniversaries - how far away from actual cruise?

I was surprised on my last cruise to see so many people celebrating birthdays and anniversaries that were actually as many as a few weeks before or after the cruise. I always thought it had to be the actual date to get the special dessert or recognition. What's the general rule of thumb for it to "count" as celebrating a special day?

Also, if you do tell the waiter in the MDR that it's a birthday, are you charged anything for the special dessert they bring?
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Old 06-21-2013, 06:19 PM   #2
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I was surprised on my last cruise to see so many people celebrating birthdays and anniversaries that were actually as many as a few weeks before or after the cruise. I always thought it had to be the actual date to get the special dessert or recognition. What's the general rule of thumb for it to "count" as celebrating a special day?

Also, if you do tell the waiter in the MDR that it's a birthday, are you charged anything for the special dessert they bring?
If the cruise was given as a birthday (or anniversary) gift, who's to say the cruise must be taken then? You can tell your server that you are celebrating (whatever) and they will bring out the appropriate buttons/cake decoration.

There's no time limit to celebrations on DCL (or any cruiseline, for that matter).

There's no charge for the personal celebration cake served.
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Old 06-21-2013, 06:24 PM   #3
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Cool. We board nov 24th and our anniversary is the 19th.
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Old 06-21-2013, 06:35 PM   #4
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I was surprised on my last cruise to see so many people celebrating birthdays and anniversaries that were actually as many as a few weeks before or after the cruise. I always thought it had to be the actual date to get the special dessert or recognition. What's the general rule of thumb for it to "count" as celebrating a special day?

Also, if you do tell the waiter in the MDR that it's a birthday, are you charged anything for the special dessert they bring?
My own personal policy is if the cruise is within a 30 day window. Once we sailed with friends and it was the son's birthday so i set it up.

We almost always sail during the month of my son's birthday so we celebrate on the ship.

In 2010 we were on the Magic for the repositioning cruise and a lady at our table was celebrating her birthday that was nearly 9 months before. And she did state that the cruise was her birthday present, however she felt bad because it was the same night everyone celebrated my son's birthday and his was less than 2 weeks before the cruise.
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Old 06-21-2013, 06:51 PM   #5
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I think a lot depends on what you are celebrating. I celebrated my 30th birthday at WDW. My birthday is in March but we were only able to travel in January do to scheduling issues. My husband told them my actual birthday date when we booked and they were fine with it! I got a birthday button, flowers in the room and my hubby made some surprise reservations for me at Cinderella's castle as my B-day gift.

As long as you are honest about it, I don't see a problem celebrating early or late.
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Old 06-21-2013, 07:09 PM   #6
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My daughter's birthday is November, but we did a cruise in September that was considered her "big gift" for her birthday. We were chating casually with someone at guest services while we waiting for them to find the pillow case we had left for signatures and my daughter mentioned it was her birthday cruise. I told them that her actual birthday was not until November. When we returned to our cabin that evening we found a plate of chocolate chip cookies and a birthday card that had a ten dollar gift card to use in the arcade. The next night at dinner, they brought her a birthday cake. We neither requested or expected either, but it thrilled my daughter.
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If I am paying that much to be on the ship to celebrate my birthday, a small desert that probably costs DCL less than $1.00 to produce isn't a big deal. It's not like you are going to a local restaurant and doing this. It takes scheduling to be able to take a week or more off for a cruise. Sometimes this has to be done at a time other than the actual event. It doesn't diminish the celebration for that person.

Besides, they know everyone's actual birthday because of the information required to book the cruise and board.
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Old 06-21-2013, 08:19 PM   #8
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My daughter's birthday is November, but we did a cruise in September that was considered her "big gift" for her birthday. We were chating casually with someone at guest services while we waiting for them to find the pillow case we had left for signatures and my daughter mentioned it was her birthday cruise. I told them that her actual birthday was not until November. When we returned to our cabin that evening we found a plate of chocolate chip cookies and a birthday card that had a ten dollar gift card to use in the arcade. The next night at dinner, they brought her a birthday cake. We neither requested or expected either, but it thrilled my daughter.
How wonderful! Our son's 16th birthday gift is a Mediterranean cruise. His birthday is in November and the cruise is in July. We have no plans on getting cake and singing Happy Birthday, but this is his big 16th birthday gift
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I was surprised on my last cruise to see so many people celebrating birthdays and anniversaries that were actually as many as a few weeks before or after the cruise. I always thought it had to be the actual date to get the special dessert or recognition. What's the general rule of thumb for it to "count" as celebrating a special day?

Also, if you do tell the waiter in the MDR that it's a birthday, are you charged anything for the special dessert they bring?
We were on the Fantasy last year the Sat. After Thanksgiving-one daughter turned 6 in October and our other daughter's birthday wasn't until February (4) and they (our awesome servers) ASKED US if they could celebrate our daughters birthdays-we said sure and so we did! You can celebrate anything at anytime with Disney and that is part of why we choose to pay a premium.:-)
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Can you celebrate your un-birthday?
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Old 06-21-2013, 08:27 PM   #12
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Do they make it extra special if you there on your actual birthday? We are considering a 5 night Bahamas next Oct and it happens to have my actual birthday.
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I feel as long as you celebrate a special occasion once a year...it is fine. We are cruising oct 13, and our 10th anniversary is oct 12. Yes we are celebrating during our trip.
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Do they make it extra special if you there on your actual birthday? We are considering a 5 night Bahamas next Oct and it happens to have my actual birthday.
We were there on our kids 15th and 13th bday (same day ). It was noted in our reservation. DH happened to mention it to our servers the night before and they had no idea. The night of their bday I tried to keep them there but our service was sooooo slow. After 2 hrs I let them go to their clubs. Of course right after that, the head server came by with their desserts. One actually said "Happy Anniversary".

We were pretty disappointed.
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This thread gives me some great insight. My DD will be turning 21 twelve days after our cruise ends in August. I think I'll add celebrating her birthday to make our first cruise extra special.

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