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Old 09-17-2010, 06:50 PM   #151
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Thanks for all of the great tips! I'm subscribing to this thread so we'll be 'in the know' for our trip in April!
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Old 09-17-2010, 09:29 PM   #152
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I definitely agree on packing a small carry on bag with a change of clothes and a bathing suit we cruised in August and the heat was brutal my 2 and 1/2 year old was able to cool of in the splash zone.
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Old 09-18-2010, 09:44 AM   #153
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If I remember correctly, it seems that the drinks in the souvenir glasses are the same price as other drinks and are bigger than the regular glasses they give you!
When you buy the drinks in the souvenir glasses, you do pay extra for the glass. But, if you do this you can bring it over to one of the bars and ask for them to wash it out. They sometimes give you a new one instead. I have quite a collection of these souvenir glasses, and now tend to avoid them, LOL!

Except for the one on Castaway Cay, which last time I was there was a nice insulated, colorful cup with lid and straw.
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Old 09-18-2010, 03:21 PM   #154
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I don't think that I read anything about making sure that you bring enough cash or credit to book your next cruise on board, because after the 1st DCL cruise you'll be hooked.
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Old 09-18-2010, 04:11 PM   #155
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Thanks for all the great tips! This will be my 2nd DCL cruise and we will have three other families joining us. I think I'm going to make them Cruise Tip baskets for Christmas with the pillow case, photo matt, door magnets, thank you notes, and a gift card. Sounds like I'll have three families off my Christmas list now! Keep the tips coming.. I love finding out new things.
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Old 09-18-2010, 04:55 PM   #156
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Subscribing! Love all the tips!
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Old 09-18-2010, 05:03 PM   #157
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Not sure if they still do it, but on our first afternoon a couple years ago they offered a free guided tour of the ship. We got to visit the bridge, the spa and the kitchen area where all the food is prepared, and were offered a chocolate chip cookie as a treat. Very interesting tour. Not sure if there is a minimum age (probably).
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Old 09-18-2010, 06:06 PM   #158
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thanks for the great tips
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Old 09-18-2010, 06:31 PM   #159
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Our first ever cruise and Disnet cruise to boot is the 7 day eastern carribean on 4/28!!!!

1. do they always keep the markers from signing pillow cases etc?

2. does anyone worry about handing over thier passports??? I would love to have the stamps ( since I currently only have one) but not sure

3. maybe a silly? but do they sell scrap book supplies on board?

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1. We have always gotten our markers back. 3. And yes I have bought DCL scrap book supplies on board!
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Old 10-04-2010, 11:02 AM   #160
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Great tips!
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Old 10-04-2010, 11:27 AM   #161
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Any tips on pin trading? My boys love to pin trade. I know when we've been to the resorts, at certain times of the night they will bring out a pin trading board. Do they do this on the cruises?
Just thought I would share this as something special - I don't know if its something you can ASK for but if you should a helping spirit you may get picked for it!

One night when I was pin trading early on my 1st cruise I was at the Limited Edition Pin stand that they bring out every night and I was explaining to different parents what Pin Trading was and how it worked because there kids were asking to do it - then I would trade or give a pin to the kids to get them started - I was then asked by one of the CM if I would like to participate in Officer Pin Trading on the Semi-Formal Night. I got an offical invitation in my Fish and then a certificate afterwards saying that I had participated. I stood in line with all the officers and traded with people before going to dinner...it was fun and I got quite a few great pins out of it
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Old 10-04-2010, 01:28 PM   #163
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Thumbs up great tips

Thanks for all the ideas. I think I might try the photo mat idea.
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Old 10-04-2010, 08:58 PM   #164
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Great tips! thank you
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Old 10-05-2010, 08:05 AM   #165
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Bring enough cash in small bills when in ports on own

Be sure to bring plenty of small bills ($20's or less) if you choose to do ports on your own -- as you will likely be told (by cabbies, store owners, etc) that they cannot break anything bigger -- while this is likely not true --- you may still be told that.

This happened to us when we did Trunk Bay in St. John on our own. By the time we paid for a cab to the ferry, the ferry, a cab (a truck, really) to Trunk Bay, lunch in Trunk Bay . . . we only had $100 bills left and the driver from Trunk Bay to the ferry said he could not break our bill . I highly doubt that he was telling the truth (and we did think later that we could have told him -- fine, we will wait for the next driver, who will likely break the bill . . . and he probably would have then said he could break the bill!!)

Luckily, another cruiseline passenger with us was able to break the bill for us!!!

But, I don't think we'll let that happen again!!!
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