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Old 01-16-2012, 02:19 AM   #136
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Will do again:
Get my hair braided early on; it kept it out of my face the whole trip.
Order a midnight snack from room service.
Dress up for Pirate Night.
Spend as much time as possible at Castaway Cay.

Won't do again:
Be involved in a FE with over 50 state rooms.
Plan to do anything the first night. I will wait to get over my sea sickness.
Forget to count and try on life jackets.

Will do for the first time:
Eat a meal at Palo (not sure which one).
Character breakfast.
Parasail at Castaway Cay.
Order room service for breakfast.
See a movie.
Family game shows and karaoke.
Shop on board.
Get a family portrait done before the last night.
Ring in the New Year on the Fantasy.

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Old 01-16-2012, 10:13 AM   #137
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Things I would do:
  1. Talk to the crew more. They have such interesting lives and stories to share.
  2. Stay up to see the fireworks on pirate night. Five cruises and I've only seen them once.
  3. Take time to enjoy the decor of the ship. They are beautiful vessels and we miss so much running place to place.
  4. Play bingo more, it was a blast.
  5. Make my 5 y/o spend time in the clubs. He didn't want to but he would have LOVED it.

Things I wouldn't do:
  1. FE Exchange...too expensive and time consuming to deliver gifts. So much stuff to bring home.
  2. Sail on the Dream or Fantasy....I didn't say never....but they are too big for me.
  3. Spend time doing's vacation for goodness sake!
  4. Sail the Bahamian itinerary, just don't love Nassau.
  5. Buy any more Dooney bags (this is from DH)
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Old 01-16-2012, 10:51 PM   #138
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Wow! What great info! We are going on our 1st cruise in Oct and this was so interesting to read! Thanks!
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Old 01-17-2012, 12:59 AM   #139
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In light of current events,
-carry a small flashlight in my bag
-try on the life jacket in my room

God bless the passengers of Costa Concordia.
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Old 01-24-2012, 12:55 PM   #140
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You all are so awesome! What great tips! Our first cruise is on the Dream in 44 days and I will definitely be applying what you've had to share!

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Old 01-24-2012, 01:22 PM   #141
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Will do again
- Palo's
- Room service
- Fish Extender
- Post it notes on the back of the door
- Enjoy the drink of the day

Will not do again
- Worry about my DS in the kid's club
- Cast off party and Pirate party, too crowded.
- Dress up, formal night was a myth
- Any Butterfly farm
Thanks for writing about the Kid's Club. I am so torn about it for my DD (7) and DS (5). Ugh.
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Old 01-24-2012, 01:31 PM   #142
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great do's and don'ts
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Old 01-24-2012, 04:36 PM   #143
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I started this thread almost a year ago, I should go back and read what I wanted to do this time Both times before in Nassau we didnt' really do anything tour wise which we regret. This time we are doing the Nassau Forts and Junkanoo tour. We also plan on eating in Nassau, I'd like to try the Konch Fritters? other plans:

book our next cruise on the first night
get a Dooney and Bourke handbag
This time were getting a couples massage on CC
bring on more beer
Impatiently awaiting our next cruise!! First time on Fantasy and first 7 day!!
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Old 01-27-2012, 12:17 PM   #144
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This was such a great thread...i took lots of notes :-) thank god i found this forum! Cruising in April for the 1st time on the Magic now even more excited!!!
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Old 01-27-2012, 02:01 PM   #145
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Will do:
- Take a chance the day before the cruise and see some sights.
- Get cookies and milk before bed time
- Order wine at dinner
- Eat lunches at the sit down restaurants
- Eat at Palo
- Get lots and lots of Bonine
- Try the different tastings
- Go to the entertainment during the day
- Go to the pool, not once did we on the last cruise.

Won't Do again:
- We won't have a big medical emergency two weeks before so DBF is stuck in a wheelchair and uncomfortable. *knocks on wood*
- We won't arrive into port the day of the cruise, it led to a very crabby me.
- Have a verandah with a white wall
- Sleep in way too late.
- Be in the way aft
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Old 01-27-2012, 03:34 PM   #146
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Will do:

1. Stay on the ship at Nassau. We opted to explore the ship and do the onboard activities. Had just as much fun as when we had gone into Nassau, but without the expense.

2. Tastings - We did the mixology and taquila tastings. Great value and had a blast. (Will not do back to back tastings again...can you say toasted?!?)

3. Go without my kids!!! They are 1 and 4, and cruisng without them last time was a much need break. They will come with us one day, but not yet.

Will not do:

1. Sorry to say it...Palo. We loved our meal at Palo, but the food at the sit down dining on the Dream was also very good. Not going to pay for it again, especially since the price keeps going up.

2. Rent the tube instead of the raft at CC. DH got the raft and it was much more comfortable.

3. Rainforest Room - I had done this every other cruise. I love it; it's beautiful and relaxing and quite. But the Dream adult pool area, especially the upper deck, did not look overrun with kids as some had reported. Going to give the adult area a try next time.
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Old 01-27-2012, 04:49 PM   #147
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Won't Do again:

- Have a verandah with a white wall
- Be in the way aft
Can I ask why? I just booked a stateroom way in the aft (2nd room from the end of hall) with a white wall verandah? Why is it a bad choice? Thanks!
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Old 01-27-2012, 05:31 PM   #148
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Wow! Great thread. Took some notes and will have to look at this again before our first disney cruise in august.
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Old 01-27-2012, 05:35 PM   #149
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Oh great! We are traveling for the first time with friends and it is already causing me stress. How do you politely tell them that we don't need to spend 24/7 together? LOL (she actually told me that she hopes my husband "doesn't feel like a third wheel" as her husband won't do anything with her)
Oh geez! You would think she would take the hint that it may be *her* that's the 3rd wheel if her husband is not around

I love this thread!! Great info! Thanks to you all, my phone has a HUGE note of things to do/not do! Can't wait to add to it myself!

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Old 01-27-2012, 05:36 PM   #150
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