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Old 07-31-2012, 05:51 PM   #991
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Thanks for all the great tips!
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Old 08-02-2012, 09:03 PM   #992
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Just got back from the July 23rd week Alaska cruise ... my biggest surprises (as someone who read all the threads on here for months):

#1 - Tracy Arm day
Despite having a sold out ship and the first sunny day on Tracy Arm all season, there was no issue at all getting a spot on the rail on Deck 4 at 3pm (as we pulled up to the glacier). We have a 6 year-old and had made the decision that we couldn't camp out all day for this and would just hope for a glimpse ... nope, we walked out on Deck 4 and got a great spot immediately. Took photos with Minnie & Donald, enjoyed the sights, went in for awhile to go a princess tea, then returned at 4:30pm and got the good rail spot again.

I'm so happy we didn't spend an extra $2k for a veranda for this day, there were tons of free, great spots on Deck 4!


#2 - Clear Plastic Shoe Holder
That really was awesome. I thought I'd be a bit overboard with this, but honest, the bathrooms are so tiny that you don't want to have all the medicines, brushes, make-up, etc everywhere. With this shoe holder hanging on the door (we hung it into the hallway outside the bathroom), everything was easy to find and there was very little chaos in getting ready.

#3 - Clock was horrible
We had a digital clock with an iPad docking station that came with our room. What a hunk of junk. Couldn't get the time to change (and I'm not bad at this sort of thing) on the 2 time change days and had to call maintenance. Didn't glow at night. If you need a clock, bring your own.

#4 - Palo - skip dinner, go to the brunch
Brunch is incredible! Dinner is like going to any fancy restaurant back home ... go to brunch! We went at 11am and at 1pm when we were ready to leave they kept insisting we stay and relax longer, watching humpback whales out the window.
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Old 08-02-2012, 09:18 PM   #993
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#3 - Clock was horrible
We had a digital clock with an iPad docking station that came with our room. What a hunk of junk. Couldn't get the time to change (and I'm not bad at this sort of thing) on the 2 time change days and had to call maintenance. Didn't glow at night. If you need a clock, bring your own.
We had the same problem, as did our entire dining table. We already have an alarm clock packed for the next cruise. I can't understand why everything else is such good quality (especially the bedding!) but these clocks stink.

Thanks for sharing some great information!
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Old 08-02-2012, 09:21 PM   #994
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OK... something not sinking in here. I get doing this on the last night when there is no room service the next morning (although even then, they get you up so early...) but why on other nights? Why not just order it in the morning? No waiting? Or do they only deliver in the morning according to the continental breakfast timeslots and you get up even before the first one?
There are cards in your stateroom that you hang on your door before you turn in for the night. You pick the time that you want the items delivered in the morning. RS calls you about 15 minutes before they are going to deliver your items. If you wait to order in the morning, you will be waiting for your order. This way there is no waiting...and the phone call is used as a wake up call. I like to do this since the clocks in the staterooms are horrible and I don't always remember to set the alarm on my phone esp if there is a time change.
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Old 08-03-2012, 10:32 PM   #995
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Counting the time away so that we can use all these wonderful tips! Thanks
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Old 08-03-2012, 11:32 PM   #996
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Order an extra appetizer, have it boxed to take it back to your state room & then give it to your favorite CMs! Seriously, that would make any CM's day.
Can they really accept that? If so, Id bring them a whole meal lol
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Old 08-04-2012, 12:45 AM   #997
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Can they really accept that? If so, Id bring them a whole meal lol
No they can't accept it. Some will be nice and say thank you then toss it as soon as you are out of sight.

There are huge disciplinary actions if they do according to former CM's who post here on the boards

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Old 08-04-2012, 07:21 AM   #998
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That's what I thought. Too bad though.

Id love to hear froma current C on if there is anything they do like. Phone cards I get. Candy....Im wondering if they would really eat it.

Im glad to hear that writing about them helps. Ive written in about 2 CMs from the parks who were amazing. I try to remember their names and write about them.
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Old 08-04-2012, 09:19 PM   #999
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"Originally Posted by ariesmom
Apparently we can Topsiders (is it Beach Blanket on Wonder?) for breakfast buffet option on disembarkation morning."

What is this exactly. Would love to do this with my family. We are first time cruisers and this would be great to do.

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Old 08-05-2012, 01:10 PM   #1000
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Finally made it through 5 years and 5 months worth of posts!! Thanks for all the amazing tips and the compilation with the Google doc!!!

My tip (which I saw elsewhere and plan to use on our first cruise....so excited) is to use a zip tie to secure your FE to the fish as there have been some thefts.
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Old 08-05-2012, 02:02 PM   #1001
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"Originally Posted by ariesmom
Apparently we can Topsiders (is it Beach Blanket on Wonder?) for breakfast buffet option on disembarkation morning."

What is this exactly. Would love to do this with my family. We are first time cruisers and this would be great to do.

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We eat at the buffet on the last morning instead of the MDR. It's just easier for us and the food seems better. Even though in the dining room you are ordering off a menu, it's very limited and does not taste like its made to order. Also, you can wander up to the buffet when you are ready as opposed to an assigned time.
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My tip (which I saw elsewhere and plan to use on our first cruise....so excited) is to use a zip tie to secure your FE to the fish as there have been some thefts.[/QUOTE]

We use zip ties as well, but the problem is that the GIFTS are being stolen out of the FE pockets. I saw an FE that was small personalized tote bags that had draw string pockets. That would be harder for someone to snatch stuff out of.
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Old 08-05-2012, 11:21 PM   #1003
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hot chocolate

Great thread! My mind is overloaded with all the great tips!

I have a question. I have seen the coffee tip several times... order it at night and it will still be warm in the morning. Would this work for hot chocolate too? Do they deliver that in the same kind of container?
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Old 08-06-2012, 04:50 AM   #1004
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Theft of the FEs were common on our cruise as well. We ended up tracking down the room stewards and giving them the FE gifts and place them inside the cabin on the bed when they were done cleaning. Worked like a charm.
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Old 08-06-2012, 05:59 AM   #1005
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Theft of the FEs were common on our cruise as well. We ended up tracking down the room stewards and giving them the FE gifts and place them inside the cabin on the bed when they were done cleaning. Worked like a charm.
How sad that other cruisers would Do that

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