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Old 12-02-2012, 02:20 PM   #1
kihart
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First Time DCL Cruisers just off the Fantasy

My mom, me and my 6 yr old daughter just got off the Fantasy yesterday(12.1.12) and had an amazing time!

A few tips we read about and did...
1. the pillow case with the fabric markers...this was great! Dropped it off on the way to dinner on the first day and it was delivered to our stateroom of Friday. It had ALL the autographs of all the characters on board. The 6 yr old loved it...take the yellow marker out, hard to see.
2. participate in a FE exchange! it is like secret Santa all week! Just a few thingds we received...Mickey Tumblers(all 3 of us), tons of candy, scrabble tile necklaces with the DCL logo on them, keychains, penlights, 'pixie dust', Disney princess pens and the list goes on!
3. get in line early for some of the most popular characters!
4. use that kids club!! My 6 yr old protested a bit, but when i would pick her up she would say how much fun she had!! We had a late dinner seating and the counselors come to the entrance of the dining rooms to pick kids up.

Cozumel was one of our fave stops. We snorkled there with the Fury Catamaran people and my DD loved it!! LOVED IT! Thru her mouthpiece she shouted 'this is flippin' awesome mom!' There was not a lunch with this package and that was the only negative.

Costa Maya was our least favorite.

Grand Cayman was beautiful as well! We did the dolphin excursion there. My DD wouldn't do the fin swim, or the push from the dolphin, even though she said she wanted to, but my mom and i did and it was very fun. We also went to Margaritaville after that. There was a waterslide there. The DD loved that!! Mom and I had a couple of drinks and some apps and sat at a table just near the slide and wated her play. Now the money exchange was very high so our bill was HIGH. I think the lady said it was 1.50(Mex) to 1.00(US)...but we didn't know any different so that may not have been true...whatever...we had fun!

Check the giftshops on the boat daily. Some things changed. I had wanted a sweatshirt, and looked in every shop for just the right one...almost decided to buy one of the guys, because i liked it better than the womens...well the last night we were shopping for those final trinkets and they had NEW items out all over. My mom and i both got 2 different women's sweatshirts that had not been out all cruise long.

Castaway Cay was beautiful, even with some of the foliage being 'burnt up' from Hurrican Sandy. They also do the kids club on the island. My DD went for about 1.5 hours. My mom and i did a little shopping and reading.

Happy to share any other details.
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