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Old 12-05-2012, 02:29 PM   #1126
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Well, as many of our Christmas gifts are cruise related, and we don't arrive back home until after Chritmas morning, we're doing gifta this Friday. That's if I get my act together and get everything wrapped an packed in time. I'm running out of time!!!
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Old 12-05-2012, 03:02 PM   #1127
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Quick question.... It's been so long since I used DCL transportation that I can't remember the answer to this. Once I hand them my (checked) luggage at the airport, I don't see it again until it arrives at my cabin, right? I don't remember collecting it again on the other end from under the bus and handing it off to a porter, but that doesn't mean it didn't happen.

I'm weighing the pros and cons of getting a shuttle directly from my LAX hotel to the port (and thus handling my luggage on both ends) or using the DCL transport which would mean wrangling the luggage back to the airport that morning, but not having to deal with it at the port.

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Old 12-05-2012, 03:46 PM   #1128
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Mayan Exhibit

Dave and I are rushing around with last minute stuff and completely forgot the Houston museum of Science has a Mayan Exhibit going on. We are going to go tomorrow if none of the grandkids get sick and need their Yia Yia and Papa. Sherry (today we have 6 month old grandson cuz his nanny is sick)

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Old 12-05-2012, 03:55 PM   #1129
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Quick question.... It's been so long since I used DCL transportation that I can't remember the answer to this. Once I hand them my (checked) luggage at the airport, I don't see it again until it arrives at my cabin, right? I don't remember collecting it again on the other end from under the bus and handing it off to a porter, but that doesn't mean it didn't happen.

I'm weighing the pros and cons of getting a shuttle directly from my LAX hotel to the port (and thus handling my luggage on both ends) or using the DCL transport which would mean wrangling the luggage back to the airport that morning, but not having to deal with it at the port.

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Which LAX hotel are you staying at? We are staying at the LAX Airport Marriott and DCL is picking us up there and taking us to the port.
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Old 12-05-2012, 04:04 PM   #1130
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Yah for lots of kids! I know my kids will have a blast! They are very outgoing and love everyone! Just hoping all the kids stay healthy!! I worry about illnesses...

Funny that a few of you bring up the Elf subject. Our Elf came early... at Thanksgiving and will be waiting for us when we get home from the cruise. He wrote a letter to the boys saying Santa wouldn't let him go on the cruise LOL. Will the boat be decorated for the holidays?? I would love that.

I'm trying to read back on old posts and I'm sure this was probably discussed... but was wondering about currency exchanges in Columbia. Can this be done on the boat before the excursion? I don't want to miss out on any shopping!

Lastly... what's the warmest article of clothing I need? Do I need a mid-weight coat.. or will a light weight coat and a rain parka suffice? And do the ladies usually need a sweater or wrap over dresses? Are the restaurants and indoor areas kept chilly? Thanks for any help!!

So excited! Only a few days away! Woohoo! =)
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Old 12-05-2012, 04:07 PM   #1131
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That's a great question...about DCL transfers and luggage. We are being picked up at LAX and I wonder the same thing. And if you upgrade your room does it take a lot longer for them to find your luggage and get it to the right place...?
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Old 12-05-2012, 04:13 PM   #1132
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Chilly at Dinner

We just sailed the Magic at the end of October and I had a really light wrap for dinner every nighy and I wore it into the theater after dinner. I never needed anything else at any other time. I am taking a light wrap and a dressy jacket. Sherry
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Old 12-05-2012, 04:15 PM   #1133
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We just sailed the Magic at the end of October and I had a really light wrap for dinner every nighy and I wore it into the theater after dinner. I never needed anything else at any other time. I am taking a light wrap and a dressy jacket. Sherry
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Old 12-05-2012, 04:22 PM   #1134
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Yah for lots of kids! I know my kids will have a blast! They are very outgoing and love everyone! Just hoping all the kids stay healthy!! I worry about illnesses...

Funny that a few of you bring up the Elf subject. Our Elf came early... at Thanksgiving and will be waiting for us when we get home from the cruise. He wrote a letter to the boys saying Santa wouldn't let him go on the cruise LOL. Will the boat be decorated for the holidays?? I would love that.

I'm trying to read back on old posts and I'm sure this was probably discussed... but was wondering about currency exchanges in Columbia. Can this be done on the boat before the excursion? I don't want to miss out on any shopping!

Lastly... what's the warmest article of clothing I need? Do I need a mid-weight coat.. or will a light weight coat and a rain parka suffice? And do the ladies usually need a sweater or wrap over dresses? Are the restaurants and indoor areas kept chilly? Thanks for any help!!

So excited! Only a few days away! Woohoo! =)
My experience has been that one changes currency at Guest Services.

I'm taking layers - poncho, sweatshirt, sweater.
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Old 12-05-2012, 04:29 PM   #1135
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Last minute

I know this is last minute but does anyone have a list of celebrations (-anniversaries and birthdays) that are being celebrated? If anyone has list can they pm me? Thanks. Sherry. I have checked the roll call on the website. Are there any that are not posted on the web?

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Old 12-05-2012, 04:39 PM   #1136
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Which LAX hotel are you staying at? We are staying at the LAX Airport Marriott and DCL is picking us up there and taking us to the port.
I'm at the Radisson which is right down the street from the Marriott. I didn't realize DCL would pick up at hotels. Did you book your flights trough Disney?

ETA: Just called DCL to ask about this. They apparently do pick up at the Marriott since that's the hotel they use when you book hotel/flights through Disney, but you don't necessarily have to have booked the Marriott through DCL in order to use the service. Handy to know... and now I wish I'd booked the Marriott!
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Old 12-05-2012, 05:00 PM   #1137
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Yah for lots of kids! I know my kids will have a blast! They are very outgoing and love everyone! Just hoping all the kids stay healthy!! I worry about illnesses...
Welcome aboard! We also have a 6yr old DS, he loves the kids clubs, but we've found the trick is to take them there early in the cruise so they feel comfortable straight away. On the first day they have open house in the clubs, so you can check it all out with the kids. I think there's going to be quite a large group of 5 & 6 yr olds on this cruise!

We fly out tomorrow morning . Haven't finished packing Off to drop the dog at Grandma's for a doggie vacation...then cram in as much sleep as possible before that horrendous 13 hour flight.

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Old 12-05-2012, 05:38 PM   #1138
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We fly out tomorrow morning . Haven't finished packing Off to drop the dog at Grandma's for a doggie vacation...then cram in as much sleep as possible before that horrendous 13 hour flight.

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Old 12-05-2012, 05:46 PM   #1139
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Which LAX hotel are you staying at? We are staying at the LAX Airport Marriott and DCL is picking us up there and taking us to the port.
We are staying at the Marriott, too. We did not book through DCL, but we did book DCL shuttle and we were told that all we had to do was tell them at the hotel that we would be taking the shuttle and they would handle our baggage.

We arrive at LAX at 2:30, planning to hit the liquor store behind the hotel (hopefully that is safe enough during daylight), and then dinner at the hotel. I am sure we will be ready to go to bed early because of the time difference.
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Old 12-05-2012, 06:03 PM   #1140
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My experience has been that one changes currency at Guest Services.
Ours too on the med cruises though it was very easy to get local currency from ATMs too.
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