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Old 01-05-2013, 11:48 AM   #91
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Welcome Michelle, glad to have you onboard. One thing that comes to mind is your opinion on the new vs. old ships?
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Old 01-05-2013, 11:58 AM   #92
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Welcome Michelle, glad to have you onboard. One thing that comes to mind is your opinion on the new vs. old ships?
I actually liked the Wonder better than the Dream. The three plus things about the Dream though were the Aquaduck, Remy and Animator's Palette. Animator's Palette on the newer ships has the interactive screens where Crush came by and talked to some of the guests. Remy was EXCELLENT!! It seems like the cabins on the older ships are bigger too. My kids also weren't into the Oceaneers Club on the Dream. I think for the them it was a little too big plus the counselors were not as hands on as they were on the Wonder.
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Susan and Michelle, your cabins are added.
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I actually liked the Wonder better than the Dream. The three plus things about the Dream though were the Aquaduck, Remy and Animator's Palette. Animator's Palette on the newer ships has the interactive screens where Crush came by and talked to some of the guests. Remy was EXCELLENT!! It seems like the cabins on the older ships are bigger too. My kids also weren't into the Oceaneers Club on the Dream. I think for the them it was a little too big plus the counselors were not as hands on as they were on the Wonder.
We have learned that bigger is not always better and prefer the ships under 100k tons. Wish they would get labeled for A list entertainment. We saw the old Crush routine at the Seas EPCOT and loved it, I can see where that would be fun on the ship too. Thanks for the thoughts.
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Old 01-05-2013, 01:09 PM   #95
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Woo Hoo We are Crusin' Again! FE Please.

Kids Sail Free was too good to pass up!
So please add us to meet and greet and FE. Katie is Gold Castaway member and Susie, Alex and Renee are Silver.
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We live near Disney CA but could really use some help on WDW - is the ticket to Epcot or Park? What is most fun to do at either for adventurous kids? Any place not to pass up for eating?
Also re Galveston, does Disney have buses to port like they do in Canaveral? We will be flying in and out of Houston. Any recommendations for hotels?
And are there assigned times for getting off the ship? Am wondering if we could make a 10:30 am flight home out of Houston. We love DCL - kids just did Wonder Mexico Thanksgiving and we have done a couple other trips out of Canaveral.
Here's a tip for first timers - you can bring beverages onboard (water, wine, liquor etc) as long as it is in your carryon, not checked. This is way different from most cruise lines.
Also has anyone heard of daily schedule - assume there is character breakfast and pirate night??
We are very excited and have found the Dis Board to be terrific for meeting others and answering questions.
Thanks to the FE s'sheet guru! I use Google doccs also so can help if you need it.
My granddaughter Katie is totally into DCL and knows everthing - don't hesitate to ask her questions as I let her answer using my login (only for the Dis Board!)

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Old 01-05-2013, 01:28 PM   #96
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My granddaughter, Kylee (14), is looking forward to meeting girls close to her age so she can have some friends to go to the club with. This is our first cruise and I know there is supposed to be a "meet" when we can all get together so the kids can meet.
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Old 01-05-2013, 01:29 PM   #97
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Glad to pass a long the tip.
Was planning on booking this cruise with the western ports. The cruise dates work great with easter vacation.

We were very excited about itinerary change because it added a story to castaway day. Plus, 4 sea days.

I see you are from Michigan. We are just south of Detroit (downriver).

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What itinerary change has happened?
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Old 01-05-2013, 01:41 PM   #98
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What itinerary change has happened?
It use to be a Western Carribean. But, it was changed in Sept to Bahamas.
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It use to be a Western Carribean. But, it was changed in Sept to Bahamas.
Oh, I see. Thanks!!
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Called Disney yesterday on the kids sail free and got almost $1700 back! Super happy!
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I feel less disappointed about the itinerary change now. Susan
I had the same reaction, this really helps!
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FE Current Count

Hey! Do we have a current count somewhere on the FE list? I need to start ordering supplies and a general idea of where our count is at would really be helpful. I thought I saw a Google Doc a while back and I could not find tonight.

Thanks!
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Does anybody know if there will be any Easter activities (Easter Bunny, egg hunt, etc.) onboard on Sunday?
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Old 01-05-2013, 11:24 PM   #104
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Does anybody know if there will be any Easter activities (Easter Bunny, egg hunt, etc.) onboard on Sunday?
Last year we took a Carnival cruise on Easter and they had a little "Easter Egg Hunt" for the kids. Basically they gave them a bag to go all over the ship to get candy from the camp counselors. I'm hoping they have something on this cruise!
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Old 01-06-2013, 10:53 AM   #105
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Kids Sail Free was too good to pass up!
So please add us to meet and greet and FE. Katie is Gold Castaway member and Susie, Alex and Renee are Silver.
Susie - Gramma
Alex - 13 - grandson
Katie - 10 - granddaughter
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We live near Disney CA but could really use some help on WDW - is the ticket to Epcot or Park? What is most fun to do at either for adventurous kids? Any place not to pass up for eating?
Also re Galveston, does Disney have buses to port like they do in Canaveral? We will be flying in and out of Houston. Any recommendations for hotels?
And are there assigned times for getting off the ship? Am wondering if we could make a 10:30 am flight home out of Houston. We love DCL - kids just did Wonder Mexico Thanksgiving and we have done a couple other trips out of Canaveral.
Here's a tip for first timers - you can bring beverages onboard (water, wine, liquor etc) as long as it is in your carryon, not checked. This is way different from most cruise lines.
Also has anyone heard of daily schedule - assume there is character breakfast and pirate night??
We are very excited and have found the Dis Board to be terrific for meeting others and answering questions.
Thanks to the FE s'sheet guru! I use Google doccs also so can help if you need it.
My granddaughter Katie is totally into DCL and knows everthing - don't hesitate to ask her questions as I let her answer using my login (only for the Dis Board!)
You must live in CA like I do. I live about 20 minutes from DLR.

I just booked this cruise after eyeing it for sometime but Kids Sail Free was a big savings!!

You probably won't make a 10:30 flight home from Houston. Galveston is about 1 1/2 away from the IAH. I was told to get a flight back to CA after 1:30. The way I'm looking at flight right now it looks like we will be flying in the night before so I will be looking for a hotel room as well. Still trying to figure out also how I'm gonna get to Houston to the port.

If you are looking for a place to eat at WDW my favorite is Le Cellier in Epcot and Yak and Yeti in Animal Kingdom. I really wanted to eat at Be our Guest but they are booked up and DH said we are only there for a day so I don't want to waste 2 hours eating plus this is the 4th year in row that we are going to WDW! We are probably only going to Epcot and Magic Kingdom for the day.

From what I've read only the older ships have a character breakfast. When we were on the Dream we didn't have one and it was a 5 night cruise. But I'm sure there will be a pirate night!
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