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Old 05-03-2012, 12:45 PM   #196
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I know PPs have said that the backpack is large. Is it large enough to bring as the only bag for excursions and to Castaway Cay (for a family of three)? I was going to bring a tote bag, but will leave it at home if the backpack is large enough to use. Assuming there isn't a new gift next month.
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Old 05-03-2012, 02:37 PM   #197
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I know PPs have said that the backpack is large. Is it large enough to bring as the only bag for excursions and to Castaway Cay (for a family of three)? I was going to bring a tote bag, but will leave it at home if the backpack is large enough to use. Assuming there isn't a new gift next month.
Not sure how big it is but they just recently changed gifts so I don't see them changing to a new CC gift for at least another year or two. I believe the last beach bag type gift was introduced in 2010 or possibly 2008. I know I received that one several times. My first CC cruise was in 2006 and I received a tote bag that I still use every day!
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Old 05-03-2012, 02:46 PM   #198
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I know PPs have said that the backpack is large. Is it large enough to bring as the only bag for excursions and to Castaway Cay (for a family of three)? I was going to bring a tote bag, but will leave it at home if the backpack is large enough to use. Assuming there isn't a new gift next month.
It depends on what you are bringing. Last month for 4 of us we fit in 1 backpack 2 kids sunhats, sunscreen, sunglasses, copies of travel paperwork and our ID's, etc, 4 DCL pool towels and a couple water bottles (the towels were bulky!).

That is all we could fit though! Our other travel partner had to take her own towel and an extra pair of shoes for one of my kiddos, as well as anything she specifically needed.

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Old 05-03-2012, 03:01 PM   #199
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I know PPs have said that the backpack is large. Is it large enough to bring as the only bag for excursions and to Castaway Cay (for a family of three)? I was going to bring a tote bag, but will leave it at home if the backpack is large enough to use. Assuming there isn't a new gift next month.
I was just putting mine away last night, LOL. I would say it is about the size that an elementary school student would use. So in school terms, the main pocket could probably only hold a binder and two text books. In non-school terms, you could probably fit a couple pairs of water socks, some bottles of water, sunscreen, hats and one or maybe two DCL towels (no more than one if it was a large beach towel).

It doesn't expand out very much(unlike many backpacks that people would use for touring). I believe there is also a zippered outside pocket and a second unzippered (open) outside pocket. There are also mesh bottle holders on the sides.

It is a nice size for one person, but may be a bit of a stretch for three, depending on what yoiu are bringing. In all honesty, I'm not sure of the quality yet either. We did use it for one excursion and it was fine. But I don't think I would depend on it as my only bag. I would be scared it might not hold up that well.
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I know PPs have said that the backpack is large. Is it large enough to bring as the only bag for excursions and to Castaway Cay (for a family of three)? I was going to bring a tote bag, but will leave it at home if the backpack is large enough to use. Assuming there isn't a new gift next month.
Mine is sitting right here so I measured it . It's 18" tall, 14" wide and 6" deep. A number of people used theirs on excursions into the ports, but for 3 at CC it is probably a bit small.
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Old 01-12-2013, 10:10 AM   #202
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How often do CC gifts change?
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Old 01-12-2013, 05:40 PM   #203
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How often do CC gifts change?
We went on the Wonder in July 2011 and the Fantasy in August 2012 and received different CC gifts each time. Don't know for sure if they switch them every year though.
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Old 01-12-2013, 05:55 PM   #204
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Goodness! I just realized we are going to get FOUR of these things in March! And I've already got two! (2 cabins on a B2B)

What am I going to do with 6 backpacks!

Wish they would change them every year. It certainly wouldn't be the reason I would cruise, but it sure would be a nice bonus to see the new surprise waiting for me!

(We've been through three CC gifts in total.) I really prefer the red & black tote bags that we got on our first CC cruise. I still use those!
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Old 01-12-2013, 06:27 PM   #205
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Well I love the Current Backpack. I only have one and hope they are still around in May when I cruise again.

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We still don't have the "current" backpack. They can't change it yet! Hehe

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Old 01-12-2013, 06:41 PM   #207
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Goodness! I just realized we are going to get FOUR of these things in March! And I've already got two! (2 cabins on a B2B)

What am I going to do with 6 backpacks!

Wish they would change them every year. It certainly wouldn't be the reason I would cruise, but it sure would be a nice bonus to see the new surprise waiting for me!

(We've been through three CC gifts in total.) I really prefer the red & black tote bags that we got on our first CC cruise. I still use those!
The backpacks would be the perfect size for a young child for a school backpack (like k-3rd grade). You could donate them to a back to school drive.

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Old 02-23-2013, 12:26 PM   #208
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Bring on the backpack!

Since this is our first cruise as silver, I say bring on the backpack! Because everyone knows the mom carries everything!
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Probably a dumb question...but...

This is probably a dumb question for Disney cruise regulars, but...

How does Disney know if you're a repeat cruiser?

My 1st Disney cruise was 13 yrs ago on my honeymoon. Because it was the day after the wedding, my last name was still officially my maiden name. So, basically, it's been 13yrs, 2 different addresses & a last name change for me since the 1st cruise.

Is Disney going to realize that we are the same people from 13yrs ago & should be now be a Silver Castaway Club member? Or has too much time lapsed since the 1st cruise?
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This is probably a dumb question for Disney cruise regulars, but...

How does Disney know if you're a repeat cruiser?

My 1st Disney cruise was 13 yrs ago on my honeymoon. Because it was the day after the wedding, my last name was still officially my maiden name. So, basically, it's been 13yrs, 2 different addresses & a last name change for me since the 1st cruise.

Is Disney going to realize that we are the same people from 13yrs ago & should be now be a Silver Castaway Club member? Or has too much time lapsed since the 1st cruise?
time shouldn't be an issue as they 'found' us after 14 years, we first sailed DCL in Oct 1998 and our 2nd cruise will be May 18th 2013 and we are Silver CC members. I would guess you would just need to contact CC staff and give them your details to locate your previous cruise details.
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