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Old 03-17-2013, 12:10 PM   #16
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I had a couple of times when i put the privacy sign on the door because there was no service needed and I felt good giving him "time-off". I didn't care if the bunk bed stayed down all day, but had to allow access for him to pull it down in the evening. I agree not to miss the service provided. It is a part of the overall experience. I locked all "valuables" prior to leaving the room each day. one time, i forgot, but nothing was seemingly disturbed. if someone is in the room, the host will not be able to come in and perform their duties. I don't know if that is official policy, but, to me, that would be a safety concern on both parts.

enjoy your vacation and try not to worry about your things. Besides, many people have handled your undies before you even purchased them.

Seriously though, I have had a burglary at my home, so I know the feeling of your privacy being invaded. I never had any qualms or unease during my 8 nights.
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Old 03-17-2013, 01:47 PM   #17
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Thank you all SO MUCH for your thoughtful replies. I greatly appreciate you taking the time to reply. I now have a much better understanding of what the hosts do and can visualize it now.

One more question....if we are in our room, is there a way to block others from coming in? Our 13yo DD said she may want to stay in our room sometimes. I couldn't leave her there unless I know there is a way to block out the host. She *thinks* she won't want to be in the club all the time, but I know her and know that is where she will be ALL the time, but still thought I'd ask about the door lock. Thanks so much in advance for your replies on this question.
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You can latch the door from the inside. Put the Do Not Disturb sign on the doorknob.
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Old 03-17-2013, 01:59 PM   #19
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Thank you all SO MUCH for your thoughtful replies. I greatly appreciate you taking the time to reply. I now have a much better understanding of what the hosts do and can visualize it now.

One more question....if we are in our room, is there a way to block others from coming in? Our 13yo DD said she may want to stay in our room sometimes. I couldn't leave her there unless I know there is a way to block out the host. She *thinks* she won't want to be in the club all the time, but I know her and know that is where she will be ALL the time, but still thought I'd ask about the door lock. Thanks so much in advance for your replies on this question.

There is a lock on the door, and that blocks people. I doubt the room host would enter if a minor was alone. The only other people that could want entrance would be maintenance people and it is unlikely they'd be there unless you called for repair. If she said 'come back later' I'm sure they would if they could or else call for a supervisor.

If your daughter is 13, you'll need to have a certain amount of trust that she will be where you agree she'll be, not open the door, not leave the room if you've agreed she cannot. A 13 year old will be in Edge, and she can come and go on her own terms, no one will stop her. If she has her KTTW, she can go back to the cabin.

I don't mean to be negative to your situation, but a cruise ship has risks. If you can't accept them, maybe it is not the vacation for you. The cabins are cleaned by hosts, there is a small safe for locking things up, 13 year olds can check themselves into and out of the clubs, but you have to accept the limitations. Sometimes people need to get into your cabin for water and plumbing issues in neighboring cabins, or may need to get to your verandah. Rare, but not unheard of. You have to give up a certain amount of control.

Just think about it before you go.

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Old 03-17-2013, 02:06 PM   #20
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I agree with all the PPs. We loved our stateroom host! We came to think of him as a little "magical faerie"! Even when we saw him in the hallway, he knew our names! We never saw him in our room, but every time we returned to our room, there was something new left. Whether it was a spotless room, chocolates, new navigators or a towel animal, there was always a new surprise waiting for us! And after a long, tiring day playing in port, it was sooo nice to come back to a clean, tidy room. And as others have mentioned, they will come in to do certain maintenance duties like bringing down the beds. They will also make sure everything is as it should be, like shutting the verandah doors. We left our's open on accident a couple of times. Oops!
Definitely don't miss out on having them be part of your experience.
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Old 03-17-2013, 11:17 PM   #21
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I was surprised by how the interactions with our stateroom host positively impacted the experience we've had on our cruises. By calling us by name, welcoming us back every time we went ashore, reminding us of helpful things to take on excursions, and telling us where to find cheap, reliable wi-fi (!) he made us feel like we were an important part of his experience.

Our last cruise was the 14 night EBPC and we had a LOT of sea days where we were in and out of the cabin all day long, and we saw him in the hall many, many times, yet never once encountered him in our cabin. It really was like magic. And when he heard our cabin was going to be on the DIS cabin crawl, he was like a madman ensuring our cabin was in the tip-toppiest shape possible! He totally felt like his professional reputation was on the line. He and I both heaved a sigh of relief once that was over!!

And the only time maintenance ever came to do something was a request to access our verandah so they could do some painting. They wouldn't have come in if we hadn't been there. How do I know this? Why we ended up following them out on to the verandah while asking a million and one questions about their job, the ship and much more. They spent a lot of time with us satisfying our curiosity. Which we came to realize is part the Disney way of doing things.

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You have to give up a certain amount of control.
But what really got me thinking was the PP comment about how you have to give up a certain amount of control. It wasn't concerns about my stateroom that made me contemplate this before our first cruise. In fact, I'm not sure what did cause me to ponder on that in the first place, but I did think about it--a lot. And in the end I found that giving up what at the time time seemed like control was what led to our discovery that cruising was by far the most relaxing family travel we had ever experienced.

Don't get me wrong I LOVE all the different types of travel our family is lucky enough to enjoy, but man are we glad we found cruising to add to the mix!

I hope you have a wonderful time on your cruise.
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Old 03-18-2013, 12:58 AM   #22
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Many, many thanks! I greatly appreciate you taking the time to write out your responses.
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Old 03-18-2013, 01:14 AM   #23
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I think it's completely natural to be hesitant about an unknown like cruising for the first time. I also think you'll be surprised and delighted by the service you will receive.

Nobody has mentioned this yet, but part of a host's job is making sure that you're not trashing the room. No way are they going to not enter for an entire cruise.
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Old 03-18-2013, 02:52 AM   #24
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Whenever we were in the room, the host would come back later. Once, my 20 yr. old son was eating lunch in the room and the host didnt enter. They knock and if someone answers, they say they will return later. I did have maintenance in to fix the heat while we were there.
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Old 03-18-2013, 08:12 AM   #25
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No one has mentioned this, but our stateroom host (on carnival) even helped me surprise DH for our anniversary. I snuck into the room and grabbed the card I had for DH and asked our host if he could just leave it on the bed while we were in Nassau and he was more than happy to do so. When we got back to the room DH and I were both surprised because our host had left the card as well as two beautiful swan towel animals and extra chocolates! I can only imagine Disney hosts would do the same, adding their own version of pixie dust as well.
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Old 03-18-2013, 09:32 AM   #26
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Also, unlike a hotel, your stateroom host knows you and which room is yours. I've heard horror stories about hotels where the housekeeping has the door open while cleaning a room, and a thief will walk in and say, "Oops! I forgot this!" and then steal something from your room. But with the cruise staterooms, your host will know if someone comes in your room that isn't part of your travel party.

On one of the first nights of our cruise I was still getting used to the ship and I made a wrong turn trying to get back to my stateroom. The stateroom host was out in the hall and gave me a funny look and said, "Mrs. Franklin, your room is on the other side." I was pretty embarrassed, but she helped me find my room. So yeah, they do keep an eye out for who is supposed to be where.
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Old 03-18-2013, 12:04 PM   #27
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Here's a (I think) cute story about how great the stateroom hosts are. Our first night on the cruise my husband wanted something ironed so our hostess told him to hang it up on the hook by the bathroom. When we came back to the room the ironed shirt was hanging on the hook. A couple of days later he wanted some things laundered and she told him to put the stuff in the laundry bag and hang the bag on the hook. When we came back to the room later the clothes were washed and neatly folded and sitting on the bed. Two days later my husband hung what he thought was an empty laundry bag on the hook. Turns out there was a single pair of my son's underwear in the bag. We came back to the room to find a tiny pair of boxer briefs freshly washed and folded and sitting on the bed. It made us laugh so hard when we wondered what our hostess must have thought about us wanting a single pair of underwear washed. (I wish I could have somehow gotten a picture of our hostess and that single pair of underwear but I suppose that would have been weird.) She was so great and really on top of everything we needed.
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We are hoping to cruise this Fall for the first time ever. Can you please tell me about the room hosts? What do they do?

We are the type of people who keep the Privacy Please sign on our door whenever we travel because we do not like the thought of personnel being in our room. My husband has trust issues, and I do also but not as strong as he. When on vacation staying at hotels, we don't need or ask that our room is cleaned -- I simply meet the housekeeper in the hallway to get fresh towels. Sometimes I bring the trash out and put it in the trash area of their cart. I don't care if they make the beds. Basically, we are fine on our own! And, I also do this as sort of a "gift" to the housekeeper. If it was my job, I would be THRILLED if someone said "please pass on our room today". We always tip on the day we check out even though the person has done basically nothing during our stay. (I digress, but there is a lovely woman we adore at historic resort in San Diego -- we specifically ask to stay in her section of the resort each time we visit so that we can see her each day and converse a bit during our towel exchange. I love tipping her because she is so wonderful and has worked long and hard for many years.)

Is there anyone out there like us? If so, can you and do you ask that your host doesn't go into your stateroom? I realize most people want to be totally waited on while on vacation and our feelings may be in the minority. Can't help it, just not looking forward to someone being in our room often.

Thanks in advance for sharing!
I completely understand. I NEVER let people in my hotel room, not because I think that they will steal but b/c I'm too lazy to "clean up" enough for them to come in (I have kids, there's always stuff all over the room that I don't want a stranger to touch).

My parents are even more this way than me---my mom will actually clean up the entire room (sparkling) before the steward comes in. She does this on a Disney cruise as well.

I've explained to her that its the steward's job to deliver navigators, papers and clean toilets. The problem with simply leaving your DND hanger on is the steward has to check you off the list and they're too polite to ask you when you're leaving...so if you just leave it hanging they'll have to wait for you for the whole day. My mom now cleans before she leaves for the day (they usually stay out the whole day), and the steward makes up the bed, and then returns to do turn down/toilets and leaves quickly.

I do have to say on the cleanliness issue---one time I came back to my room and found a dirty "rag" on my table next to my baby's diapers. The steward had forgotten it. Which kind of reminds me of my own general rule --- I don't really think they "clean" the room better than we can. All I did was Lysol wipe down that area again and started putting diapers in plastic bags before leaving them out.

But don't feel like you're alone. After 4 cruises, the only thing I really tidy up before leaving now is the bed so that he can make it.
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Also, unlike a hotel, your stateroom host knows you and which room is yours. I've heard horror stories about hotels where the housekeeping has the door open while cleaning a room, and a thief will walk in and say, "Oops! I forgot this!" and then steal something from your room. But with the cruise staterooms, your host will know if someone comes in your room that isn't part of your travel party.
That's a good point!



We are happy to go without housekeeping at normal hotels. But it's just lovely on a cruise. If you're nervous about a dishonest steward, remember that there is NOWHERE for them to go, that their room doesn't belong to them, and the ship knows who has been in your room.

We accidentally left the DND sign on our door, and came back to a messy, undone room, and a steward practically set to pounce on us, asking how he could help. If you're going to limit access I think you should definitely talk to the steward to explain, so they aren't constantly wondering when they can get into your room.
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Old 03-18-2013, 06:10 PM   #30
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This is a really good point, we will just talk to them. We aren't opposed to the host ever coming in, it's just after reading posts for the last couple of years, it sounded like they are in and out all day long and I couldn't for the life of me figure out why they would need to be in and out so much.

This also reminds me of a time at a resort when I explained to the housekeeper that we would not need service that day, she acted flabbergasted and said "it's free! Do you know it is free?" She was very sweet.

I think another reason I am fine picking up and cleaning ourselves is one time I was still in our room when the gal strted making the bed. She put the pillows on the floor while she made the bed then put those same pillows back on the bed. Blech! If I hadn't seen her do it, I would have come back and slept on that pillow that night. Gross. When we come into a room, I disinfect everything with the wipes I bring along and feel good about it being our family touching stuff only.

OP, super cute story about the little pair of undies!!! Adorable!!
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