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Old 03-20-2013, 08:12 AM   #1
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Taking our 1st Disney Cruise in two weeks...

So we're taking our first Disney Cruise in less than two weeks and I want to make sure I have everything I need and know everything I need to know.

We'll be on the Disney Dream for 4 nights. We'll be in a 4E cabin on Deck 5 with the extended Verandah. We've booked Palo for what we think will be Pirate night (3rd night, Castaway Cay). We booked a spa treatment at Senses. No kids, two adults.

1. Starting off, can anyone take me through the entire process of check-in and boarding? I'm brand new at this Disney Cruise-thing and haven't taken a cruise in at least 10 years.
We are staying at MCO Hyatt overnight and are taking Disney transportation to PC. PAT is 12:00-12:30*
*From what I understand, 12:30 is when almost everyone gets to board regardless of PAT - of course this depends on how crowded the port is that day, etc...
What I'd like to do is leave on the 1st or 2nd Disney bus out of MCO that day. I know, I know....this means I'll be sitting in the terminal for hours before they let me board, but I'd drive myself crazy if I was still at the airport.
So, once I get off the bus at PC, what happens next until I get on the ship??

2. Any advice for Castaway Cay? We'd probably prefer Serenity Bay, but from the pictures it doesn't look [I]as[I] pretty as the main beaches...and we don't really care if there are kids around. But we also don't want to be crammed on a beach with tons of people and no space.

3. Quiet Cove pool: Any particular advice about when to get there to get a chair? And where to sit to be in the sun? My understanding is there is limited "sun-seating" around the pool itself, but plenty of room on the deck above. The question, of course, is where to sit? Do we sit up on the deck, but then leave our belongings unattended while we are in the pool or hot tub? Or do we sit by the pool, but risk being in the shade? I know...troubling questions indeed!

4. Owner's Locker: For anyone that has one and has taken it on the cruise.... I have heard that you can bring it on. I'm not terribly worried about damage that might be incurred, but I just don't want to be stuck at the port being told that it cannot go on the ship. Are we 100% sure??

thanks for advice!!

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