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Old 03-24-2013, 07:08 PM   #1
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New to Dcl with questions-Help!

I am interested OK obsessed with going on the fantasy in Sept of 2014. Is the ship less booked because schools are back in session? Would you recommend the Disney ground transportation or renting a car?? I guess I'll have to shop around. My husband has a cpac machine for sleep apnea. Does the ship have distilled water? He needs to put in the machine every night. If they don't supply can I bring a gallon onto the ship?

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Old 04-16-2013, 08:36 PM   #2
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With regards to distilled water you would be best contacting guest service to double check. I am sure you can take a gallon of water onboard yourself (and I would be tempted to as a back up). Most of the water onboard is treated and I think it is distilled anyway, but that machinery is sensitive so may not be good to risk it.

I have travelled a couple of times 'off season' but there are still kids onboard - remember Disney is international and schools in different countries have holidays at different times.

And I am convinced that everyone else will tell you to take the transfer, but I 100% whole heartedly advocate a hire car - Book with Hertz, drop it off at the Hertz terminal about 2 miles from the port and they have a shuttle to the port. It is so much cheaper than transfer (a day car hire for me is around $35 including insurance) and cheaper than parking ($130 ish for a week) and cheaper than the last time I checked transfer (I think $60 a person, not even sure if that is each way).

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Yes- if you call Disney ahead of time, you can request that a gallon of distilled water be placed in your stateroom. We have done it before for my father who has a whole list of medical conditions.
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I'd price a private shuttle or car; I don't care for cruise shuttles from any cruiseline, but I also hate to drive on the highway; but I know lots of people who rent cars to the port, just seems like too much work for me. Private cars and shuttles can sometimes factor in a 20 or 30 minute stop for you if you need to pick something up on the way to the port. That really comes in handy for me, travelling with a child.
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Old 04-16-2013, 09:37 PM   #5
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We prefer the cruiseline transfers. Yes, they cost a bit more usually, but I hate driving in a strange city, or having to track down where my car service is at.
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It's probably cheaper to rent a car, but sooo much easier to take the shuttle, especially if you're going to the airport on a major carrier. You put your bags outside your room the last night of the cruise and collect them in your home city airport (with onboard airline check in). Leave the ship and get on the next bus which drops you at your terminal. Does NOT get easier than that. So it depends on whether price or convenience is matters more to you. I've done both.
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Old 04-16-2013, 10:53 PM   #7
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The DCL transfer bus is $35. per person each way, so two people would be $140. round trip.
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