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Old 04-04-2013, 11:21 PM   #1171
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I got the email today too. I was wondering why. Very strange!
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Old 04-05-2013, 05:35 PM   #1172
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Nope. We have a cabin booked since opening day. We haven't made changes or been on the website adding excursions, nothing. It's weird and scares me every time. haha. I keep thinking somehow the reservations been changed (even canceled) and we are just out of luck.
In the last two days, I've gotten two emails from Disney also congratulating us on our cruise reservations also!! I did get a little paranoid myself thinking that somehow our cruise was cancelled! Phew! Was so relieved when that wasn't the case!

Those emails though made me realize that I need to start finalizing some of our port excursions! So many choices but I'm worried about overdoing it too early in the cruise and having crabby children. I also tend to get migraines and being overtired is not good for me! Just wished I could fastforward and see how quickly everyone gets over the jetlag! It would make planning less stressful! At this time, I only have Rome and Turkey private excursions booked.
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Old 04-06-2013, 08:36 AM   #1173
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There were times on the Fantasy/Dream where I felt like there was no difference in crowd size compared to the Classics, but other times it felt way more packed. Cabanas buffet is an absolute zoo of people. Its much larger, but way more people. Also a zoo is the atrium in the evenings- live music, tons of pictures, characters- all this stuff going on at once its insane. The dining rooms are also much louder and larger. But other areas like the adult parts felt no more crowded to me. For me having sailed the classics 4 times and the new ones 3 times, I have pros/cons about each and now pick based on itinerary.
When we sailed the Fantasy last spring, the adult areas were packed in the evenings! Several times we had to sit in a neighboring area (which was also crowded) & watch the performers via satellite TV. Maybe our sailing had more adults than normal or better performers than normal, but it was horrible.
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When we sailed the Fantasy last spring, the adult areas were packed in the evenings! Several times we had to sit in a neighboring area (which was also crowded) & watch the performers via satellite TV. Maybe our sailing had more adults than normal or better performers than normal, but it was horrible.
On our Fantasy cruise I think they anticipated having so many adults that all but the first night's adult shows were scheduled for the big theater instead of the Tube. They did that on my Panama Canal Wonder cruise a few years ago also. It seems to be hit or miss how many adults are on each cruise- on my 2 Dream cruises, I had plenty of lounge chairs to choose from but on my Fantasy cruise, it was hard to find one in the sun for just myself, can't imagine even finding 2 chairs together.

My worst experience with disproportional adults was definitely the 2011 Panama cruise. There were only like 200 kids on board because it was in January post holiday season and no one wanted to take their kids out of school. I really loved this cruise, amazing PC experience and wonderful ports and excursions, but the only downside was definitely the number of adults. You had to get up at 7:00 AM to go save a pool chair with your stuff on it. If you didnt and came down later in the morning, you were out of luck. I know saving is not allowed and I didnt do it for the first 2 days and then realized if I didnt join the game, i'd never get a seat at the pool the whole trip, so I gave in. All of the adult areas were always crowded. Plus many of them were "psycho DISers" taking obsession with DCL to a whole new level. I'm all for being Disney passionate- I totally describe myself that way- but many of these people took it way too far. Specifically with pin collecting. On this cruise there were special port pins for each of the 6 ports as a matching Panama cruise set. DCL should have made sure that each person had the chance to buy at least one set for himself, but of course they didnt do it that way- they did the "limited edition" thing and didnt factor in the greedy people buying multiples for themselves to sell back at home. So the lines for "camping out" for the pins literally would be HOURS long. it would stretch from the stores, back to the theaters, then around the other way all the way to the atrium. This went on for each of the ports, average waiting in line for 2 hours each time on my vacation and still I barely was able to get them all--thankfully we had an awesome dinner table and between the 8 of us, we were able to trade with each other the ones we may have gotten extra for the ones we may have missed and vice versa. Because apparently waiting in line for "only" 2 hours wasn't enough- there were many DISers who literally camped outside the store ALL NIGHT. Hopefully DCL has learned from this disaster and won't do this again, because I'm on the 14 night Transatlantic next Fall and I'm sure that one is also going to be disproportionately full of adults due to falling at the beginning of the school year.
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Old 04-06-2013, 09:39 PM   #1175
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On our Fantasy cruise I think they anticipated having so many adults that all but the first night's adult shows were scheduled for the big theater instead of the Tube. They did that on my Panama Canal Wonder cruise a few years ago also. It seems to be hit or miss how many adults are on each cruise- on my 2 Dream cruises, I had plenty of lounge chairs to choose from but on my Fantasy cruise, it was hard to find one in the sun for just myself, can't imagine even finding 2 chairs together.

My worst experience with disproportional adults was definitely the 2011 Panama cruise. There were only like 200 kids on board because it was in January post holiday season and no one wanted to take their kids out of school. I really loved this cruise, amazing PC experience and wonderful ports and excursions, but the only downside was definitely the number of adults. You had to get up at 7:00 AM to go save a pool chair with your stuff on it. If you didnt and came down later in the morning, you were out of luck. I know saving is not allowed and I didnt do it for the first 2 days and then realized if I didnt join the game, i'd never get a seat at the pool the whole trip, so I gave in. All of the adult areas were always crowded. Plus many of them were "psycho DISers" taking obsession with DCL to a whole new level. I'm all for being Disney passionate- I totally describe myself that way- but many of these people took it way too far. Specifically with pin collecting. On this cruise there were special port pins for each of the 6 ports as a matching Panama cruise set. DCL should have made sure that each person had the chance to buy at least one set for himself, but of course they didnt do it that way- they did the "limited edition" thing and didnt factor in the greedy people buying multiples for themselves to sell back at home. So the lines for "camping out" for the pins literally would be HOURS long. it would stretch from the stores, back to the theaters, then around the other way all the way to the atrium. This went on for each of the ports, average waiting in line for 2 hours each time on my vacation and still I barely was able to get them all--thankfully we had an awesome dinner table and between the 8 of us, we were able to trade with each other the ones we may have gotten extra for the ones we may have missed and vice versa. Because apparently waiting in line for "only" 2 hours wasn't enough- there were many DISers who literally camped outside the store ALL NIGHT. Hopefully DCL has learned from this disaster and won't do this again, because I'm on the 14 night Transatlantic next Fall and I'm sure that one is also going to be disproportionately full of adults due to falling at the beginning of the school year.
I did the Dec 2012 Panama Cruise. There were a lot more adults than children, I think we had about 300 kids which was great for my three! They got a lot more attention. I think DCL might have learned from your cruise because I didn't see anything like that on this sailing. We did have more of a mature crowd, your Transatlantic will probably be similar
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Old 04-06-2013, 10:06 PM   #1176
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Just booked our last port....after so many months of planning - what a relief! Now I'm really excited!
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Old 04-06-2013, 11:31 PM   #1177
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Just starting our excursion planning and loving all the great information here - thanks everyone! Please add us to the roll-call.

ynspire (Yvonne), with DH Blair, DS (Blake, 9), and DD (Ariane, 9) from British Columbia, Canada, First Seating, Stateroom 7094, yes to Fish Extender.
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Old 04-07-2013, 02:07 PM   #1178
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Just starting our excursion planning and loving all the great information here - thanks everyone! Please add us to the roll-call.

ynspire (Yvonne), with DH Blair, DS (Blake, 9), and DD (Ariane, 9) from British Columbia, Canada, First Seating, Stateroom 7094, yes to Fish Extender.
Welcome Aboard! You've been added to the Roll Call!
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Old 04-07-2013, 02:50 PM   #1179
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Our party consists of 7: Buddwaur - (Sophia), DH (Robert), DS (Nikos, age 16), DS (Zack, age 14), DS (Mikey, age 12). Also traveling with us will be my twin sister (Tia) and my mom (Eleni). We are from the Raleigh area. Two staterooms on deck 2 and Second seating.
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I'm not sure we have been added to the rollcall. When you have a chance, could you please add us! Thank you!
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Old 04-08-2013, 01:29 PM   #1180
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Did a little shopping this weekend for the cruise. Got a really cute linen tunic top (marine blue and white) and an eyelet beach coverup. Talking to the sales person gave me an idea...a tank and capris with the eyelet top might be perfect for church excursions and keep me from having to pack something extra.

Just wanted to pass along the fashion idea.
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Old 04-08-2013, 02:06 PM   #1181
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We did shopping too. Bought ourselves four carry on bags/backpacks from Rick Steves store. That is all the four of us are taking. Also bought some UnderArmour shirts for all of us for touring around in the heat.

Went to the Rick Steves travel conference and went to courses on the French Riviera, Athens, Rome and packing light. Got a bunch of questions answered and the presenters were awesome. Way above my expectations. For all three places it was the person that wrote the chapter of the book for Mediterrean cruise ports.
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I'm not sure we have been added to the rollcall. When you have a chance, could you please add us! Thank you!
Sorry that I missed your request -- you've now been added to the Roll Call. Welcome Aboard!



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Old 04-09-2013, 12:22 PM   #1183
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Just noticed that we are still on the FE exchange list.
Very sad to say we are no longer booked on this cruise !
Hope everyone has a fabulous time !!
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Speaking of the FE, is eleblanc still in charge of it? I was wondering what the stats are so far- how many signed up, deadline, are we doing one big group or breaking into a few smaller ones?
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Speaking of the FE, is eleblanc still in charge of it? I was wondering what the stats are so far- how many signed up, deadline, are we doing one big group or breaking into a few smaller ones?
The spreadsheet link is in post 4 - looks like about 25 families. I believe that Eileen (eleblanc) is still organizing....
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