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Old 07-24-2013, 09:27 AM   #391
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These are great tips. I am also wondering why so many people didn't like the Pirate Party?! I am thinking that it will be one of the major highlights of our trip, but DD and I like pirates, so that makes a difference, I think.
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Old 07-24-2013, 09:30 AM   #392
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See. This I don't get. The people saying that Palo dinner is "way over-rated". I mean, is it the best meal money can buy? No... But come on, I'd pay the 20 bucks just to be in a quiet, adult only environment to enjoy a nice meal with my sweetheart.

It's 20 bux... :/
I agree - I can't even see a movie with popcorn for 20 bucks!!!

I'm looking forward to the Palo Brunch because to me its like an onboard excursion.

Now that said, I agree I wouldn't miss the MDR meals for a Palo or Remy dinner.
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Old 07-24-2013, 10:21 AM   #393
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Great thread for a first time cruiser next year. Thanks!
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Old 07-24-2013, 08:45 PM   #394
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These are great tips. I am also wondering why so many people didn't like the Pirate Party?! I am thinking that it will be one of the major highlights of our trip, but DD and I like pirates, so that makes a difference, I think.
The issue with Pirate night is timing. It starts really late. I believe it starts after nine and fireworks isnt until ten. It is also VERY crowded and then the buffet line after is crazy as well. Both times my son has been so excited about it and both times he was cranky, overtired, and couldnt really enjoy it. If you have older kids who stay up later and dont mind large crowds then it is a non issue.

If it was up to me I would not go to it my next cruise since we have seen it a few times now but my kids even miserable during it want to go..lol

But for a first time cruiser I would say definately go!
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Old 07-29-2013, 12:06 PM   #395
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I will definitely do:

1. Palo brunch and dinner - awesome food and the service was outstanding. Plus, hubby and I never indulge in fine dinners away from the kids at home.

2. Run on the treadmill/elliptical the morning post Palo and the Castaway Cay 5K...gotta luv the Mickey medal and the awesome views.

3. Not feel guilty when my children want to spend more time in the clubs...it's their vacation too!

4. Get in the adult-only pool. We never did it even though we were on the 7 night Fantasy.

5. Pirate party - we went to the kids' one, but fell asleep before the later one and missed the fireworks

6. Take hanging grooming kits/organizers. There are many pegs in the walls of the bathrooms and the five of us would've had no use for the now banned shoe organizer.

7. Bring Tide pods and dryer sheets. Two out of three children had potty accidents during the night...and they normally don't. Too much fun in the sun

8. Use travel Space Bags. They're awesome!

9. Eat table service breakfast. It was Royal Court on the Fantasy. Btw, the pineapple French toast was one of the BEST things I had to eat.

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1. Bring jackets on a summer cruise. We didn't need them and they were a hassle.

2. Bring a power strip. There were plenty of plugs and we "powered down" on this vacation. I put my iPhone in the safe and didn't think about it.

3. Let my kids run off with other DISer's kids while waiting in the terminal. They were safe, but it unnerved me.

It's the best vacation ever. Our cruise surpassed my expectations, so we're headed back out on the Wonder in March. I could seriously only do the cruises and skip the parks from now on. Happy sailing
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Old 07-29-2013, 02:19 PM   #396
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Completely agree about dry cleaning. Or just their laundry service in general. After our first cruise, we decided to budget it on our second for all evening clothes. Not only did we save time not having to iron...well, more importantly we just didn't have to iron! Now that's a vacation.
OOHH Please tell me more about the laundry service! How much was it? I didn't take advantage of it after our 7 day but just might after the 5 day
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Old 07-29-2013, 02:26 PM   #397
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OOHH Please tell me more about the laundry service! How much was it? I didn't take advantage of it after our 7 day but just might after the 5 day
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Old 07-29-2013, 03:45 PM   #398
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Will NOT:

-Forget to place the tags DCL gives your for your luggage ( came back from Pirate party late daughter was fussy and trying to pack and forgot to add the tags. When we were looking for our luggage we could not find it)

-Book a 4 day haha only 7+ now

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-FE's
-make hubby and daughter wear matching family shirts on longer day (I love our pictures)
-bring a cup (I love cold tea and would make it twice a day)
- room service: ordered all hands on deck cheese platter every day.
- find the wrap and fruit snack bar before our last day
- princess signing (we stood in line for an hour the princesses didn't rush at all)

Must do:
Have a drink with hubby
Visit club
Watch sunset
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Old 07-30-2013, 05:52 AM   #399
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Old 07-31-2013, 03:44 PM   #400
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Will do....

1) Try to spend less Money...I always spend way to much $$$ and ask my self why did I do that when i get home

2) Make sure i remember to pack something to wear in the morning( one yr forgot to leave something for my one son)

3) Order room service the night before for breakfast like cereal and danish and stuff for the morning of departure...so we can sleep in a bit longer. Just leave it in the frig.

4) Not spend so much $$$ on Fe gifts...or take so many hrs to make homemade stuff...I really go over board at times.

5) Get up earlier so I can have more time to play on the ship...I always sleep in late and miss out on so much...you would figure by now being a Gold member I would have learned all this and corrected it.

6) Try to get to the dinning rooms for every meal...UGH!

Things I wont do:

1) Force my family to get in every picture after Dinner or before dinner. I love all the photos but they hate posing and standing in line so long for all of them

2) The Spa treatments...to much $$$ cheeper at home.

3) I will not bring so many clothes since I wear the same ones anyway over and over..like my shorts and pool stuff.

4) Not buy any Art if they have it again on the ship. I have in the past and spent a lot of $$$ however they have all gone up in value so at least that was a good thing.

5) Enjoy the cruise with my son that is going to be 20 on the ship and can do all the grown up stuff with us for the first time...well almost all the grown up stuff... ... the other one will be 17....

6) Go to bed earlier the last night of the cruise....I always stay up so late and regret it in the morning ALL day and night when I have to fly all the way back to Ca.
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Old 07-31-2013, 05:50 PM   #401
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6) Go to bed earlier the last night of the cruise....I always stay up so late and regret it in the morning ALL day and night when I have to fly all the way back to Ca.
This point right here is the reason we no longer fly home the day we get off the ship. We too are way to tired to fly back to CA from FL after a cruise. We now always go back to WDW and wind down for a few days. Yup that's right wind down at WDW. Since we have DVC we know we are going back and don't need to do everything each trip.

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This point right here is the reason we no longer fly home the day we get off the ship. We too are way to tired to fly back to CA from FL after a cruise. We now always go back to WDW and wind down for a few days. Yup that's right wind down at WDW. Since we have DVC we know we are going back and don't need to do everything each trip.

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lol...we do this for a week or so prior the cruise...makes us wind down so we can relax on the cruise and have the Disney feeling when we get on....when we get right on the cruise from flying in the night before I feel it goes even faster.....

We are before people....and after we are ready to get home...after the cruise for us WDW does not do it for us

Also you can stay at the airport at the Hyatt for a day room for $100...check in is at 10am and out by 6pm....can get the room and use the pool and everything that the hyatt has to offer.....for us worth the $100 bucks since we are so stupid tired when we get off the ship

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Old 07-31-2013, 06:14 PM   #403
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I am from the old school idea that you should never pay for dinner on a cruise where dinners are included. Especially because there are so many things yet for me to try in the MDRs of Disney. (Unlike CCL. Pretty much know that menu with my eyes closed...)

I will be saving my $40 for the actual cruise itself! (or excursion, or tips...)
I agree. We will even go back to ship to eat while at port to not spend money. A very nice, big meal waiting for us on ship.
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Old 07-31-2013, 09:41 PM   #404
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lol...we do this for a week or so prior the cruise...makes us wind down so we can relax on the cruise and have the Disney feeling when we get on....when we get right on the cruise from flying in the night before I feel it goes even faster.....

We are before people....and after we are ready to get home...after the cruise for us WDW does not do it for us

Also you can stay at the airport at the Hyatt for a day room for $100...check in is at 10am and out by 6pm....can get the room and use the pool and everything that the hyatt has to offer.....for us worth the $100 bucks since we are so stupid tired when we get off the ship

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Coming from CA we are before and after at WDW. Also I like the fact I know when I get off the ship knowing my vacation is not over yet.

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We did 4 days WDW prior and 2 days after (3 night Dream)and that was great...got a chance to finish what we didn't do earlier at Disney and it was excellent knowing our vaca didnt end with the cruise. Our two days after became a way to slowly get back to reality after the peacefulness and pampering of the cruise and Castaway Cay.
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