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Old 10-29-2013, 09:18 PM   #1
Earning My Ears
Join Date: Aug 2013
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Just got off a very crowded fantasy cruise.

Sailed on the fantasy October 19 in room 12528. It was our first Disney cruise and the longest cruise I have been on to date. We traveled with our 3 kids ages 18, 6 and 4. The cruise was fully booked which became very obvious as soon as we got to the terminal. Let me back up and say don't ever use park n cruise If you have an early port arrival time. We arrived at park n cruise facility at around 9:25 am. We were the first there so we would be on the first shuttle over. Then after we had all our stuff unloaded and had already paid did they tell us they would not take us to the terminal until they got the ok from Disney. So we thought oh well we will wait somewhere may as well wait there. Big mistake!!! By the time we got to the terminal the lines just to get in through the metal detectors was very very long. So more waiting. Then once we it in the terminal it was already a madhouse. So crowded ad noisy! By the time we got checked in and boarded the ship it was already almost 12:00. So much for priority boarding with concierge. Let me just say getting on the ship was awesome finally!! When they call your name and you walk into that atrium it is all worth it!! All the planning all the waiting. All worth it!! Being in concierge the first place you are taken Is to the lounge on deck 12. I guess we were just about the last concierge people to board because by the time we got to the lounge it was sooo crowded there was no place to sit except for upstairs on the sun deck which was very hot! The concierge hostess was very nice and politely suggested that we go explore the ship and have lunch. But we really just wanted to sit an relax somewhere quiet and have some of the complimentary drinks! So we brave the heat and and stayed up there till our room was ready about 1. Even after we ventured out to explore it didn't seem that crowded. Lunch at cabanas was nice we were able to find a table easily. It wasn't until the muster drill and the sailwaway party that it really started to seem crowded. Our first dinner was at animators palate. We had late seating I wasn't sure how that would work out with the kids but it actually worked well since they took a late nap most days and they have the dine and play where the kids eat then about 9:15 the kids club staff comes down and picks them up to take them to kids club so the parents can stay and finish dinner. Awesome, right?? We had an early night since we were all tired from a long day.
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