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Old 09-13-2013, 11:50 PM   #451
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Now my last post was so poorly written that I have come up with the name of a new hit group: second band iPhone.

This phone is gonna be the death of me...

Good thing I don't have to deal with it for a week 8)

Now since I've officially hijacked this forum...

I will forget about my iPhone from sail away to debarkation.

I will not even think about the darned thing.
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Old 09-14-2013, 02:27 PM   #452
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Toliets were not especially high. I read somewhere that it can be uncomfortable for kids to go to the bathroom if their feet are always dangling so I guess I've taken that to heart and now travel with a collapsible step stool. Actually, the step stool is good for other uses like giving DD a bath (saves my back), giving my DD a place to sit when I use the hairdryer on her, letting DD brush her teeth by herself, and making it easy for her to climb on our bed (the queen beds are a bit higher than normal on the newer ships because they have storage space underneath). None of these things are a big deal on a short trip/cruise, but on longer trips it can really make a difference.
Thanks! I was debating taking our potty stool. My son is very tall for his age but he cannot sit on the potty with his feet dangling.
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Old 10-31-2013, 11:06 AM   #453
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Old 10-31-2013, 01:34 PM   #454
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What I would do on our next cruise is this: Make more of an effort to take pictures and have our pictures taken. I wanted a family pic taken of us along the rail with open ocean as the background, and we never did it. I just didn't put forth a lot of effort in gathering my family for nice pictures, and I wish I would have. I know LOTS of families do not have this problem! LOL!

Another thing I would do is try to make it down to the adult pool earlier to try and get a lounger. We weren't able to get one our entire cruise! I knew the family pool might be a struggle but I don't know how I missed the adult pool having a problem with this issue. It was extremely disappointing to me that I was not able to relax at the pool with my DH and have a yummy drink or two.

One more thing I would do: Leave my teen DD on the ship while we are out snorkeling. It is not her thing at all. We made her go out with us on Grand Cayman and it wasn't good. The next day in Cozumel, we did leave her on the ship and everyone was happy. She made friends in Edge the first night of our cruise and by the time we got to Cozumel later in the week, she was already spending loads of time in Edge. It worked well to leave her on the ship. I spoke to the CMs letting them know I was nervous to go out into another country without her and they were nice about it. Now that we've done it, I wouldn't hesitate to do the same again during an excursion I know she won't enjoy.
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Old 10-31-2013, 05:14 PM   #455
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Would do again: Animation classes, a lot of fun.

Would not do again: Palo dinner. We found the main dining rooms so good, we didn't feel that it was a premium experience. Not a knock on Palo, a plus for the dinners on the Fantasy. If we were on an NCL or RCCL ship, Palo would be a no-brainer.

Would try: Disboards or DVC meet and greet. It's nice to have people onboard that you recognize and say hi to when you're out and about.
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Old 10-31-2013, 06:05 PM   #456
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Would do: Definitely would do Palo again!

We didn't think the food on the Fantasy was THAT great. But Palo was definitely several steps up, AND we had a gorgeous window view with a table facing the ocean. I thought it odd that none of the regular dining rooms onboard the Fantasy have an ocean view, in fact, it's the only cruise line I believe I've been on that the main dining room(s) are walled off with no ocean view. You get that view in Palo
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Old 10-31-2013, 07:25 PM   #457
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Would not book a cruise right after dry dock again.
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Old 10-31-2013, 08:51 PM   #458
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Would not book a cruise right after dry dock again.
Why? I'm curious as we are amateurs at this point.
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Old 10-31-2013, 10:19 PM   #459
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Why? I'm curious as we are amateurs at this point.
I believe Bonnie's cruise was cancelled just three days before the sailed. magic was in dry dock and this was the first cruise after returning to port and she wasn't ready. Very, very sad for those booked on that sailing.
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Old 11-01-2013, 05:21 AM   #460
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Nevermind - travel stepstool seemed such a unique item.. no longer need link. Found plenty on Amazon!

Lol can you tell ive only potty trained a girl HAHA.
Guess i will need one for my son soon enough. :-)
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Old 11-01-2013, 06:09 AM   #461
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I believe Bonnie's cruise was cancelled just three days before the sailed. magic was in dry dock and this was the first cruise after returning to port and she wasn't ready. Very, very sad for those booked on that sailing.
That would stink. I would be so disappointed.
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Old 11-01-2013, 06:15 AM   #462
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Why? I'm curious as we are amateurs at this point.
Yeah, it was my first cruise and it got cancelled only 3 days before. I'm not happy with how Disney handled things. I'll just know better to never go on a ship right after dry dock. Plenty of people warned about that on this site. I figured Disney knew what they were doing. Lesson learned big time.
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Old 11-01-2013, 07:34 AM   #463
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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... :/
We have done Palos on every cruise and intend to go again to atleast dinner in April. My husband isn't thrilled about the Palos brunch but we both really enjoy the dinner atmosphere and the one night of kid free dining.
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I would have skipped onboard breakfast on the last day and slept in. Our time was 6:45am and after sleeping in all week and having nowhere to be super early, getting myself and the kids up and out the door to get down to breakfast for the last last day when we could have slept in until 8:30 or so and gotten breakfast on the port somewhere made us feel rushed, tired and cranky for most of the rest of the travel day. We had a long day of flights ahead of us (and a mid afternoon flight so getting up so early was particularly silly) and I think we all would have enjoyed a more leisurely breakfast or brunch somewhere off the ship more.
We stopped going years ago -- too much hassle. We get bagels, etc. from Cabanas and eat in our room while we get ready. Then we just walk off the ship. No hauling around our carry-ons, etc.
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On my next cruise I'll pay more attention to the activities listed in the navigator!!

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