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Old 01-05-2014, 08:59 AM   #1786
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Can't wait. Thanks for the hints on signing pillowcases and photo matts.
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Old 01-05-2014, 09:39 AM   #1787
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One more thing I didn't see posted... If someone offers you a drink, it's free! I didn't know that one until after the Sail Away party. The drinks are complementary at the Sail Away party and at the Captain's reception.
oh, i think you are very wrong on this and i would hate for a family to take drinks and then get a whooping bill they were not expecting. while the drinks at the captains reception are complimentary if they are being passed around on a tray they are not free at the sail away party.
they walk around with the trays in hopes that you will buy them in there special cups, which by the way cost more. you will be asked a ton of times at the sail away.
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Old 01-05-2014, 10:08 AM   #1788
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oh, i think you are very wrong on this and i would hate for a family to take drinks and then get a whooping bill they were not expecting. while the drinks at the captains reception are complimentary if they are being passed around on a tray they are not free at the sail away party.
they walk around with the trays in hopes that you will buy them in there special cups, which by the way cost more. you will be asked a ton of times at the sail away.
Excellent point!!

I will say, if you really want the drink of the day in a special cup at the Sail Away Party, wait until just after it's started and they have usually dropped them to two for one. I'd bought for my sister and I, and literally about 10 minutes later they were two-for-one.
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Old 01-05-2014, 10:27 AM   #1789
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I imagine anytime they need to identify you and your stateroom, it's not free.
Same with drinks sent to your room in original containers eg; canned pop.
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Old 01-05-2014, 10:31 AM   #1790
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I imagine anytime they need to identify you and your stateroom, it's not free. Same with drinks sent to your room in original containers eg; canned pop.
This is not the case when eating breakfast or lunch in one of the MDR. They ask for a room number but there is not an additional charge.
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Old 01-05-2014, 10:33 AM   #1791
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If you buy fabric markers from a craft store eg; Michaels, they are less likely to distort or fade in the wash. You could always do a test run at home on throwaway clothing if you want to try Sharpies, etc.

Unless things have changed, we did 2 bags and 2 frame matts, it was 1 per person last year.
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Old 01-05-2014, 10:41 AM   #1792
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If you buy fabric markers from a craft store eg; Michaels, they are less likely to distort or fade in the wash. You could always do a test run at home on throwaway clothing if you want to try Sharpies, etc.

Unless things have changed, we did 2 bags and 2 frame matts, it was 1 per person last year.
The markers you want for fabric are called "stained" by sharpie brand.
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Old 01-05-2014, 10:41 AM   #1793
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...Unless things have changed, we did 2 bags and 2 frame matts, it was 1 per person last year.
My understanding it is 2 items per cabin, with the occasional exception if 3/4 young kids were in the sateroom.

Wonder if it is 2 items per cabin on new builds, and 1 items/person for classics? Just a guess.
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Old 01-05-2014, 10:42 AM   #1794
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This is not the case when eating breakfast or lunch in one of the MDR. They ask for a room number but there is not an additional charge.
I should add when they are offering something and the message was missed, for example, when you are distracted and the price was mentioned to the table or group at the beginning.
Safest bet for anyone is to ask if unsure.
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Old 01-05-2014, 10:47 AM   #1795
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We are going on the Dream for a 3 night cruise.. Can you get the pillowcase signed on the shorter cruises as well?
Yes, we have been on that cruise twice and no issue at all. I would just make sure you drop it off first thing.
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Old 01-05-2014, 10:57 AM   #1796
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Ours are made by Marvy Uchida.



Our local craft store also sells blank canvas bags, which I thought was practical because the kids take them to show and tell and use them at school. The frame mats were a bit of a pain to travel protected in cardboard, but I think they are better keepsakes than pillowcases or bags.

It could be they let little ones have their own, hence 4 from our room, not sure.
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Old 01-05-2014, 11:01 AM   #1797
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Originally Posted by Dreams1968
I had read on another post that the front desk won't accept items to sign (pillowcases etc) because of excessive demand. Has anyone been on a cruise lately to know if that's true?


I think this should have said that items for signing are limited to two per cabin due to demand, not that they aren't doing it anymore. We are off the Dream today and had no issue. 😊
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Old 01-05-2014, 11:12 AM   #1798
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If they stopped doing it, it's no big deal. You don't actually see them signing (it's probably the concierge staff ;-P).
You could take your items to work for your female colleagues to sign them and the end result would be the same, lol.

I forget, do they have individual character meets where they do signatures? I don't recall the princesses signing anything during pic sessions.
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If they stopped doing it, it's no big deal. You don't actually see them signing (it's probably the concierge staff ;-P).
You could take your items to work for your female colleagues to sign them and the end result would be the same, lol.

I forget, do they have individual character meets where they do signatures? I don't recall the princesses signing anything during pic sessions.
It's definitely not the concierge staff signing items.

In fact, these folks who sign are well trained and I was told "you would be surprised how few of them are aboard each sailing."
Also this services is NOT done during their time off as was debated awhile back.

Each and every signature by the same character needs to appear identical as possible across the fleet/parks.
They work very hard to attain that consistency, whether or not it results.

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I find it hard to believe they have dedicated staff for signing only. At least I've never seen that job posting .
So if they stopped doing it, they must be fired, lol... well, not lol, I'd hate to see anyone lose their job. Rather, whether they work at the concierge desk or elsewhere, I imagine it's one task they do out of other responsibilities and they are using templates.

Good point though they have to be the same sigs for the same characters.
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