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Old 06-06-2011, 09:48 PM   #511
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MBB, Thanks for this great summary! I am going to be soooo prepared! I can't wait!
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Old 06-06-2011, 09:49 PM   #512
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CopaDave, you reminded me about the luggage tags - I had totally forgotten about those! I totally agree that you should use the tags they give you, but on every cruise I've been on, they've had extras of all the characters available by Guest Services on the last night. So, if your assigned character isn't your favorite just go get some of the one you prefer! (But DO NOT use any tags other than your assigned ones for your luggage or you might not find it!) I got extra Captain Mickey tags and put one on my suitcase after the cruise - makes me smile every time I see it!
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Old 06-06-2011, 11:24 PM   #513
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Thanks CopaDave and IlliniAmy... I will change the tags one-I just can't figure out how to edit on my iPad

Hope the list helps

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Old 06-07-2011, 07:57 AM   #514
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OK...so here's what I've got so far, thanks to all of you

UPDATED June 6/2011 And more!!!

MBB - YOu can still use pre-printed stickers (like address labels) on your luggage tags, and it will save you time. You simply put the label on the back of the luggage tag DCL provides. That last night, you will be tired, but you will want to get everything you can out of your fabulous trip and having the label saves filling out those tags by hand.

I would also suggest bringing cash (I might have missed this on your list) on Castaway Cay to mail any post cards you want to send from there. The post office only takes cash. We printed address labels for our post cards too - for the people to whom we wanted to send them. That way we didn't have to carry the address book and could buy the cards on board or use the ones in our stateroom.

I always carry a small clear cosmetic bag (clear so you can see everything in it easily) filled with things that might come in handy. It doesn't take much room, and I saved someone's luggage once because I had duct tape. IN that little bag I carry the duct tape, a small sewing kit, highlighters (for the Navigators), post-it notes (to leave for family or friends or your steward if you need to request something), string, rubber bands, paper clips, and a pair of small scissors. The only thing we have ever had a steward even hesitate to bring us was a pair of scissors.

On the subject of your steward - do not underestimate how helpful this person can be. We have always felt they would do whatever possible to make our trip more enjoyable. Whether a shirt needed pressing (a small charge) or needing some extra items or those scissors - our stewards have always tried to meet our requests.

Another tip - we made "business cards" with our personal contact info. We knew before we left that there were people we had met on the DIS that we wanted to keep up with, so we figured we would meet others with whom we wanted to maintain contact. Having those little cards made is easier to trade information with our new friends.

Our suitcases fit under our bed once we lifted it a little, and that left more room in the cabin. There is a small clothesline in the shower, but we found those Command hooks that are removable and leave no damage would also work to help string up a second one. If I had plenty of room in my suitcase (ha!) I'd take a folding drying rack for bathing suits and cover-ups.

Rebook on board for extra discounts and OBCs.

Have a lovely time!
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Old 06-07-2011, 08:52 AM   #515
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This isn't a "secret", but a suggestion. When on a DCL excursion, put your character sticker on a backpack or underneath something. We came back from a great cruise in the Med, and all our photos had the stickers on them!
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Old 06-07-2011, 09:45 PM   #516
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MBB - Another tip - we made "business cards" with our personal contact info. We knew before we left that there were people we had met on the DIS that we wanted to keep up with, so we figured we would meet others with whom we wanted to maintain contact. Having those little cards made is easier to trade information with our new friends.
You can make business cards and get them for free on vistaprint.com too! In case you don't want to waste all of your printer ink!
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Old 06-07-2011, 10:39 PM   #517
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Hey neighbor! Thanks for the congrats! It's coming soon! We'll be on the Wonder for our honeymoon starting 10/30. In fact, we planned our wedding date around the cruise.. Clearly we've got our priorities straight! I'm in Upland all the time! How funny!!...
Hi Again,

Thanks for the info. It is appreciated. I think I will stick with cash for anyone who I want to reward in some tangible way. That and perhaps a guest compliment if the action warrants it. I know that when I worked at the park (Disneyland ages ago it seems :-) those were worth more than gold. I am betting that they are similarly valued on the ship.

Thanks again for your help.

Take care, help lots of people and have a "Wonder"ful day!

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Old 06-07-2011, 10:47 PM   #518
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mbb thanks for the summary. It so great to read all the tips. We have been on one cruise but still didn't know about a lot of the tip, tricks, and secrets!! I can't wait until August!
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You can make business cards and get them for free on vistaprint.com too! In case you don't want to waste all of your printer ink!
You will pay shipping, but still overall usually less than buying the business card paper and ink yourself.
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We added a pictures of us on the card, so that the name goes with the person.
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Old 06-08-2011, 02:04 PM   #521
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Crazy Question: How do you know who your steward is? How would you contact him if you needed to?

My one and only cruise I never ever saw the person who cared for our room.
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Old 06-08-2011, 02:08 PM   #522
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Crazy Question: How do you know who your steward is? How would you contact him if you needed to?

My one and only cruise I never ever saw the person who cared for our room.
On every DCL we've done, the room steward introduced himself when we first entered the room. On the Dream, he showed us how the lights and such worked with the key card. I'll admit, we never saw him again until the last night, but if you need to find yours, you can ask any of the others who you may see in the hall if they can call the room attendent for cabin ####.
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Old 06-08-2011, 06:40 PM   #523
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Crazy Question: How do you know who your steward is? How would you contact him if you needed to?

My one and only cruise I never ever saw the person who cared for our room.
We saw our steward multiple times a day. By the end, I thought he was one of my kids. When I told him I really like the H2O products, he always left me extras.
I found out after we left the ship that the stewards are not paid a salary but rely ONLY on the tips they receive.
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Old 06-08-2011, 06:40 PM   #524
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Rosie, if you use your wave phone, there is a direct line to housekeeping, and if I am correct, it will actually ring the steward, but call between 8 an 2 or after 6pnm. They usually have a break from 2 to 6. There is also a button on the regular phone next to the bed for housekeeping.

Some of them are pretty tricky and seem to appear and work only when you are gone! You will see the person eventually because you will have to sign for your Castaway Club gift, you know the one that is waiting for you when you get to your room.
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Old 06-08-2011, 06:51 PM   #525
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About the Tea with Alice (or whoever is hosting) you should get the tickets first thing after embarkation, in the customer service counter. But, if you don't have them, you can go to the place where they are having the event and ask the CM if you can get in, I saw two families doing that when we were last year and they both were accepted. Just after everyone with tickets passed, they let them go.
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