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Old 11-26-2011, 10:49 PM   #691
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I came back to add that anyone that wants a copy can just PM me their email address and I'll send it!! You jumped on before I got back!!

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Old 11-27-2011, 07:22 AM   #692
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Didn't read thru this whole thread, but have a few unofficial tips:

- On the day you set sail, try to get to the port early. You get on the ship earlier, which means you can have a nice lunch that you wouldn't get if you arrive closer to sailing time. Plus it gives you a little time to get to know the ship before you unpack; maybe even use the pool, if you're so inclined. Only drawback: you can't get into your room until early afternoon (1:30/2:00), so you'll need to carry a small bag around.
- If you don't have small kids, take the late dinner seating. That way you won't have to rush back from port adventures to make your dinner seating, especially Castaway Cay day.
- Unless you want to, don't feel obligated to pay for a huge beach related excursion in Nassau. Chances are you'll be on Castaway Cay the next (or previous) day and that's the beach adventure of a lifetime.
- Especially if you do have the early seating, you'll get an insanely early breakfast time on debarkation morning. And, to add to that, you'll wind up sitting in a lounge for awhile waiting for your luggage tag character to be called. Instead, skip the assigned breakfast and go to the buffet (Beach Blanket buffet on the Wonder, don't know the other ships) when you want. If you go about when the second seating folks are going to their assigned breakfast, you'll have a leisurely breakfast and by the time you're done, chances are all the luggage tags will have been called, so you can head on out.
- If you have four people, besides pricing out a single stateroom, price out two staterooms (you'll "officially" have to split the adults). Compared to the cost of the cruise, its surprisingly not much more expensive.
- If you do have two staterooms, you can all get keys to each others staterooms. Just go to Guest Relations after you board and they'll take care of it.
- Passporter guide is probably the best source of info, especially for first time cruisers, but read below if you're going to Alaska.

A few tips for Alaska cruisers:
- On Tracy Arm day, the decks get packed mid-morning, several hours before you head into Tracy Arm. People reserve deck chairs, etc. But, guess what? The ship heads out of Tracy Arm the same way it went in, so the view is identical. Once the ship turns around, the decks empty. On the return, you can practically have the whole deck to yourself and see the same thing.
- Also for Tracy Arm, even if its a warm day, bring a jacket with you. The temperature drop is considerable as the ship goes into the arm (seems like a 20 degree drop or more).
- Don't overpack. T-shirts are really inexpensive at the Alaska ports...usually less than $10 (even for long-sleeve) and are of a decent quality. Even if you forget a fleece jacket, you can pick up a decent one in any of the ports for around $20. Plenty of selection of raincoats too.
- Many of the Alaskan souvenir stands sell something called an ulu, which is a semi-circular knife (look it up on wikipedia if you like). Problem is: you can't bring it back on the ship. Solution: let Disney confiscate it, they'll give you a claim ticket and you can pick it back up after you disembark.
- Passporter guide is pretty much useless for Alaska. Huge disappointment. I think their Alaskan coverage could be why they stopped putting the year on the cover. It wasn't published until about a month before the Alaskan cruises ended for 2011 and had very little useful information on the ports and less on port adventures. The port adventures, for the most part, aren't new -- they're the same ones offered to other ships, so the information is out there, just not in the Passporter.
All of these are good advice, except for the bolded one. At least, if you're sailing out of Port Canaveral (don't know about the other ports). They give you a boarding number based on your port arrival time check in online. So if you check in online late, and get a time of 1-1:30; you'll probably get a boarding number of 30 and if you arrive early to port, you're going to be sitting there for a few hours waiting.

You should arrive at whatever time you click in the online checkin. Also, if you arrive earlier than 11am, they will likely turn you away now.
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Old 11-27-2011, 08:58 AM   #693
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All of these are good advice, except for the bolded one. At least, if you're sailing out of Port Canaveral (don't know about the other ports). They give you a boarding number based on your port arrival time check in online. So if you check in online late, and get a time of 1-1:30; you'll probably get a boarding number of 30 and if you arrive early to port, you're going to be sitting there for a few hours waiting.

You should arrive at whatever time you click in the online checkin. Also, if you arrive earlier than 11am, they will likely turn you away now.
We ran into this for the first time last week for the Thanksgiving cruise. It wasn't like that when we went in March on the Dream. Though they did not turn us away, our time wasn't even checked until we got to the check-in counter and received our keys and boarding card. We were very early and surprised to get such a later number when no one was at the port.

So my new tip is to check in on line as soon as you possibly can if you plan to make it early to the port (as many who drive themselves tend to do.)
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Old 11-27-2011, 09:19 AM   #694
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This is incredible! I would love to have something like this done for my DH for our anniversary, where did you get the plate made?
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I was thinking the same thing. We will be celebrating our 10 yr anniversary when we cruise and I would like to have a cute keepsake like that just for us.
Thank you!!! I ordered the platter from a woman in CT and she shipped it to my house very quickly. Her company is called Custom Ceramics by Traci. She did an awesome job working with me to personalize my platter. Let me know if you want any more information!
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Old 11-27-2011, 09:36 AM   #695
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Old 11-27-2011, 12:46 PM   #696
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I came back to add that anyone that wants a copy can just PM me their email address and I'll send it!! You jumped on before I got back!!
PM'd you as well! Thanks!

This thread got out of hand with posts not even close to tips. I wish the OP could post the top tips and tricks in the first post...
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Old 11-27-2011, 03:18 PM   #697
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PM'd you as well! Thanks!

This thread got out of hand with posts not even close to tips. I wish the OP could post the top tips and tricks in the first post...
If that is what you want you could begin a list on any one of your post and place a link to the post in your signature. I am sure many readers would love the efford that you would put in to complete the list and to keep it updated. That is just a thought.
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If that is what you want you could begin a list on any one of your post and place a link to the post in your signature. I am sure many readers would love the efford that you would put in to complete the list and to keep it updated. That is just a thought.
RescueTink graciously has made a document that lists these. She made the efford [sic].

I don't think another post needs to start, so I won't make the effort.
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We ordered hot coffee and cookies every night, told them to put it in a pre-heated carafe, and it was very hot every morning for us (including this morning, our last day on the Wonder), so we could have a couple cups of coffee before getting dressed. Took the cookies into the shows at night.
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Here's a tip for the coolers on the Magic and Wonder - to help keep things cold we brought plastic baggies to fill with ice to put in the fridge as ice packs. We would change it out each time our room steward changed out our ice bucket in the room. The bucket is too big to fit in the room cooler and just putting ice in it makes a mess. This helped us be able to keep cartons of milk cold for in the morning.
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Here's a tip for the coolers on the Magic and Wonder - to help keep things cold we brought plastic baggies to fill with ice to put in the fridge as ice packs. We would change it out each time our room steward changed out our ice bucket in the room. The bucket is too big to fit in the room cooler and just putting ice in it makes a mess. This helped us be able to keep cartons of milk cold for in the morning.
Agreed about the ice buckets. Don't know who thought up those coolers. We managed to fit the ice bucket on the top shelf but had to remove a shelf to get it in. Even with a full bucket of ice, it didn't cool it too much. We finally decided to put the milk carton directly into the ice. I like your idea of putting into ziplock bags instead.
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All of these are good advice, except for the bolded one. At least, if you're sailing out of Port Canaveral (don't know about the other ports). They give you a boarding number based on your port arrival time check in online. So if you check in online late, and get a time of 1-1:30; you'll probably get a boarding number of 30 and if you arrive early to port, you're going to be sitting there for a few hours waiting.

You should arrive at whatever time you click in the online checkin. Also, if you arrive earlier than 11am, they will likely turn you away now.
We had an 11:00am boarding time and we were given #4, but they got to #4 really quick after they started boarding at around 11:00am!!

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I think I sent the list to 29 people who sent me their email address'!! I know there was at least one who sent a request and no email address!! So whoever that was please send it and I'll send it!!

Thanks to everyone who put an idea on here!!

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RescueTink graciously has made a document that lists these. She made the efford [sic].

I don't think another post needs to start, so I won't make the effort.
SHE??? You thought my DW made this list?? Your so so silly!!!!


PLEASE GO TO POST #721 ON PAGE #49 FOR A COPY OF THE LIST!! THANKS!!
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THANKS! You've given me way too much to think about!
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If you are interested in Disney pillowcases for autographs , I found this website;
www.pillowcasesbygammy.vpweb.com This lady makes all different characters on one side and white for autographs on other side!! I got mine within a week and we are very happy with them. Have a great cruise..
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check this website for Disney character pillowcases to get autographed. They do white on one side and different characters on the other.
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