|03-10-2010, 06:30 PM||#46|
Earning My Ears
Join Date: Apr 2008
I'm sorry to hear you got dehydrated, that can really run you down.
Things I will do again
1. Once on board the ship and after lunch, do a hidden Mickey sacavenger hunt. We learned our way around the ship and saw the areas that are off limits (teen club, nursery, etc) the rest of the cruise.
2. Enjoy the ship on Nassau day
3. Let the kids play at the kids' club for part of the time at Castaway Cay
4. DH and I have lunch alone
Things I will not do again
1. Take a winter cruise. We enjoyed exploring the ship and all the activities offered but next time I want to enjoy the water. Some people enjoyed the water, but I am a cold weather wimp!
|03-14-2010, 10:31 PM||#47|
DVC BLT since 2009
Join Date: Dec 2008
Things I will do again:
Upgrade to Cat 3 if available
Let the kids enjoy time in the clubs
Buy H2O Products to have at home
Order room service breakfast
Do some laundry mid-trip
Do FE !
Things I won't do next trip:
Paolo Brunch - enjoyed dinner much more
Leave the ship in Nassau - rather relax than shop
Things I will do for the first time next cruise -
Send dress clothes to the ship cleaners
Eat in all three restaurants
visit the Rainforest Room
Find the Cove Cafe
Get Lifestyle pictures
3/12 Spring Break on the Dream
1/12 Boardwalk Inn
9/10 Breezin' to the Bahamas - Wonder
9/09 1st Cruise Wonder Concierge pixie dust:
7/09 POFQ Kids first week @ Disney
|03-15-2010, 12:30 AM||#48|
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Chandler Arizona and exactly 381 miles away from Disneyland
Will not hesitate to buy something I really want... See it buy it.
Not do the spa again. Bad experience and was sold on the upgrade products for over 300.00!
Wont bring bags of costumes for Pirate Night. Small items this time.
Will do, the FEers again. My favorite.
Will go to the buffet when I first get on the ship.
Take my time and relax. Didnt do this last time and needed a vacation from my vacation.
Obsessed with Disney!
WDW vacation grand prize winners of Disney's online video contest April 2012!
Our winning submission video below "How we create Disney magic at home!"
Surprise DCL Video 2011 Mexican Riviera http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GT0ZgMsEiFg
DCL 2003, 2006, 2008, 2011 WDW 2003, 2008, 2012
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|03-15-2010, 12:48 AM||#49|
Join Date: Jan 2008
Things I Did That I Will Do Again:
*2001 WDW - CBR & DCL Bahamas Cruise (Disney Wonder) *2008 DCL 7 Night Mex. Riviera Cruise (Disney Magic) *June 2010 WDW 10 Day Trip - CBR and AKL *June 2011 DCL 7 Night Alaskan Cruise (Disney Wonder) *Disneyland - more times than I can count over the past 34 years!
|03-15-2010, 07:50 PM||#50|
Join Date: Feb 2010
|03-15-2010, 08:16 PM||#51|
Ay-yep! That's me!
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: New Jersey
Disneyland Veteran - exiled to NJ!
Oct 2006 - Boardwalk Villas
Fairytale Wedding @ Sea Breeze Point
Apr 2009 - Polynesian!!
Nov 2009 - DLH and 1st visit to DCA
Aug 2010 - Pop Century!
Nov 2011 - Wilderness Lodge!!
|03-15-2010, 09:41 PM||#52|
Join Date: Jan 2010
You can take the bottle on board, have it in your room, pour yourself a glass and take it down to dinner with you to avoid the corkage fees.
|03-15-2010, 10:31 PM||#54|
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: rochester, ny
one thing i would do next time (if there is a next time)...
change our dining rotation if the character breakfast is the morning after pirate night. my kids were exhausted from being out late at pirate night! they had so much fun but they were so tired the next morning at the breakfast and the pictures show it!
oh yeah, another thing i would do again is order BLT's from room service-yummy! i think i ordered them 4/7 days on our recent cruise!
|03-15-2010, 10:49 PM||#55|
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Winnipeg MB CANADA :)
Things I will do again
Things I wish we did
|03-15-2010, 11:12 PM||#56|
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Wheatland, CA
|03-16-2010, 12:18 AM||#57|
Join Date: Mar 2008
Thanks for the tips.. this is our First cruise.
The only excursion we have is the dolphin encounter in Nassau
Lisa, Wife of 18-1/2 years to Mike and Mom to Christopher age 11 and twin girls Ashley and Jessica age 8
Disney Fantasy Apert Cruise May 11-18, 2013
Ashley'sMAW pre-trip planning http://www.disboards.com/showthread....1#post35407954
|03-16-2010, 01:23 AM||#58|
The kids in my family sometimes think I walk on water... the rest of the time they know I'm their nutty AUNT!!!
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Upstate NY
Try to never book a cruise under 7 days (unless I'm adding onto a WDW vacation.) I did the WB Panama cruise in '08 and 15 nights were not enough.
Book onboard again.
Bring the digital clock with me
bring small gifts (chocolates) for my dining team and room host
take the busses from MCO and stay at the Hyatt unless I'm at WDW before.
Not rush onboard the ship. I was able to get on with enough time to change my Palo ressies and then hit Topsiders for the buffet AFTER I was able to put my carry on IN my room at 1:30
Join the thread for my cruise. I made so many friends and we have stayed friends for over 3 years and we are planning on traveling together and there are over 40 of us who talk every day.
FE - had a blast getting something each day
Palo Brunch... I want to see what everyone's reaction would be if I just picked up the tray of King Crab and walked off with it. oh.. and the Veal Salmtimbucco is to die for!!!
Not pack as much and put my suitcases under the bed for storage.
Hit Cove Cafe every afternoon for those yummy treats.
If possible, link dining with other Disers - we had a blast and are still best friends.
SPA & Rainforest Room
Mickey Bars from Room Service & in the dining room for dessert.
Ask the serving team for Mozzarella Sticks for the entire table one night...
Live up by Cove Cafe...
Enjoy the Deck 7 Aft area. I was in Acapulco and literally had the place to myself while waiting for my wash to be done.
Book around the same area I had on the 15 night. Great location.
Get my Disney cup at the sail away party. I forgot to last time.
If you see it, buy it. and early. If it sells out - they won't have more until they restock at the end of the cruise.
Get the water package and bring a small cooler on board with me (LL Bean has a very good small collapsible cooler) I had the room host keep ice in it and the water was cold at all times. We fit lots of water and even a bottle of champagne in there.
Bring lemons back and store them in the room. They don't have lemons up at the drink station for my iced tea.
Bring extra camera cards. If you fill one and you need to drop it off at Shutters it may take a day to get it back. It's best to bring extra ones of those AND batteries.
Bring NYQUIL with you. and Dayquil. They don't have a great selection of meds on board at the gift shop.
Take Bonine starting the day BEFORE you cruise if you get sea sick. I found I didn't need to take it much and only did so on one other occasion on the cruise.
Order room service.
Watch the movies up on the Ariel Screen at night... it's sort of like watching a drive in movie, only at sea... Sometimes they show a Pirates movie, we had more nights so they showed other Disney movies as well.
I will NOT do...
Bingo... waste of money.
Wash. Except things that I know need to be air dryed (my tshirts...) On the 15 night cruise, the best time to do the wash ended up being at about 2 Am, but we DID order room service and drinks and had a little bit of a party.
Bring too many books on board. In 2 weeks, I only had time to read 1. But you can leave any extra books for your room host to bring to the Cast Members... they often trade things like that.
Bring the over the door hanger. It's probably good for families, but we had plenty of room for us.
Burn the bottom of my feet by NOT wearing anything on my feet when I went to get my rented raft. I admit, I was stupid enough to not wear flip flops... my mistake and my feet had swollen up for most of my trip.
I don't travel with kids most of the time, and the youngest in my family is 13 this year, so I'd let him go to his club (I'm going to put him in the Stack because he will be 1 1/2 months short of 14...) but have a curfew.
I'm going to Palo... he's eating chicken fingers.
'Tis the gift to be simple, 'tis the gift to be free,'tis the gift to come down where you ought to be, And when we find ourselves in the place just right, t'will be in the valley of love and delight.
MichelleAll it takes is faith, trust and a little bit of PIXIE DUST!!! Dream of Small worlds and large Mice!Ohana means family, family means nobody gets left behind. Or forgotten. This is my family. I found it, all on my own. Is little, and broken, but still good. Yeah, still good.
Be the kind of woman that when your feet hit the floor each morning the devil says "Oh Crap, she's up!"
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|03-16-2010, 07:18 AM||#59|
I'm all ears!
Join Date: Apr 2009
Would definately... do the Atlantis tour again. Did it the first year in 2000; just loved it.
Would definately not.... wait so long to go on another cruise with Disney!!!! I have been taking friends for the last three years and they have wanted to stay in the parks all week and not go on the cruise. In 2011, I am doing 4 days in the park and the three days on the cruise again.
|03-16-2010, 08:07 AM||#60|
Join Date: Jun 2007
I've only done 1 cruise (just last December), but even hanging around here (enjoying the benefit of those far wiser and more experienced than I, lol) I haven't heard of either of those!
As for mine (so far):
Did, and will do again:
- Palo Brunch. I'm down with 'cold' crab legs, especially when they're King crab, they'll bring me warm drawn butter, AND they do all the work for me (no cracking/digging!); plus, I still crave that (hot) chicken parm over parmesan risotto!
- Have another photo mat signed
- Bring our projection alarm clock; it's dark in those interior rooms and that way we could see what time it was easily
- Extension cord, duct tape, multi-outlet strip; necessities for dh's Bi-PAP
- Rebook on-board early
- Bring a highlighter for navigator (maybe a couple colors, for dh/I vs. kids?)
- Let the kids enjoy the clubs pretty much as much as they want
Didn't do, but will next time:
- Pirate Party buffet, I almost missed those crepes (and I *love* crepes) and will plan accordingly next time, lol
- Bring some alcohol
- Be early for the seafood buffet to guarantee my fill of sushi
- Make door magnets
- Utilize room service more (b'fast, Mickey Bars, etc)
- Bring a pop-up hamper to stick in the closet
- Plan empty bag/space for souveniers!
Did and will not do:
- Bring refillable mugs of any sort; didn't use them once
- Palo Dinner? This one's questionable. It was great last time, don't get me wrong. But, if it's brunch OR dinner (we did both last time) I'm not sure I want to miss a rotational if only for the 'new' experience of the Dream
Q , dh , dd(7) , dd(4)
Camp Wilderness 1980, Dixie Landings 1987, Camp Wilderness 1991, College Surprise Trip 1995, College Spring Break 1996, Caribbean Beach 2007, Coronado Springs 2008, Coronado Springs 2009, DCL Western Caribbean Magic 2009, Coronado Springs 2010, and counting down to our DCL Bahamian Dream 2011!
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