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Old 12-27-2011, 07:44 AM   #91
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I can answer some of the questions.

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Thanks! Great thread, helps me to see it all cant be done on a % night crz but doesn't need to either! subscribing!! Will def not feel pressure to get to every show, every dinner, breakfast (thank you room srvc....No Bingo and bringing a case of our fav beer too!

Couple of questions r/t to this...First time crz scheduled for April.
Do the Bikes on CC have toddler seats attached?
What is the rainforest room? Is it on the Dream?
Do they have a CB on all crz? Only on cruises 7 nights or longer
What is a dummy date when booking on the crz? When you rebook onboard and are not sure when you will cruise again or the dates have not been released for the timeframe you want to cruise, then you can use another date and switch to the date you want later. You will still get all of the incentives from booking onboard.
Am I expecting too much to do a FE in concierge? Just saw we are behind a very high imposing gate. It is possible. You can have a planned time to deliver FE gifts to those in concierge.
I have been reading threads for months without figuring out these questions.

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Old 12-27-2011, 08:54 AM   #92
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Just the fact that I am giving DCL a second chance after our disappointing first experience is a chance to do and not do things next time.

First the Wills:

We will stay on the ship at Castaway Cay. Staying on a ship while she is in port is like having it all to yourself. Getting a chair by the main pool just after breakfast will be wonderful!
We will see our contacts at Atlantis and be taken in a private water taxi to the facilities. We will enjoy the water park and take a tour of the new facilities since our last visit.
We will spend time in the adult pool.
We will order room service every day!
We will visit the gym every morning when it opens.
We will eat healthy on this cruise.
We will skip the shows and spend time exploring the ship.


Now the Won'ts
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We won't let Disney force an unwanted upgrade on us. We picked a specific cabin for a reason. If we arrive at the pier to find an upgrade, we will insist on our original room.
We won't stand in line for character meet and greets. If our daughter wants to do that, she is welcome to and then can come find us.
We won't stress about our dining rotation and when we will eat at Palo.
We won't bring formal wear. We are on vacation and no one really cares.
If this experience does not exceed our expectations (and frankly after the first cruise we have very low ones of DCL), we won't give them a third chance.

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Old 12-27-2011, 10:30 AM   #93
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Will do again.
Have kids try some thing new at each dinner, who knew my kids would like oysters!
Brunch at Palo
Spend all day long on Castaway Cay (best day of the trip)
Plastic over the door shoe rack. This was the BEST advice EVER.
Order premium wine package. So nice to have a bottle of wine with dinner each night.

Will not do again.
Whiskey tasting. But this will be on DH's must do list
Wine tasting and Martini tasting back to back.
Deck parties, good for kids who love to dance in a crowd, just not for our family.
Worry about finding a place to sit on Castaway Cay, there is plenty of room for everyone.

Will do differently next time.
Take a pop up laundry hamper, there just is not much extra space.
Eat dinner at Paulo
Not worry about the website saying that Paulo Brunch was full. We stopped by our first night and were still able to get in for brunch on our second at sea day.
Take Windex wipes for cleaning veranda glass, gets salt water smudge pretty quickly so would have been nice to be able to do a quick clean.
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Old 12-27-2011, 11:05 AM   #94
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[QUOTE=tjbaggott;35734647]You know what I Would NOT do next time? I would NOT listen to DH when he suggests a short nap after dinner on Pirate night! On our last trip, we were all still so exhausted from 4 days in WDW then onto the Cruise. On Pirate night we all lay down for that nap and didn't wake up till after 10 pm!! errrgghhhh. We missed the WHOLE Pirate Party!

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Love this! thought we were the only ones this happened to. Glad to know we are not alone.
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Old 12-27-2011, 12:05 PM   #95
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Wonderful thread -love reading all of the dos and don'ts. Thanks everyone!!
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Old 12-27-2011, 12:11 PM   #96
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I went on the Dream on Feb. 27-Mar.3, 2011 and it was fantastic!

WILL DO AGAIN:
1)Stay in the room that we picked
2)No character breakfasts
3)Meet the captain and get something signed
4)Go to the Pirate Party
5)Not see movies in the movie theatre (why do that when I can see the movies anytime after the cruise??)
6)Go on the AquaDuck right after breakfast (the line gets really long really fast!)
7)Go to the clubs when not at the pool
8)Lunch at Cabanas (on the first day and most days) or at the Flo's V8 Cafe
9)Get to the port early and get in line before some buses get there!

WONT DO or DO DIFFERENTLY:
1)Get off the ship at Nassau and maybe Castaway Cay
2)Get a room with a verandah because we weren't in the room that much

Thats all that I can think about right now. Disney Cruise Line Has GREAT service and would do it again, and again, and again, etc. and would recommend it to people!!
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Old 12-27-2011, 12:50 PM   #97
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I'm not going to reiterate any previous points (many good ones!) - I'd like to add a couple of my own:

WILL DO:
  • pay more attention to the Navigator. We were on our first cruise last March and were so overwhelmed with the myriad of things to do we probably missed out on a bunch of cool experiences
  • relax more. I'm looking forward to to the EC cruise and the extra sea day

WILL NOT DO:
  • forget what day we have Palo brunch and eat breakfast that day.
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Old 12-27-2011, 01:32 PM   #98
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I am totally doing this!

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I'm sorry to hear that. I did the same and they were in my stateroom the last night of our cruise. It's one of my favorite mementos from the cruise, I got sharpies that match our decor , a picture we all liked from shutters, bought a brushed nickel frame with mickey ears/dcl logo stamped in each corner (at treasure ketch) I love it , definately doing that again next time. Thats nice of them to ship them to you


If I can ask - what size mat did you get? Assuming that you got an 8.5x11 frame...then would hte picture be a 5x7?
Our family room is a wall of our vacations and the year we did WDW (2007) there are 12 various disney frames. DCL (2010) is 2 frames (DCL ones) and a digital frame with our 200+ photos. For our DCL/WDW trip this time I would like to do a photo like this. Thanks!!
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Old 12-27-2011, 03:47 PM   #99
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As a disclaimer, we have no kids. I saw mostly people with kids post prior, which is great since that is the largest client base, but for those out there cruising without, here are my lists:

Things I Would Do Again:
-Stay at the Hyatt Regency at MCO the night before, check-in for the cruise at the airport, and take Disney bus transfers
-Palo Brunch
-Trade a lackluster port for a nearly empty ship
-Swim in Quiet Cove Pool/Spa more
-Skip lunch in the dining rooms and wait for 1:30 when our stateroom was ready to order room service! Great way to settle in.
-Book our next cruise onboard

Things I Will Do Next Time:
-Bring nicer shoes for dinner/Palo. I was embarrassed in my flip flops.
-Rainforest Room
-Find the time for a ship tour and a movie
-Bring a proper wrap/sweater for evening wear
-Arrange to share a taxi ahead of time if a DISer is going to the same place at the same time.
-Reapply sun tan lotion on beach days, even on nice, cool winter days (luckily, only the tops of my feet got burned, which was really the only part of me submerged in water all day!)
-Make sure to find that Dessert Buffet
-Take motion sickness medicine after getting off the ship to ward off landsickness

Things I Will Not Do Again:
-Wear a dress in port, even if headed to the beach! The slightest breeze… I don’t remember anything about Cozumel until we got to the resort and I changed into shorts and a t-shirt!
-Attend the “parties”
-Choose the cheapest rental car company on debarkation day. Stood in line for an hour and a half waiting for a shuttle, along with the other cheapskates! None of the other rental shuttles had the same problem we did.
-Post-cruise trip to Universal Studios Orlando (1 night/2 days). It was a very expensive mistake. So many reasons… long wait for rental car instead of taking Disney bus, expensive on-property hotel and places to eat, was pretty landsick for several days and all we wanted to do was sleep, lame rides/attractions, flew home way too late and only had a few hours of sleep before starting work again. We loved seeing The Blue Man Group at City Walk, though, and I did enjoy the Wizarding World of Harry Potter as a fan (my non-fan DH hated it and didn’t participate in anything but lunch at The Three Broomsticks!) We just wouldn’t do it the same way, in hindsight.
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Old 12-27-2011, 04:11 PM   #100
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Will do: Order coffee from room service..
Every night we ordered coffee, in a pre-heated carafe, and every morning we had hot coffee to enjoy while still in bed.
Walk Deck 4 (on The Wonder) 3 times around the ship is 1 mile. Nice enjoyable exercise, no crowds, great scenery.
Get to know the CMs at Guest Services. The DO remember you and they make magic happen.

Will not do: See Toy Story The Musical..
Didn't enjoy it the first time, enjoyed it even less the second time.

Will probably not do: Character Breakfast...
It is a mad rush, between the food and the 5-second picture op with characters. Much better in the parks.
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Old 12-27-2011, 04:36 PM   #101
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This is a wonderful thread and full of great tips! We just got our cruise docs TODAY, for our first ever cruise!! We will be on the Dream on February 2nd!! I couldnt be more excited. I love hearing that people will worry less about their kids in the kids club, because I am already freaking out about not being with them!! I also think it is interesting to see that a lot of people do not do the sit down meals every night. We are just going on a 3 night- not sure if that would change things?

I can say w/o cruising that I PLAN to:
Having some alone time with hubby (hopefully I will not be to worried about the kids in the kids club)
Enjoy Castaway Cay!!
Staying on Board Nassau Day
I got Rainforest Day Passes for me and DH for our Nassau day!
Bringing wine/beer on board
Order Breakfast - Room Service every day
Sit on our verandah and drink champagne!!

Thanks again to all that posted great ideas!
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Old 12-27-2011, 04:44 PM   #102
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Just the fact that I am giving DCL a second chance after our disappointing first experience is a chance to do and not do things next time.

We will visit the gym every morning when it opens.
A head's up so it doesn't disappoint you while onboard. On my last cruise in September on the Dream I had planned on going to the gym every morning to kick off my day as I had just recently started working out. I was very disappointed to find out that some days the gym didn't open until noon. The gym's hours are the same as the spa's. Needless to say at noon I was busy doing other things and working out wasn't in the plans for me.
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Old 12-27-2011, 08:46 PM   #103
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Great thread for this Ocr planner and first time Disney cruiser. Is there any thread for single parents who cruise
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Great thread for this Ocr planner and first time Disney cruiser. Is there any thread for single parents who cruise
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Old 12-28-2011, 09:08 PM   #105
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Things I Would Do Again:
-Stay at the Hyatt Regency at MCO the night before, check-in for the cruise at the airport, and take Disney bus transfers
-Palo Brunch
-Trade a lackluster port for a nearly empty ship
-Swim in Quiet Cove Pool/Spa more
-Skip lunch in the dining rooms and wait for 1:30 when our stateroom was ready to order room service! Great way to settle in.
-Book our next cruise onboard

these are all things I would do again also
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