|12-28-2011, 10:42 PM||#106|
Earning My Ears
Join Date: Dec 2011
Will do again:
*Arrive the night before in Port C
*Schedule a cruise with 2 days at Castaway Cay
*Laundry mid week
*Research and plan shore excursions ahead
Won't do again:
*Forget a digital clock
*Buy jewelry from Disney's #1 Trusted Seller - we overpaid thousands, and the color and quality were downgraded from what was represented to us.
*Breakfast in the dining room on last day. Next time, we will go to Topsiders on the last morning.
|12-29-2011, 01:18 PM||#107|
See, it's a medical condition!
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Orange County, NY
October 2013 - Caribbean Beach May 2013 -WB PC Cruise - Wonder November 2012 - Polynesian March 2012 - Offsite- 7 Night Fantasy MV - Western Oct 2011 - Offsite/Poly - 7 Night Magic - Eastern May 2011-Coronado Springs Oct 2010 - offsite Feb 2010-offsite, 4 night Wonder Mar 2009-POFQ Dec 2008-offsite May2008-WB PC cruise - Magic Mar 2007-Contemporary Dec 2006-Polynesian May 2006-POFQ Oct 2005-Polynesian and Magic - Eastern (supposed to be Western) Oct 2004 -Animal Kingdom Lodge Oct 2003 -Animal Kingdom Lodge Dec 2002-Polynesian and 4 night Wonder Dec 2001-Wilderness Lodge / 1st Disney Cruise - 4 night Wonder May 1996-offisite July 1993-1st trip to Disney-offsite
|12-29-2011, 01:28 PM||#108|
Join Date: May 2011
Sorry, I just could not help myself.
|12-29-2011, 01:33 PM||#109|
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Dallas, TX
Will do again:
--stay on board when everyone else goes into Naussau. We had the adult pool to ourselves at 1 PM. It. Was. Amazing.
--order oatmeal raisin cookies every night before bed. DH was in heaven.
--schedule some sort of spa service on board. I had an early morning pedicure and got to watch the sun rise that morning and got to watch a bride get ready for her wedding at CC.
--play bingo. We did have a lot of fun.
Will try next time:
--dry cleaning/laundry cheaper than home? Sign me up!!!!
--catch a movie in the theater.
--Palo Brunch. Fingers crossed!!!!!
Won't do again:
I hate to sound like Pollyanna but there wasn't anything that we did do that I wouldn't do again.
|12-29-2011, 01:47 PM||#110|
Join Date: Jun 2010
We get to try out our *Will Do's* vs *Won't Do's* on our Nov 2012 Fantasy Cruise
-The Midship Detective...was a lot of fun for our DDs and we had a nice time looking at the art.
-The FE...the right way. I was a bit "out of the loop" the last time and didn't understand the whole process.
-WDW (Hopefully if DH goes along with my wishes! ) along with cruise...this time will be AFTER the cruise to avoid Veterans Day at the parks.
-See one of the shows! We missed them on our last cruise!
-Pirate Night! We got there at the tail end of the celebration last cruise, but plan to "Party like a Pirate" all night on our next one!
-Stingray Excursion on Nassau...once is plenty, thank you
-NOT get off the boat when blessed with an extra day at Castaway Cay! My DDs and DH did NOT want to go back to island for our second day at CC that the captain surprised us with...WHAT??!! We did have fun exploring the ship on what was supposed to be our sea day, but c'mon guys...It's like a free Double Dip!
-Travel with friends...that's all I gotta say about that!
I enjoyed reading everyone else's tips, too! Thanks!
Mom and Dad...Me 42 DH 42 ...and the Girls... DD 12 DD 8
|12-29-2011, 01:54 PM||#111|
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: 15 minutes from Disneyland
|12-29-2011, 02:23 PM||#112|
Join Date: Mar 2011
- take more advantage of the kid's club, DS loved it.
- order a case of water and some booze for our room.
- take the early seating for dinner.
- next time if we have a server who isn't that great, we WILL complain. We didn't this time and it really affected our experience.
- FE, loved it!
- underschedule ourselves. We only saw Believe and are still kicking ourselves for not making a bigger effort to get to the other shows because we wanted an uber relaxed vacation.
- overeat. Didn't like the feeling of never being hungry and always feeling stuffed.
- shore excursions. Too touristy. If I'm taking a cruise I'm going to enjoy the ship, you can't get a feel for anywhere you're visiting over the course of a few hours on pre-booked excursions.
DH 35 (7x to WDW!) Me 34 (2x to WDW) DS 4 (2x to WDW) DD 9 mos (1st trip in Feb!)
December 2011 Dining Review
February 2013 - BC CL
February 2012 - BC CL
December 2011 - Disney Dream Cruise + Split Stay at WL CL & Poly CL
|12-29-2011, 02:25 PM||#113|
Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA
LOL! That can also go for family - not just (not-so) close friends!
Trekker is Ron from Dreams Unlimited Travel
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|12-29-2011, 03:47 PM||#114|
Join Date: Jul 2010
Sorry, so as I'm not stealing away from the thread:
-spend more time with DS at CC and not put him in the club there (as he didn't like it)
-ride aqua duct more
-eat at restaurants every night
-take so many clothes
-eat as much (HA! yeah okay. HA!)
|12-29-2011, 04:02 PM||#115|
I cried like a baby when my 12 month old son met Mickey for the first time
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Houston, TX
Just got back from our first cruise ever and we did the Christmas Cruise on the Dream (Dec 22-26), here is my list
Order room service at least once (didn't this trip...I know I know, shameful)
Get a verandah room (loooooooved our balcony)
Try to attend a show (hard with a 2 year old toddler)
Ride aquaduck more
Put DS in the Club a little longer to enjoy the pool
Pack a little less
Go to Disney World prior
Request Mario & Francia as our wait staff
Get 2nd seating
Join more activities (my husband isn't a fan of schedules but I am)
Go to the Spa
Get off the ship at Nassau
Visit Atlantis (overrated in my opinion)
Worry so much about what other people are whispering under their breath about my toddler (he's 2, he's bound to have a few fits, no, he wasn't interrupting dinner or anything but some ppl should keep their comments to themselves)
Fly out the day we dock - my plan for next time is to go back to Disney for the day and fly back the following day
Rush breakfast - the line was soooo long to exit the ship it was ridiculous - it went all the way into Animators Palate
Me DH and DS(5) Follow me on twitter: @abfallas
Dec 95 ASMusic; Dec 96 ASMusic; Dec 97 offsite; Dec 98 ASMusic; Dec 99 ASMovies ; Aug 02 ASMusic ; Jan 06 CBR (Honeymoon); Sept 06 Pop; Nov 06 ASMusic; March 07 POR; Sep 07 Pop; Sept '07 - DLP; Feb 08 Pop; Sept 08 CSR; Jan 09 Pop; Jan 09 CR Club; March 10 Boardwalk; Sept 10 CSR; May 11 CR; Sept '11 - AKL; Dec '11 - AKL Club; Dec '11 - Christmas Cruise - Disney Dream; September 2012 - AKL w/ BFF - November 2012 - Pop w/ DS + Mom & Disney Dream; April 2013 Disney Magic - Coming Up: October 2013 - AKL-Kidani - ToT 10 miler; Dec 2013 - Wilderness Lodge; Feb 2014 - Disney Dream & AKL/BWV; Aug 2014 - Disney Magic Med; Sept 2014 - BLT, AKL & Disney Dream w/ BFF; Jan 2015 - Pop Century; November 2015 - Wine & Dine Half; January 2016 - Disney Magic
|12-29-2011, 06:55 PM||#116|
Join Date: Feb 2006
juliebug1997 - I agree with you
I am Poly-Anna, and I totally agree with you!
"Won't do again:
I hate to sound like Pollyanna but there wasn't anything that we did do that I wouldn't do again."
|12-29-2011, 09:45 PM||#117|
One shoe can change your life
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: West Chester, PA
What I will do again:
- Take over the door hanger; keeps everything organized
- Decorate my door with magnets
- Spend the night before at Port Canaveral
- Put magnetic white board on our door so cousins can stay in touch. We
had several nice messages from strangers, too!
- Take old bathing suit for hot tubs. Don't wear new suit; they fade.
- Book Royal Swim at Cozumel on my own - best part of our trip.
- Take waterproof case necklace for holding room keys, etc.
- Order room service and watch the sun rise on my verandah.
- Explore the ship
What I will NOT do again
- Pack so much
- As family cruise planner, not worry about what everyone else is doing.
- Stand in line to see Characters. Kids are older now; will leave that up to
- Miss out on Palo/Remy. Booked for everyone else and sold out by the time
I tried to make my reservation. This time my reservation will be first!
What I want to do, but didn't the first time
- Martini Tasting
- Enjoy more night clubs/dance; kids are older and will be out longer
- Order room service more
Above all, count my blessings with gratitude to be on another cruise with my family!
|12-29-2011, 11:02 PM||#118|
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: British Columbia :)
What an awesome thread! I'm starting a packing list already
|12-30-2011, 11:31 AM||#119|
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Washington State
And not to hijack thread, I want to add my to do and not to dos:
Spend more time on deck 4 relaxing in those comfy chairs!
Spend as much time as possible on Castaway Cay.
Dress up for formal night and Pirate night.
Not to do:
I will not stress about every little detail (yeah, right)
Disney Wonder four day
Disney Magic 5 times!!
Fantasy coming up in Feb 2015, for my 50th!
Also sailed: RCCL, Princess and Carnival and Celebrity at one time or another
|12-31-2011, 04:52 PM||#120|
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Alexandria, VA
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