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Old 07-24-2010, 10:17 PM   #31
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Hi everyone,

Thanks again to all. I have a few more questions--this time courtesy of the family:

1) Regarding the Disney Dream--anyone know if the porthole windows will be capable of being opened? Any rumors or statements made about this?

2) What decks would you recommend staying on? What decks should be avoided? Is one deck typically more noisy or quiet than the other?

3) We are staying for three nights for our first trip, and the difference between a room with a window and one with a veranda is about $150. For such a short trip, is a veranda in the room worth it? Or should we stick to the window and put that extra money towards something else? There will be three people in our party.

4) How much should we expect to pay out of pocket for specialty drinks--from a Margarita to a pina colada to a strawberry milkshake?

5) We are going on a Bahamas cruise. Once we hit either Nassau or Castaway Cay, do we have to pay a shuttle bus driver or cab driver to transport us from the ship to the city? Or is everything walkable once you exit the ship?
It's very easy to walk around in the main business area. Once you exit the port area through Festival Plaza, you are only a couple of blocks from the Straw Market, there's lots of shopping, a Pirate Museum and historical sites all within walking distance.

Is getting around the island easy without any type of transportation? Are there any trolley services that get you from place to place?

6) Are there opportunities to jet ski at either Nassu or Castaway Cay?
I know there are jet ski excursions at Castaway Cay. I've never done it, but someone here can tell you more.

7) Do the Disney ships offer Wi-fi? And is it a free or paid service?
Yes, they offer Wi-fi. It's a paid service, and I haven't used it. Again, someone here can tell you a lot more!

8) I'm a little unclear on whether or not I will need to bring a formal outfit for one of the more upscale dining halls. Can someone please clarify?
The three-night cruises don't have formal night. You will need nicer clothing if you plan to have dinner at Palo.

9) I know there are pools, but are there Jacuzzi's on the ship, too?
Yes!

10) We are probably going to fly out to Orlando the day before our ship sets sail. Would you recommend us staying at a hotel near the airport, and then making the one-hour drive to the port the next morning? Or, are there hotels at Port Canaveral?
On our last cruise, we stayed at the Hyatt at the airport in Orlando. It was wonderful, and we took the DCL shuttle right to the port in the morning. On the cruise before that, I stayed at the Radisson at the Port, and took their shuttle in the morning. That was very nice too. In February, when we cruise on Dream, we will be staying at the airport Hyatt again. It's just more convenient for us!

Also, does Disney offer any shuttle service from Orlando's MCO airport to Port Canaveral?
Yes!

11) Are there any specific activities or tours that you would recommend we do at either Nassau or Castaway Cay?

Thanks again in advance!
I answered a few of your questions above. We aren't really excursion people. The only one we've done was the Ardastra Gardens and City Tour in Nassau, and we really enjoyed it. We're thinking of doing it again with our granddaughter in February.

Verandahs, portholes or inside rooms are a personal choice. We usually have an inside room, but because we got a good price we will have a verandah in February on Dream. For three nights, I wouldn't spend the extra money! You don't spend much time in your room anyway. There are lots of other ways to spend money on your vacation!

I doubt the portholes will open. None of the ones on the other ships do. As for noisy decks and good rooms--no one has stayed on Dream yet to answer this yet. We'll have to wait and see what the early cruisers think!

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Hi everyone,

Thanks again to all. I have a few more questions--this time courtesy of the family:

1) Regarding the Disney Dream--anyone know if the porthole windows will be capable of being opened? Any rumors or statements made about this?

Most likely not.

2) What decks would you recommend staying on? What decks should be avoided? Is one deck typically more noisy or quiet than the other?

Generally the decks with staterooms above and below...at least they won't have theater, kids club, bar noise, but you can always just get a noisy neighbor! (decks 7-9 have staterooms only above and below)

3) We are staying for three nights for our first trip, and the difference between a room with a window and one with a veranda is about $150. For such a short trip, is a veranda in the room worth it? Or should we stick to the window and put that extra money towards something else? There will be three people in our party.

I'd skip the verandah on a three night...especially your first cruise on the ship.

4) How much should we expect to pay out of pocket for specialty drinks--from a Margarita to a pina colada to a strawberry milkshake?

There's a list on the FAQ thread at the top of this form. I HIGHLY recommend you read through that before your next round of questions!

5) We are going on a Bahamas cruise. Once we hit either Nassau or Castaway Cay, do we have to pay a shuttle bus driver or cab driver to transport us from the ship to the city? Or is everything walkable once you exit the ship?

Is getting around the island easy without any type of transportation? Are there any trolley services that get you from place to place?

I never get off the ship in Nassau. Castaway Cay has trollys taking you to the various parts of the island.

6) Are there opportunities to jet ski at either Nassu or Castaway Cay?

There is an 'eco-tour' on CC that is done on jet skis. You can book it to ride single or double.

7) Do the Disney ships offer Wi-fi? And is it a free or paid service?


8) I'm a little unclear on whether or not I will need to bring a formal outfit
It costs, don't use it so can't tell you the price (info is in the FAQ thread)
for one of the more upscale dining halls. Can someone please clarify?

9) I know there are pools, but are there Jacuzzi's on the ship, too?

10) We are probably going to fly out to Orlando the day before our ship sets sail. Would you recommend us staying at a hotel near the airport, and then making the one-hour drive to the port the next morning? Or, are there hotels at Port Canaveral?

Also, does Disney offer any shuttle service from Orlando's MCO airport to Port Canaveral? Yes $35 per person each way.

11) Are there any specific activities or tours that you would recommend we do at either Nassau or Castaway Cay?

Thanks again in advance!

.I also recommend you read some trip reports...especiall for 3 day cruises.

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Someone mentioned that food/drinks is sold just outside of the theater. Can you bring your own food/drinks in without having to buy it at the theater concessions? I wouldn't want to have to buy food from the theater each time we went in to see a movie.
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Hi everyone,

Thanks again to all. I have a few more questions--this time courtesy of the family:

1) Regarding the Disney Dream--anyone know if the porthole windows will be capable of being opened? Any rumors or statements made about this?
We usually get a window and never had one that opens. Not only on DCL but also Carnival and Royal Caribbean.

2) What decks would you recommend staying on? What decks should be avoided? Is one deck typically more noisy or quiet than the other?
Well, that's a matter of personal preference. We've always cruised DCL on Deck 2, Cat. 9 on the Magic/Wonder. Cats changed slightly on the Dream though. We've also sailed higher decks on RC and don't feel like we're missing out on anything on deck 2. There is more vibration during docking manuevers when they use the side thrusters but we're so rarely in the room we hardly notice it. In general, the higher the deck, the more you pay. It's all a matter of budget and what your priorities are for your cruise. Some want the best cat they can afford, others would rather spend more on excursions or shopping. It's up to you.

3) We are staying for three nights for our first trip, and the difference between a room with a window and one with a veranda is about $150. For such a short trip, is a veranda in the room worth it? Or should we stick to the window and put that extra money towards something else? There will be three people in our party.
We've only tried a verandah once in 9 cruises. It was nice but even though we were sailing w/o kids and thought we'd be sitting out there relaxing a lot, we probably used it a total of 1/2 hr. the whole cruise. So it was nice to try it but now I know from expereince this isn't a 'must have' for us and would rather put that $ toward excursions. OTOH, we have also tried connecting inside cabins (for 4 just for more space, 2 tvs, etc) and realized we REALLY missed being able to see outside, watch the ocean go by, even at night, and also missed not having natural light during the day. So a window is def. a 'must have' for us. For a 1st cruise, I would rec a window since you really will barely be in the room. jmho. Others would say they can't cruise w/o one. One factor to consider if any smokers in your group then might use verandah more or if you have a baby that naps. Then one parent is stuck in room for a few hrs per day and then would get $$ worth.

4) How much should we expect to pay out of pocket for specialty drinks--from a Margarita to a pina colada to a strawberry milkshake?
We're not big drinkers, only maybe 1 or 2 per cruise, so I don't remember prices. I think around $5 or 6 for a pina colada. Maybe I'm wrong there though.

5) We are going on a Bahamas cruise. Once we hit either Nassau or Castaway Cay, do we have to pay a shuttle bus driver or cab driver to transport us from the ship to the city? Or is everything walkable once you exit the ship?
Unless you book an excursion, you're on your own once you get off the ship. I'm not very knowlegeable about Nassau; we've only done 1 Bahamas cruise and didn't get off the ship in Nassau except to take a few photos.

Is getting around the island easy without any type of transportation? Are there any trolley services that get you from place to place?
Sorry, can't answer that one.

6) Are there opportunities to jet ski at either Nassu or Castaway Cay?
Def at CC. We've done that and loved it! It's a tad expensive but would still do it again. Last Oct that and all boating related excursions were canceled due to high winds. Hopefully we can do it in Oct.

7) Do the Disney ships offer Wi-fi? And is it a free or paid service?
I think there's wifi but not really sure. We don't take our laptop on vacay.

8) I'm a little unclear on whether or not I will need to bring a formal outfit for one of the more upscale dining halls. Can someone please clarify?
I wouldn't bother for a 3 nt cruise. I think they call it 'optional dress-up' night. For 7 nt cruises, more get dressed up, men in suits, ladies in dresses, etc.
9) I know there are pools, but are there Jacuzzi's on the ship, too?
Hot tubs are on deck 9 by the Goofy pool and adult pool.

10) We are probably going to fly out to Orlando the day before our ship sets sail. Would you recommend us staying at a hotel near the airport, and then making the one-hour drive to the port the next morning? Or, are there hotels at Port Canaveral?
We usually stay at the Hyatt right inside MCO the night before. It's really convenient and except for our Thanksgiving cruise, we're able to get it on Hotwire for around $55-75 + tax. The nice part is that if you take DCL transportation, you can simply leave your DCL-tagged luggage inside your hotel room and don't have to touch it until you're on the ship and it's delivered to just outside your stateroom door. We usually take Happy Limo to the port so we can choose our own time to leave and do a grocery stop for bottled water but next cruise we'll have our parents with us too, some have heart or respiratory issues so we'd rather keep it simple.
Last cruise, it was just 4 of us so we rented a car. I found it a complete PITA too much work for a vacay that would have otherwise been very relaxing. The drive itself was easy peasy. It's the luggage handling in/out of shuttles and waiting for shuttles. DCL transp makes it ultraconvenient.


Also, does Disney offer any shuttle service from Orlando's MCO airport to Port Canaveral?
Yes, it's $69 pp round trip or $35 pp one way.

11) Are there any specific activities or tours that you would recommend we do at either Nassau or Castaway Cay?
We loved the jetskiing at CC and also parasailing.

Thanks again in advance!
Have a great cruise!
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We've bought drinks from deck 9 drink station. I think the only snacks that can be brought aboard the ship (as in from home or FL) would be sealed, prepackaged things such as chips, pretzels, etc.
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Someone mentioned that food/drinks is sold just outside of the theater. Can you bring your own food/drinks in without having to buy it at the theater concessions? I wouldn't want to have to buy food from the theater each time we went in to see a movie.

Yes, you can bring your own. In the past you could take any food in, but recently I've seen posts where people were asked to not bring in a 'meal' Some DISers bring packaged candy from home, but honestly for the nightly shows you have either just come from or are about to go to dinner. Even for an afternoon movie, I've never had 'room' for candy type snacks. FYI the popcorn they sell outside the theater is packaged popcorn like you would by in the grocery, it's not made on the ship.

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Thanks again to everyone.

Just a couple quick follow-ups, as I'm not able to figure this out after doing some research.

1) Many have recommended the Hyatt, and that's what we're thinking of using, as well. Now, I understand I can book my cruise through Disney, or a travel agent, or what have you, but if I want to book the hotel separately through Hotwire, how do I "sign up" for the DCL bus/shuttle that will transfer me from the Hyatt to Port Canaveral? Or can that only be done if I book it through Disney's Cruise Line website? I can't tell if these are independent of each other.

2) People are saying that your luggage will arrive at your stateroom if you use the DCL transportation. Sounds great, though I'd obviously have questions of my luggage being lost or taken to the wrong room/ship, etc. Can you choose to keep your luggage and maybe place it inside the cargo hold of the DCL bus?

3) Lastly, regarding trip insurance--do you personally buy it? And if so, do you purchase it through Disney or elsewhere? Since we won't be sailing till Feb, I'm mostly concerned with insurance that would help reimburse me should me or anyone in my party receive news that forces us to be unable to go on the trip, thus resulting in a need to cancel everything and hopefully get some or all of our money back.

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Thanks again to everyone.

Just a couple quick follow-ups, as I'm not able to figure this out after doing some research.

1) Many have recommended the Hyatt, and that's what we're thinking of using, as well. Now, I understand I can book my cruise through Disney, or a travel agent, or what have you, but if I want to book the hotel separately through Hotwire, how do I "sign up" for the DCL bus/shuttle that will transfer me from the Hyatt to Port Canaveral? Or can that only be done if I book it through Disney's Cruise Line website? I can't tell if these are independent of each other.
Booking the Hyatt is totally separate from the cruise. If you want to purchase DCL transfers to/from MCO, just add that on in the booking process. Once you decide on a cruise, either tell your TA to add it or can be done if booking online, same as choosing early vs. late dining. You could even go through a mock ressie w/o placing a credit card on it just to see how it works. No harm can be done as cc entry is last step. You can add ground transfer to PC up to 10 days prior to cruise. When you check in at the Hyatt, tell them you're booked with DCL transportation and they'll direct you. This process has changed recently so I don't want to tell you how it was for us. Back then, just saying you're on DCL got you a luggage transfer, even if you didn't book DCL transportation. No more.

2) People are saying that your luggage will arrive at your stateroom if you use the DCL transportation. Sounds great, though I'd obviously have questions of my luggage being lost or taken to the wrong room/ship, etc. Can you choose to keep your luggage and maybe place it inside the cargo hold of the DCL bus?
I've never taken DCL to PC, only to MCO. We've always taken Happy Limo to port so we can choose when we want to be picked up and make a grocery stop for bottled water. Next cruise we'll be using DCL transfers both ways. I'm totally "over" lugging 8 nts luggage for 4 ppl ourselves. Yes, there are porters there but DCL is just so convenient. There's only 1 Disney ship in port at a time and Disney is the one doing the luggage transfers, not the Hyatt. I have complete confidence in DCL getting our luggage to the ship. Airlines, that's another story. Of course quantities are huge difference too.

3) Lastly, regarding trip insurance--do you personally buy it? And if so, do you purchase it through Disney or elsewhere? Since we won't be sailing till Feb, I'm mostly concerned with insurance that would help reimburse me should me or anyone in my party receive news that forces us to be unable to go on the trip, thus resulting in a need to cancel everything and hopefully get some or all of our money back.

Thanks!
Trip insurance is good to have any time of year. Compared to land vacation, cruises have to be paid in full much further in advance with hundreds to thousands of $$$ at stake if suddenly must cancel.
DCL insurance is expensive and doesn't cover pre existing conditions if that's a concern for you. They don't even purchase it on your behalf until your paid in full date. Typically, for PECs to be covered, you must buy the ins. within 14 or so days from date of booking. The good part about DCL ins. is that if you have to cancel due to non-covered reason, the amount you would lose (varies depending on how close to cruise you cancel) would be applied as a credit toward a future cruise.
Lots of TAs offer insurance too. Mine offers same insurance as DCL for half price and covers PECs. Also I've used www.*****************. I used them last time when I forgot to buy ins. when I made my final payment. (the ins my TA gets must be bought before PIF date.) My TA even recommended them. They offer many different policies and ins. companies. What's nice is that you can add the cost of airfare too whereas my TA simply enters the cost of the cruise; just found that out. ***************** even has policies that cover "cancel for any reason" job loss, work schedule changed, etc.
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Thanks ruadisneyfan2!

I'm also wondering where people opt to stay the night before the cruise? I know there are a lot of votes for the Hyatt, but what about the Marriott which I read is about one mile from the airport and offers a free shuttle to and from.

The only thing left I am trying to figure out is how best to finagle both a hotel stay and the DCL transfers.

We are thinking of flying in on 2/2, with our cruise sailing out on 2/3. I called Disney and was told that, since I'm flying in the day before and not the day of, they obviously couldn't take our bags (utilizing the transfer service) because we would need our clothes and stuff inside them for the night, and they have no place to store them overnight.

So it seems our best bet is to stay in a hotel, wake up the next morning, and bring our bags to the motor coach and have them load it into the cargo section of the bus. Has anyone done this without any problem? And did you stay at the Hyatt or elsewhere?

The Hyatt sounds great for convenience, but the Marriott also seems nice due to the free shuttle service and the ability to have a complimentary breakfast.

Thoughts? Thanks in advance.
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Thanks ruadisneyfan2!

I'm also wondering where people opt to stay the night before the cruise? I know there are a lot of votes for the Hyatt, but what about the Marriott which I read is about one mile from the airport and offers a free shuttle to and from.

The only thing left I am trying to figure out is how best to finagle both a hotel stay and the DCL transfers.

We are thinking of flying in on 2/2, with our cruise sailing out on 2/3. I called Disney and was told that, since I'm flying in the day before and not the day of, they obviously couldn't take our bags (utilizing the transfer service) because we would need our clothes and stuff inside them for the night, and they have no place to store them overnight.

So it seems our best bet is to stay in a hotel, wake up the next morning, and bring our bags to the motor coach and have them load it into the cargo section of the bus. Has anyone done this without any problem? And did you stay at the Hyatt or elsewhere?

The Hyatt sounds great for convenience, but the Marriott also seems nice due to the free shuttle service and the ability to have a complimentary breakfast.

Thoughts? Thanks in advance.
Yes, well Hyatt def isn't only choice. I'm just lazy when it comes to vacay and once I tried it, I'm too spoiled now. There are many hotels all around MCO. Some book direct, some Hotwire or Priceline. What I like about Hotwire is that it will show the shuttle icon so you know it has an airport shuttle. With PL, you take your chances that it might or might not, no guarantees. Also PL doesn't guarantee bedding for more than 2 so if you have kids, you may want to go with HW or direct.

We've stayed at Wingate Inn and Fairfield Inn in MCO area and both were good, clean places with free breakfast. Fairfield would win for better breakfast.

I have followed advice on www.betterbidding.com for MCO area and also many times for my parents sailing out of Ft. Laud. They have been correct around 10x so far. They keep a list of HW and PL 'wins'. This is how I learned when it's the Hyatt before buying.

Here is list of 'known' FL hotels:
http://www.betterbidding.com/index.php?showtopic=67&

They also have a forum similiar to here, where you can ask them to ID a hotel not on their list and they'll give their best estimate. Of course no guarantees and HW/PL are non refundable but let's face it, a 4* or 3.5* in MCO area will most likely be very nice and be more than good enough for 1 nt stay pre cruise. It's kind of fun, like a detective game, to figure out which is which and know you're getting a great price, usually around $40-60/nt + tax. Wingate is 3* on HW, Fairfield Inn is 2.5*.

To take DCL transportation from an off site hotel, you have to take hotel's shuttle back to MCO (or taxi) and keep your luggage with you back and forth. This is why we opted for Happy Limo 1st few times so they just pick us up when we choose at our hotel.
Next cruise is the 1st time we're taking DCL bus to PC.

You could always book Marriott direct and if Hyatt shows on HW, cancel the direct ressie. Usually Hyatt shows 1-4 weeks prior. Only time I couldn't get it on HW was TG week.

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View from our balcony...

Not to keep going on and on about it but Hyatt is blue lighted sign on the right just above the flight status monitors. Airport security is just beyond the escalator. (Usually line would be visible but this was 9 pm so very quiet.) Escalator takes you to check in at Hyatt lobby. That's why we love it. The hallway beyond left side of photo is a food court also.

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sorry didn't mean to take over this thread. As our cruise gets closer I'm getting more and more excited. We have lots of 1st timers in our group and can't wait to see their faces.

Sometimes I just can't shut up about it....
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Thanks ruadisneyfan2!

I'm also wondering where people opt to stay the night before the cruise? I know there are a lot of votes for the Hyatt, but what about the Marriott which I read is about one mile from the airport and offers a free shuttle to and from.

The only thing left I am trying to figure out is how best to finagle both a hotel stay and the DCL transfers.

We are thinking of flying in on 2/2, with our cruise sailing out on 2/3. I called Disney and was told that, since I'm flying in the day before and not the day of, they obviously couldn't take our bags (utilizing the transfer service) because we would need our clothes and stuff inside them for the night, and they have no place to store them overnight.

So it seems our best bet is to stay in a hotel, wake up the next morning, and bring our bags to the motor coach and have them load it into the cargo section of the bus. Has anyone done this without any problem? And did you stay at the Hyatt or elsewhere?

The Hyatt sounds great for convenience, but the Marriott also seems nice due to the free shuttle service and the ability to have a complimentary breakfast.

Thoughts? Thanks in advance.

This old lady thinks you're overcomplicating things. My advice is to save yourself the hassle of dealing with the luggage.

Do not put the DCL tags on your luggage when you leave home. Collect your luggage at MCO.

Stay at the Hyatt in the airport. TAG your bags with the DCL tags there. The hotel will tell you what to do with them. They will be picked up from your room and transferred to your room on the ship. Easy. They do it all the time. Take with you only your carry on containing your meds/electronics/bathing suit (if you want to swim immediately).
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Thanks ruadisneyfan2!

I'm also wondering where people opt to stay the night before the cruise? I know there are a lot of votes for the Hyatt, but what about the Marriott which I read is about one mile from the airport and offers a free shuttle to and from.

The only thing left I am trying to figure out is how best to finagle both a hotel stay and the DCL transfers.

We are thinking of flying in on 2/2, with our cruise sailing out on 2/3. I called Disney and was told that, since I'm flying in the day before and not the day of, they obviously couldn't take our bags (utilizing the transfer service) because we would need our clothes and stuff inside them for the night, and they have no place to store them overnight.

So it seems our best bet is to stay in a hotel, wake up the next morning, and bring our bags to the motor coach and have them load it into the cargo section of the bus. Has anyone done this without any problem? And did you stay at the Hyatt or elsewhere?

The Hyatt sounds great for convenience, but the Marriott also seems nice due to the free shuttle service and the ability to have a complimentary breakfast.

Thoughts? Thanks in advance.
Here is another vote for the Hyatt. I will never again fly in the day of the cruise. So we have stayed at the Hyatt several times. You will pick up your bags (although I believe someone said you can ask and tip a bell hop to get them) and check into the hotel. Then you put your DCL tags on your bags and they will be pick up the next morning and arrive later on the ship. They will be picked up from your room the following morning after 8 AM. You can do this as long as you have DCL transfers. Even if you book your room indepoendently from DCL. It is a MUST to tell them at the front desk that you are taking a DCL cruise. Ask them what the curremnt process is so that you don't miss a step. A great way to begin your vacation. The best tip I ever got was to not over think things and to relax. Sometimes the cost is not the biggest selling factor. Hyatt maybe more costly but is very easy to access and also very nice, quite, and comfortable. Enjoy
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It seems to me when it comes to travel, the method that is cheapest is usually the least convenient. The method that is most convenient, usually costs more. What's best for you depends on how much hassle you can tolerate while on vacation. The more I travel, the less hassle I can tolerate, and more I'm willing to pay for convenience. ymmv.
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