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Old 07-29-2010, 07:18 PM   #16
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The first day is the best time to make hair appointments in the beauty salon. The last time I checked, you couldn't make these appointments online, unlike esthetics appointments. You can also purchase a pass to the Rainforest part of the spa.
As a PP mentioned, you can book Palo ressies--you can also switch existing Palo reservations to other time slots.
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Old 07-29-2010, 07:47 PM   #17
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This stuff is great to know!! Hopefully I'll remember it by the time our cruise actually rolls around.
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Old 07-29-2010, 08:09 PM   #18
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Fun photo ops waiting to board

There's a great model of the ship in the port terminal and Mickey & Minnie come out as well as Donald & Daisy before they start boarding.

There's really not a lot to do in the terminal while you are waiting if you get there early, but I agree it's nice to board early and get your vacation started!
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Old 07-29-2010, 09:11 PM   #19
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My DS (11) and I will be going on our first cruise too. August 17-22. Can't wait!!!!!!!! These are great tips!!! Keep 'em coming!!
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Old 07-29-2010, 09:17 PM   #20
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The first day is the best time to make hair appointments in the beauty salon. The last time I checked, you couldn't make these appointments online, unlike esthetics appointments. You can also purchase a pass to the Rainforest part of the spa.
As a PP mentioned, you can book Palo ressies--you can also switch existing Palo reservations to other time slots.
If you want a haircut, first day is a great time to have one. There's unlikely to be a wait.
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Old 07-29-2010, 10:22 PM   #21
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We plan on heading right to guest services to book Tea with Alice and a couple adult tastings. Since this is our first DCL cruise, I think we'll be trying to get our Palo spots when we first get on the ship too. It's kind of like the mad dash for fastpasses once the park opens.
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Old 07-30-2010, 09:49 AM   #22
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LOVE the ideas! This spurred a few more questions though. Maybe someone can help me.

1. We selected Main dining as we will be traveling with 2 six-year olds and 1 five-year old. Any thoughts on what we should request for location of our table?

2. How important is it to make Palo reservations? It is really worth it because it seems like the main dining would be too nice to miss.

3. Love the Parrot Cay idea. We'll definitely give that a try!

4. dzneygirl - I'm listening to the podcasts now. Very helpful. Thank you!

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Old 07-30-2010, 10:22 AM   #23
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LOVE the ideas! This spurred a few more questions though. Maybe someone can help me.

1. We selected Main dining as we will be traveling with 2 six-year olds and 1 five-year old. Any thoughts on what we should request for location of our table?
You will have a table number assigned for you. The location of the table varies from one restaurant to the next which makes requesting a location difficult. One night you might be off to the side and the next night (different restaurant) that same table number will be in the middle action. My advise is don't sweat the location. You're on the ship - that's the best location of all!

2. How important is it to make Palo reservations? It is really worth it because it seems like the main dining would be too nice to miss.
Depends on how many nights you are sailing. On our 4 night cruises we go to Palo the last night as that is usually the repeat restaurant. On 7 night cruises we do a sea day, as well as our upcoming 5 night. We love Palo. Dinner and brunch are both great - some prefer brunch over dinner - we like them both. Brunch is usually only offered on sea days.
3. Love the Parrot Cay idea. We'll definitely give that a try!

4. dzneygirl - I'm listening to the podcasts now. Very helpful. Thank you!

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Old 07-30-2010, 10:34 AM   #24
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LOVE the ideas! This spurred a few more questions though. Maybe someone can help me.

2. How important is it to make Palo reservations? It is really worth it because it seems like the main dining would be too nice to miss.
My advice is if this is your first Disney cruise, skip Palo dinner, you will miss something in the dining room. On your second cruise (because I know you will be back) try to get Palo dinner. After that decide for yourself if it is worth skipping the dining room or not. We did Palo on our 2nd and 3rd cruise and probably won't ever do it again. Its very nice but so is the dining room.

Palo brunch on the other hand we LOVE and I recomend no matter what number cruise this is for you, try to get brunch.
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Old 07-30-2010, 10:34 AM   #25
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We have been on 3 DCL cruises and prefer to eat on deck 9 while the kids get the pool and water slide to themselves. The beauty of the whole experience is you have so many options and they are all super! My family loves the buffet. We have 3 DS. They can choose from so many types of food. I just love knowing I am onboard and eating while enjoying a wonderful view.
I look forward to enjoying my breakfast overlooking the ocean every morning.
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Old 07-30-2010, 11:37 AM   #26
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What time do you suggest we get to deck 10 for Sail Away Party?
It usually starts right after muster drill.. We have been on the Wonder twice and loved every min of it... The first thing to do when boarding the wonderful ship is get some food then you should explore the ship it is wonderful and beautiful. You will love every minute of it. Like another poster said leave all the worries and head aches out side the Mikey Ears and just enjoy your cruise.
The first time we went on the wonder we did not even know that she was moving it was so smooth. it was the same way the second time. We only knew we were moving when we looked out the window or went out on deck. Also very important thing to remember make sure you watch all the stage shows they are great especially Disney dreams on the last night and don't forget til we meet again on the last night.. it is great as well it is a last chance to get your pictures made with all the cast members Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Donald, Daisy, Chip and Dale and all the Mickey friends. Have a great cruise..
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Old 07-30-2010, 12:09 PM   #27
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After 5 DCL cruises here is "our way":

1) Get there around 10:30am. Get checked in and get #2 or #3 boarding. Enjoy the port and wait for them to call our number.

2) We always breeze past the photos.. you can tell we don't have kids.

3) Head to guest services. Schedule anything that we may want to see for the week and grab a navigator.

4) Head to Rockin' Bar D or Wavebands to fix up Palos ressies, request servers or seating in the MDR, ect.

5) Head to Parrot Cay for lunch where we pull out our highlighters and go through the navigator.

6) Stroll to the spa and see if there is anything we want to schedule.

7) If it is warm we head for the pool and if it is cold we head for Diversions until 1:30pm.

I can't imagine doing it any other way!
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Old 07-30-2010, 12:32 PM   #28
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If you want a haircut, first day is a great time to have one. There's unlikely to be a wait.
I am planning on doing a 4night on Dream....can they shampoo and style hair??? I am a spoiled woman at home my hair dresser does my hair once a week!!
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Old 08-13-2010, 08:41 PM   #29
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LOVE the ideas! This spurred a few more questions though. Maybe someone can help me.

1. We selected Main dining as we will be traveling with 2 six-year olds and 1 five-year old. Any thoughts on what we should request for location of our table?

2. How important is it to make Palo reservations? It is really worth it because it seems like the main dining would be too nice to miss.

3. Love the Parrot Cay idea. We'll definitely give that a try!

4. dzneygirl - I'm listening to the podcasts now. Very helpful. Thank you!

Well I have to tell you, Palo is a must do even if it is your first trip. what i would suggest is if you have the first seating for dinner in the main dinning rooms then make your ressies for palo around 8 pm. that way you can go to dinner with the kids and Have a light snack while they eat and then have your dinner at palo that night. it worked well for us back In January
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