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Old 09-05-2010, 09:07 PM   #46
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Lots of great ideas! I read this whole thing thinking this was all new info to me....never realized I had already read and commented! Guess that's what mommy brain does to ya! Haha!
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Old 09-05-2010, 09:13 PM   #47
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Lots of great ideas! I read this whole thing thinking this was all new info to me....never realized I had already read and commented! Guess that's what mommy brain does to ya! Haha!
I have a notebook that I am writing notes in for different things. So far I have things I want to purchase (have seen ideas I never would have thought about). I also have one for Embarkation Day notes, and a carry-on luggage packing idea list.

Let's see if I keep up with this for the next 6 months!!!
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Old 09-06-2010, 10:06 AM   #48
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What is "Guest Services" for on the first day and why do people stop there first?
I read the tip about the pillowcases but surly there must be something else that people are scheduling. Do they hold back so much of the excursions that people must wait until the first day? What sort of events need to be scheduled such as tastings, etc.?
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Old 09-06-2010, 11:52 AM   #49
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Old 09-14-2010, 12:37 PM   #50
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Old 09-14-2010, 10:08 PM   #52
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Topsiders versus Parrot Cay

We were 4th boarding group on our first cruise 2 years ago. I was told, reserve Alice, go to Parrot Cay. Did the 1st..and literally there was a huge line to get into Parrot Cay. So we headed upstairs. It was a beautiful Oct day and we loved it up there in the sun, eating and watching the activity on the dock. If it is nice, we will definitely head up there again. We ended up eating on the deck most of the cruise, it was nice being out in the open with the sun.

As for the rest.. my other key advice - do not RUSH to the drill. You will only be standing there longer squashed like sardines. I don't suggest being last and making people wait, but neither should you dart down the hall. We showed up in the 'middle' and that was fine.

Take a bathing suit for the kid ... and head down to your room when you can to start unpacking. Also sign up for the 'tastings' - though hint.. do NOT sign up to do 3 shots of tequila at the tasting if your stomach is still queasy. I did that the 2nd day.. after 1 shot I stopped and left, figuring the others at my table would prefer if I didn't hurl on them. Which I would have if I had more than that 1!

I did sign up DD in the terminal, nothing else to do while you are waiting anyway, so why not get it out of the way.
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Old 09-14-2010, 10:53 PM   #53
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What is "Guest Services" for on the first day and why do people stop there first?
I read the tip about the pillowcases but surly there must be something else that people are scheduling. Do they hold back so much of the excursions that people must wait until the first day? What sort of events need to be scheduled such as tastings, etc.?
Guest Services is like your front desk team at a hotel. They are there to help with questions, and to help make sure you have a wonderful cruise. The Port Adventures desk will have specific open hours, which you will find in your Personal Navigator-1st day grab one as you board, the rest of your cruise they will be delivered at turndown.

We NEVER run to guest services right away. I drop my DD pillowcase off for autographs the 1st night after dinner, or even the next day. We were able to book martini and tequilla tastings on our Dec 2009 cruise on day 2 or 3, when we saw them in the Personal Navigator.

My opinion is that your first cruise, there are so many things that you will see to do, and not enough time to do them. I have cruised with DCL 11 times, and have decided this next trip I will finally do to ship tour-something I haven't done because I know the ship so well, however, I have heard great things about the trivia and extra things they tell you.

IMO I would skip Palo on my 1st cruise for dinner. I would try to get brunch ressies. I still feel that we miss the main dining room experience when we go to Palo. For example, I love the decor and ambiance at Animator's Pallette, but really am not a fan of the menu. We still go and enjoy because I enjoy the restaurant. This past cruise DH and I enoyed Palo on Pirate night (Aug 2010). They aren't giving out pirate bandanas any longer, and aside from the menu (one of my favs btw), and a cute server parade, there isn't much else for pirate night. I loved eating at Palo at 630pm, and enjoying dinner during sunset and sailing away from Nassau. We were on the ship all day, so this was our perfect kiss gooodnight.

If you want your kids to at least get into the clubs at some point during the cruise, take them the first day to meet other kids, meet counselors and check out the clubs while you are with them. Our DD is an experienced DCL cruiser (6 complete). She loves the clubs and play time with other kids...it's her vacation too. We do plenty as a family, but since she is an only child, she loves the time with her cruise friends. She is excited to go there.

We bring a box or 2 of wine (easier to pack and carry on), and 12 or so bottles of water for our excursions in our carry on. We also have DD swimsuit, sunscreen, camera, prescriptions, camera, and anything else we might need to get us from boarding to before dinner. Luggage has arrived at our stateroom door anywhere from 2pm-5pm in general.
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Old 09-14-2010, 11:16 PM   #55
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I have a notebook that I am writing notes in for different things. So far I have things I want to purchase (have seen ideas I never would have thought about). I also have one for Embarkation Day notes, and a carry-on luggage packing idea list.

Let's see if I keep up with this for the next 6 months!!!
Ha! I've started the same. I'm on tip #64 right now. Maybe I'll compile them one of these days and post it.
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Ha! I've started the same. I'm on tip #64 right now. Maybe I'll compile them one of these days and post it.

Yes, scan it or type it up and share it with all of us
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Old 09-15-2010, 11:07 AM   #58
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Where do you change clothes?

One of the recurring tips I see is to pack swimsuits in a carry on for departure day. My question is where do you change?
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Old 09-15-2010, 12:03 PM   #59
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One of the recurring tips I see is to pack swimsuits in a carry on for departure day. My question is where do you change?
Great question, I was wondering the same thing!
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I've seen a few posts suggesting skipping Palo on your first cruise, are you suggesting this for 7 day cruises too? I'm not sure if we should do brunch or dinner and we are on a 7 day, but will I miss much in the dining rooms since we will be there 7 nights?
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