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Old 04-04-2012, 02:43 PM   #781
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DH and I are thinking about skipping shore excursions. We might stroll the Straw Market a bit just to say we got off the boat. :-)

Any tips for those who prefer to "go it alone"?
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Old 04-04-2012, 03:33 PM   #782
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Kara and I might check out the Pirate museum and the Straw Market
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Old 04-04-2012, 03:50 PM   #783
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DH and I not planning on doing any excursions. The goal is to relax as much as we can. We may get off in Nassau to walk around but I doubt it.
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Old 04-04-2012, 03:52 PM   #784
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This is our first DCL cruise and our DDs (7 and 5) first cruise. We've decided not to do shore excursions, but we're looking forward to getting off the boat at Castaway Cay!

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Old 04-04-2012, 03:55 PM   #785
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I'm going to do the stingray encounter with Connor on our first Castaway Cay day.

Val's doing a massage on Nassau day and I'm going to do the mini-facial & Shave that same day. Oh, and we are also doing Palo that night.
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Old 04-04-2012, 05:27 PM   #786
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We'll go out to Castaway Cay at least one of the 2 days we'll be there. No Nassau.

There's so much to do on the ship- including trying to find time to relax- we're happy to just "Dream" through our vacation.
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Old 04-04-2012, 05:27 PM   #787
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We are thinking about doing the Nassau Forts and Junkanoo excursion, but I don't want to miss any podcast events. It's DS's birthday that day, so I want to make sure he does something of his choosing. I'm just hoping there are still some spots available after we get our schedule of events from the team.

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Old 04-04-2012, 05:52 PM   #788
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We might go to Nassau mainly because we haven't been since our honeymoon...we'd probably check out the straw market but also check out Atlantis...but we haven't planned anything yet.
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Old 04-04-2012, 10:22 PM   #789
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We're going on a Dolphin Swim in Nassau because we've never been able to book one (always sold out). Usually, though, we stay on the ship at Nassau -- we'd like to go to Atlantis --next trip maybe. :-)
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Old 04-04-2012, 10:58 PM   #790
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I've been to Nassau before so don't have much desire to do that again. First cruise and first time to Nassau for the rest of the group so they may want to go ashore.

Will go to Castaway Cay one of the days to look around and see what's there. I'm not too into beaches but DW is, and that is one reason we are taking this cruise rather than Alaska. I plan to sit on our veranda, relax, and get caught up on a bunch of WDW-related magazines and books (some were Christmas presents) which I just have not had time to read the last few months.

Also, we will have spent 5 days at the World just before the cruise. I'm looking for some serious relaxation time.

We don't get to check in online until the 10th (as I said, we are first time cruisers). I saw the prior posts about no Paolo brunches available. Should we still be able to reserve a Paolo dinner by then? Which night does everyone recommend, if there is a selection of nights?
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Old 04-05-2012, 08:34 PM   #791
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Trying to decide between the Bamboo massage or Hot stone massage.

I think I'm leaning towards the bamboo. I am an LMT and I give hot stone massages so it would be cool to try something different!

Can't wait for this cruise!
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Val has done the hot stone massage before and said its fabulous! She's got the Elemist Aroma Stone Therapy booked for this cruise.
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We don't get to check in online until the 10th (as I said, we are first time cruisers). I saw the prior posts about no Paolo brunches available. Should we still be able to reserve a Paolo dinner by then? Which night does everyone recommend, if there is a selection of nights?
Personally, I would recommend a day when you are not rushing back from a port. Whether or not you are doing excursions or just looking around on your own, I find it easier on a sea day or a day you plan to not get off in a port. It makes it easier to look forward to and get ready for.
I hate rushing back to change gears- shower, dress up, etc. It just seems more rushed to me on a busy day.
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Old 04-06-2012, 09:51 AM   #794
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Val has done the hot stone massage before and said its fabulous! She's got the Elemist Aroma Stone Therapy booked for this cruise.
That was the hot stone one I was talking about. I'll decide this weekend.

Has anyone done the Bamboo massage? I know I would love the Aroma Stone therapy massage but thought it might be neat to try something different!
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Old 04-07-2012, 11:29 AM   #795
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I am at swimming lessons with Ian this morning getting him brushed up for the cruise. Under the 80 day mark!!!
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