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Old 03-23-2013, 04:30 PM   #751
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Since we appear to have some opinions to split and not to split the group I have a suggestion. Currently we have 28 participants in the FE. We can split the group in 14 each but allow some to join both groups with a max of 20 participants in either group. This way no group is too big but would allow the people to participate in a larger group if that is what they like.
Excellent idea!
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Old 03-23-2013, 04:34 PM   #752
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We should start nailing down the details of our Meet and Greet. On my last cruise, we got neon green rubber bracelets to wear onboard to make it easier to spot one another. I ordered some in bulk. Even had our group name imprinted.
Like the bracelet idea. If we didn't want to spend a lot of money. On our last cruise, we all went to Home Depot and got the lime green mickey head paint samples, cut them out and laminated them then hung them on our purse or beach bag. It was fun to look for everyone, especially when we first arrived at the port.
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Old 03-23-2013, 10:01 PM   #753
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I'm sorry if I missed this information somewhere, but do people going on the Bernard's excursion have an idea of what time we would expect to return to the ship? The latest pirate makeover I was able to get for my son is at 4:45, and I am curious whether I should keep that appointment.

Thank you! Wow, am I getting excited!
If you don't mind sharing, what is the pirate makeover you mentioned and how does one schedule it?
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If you don't mind sharing, what is the pirate makeover you mentioned and how does one schedule it?
At the Bibbidy Bobbidy Boutique, they convert it to a pirate lair on Pirate Night, and boys and girls can get pirate makeovers. There's a cheaper one for about $35ish, and a more expensive one ($100ish I think) that comes with a costume. I booked it through the on board fun section of the cruise activities section of the DCL site.
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At the Bibbidy Bobbidy Boutique, they convert it to a pirate lair on Pirate Night, and boys and girls can get pirate makeovers. There's a cheaper one for about $35ish, and a more expensive one ($100ish I think) that comes with a costume. I booked it through the on board fun section of the cruise activities section of the DCL site.
Thanks for the information. I'll have to see if there is any availability left. My son would love a pirate makeover.
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Since we appear to have some opinions to split and not to split the group I have a suggestion. Currently we have 28 participants in the FE. We can split the group in 14 each but allow some to join both groups with a max of 20 participants in either group. This way no group is too big but would allow the people to participate in a larger group if that is what they like.
I think that is a great idea!
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I like that idea for the FE group!! That way everyone has a choice of size and is happy
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Old 03-24-2013, 06:18 PM   #758
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I like the idea of the combined/split FE group too. I am okay either way and will go with whatever is decided. I was in charge of the FE group on a past cruise and I'm glad Daniel had already volunteered to take it on for this cruise!

I also like the idea of the bracelets. We did those on a past cruise and it helped identify each other. We also did lanyards, but I'm not much of a lanyard wearer.
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Hello all!!! Long time disboard member here. I've kept my eye on this thread for a while now but haven't posted until we figured out what we wanted to do. Go ahead and add myself and family (DW 30, DD 11, and DS 5) to the list. We will be traveling with other members of my family who will be on their first Disney cruise. My sister, her boyfriend, my nephew (13), mother-in-law and I also have a DS who is 18 and will be staying with my parents in their cabin. So any info about a 18-20 group meet would really be helpful. We are now less than 85 days from departure and have really stepped up our excitement. I have read about the Bernard’s Tour group and would really like to be part of the group. However I scheduled my son to have his pirate make over at 2:15, which would be right at the tail end of the tour. On the website, the tour ends at 1:30. So I'm not sure I will be able to join or not. Does anybody know if BBB are flexible with being on time or not? I have plenty of questions so be prepared to see my posts on here from now on!!!!
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Hello all!!! Long time disboard member here. I've kept my eye on this thread for a while now but haven't posted until we figured out what we wanted to do. Go ahead and add myself and family (DW 30, DD 11, and DS 5) to the list. We will be traveling with other members of my family who will be on their first Disney cruise. My sister, her boyfriend, my nephew (13), mother-in-law and I also have a DS who is 18 and will be staying with my parents in their cabin. So any info about a 18-20 group meet would really be helpful. We are now less than 85 days from departure and have really stepped up our excitement. I have read about the Bernards Tour group and would really like to be part of the group. However I scheduled my son to have his pirate make over at 2:15, which would be right at the tail end of the tour. On the website, the tour ends at 1:30. So I'm not sure I will be able to join or not. Does anybody know if BBB are flexible with being on time or not? I have plenty of questions so be prepared to see my posts on here from now on!!!!
aboard the Father's Day Eastern Fantasy. Also please feel free to join our FB page as well. The link to the FB page is in the first post of this thread. I believe we are starting the group Bernard's tour at 10am for six hours. That will put us back on ship after your appointment at 2:15pm. Not sure about the flexibility at BBB since we did not visit the BBB on our last trip on the Fantasy.
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aboard the Father's Day Eastern Fantasy. Also please feel free to join our FB page as well. The link to the FB page is in the first post of this thread. I believe we are starting the group Bernard's tour at 10am for six hours. That will put us back on ship after your appointment at 2:15pm. Not sure about the flexibility at BBB since we did not visit the BBB on our last trip on the Fantasy.
I imagine I could possibly take an open air taxi back to the ship before it ends. Is that even possible? Will the tour company allow that?
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Hello all!!! Long time disboard member here. I've kept my eye on this thread for a while now but haven't posted until we figured out what we wanted to do. Go ahead and add myself and family (DW 30, DD 11, and DS 5) to the list. We will be traveling with other members of my family who will be on their first Disney cruise. My sister, her boyfriend, my nephew (13), mother-in-law and I also have a DS who is 18 and will be staying with my parents in their cabin. So any info about a 18-20 group meet would really be helpful. We are now less than 85 days from departure and have really stepped up our excitement. I have read about the Bernards Tour group and would really like to be part of the group. However I scheduled my son to have his pirate make over at 2:15, which would be right at the tail end of the tour. On the website, the tour ends at 1:30. So I'm not sure I will be able to join or not. Does anybody know if BBB are flexible with being on time or not? I have plenty of questions so be prepared to see my posts on here from now on!!!!
Welcome to our friendly group. Glad to have you and your family join us. One of my DS is 6 and will be excited to meet your son (5)!
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Welcome to our friendly group. Glad to have you and your family join us. One of my DS is 6 and will be excited to meet your son (5)!
Thank you. Yes, my son pretty much gets along with everyone. They should have no problems being friends!
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Since we appear to have some opinions to split and not to split the group I have a suggestion. Currently we have 28 participants in the FE. We can split the group in 14 each but allow some to join both groups with a max of 20 participants in either group. This way no group is too big but would allow the people to participate in a larger group if that is what they like.
That is a wonderful idea. This is the first time that I have seen that suggestion on the boards. I did not participate in the FE on previous cruises because of the sizes of the groups which were much larger than ours. I was hoping ours would be split since I knew it was going to keep getting larger until the cutoff date. Thanks!
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Old 03-25-2013, 08:34 PM   #765
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Packing Tips

I don't recall if anyone posted tips on this thread already - sorry if this is repetitive. I was a bit excited planning away and remembered these tips someone posted on one of our earlier DCL trips thread. Much of the information was very useful and now I wouldn't leave home without these items.

Does anyone have any additional tips to share?


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Welcome - You are going to have a great time.

Here are tips that I can share - Does anyone else have any tips to share?

1. Pack light - store your suitcases under the bed
2. Bring a "over the door" shoe organizer to store all your toiletries and little items on the bathroom door - it really makes for a more organized room.
3. Read the Dis Boards - it is great to "know" people before you get on the ship and participate in the Fish Extender (FE) - it is fun.
4. Bring your own alcohol - it's much cheaper ( this is a tip from my DH)
5. Bring binoculars - there are great views from the balconies or the deck.


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Here are a few things I have brought over the past few cruises that have really helped out:

1) Clothespins with a hanger hook (used to hang suits to dry on the line in the bathroom or other places in the room if the bathroom line is full)
2) Glow stick for bathroom at night (lights up the bathroom so it is not so dark and just throw it away in the morning)
3) Ziploc bags of various sizes (great for storing things or putting snacks in for excursions)
4) Envelope of $1 bills (easy for kids to use for tipping room service)
5) Collapsible laundry bag (keeps dirty clothes together in one place)
6) White board for door (used to leave notes to kids or family members when going somewhere on the ship)
7) Door decorations (magnets for the door make it easy to find your room and makes it festive)
8) Bonine (helps with any sea sickness and doesn't make you drowsy)

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