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Old 01-17-2013, 03:11 PM   #196
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First time for everything!

This will be my first disney cruise, and my first cruise with my kids! My kids don't know yet, They are 6 and 4! It will be a surprise to them! We are really excited!
I have some questions though, If someone would be willing to help me out! First off I am leaving my 2 year old son behind! I booked the cruise using the kids sail free promo... when I added him it was going to be another $2300+ because you have to get a bigger room once you add a 3rd child so I thought he's only 2 he wont know the difference... but now that it is all said and done I am SO SAD!! I feel terrible! He loves mickey and 8 days without him will be hard!! Anyway, I am wondering if there is a way to add him to someone elses party that is only a party of 2 or 3. Then he would be free... but I don't even know if that is legal??? Also, in Cape Canaveral does pretty much everyone go to disney world? What are the best tix to get there? Also We went to key west on our last cruise and we didn't even know what to do? Any suggestions there? Also can someone tell me more about the FE exchange?

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Old 01-17-2013, 07:52 PM   #197
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This will be my first disney cruise, and my first cruise with my kids! My kids don't know yet, They are 6 and 4! It will be a surprise to them! We are really excited!
I have some questions though, If someone would be willing to help me out! First off I am leaving my 2 year old son behind! I booked the cruise using the kids sail free promo... when I added him it was going to be another $2300+ because you have to get a bigger room once you add a 3rd child so I thought he's only 2 he wont know the difference... but now that it is all said and done I am SO SAD!! I feel terrible! He loves mickey and 8 days without him will be hard!! Anyway, I am wondering if there is a way to add him to someone elses party that is only a party of 2 or 3. Then he would be free... but I don't even know if that is legal??? Also, in Cape Canaveral does pretty much everyone go to disney world? What are the best tix to get there? Also We went to key west on our last cruise and we didn't even know what to do? Any suggestions there? Also can someone tell me more about the FE exchange?
If you are sailing with others, you could add your son to their cabin. If there is room in their cabin and lifeboat. He will need to go to the lifeboat drill with them.
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Old 01-17-2013, 07:59 PM   #198
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If you are sailing with others, you could add your son to their cabin. If there is room in their cabin and lifeboat. He will need to go to the lifeboat drill with them.
Your 2 yr old would also need to check in with the other party and have a notarized letter with all guardians signature to take him out of the country, since technically he would be in the other cabin. Once on board, no one will care where the two yr old actually sleeps, but getting on, getting off, and also booking excursions, since you will have to book them on the other person's cabin and the other person will have to pay for him (until you settle), could suck pretty good.
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This will be my first disney cruise, and my first cruise with my kids! My kids don't know yet, They are 6 and 4! It will be a surprise to them! We are really excited! Also, in Cape Canaveral does pretty much everyone go to disney world? What are the best tix to get there? Also We went to key west on our last cruise and we didn't even know what to do? Any suggestions there? Also can someone tell me more about the FE exchange?
You should be able to find out quite a bit in our thread (and others) about the kids club. The Oceaneers and Lab are IMHO a world class kids club. They go all out. We mentioned the princess party, etc. in previous posts.

You should also go to "Till we meet again" on the last night because all the characters are there at once and you could get any pictures you missed during the week.

Included in the price of the cruise is a $150 one-day park hopper, our price actually went up for it. There are no refunds if you don't use it. But you need to book your bus to the park RIGHT NOW. I am guessing that they are filling up. If you don't want the "free" Disney trip, you can pay again for the Cape Canaveral excursions.

The FE exchange is also covered in our previous posts, in short there are Fish Door Number Markers on every door. People hang an extender off that like a mail box. People who are in the FE-Exch, go on a random day and time and put a small gift (diamond rings are small) in the FE of all the other participants.
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Your 2 yr old would also need to check in with the other party and have a notarized letter with all guardians signature to take him out of the country, since technically he would be in the other cabin. Once on board, no one will care where the two yr old actually sleeps, but getting on, getting off, and also booking excursions, since you will have to book them on the other person's cabin and the other person will have to pay for him (until you settle), could suck pretty good.
Well technically he wouldn't have to be paid for because kids sail free... but I would compensate them for helping me out... just not $2000. I would only need help getting him on and off. We haven't talked anyone else into going yet... but I sure am trying!!
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Included in the price of the cruise is a $150 one-day park hopper, our price actually went up for it. There are no refunds if you don't use it. But you need to book your bus to the park RIGHT NOW. I am guessing that they are filling up. If you don't want the "free" Disney trip, you can pay again for the Cape Canaveral excursions.

The FE exchange is also covered in our previous posts, in short there are Fish Door Number Markers on every door. People hang an extender off that like a mail box. People who are in the FE-Exch, go on a random day and time and put a small gift (diamond rings are small) in the FE of all the other participants.
Im sorry if I become bothersome! I never saw anywhere that said the park hopper ticket was included??? Is it included for all persons in the cabin? And on the FE exchange, I saw some threads and looked up the FE's on google... What I don't understand is how many gifts do you have to get? One for each person, each day you are at sea??? or are you just assigned one family etc?
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Im sorry if I become bothersome! I never saw anywhere that said the park hopper ticket was included??? Is it included for all persons in the cabin? And on the FE exchange, I saw some threads and looked up the FE's on google... What I don't understand is how many gifts do you have to get? One for each person, each day you are at sea??? or are you just assigned one family etc?
Park hopper and transportation to WDW is included in the cruise fare.

Regarding the FE its up to you. People have given stuff for my kids, gift for the adults, 1 gift for the entire cabin, stuff given on pirate night, etc. It all depends how much room you have in your luggage!!

I already have a few ideas brewing for this cruise
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Park hopper and transportation to WDW is included in the cruise fare.

Regarding the FE its up to you. People have given stuff for my kids, gift for the adults, 1 gift for the entire cabin, stuff given on pirate night, etc. It all depends how much room you have in your luggage!!

I already have a few ideas brewing for this cruise
Where did you see this quoted on the cruiseline website? I am still fighting my boss over Good Friday. If he agrees, I was going to go with Travelocity because they offered the park hopper free. If this is the case with all sailings, I will go through through my regular travel agent.
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Where did you see this quoted on the cruiseline website? I am still fighting my boss over Good Friday. If he agrees, I was going to go with Travelocity because they offered the park hopper free. If this is the case with all sailings, I will go through through my regular travel agent.
Don't know where it is on the website.
But for all 8 nights leaving Galveston, a park hopper and transportation is included.
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A Disney Cruise Line 8-Night Bahamian Cruise offers a vacation to remember with a day in Key West, a day on Disney's private island Castaway Cay, and a day at Port Canaveral—your gateway to Walt Disney World Resort! Included in your cruise fare is a 1-day Walt Disney World Resort ticket with Park Hopper® option for each Guest in your travel party. At Port Canaveral, complimentary roundtrip transportation is provided between the ship and the Resort. On this round trip departing from Galveston, discover a world of sand, surf and sun blended with all the wonders of the tropics!
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Im sorry if I become bothersome! I never saw anywhere that said the park hopper ticket was included??? Is it included for all persons in the cabin? And on the FE exchange, I saw some threads and looked up the FE's on google... What I don't understand is how many gifts do you have to get? One for each person, each day you are at sea??? or are you just assigned one family etc?
Not a bother at all.

Unless otherwise noted, an FE-exch is a round robin deal, not a secret-Santa type deal. Depending on the gift you feel like bringing -- or can get on the airplane, or have room in the luggage for, how much money is left after getting the cruise, if you forgot your cool FE stuff at home and are scrambling in the gift shop, etc --, you can give one per cabin, some per cabin, or one per person, and give different things for kids and adults, which is why our FE list has the cabin, # of people, and if they are kids, teens, or adults, just in case...

We have in the past received too many different things to mention here. Christi said she saw a whole thread dedicated to "what is an appropriate FE gift". It really is like Forest Gump's mom always says, which is what makes it exciting.
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Where did you see this quoted on the cruiseline website? I am still fighting my boss over Good Friday. If he agrees, I was going to go with Travelocity because they offered the park hopper free. If this is the case with all sailings, I will go through through my regular travel agent.
The only way the park hopper would be free is if they were giving you $150 off the cruise per person compared to the Disney site. Someone can correct me, but I remember Christi telling me that she saw the fare structure change when Disney added the Parkhopper. I would call it "baked-in" not "free" on the DCL web site.
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Well technically he wouldn't have to be paid for because kids sail free... but I would compensate them for helping me out... just not $2000. I would only need help getting him on and off. We haven't talked anyone else into going yet... but I sure am trying!!
Whether he is free or not for the excursions, he has to be checked marked as going on it, which means updating the other cabin's record. This is easy if the two sailing records are linked by a DCL agent, then you can book and cancel for the other cabin just as your own. That would be best case for you. Also, even on kids sail free, there is a couple hundred in port taxes that are not free or eaten by Disney (maybe they are waived for 2 and under, not sure).

So when I say he would have to be paid for, I am meaning that there would likely be $250 - $500 needing to be exchanged from you to whomever's reservation he is on to cover actual expenses to the cruise line.

Another challenge is the type of cabin the other group wants to have. Many cabins have 3 or 4 capacity, and you would probably be fine, if for some reason they wanted a balcony(?) or something that is a double only, they would have to be willing to give that up for your short term guest over there.

As Christi said earlier, during the lifeboat drill, the 2YO would have to be willing to go with the other party to their lifeboat muster station and the way they are divided up, your cabin may or may not go to the same place. There is a list of names, and they check it against the head count.

We actually tried to check into this for my boss, who has three kids, and wanted to go on this cruise with us. After talking logistics with him for 5 minutes we both got a headache and called it off. We are a full quad, and so I would have had to find somebody, but we went from it being a listing of somebody's name on another cabin to it being a royal pain in the toukas in those 5 mins. Good luck and I hope the planets align for you if you go for it.
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Also We went to key west on our last cruise and we didn't even know what to do? Any suggestions there?
Key West is really an adult playground, and really a nighttime destination. The talked about events are sunset on Mallory Square, or pub-crawling. We are going to be there in the morning through lunch. I have never been on an itin that actually visited Key West when useful. I presume this is to minimize the pub crawling, avoid blocking the view from Mallory Square in some cases, and in our case give enough time to haul-it back to Galveston.

Maybe the Conch Republicans will wake up early for us and open, but I don't know for sure. The research I have done shows several garden viewing options and the butterfly place; some shopping and food down Duval St.; deep sea fishing boats; lots of pubs and several brothels; a pirate tour; and the southernmost point buoy. There are a few beaches, but it depends on man-o-war season, and if you can get to them. I really don't know which are best and have only been to the one near the buoy, which at that time had a couple bathing European-style.

If I am missing something, would love to know so I can head there, too, with the kids. They just are not fans of taking pictures of the Jimmy Buffett's lyrics written over the urinals and framed at Captain Tony's.

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Welcome to GerrysWifeHlt, I added you (and DisneyCruising) to the FE and Meet lists, when you get your cabin number let me know to complete the entry. We are waiting on a few guarantees to pop in last minute cabin assignments.

Happy to help if you have any questions about the Magic (vs. Dream), you have a strong knowledge on this thread to help.
Thank you all for the welcomes :-). I think I'm pretty good on the Magic, especially after reading through this thread. You guys are good!! We are cabin 6570, with Gerry and Heidi, Lizzy (13) and Abi (11). We'd also like to try to make it to the meet-up.

One question, though- last cruise we were on Disney bus from the resort and I don't remember what time they got us there, but we had no lines and got right on. So what is the best time to check in to board, to get through and on board quickly? Is there massive congestion at 1pm?

Thanks. Look forward to meeting everyone!

I'm just putting this in again because I haven't a clue what I'm doing on DisBoards and don't want to get lost in the shuffle. I would add a smilie face if I knew how!!
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