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Old 07-30-2013, 05:51 AM   #361
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We've been to both.

In STT we enjoyed taking the island tour. You see some pretty spectacular scenery from the tops of the mountains. In past years we've done the excursion to St John and really enjoyed the time at the beach. They take you to a beautiful little beach that has an underwater snorkeling trail.

In SXM, I did the island tour a long time ago and its unique for the fact that you actually are in two different countries. Part of the Island is Dutch and the other part if French. Frankly though the STT island tour was more spectacular scenery wise.
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Old 07-30-2013, 02:45 PM   #362
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My only question for myself is if I should highly consider reserving spots for dinner at the higher end restaurants but I'm just not sure what nights I'm going to want to eat at them. I hope I'm able to get reservations on the ship since I just can't decide when and what restaurant. Thankfully one is taken care of thanks to this group but not sure about the others. I know Chops is the most popular according to RCC so that's really the only one I worry about the most.
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Old 07-30-2013, 03:53 PM   #363
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It may be an occupational hazard but I am the worst at preplanning. I don't book shows, specialty restaurants, spa appointments or excursions. I always seem to get what I want once onboard and never feel at the end I missed something. Especially with specialty restaurants.

I just really look at cruising as my relax time. I want freedom of choice and not being committed to anything to far in advance. I love My Time dining and I don't bring formal wear. I should add though I would be okay if at the end of the week I didn't get into something that was full once onboard.
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Old 07-31-2013, 07:58 AM   #364
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My only question for myself is if I should highly consider reserving spots for dinner at the higher end restaurants but I'm just not sure what nights I'm going to want to eat at them. I hope I'm able to get reservations on the ship since I just can't decide when and what restaurant. Thankfully one is taken care of thanks to this group but not sure about the others. I know Chops is the most popular according to RCC so that's really the only one I worry about the most.
I've been stewing over the same thing. I'm glad the group is eating at one of the places I've wanted to go, but I worry over not getting in to some of the other restaurants I want to try...yet I don't know when to try to plan for them. I hope I will have Tracey's luck at getting into the places I'd like to go once on the ship. Or last minute online.
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Old 08-04-2013, 12:15 PM   #365
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Emails went our today to everyone taking the DIS/Dreams transfers with details.

If you didn't receive my email, and you are scheduled for transfers, please sent me an email so I can look into it - John@DreamsUnlimitedTravel.com
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Old 08-04-2013, 03:49 PM   #366
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Getting closer. Less than 3 weeks. Any last minute advice to first time cruiser? Or something not to forget? So looking forward to meeting everyone. I'm coming to the ice cream social even though I can't eat ice cream just to get to know my fellow Disney fans. I'm traveling with my sister in law who isn't a Disney fan. So looking forward to meeting so many people with the same passion.
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Old 08-04-2013, 04:05 PM   #367
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Haven't been on this ship before so I'm not sure how the cabins are laid out but one of the things you may want to bring is an extension cord or outlet strip. If you've got a bunch of things to recharge, like a computer, camera and iDevice there are seldom enough electrical outlets.
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Who will be joining Michael and me on the bus ride from Orlando to the port?

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Old 08-04-2013, 04:37 PM   #369
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Val & I will.

We will be at the Swan for 3-nights before the cruise and 4-nights afterward. Hope we get a chance to do some park stuff with you too.
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Does anyone know if credit cards can be used in port at smaller restaurants/shops? Or would cash be better? I think I've always used cash, because I'm normally trying to haggle on the prices.
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Old 08-04-2013, 05:18 PM   #371
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Leah, I've used my credit cards in all the ports, although I will say that most of my purchases have been at larger shops. Like you though, I try to have cash when bargaining. I usually find that once I get their best price, that I can usually get a little more off with cash. I suspect that's even more true at the smaller shops.
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My husband Ryan and I will be on the bus! Looking forward to meeting some Dis Cruisers before getting on the ship and maybe sharing my 3 day Disney Trip with fellow Disney nuts.

Kinda panicked that it's less than 3 weeks away, I'm not quite ready yet!
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My husband, Burt and I will also be on the bus to Ft. Lauderdale. We are so looking forward to seeing everyone.

I read on Cruise Critic that Royal Caribbean has recently begun to confiscate extension cords calling them a fire hazard. So you may be able to bring one onboard (or not).

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I'll be on the bus too.
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Val & I will.

We will be at the Swan for 3-nights before the cruise and 4-nights afterward. Hope we get a chance to do some park stuff with you too.
Looking forward to seeing you also. We will be at Bay Lake Towers the 3 nights before the cruise and then we will be returning to the Swan for a couple of nights after. We will definitely have to get together for some park time.

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