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Old 03-31-2013, 07:52 PM   #76
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Great thinking!

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It is not a requirement to have a passport when traveling on a cruise ship. But, if something were to happen unexpectedly where you do not return to the U.S. on the ship (maybe got sick and had to be hospitalized at Nassau-therefore missing the ship), you would be required to have a U.S. Passport to come back to the U.S. via airplane. I know the chances are highly unlikely, but a lot of people would rather have that peace of mind.

If you're a family of four and don't have the extra $$$ to buy all passports at once, maybe get one passport each month or month and a half so the cost is spread out and not so hard on the checkbook. And...a passport card does not work....you have to get the full blown passport BOOK. The cards are only good for traveling in/out via vehicle...not air.
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Old 04-04-2013, 05:56 PM   #77
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we planned on just using birth certificates. we aren't planning on any excursions. but might go check out the shopping in nassau. do you think that we should go ahead and get them passport cards?
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Old 04-04-2013, 06:11 PM   #78
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we planned on just using birth certificates. we aren't planning on any excursions. but might go check out the shopping in nassau. do you think that we should go ahead and get them passport cards?
The passport cards will do absolutely no good because they are only good for those traveling back into the US in a vehicle. They are not good for flying or cruising.

The actual passport book is a good thing to have in case of an emergency. For instance....you are in Nassau and someone in your family gets sick and has to be hospitalized. You miss the ship when it leaves Nassau. Your only way home is to fly and if you don't have a passport book, you can't get through customs.

Now, granted, it's a rare case that someone is hospitalized and misses the ship, but it can and has happened. And, it's not that you'll NEVER get back home, but it would take a lot of time, money, and hassle dealing with the US Government. To me, it's just worth it to spend the money every 5-10 years on a passport.
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Old 04-04-2013, 06:18 PM   #79
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We plan on driving down the day before our cruise from South Carolina. I'm researching some different park and cruise hotels. Anyone have any good suggestions or tips about parking and getting to the terminal? Thanks!
We have always enjoyed staying at the Radisson at the Port. Here's what we do:

DH drives us and all of our luggage to the terminal and drops us off. Then he goes back to the Radisson and parks the car in the Cruise parking lot and he takes the shuttle back to the terminal. That way we don't have to handle the luggage quite as long and only one person has to ride the shuttle. (when you're waiting to get on that shuttle, it can take quite a while, and then it takes them a while to unload all the luggage at the terminal) The shuttle used to be free but now I guess they charge per person when you just stay the night at the Radisson. They DO have cruise packages, but they are a little bit more expensive and they include breakfast and maybe the shuttle. We always just go across the street to McDonald's for breakfast.

Hope that all makes sense!
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Old 04-04-2013, 09:38 PM   #80
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So...what is everyone planning for Nassau?

I'm not interested in shopping. DD is not interested in sightseeing. I strongly dislike feeling pressured into buying stuff I don't want, and I'm a little worried about being mugged if we go off on our own somewhere. DD would like to go to Atlantis, but I feel that the excursion is too expensive for what you get. In addition, I'm just not crazy over water parks... so I guess I just don't really want to go to Atlantis lol.

Are there any beaches that are clean, easy to get to, and where I won't be bugged to buy stuff or have our hair braided?

For now, I'm kind of leaning towards just staying on the ship since it's our first cruise and I don't feel like four days is enough time to do all we'd like to do. Then again, it seems crazy to visit a new place and then just look at it from onboard and not actually GO anywhere lol.
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Old 04-05-2013, 11:50 PM   #81
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Since this is our first FE, I don't know exactly how all this works out. I know we have someone putting the list together. I just wonder how much time you normally have to get everything together. Is the July cut off date the first time we'll get the list?
i am super excited about participating. we have seen them by people's cabins on our other cruises...

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Old 04-06-2013, 12:34 AM   #82
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We are looking forward to taking our girls, 8 & 3, on their second Dream cruise in September but haven't told them about it yet and want to surprise them in a fun way. Any suggestions?

Also interested in FE!
So, we took a kid free cruise on the Wonder(kids didn't know) in March and while debating what to bring them for a souvenir we decided there was no better one than the cruise on the Dream that they have been dreaming of! I ended up using the complimentary post cards (2) in the room to write "We are ALL going on a Disney Dream Cruise on September 15!" I put them in envelopes and handed them to the girls when we returned.
Our younger girl took the card out and was waving it around chirping, "Micky and Minnie". The older girl opened hers carefully and examined the picture of the ship closely and then read the back. She was shocked into silence, which NEVER happens. She had to read it a second time, at which point she began crying because she was so happy!
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Old 04-06-2013, 06:18 PM   #83
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The passport cards will do absolutely no good because they are only good for those traveling back into the US in a vehicle. They are not good for flying or cruising.

The actual passport book is a good thing to have in case of an emergency. For instance....you are in Nassau and someone in your family gets sick and has to be hospitalized. You miss the ship when it leaves Nassau. Your only way home is to fly and if you don't have a passport book, you can't get through customs.

Now, granted, it's a rare case that someone is hospitalized and misses the ship, but it can and has happened. And, it's not that you'll NEVER get back home, but it would take a lot of time, money, and hassle dealing with the US Government. To me, it's just worth it to spend the money every 5-10 years on a passport.
That is great information to know. We have already filled out applications for the passport card. But, thanks to that info, we won't be doing those. I didn't realize that they were only good for cruising.

Thanks so much!
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Old 04-07-2013, 06:57 PM   #84
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Has an FE group been set up yet for this cruise? I am a first time disney cruiser and am very excited about the FE. Our party includes 3 staterooms that I believe are all going to participate.
Welcome aboard GirlTideFan! Yes there is a FE group. I know that mmackeymouse is organizing the FE. I would assume you should be getting a PM from her with the information that is being requested for the FE.
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Old 04-07-2013, 08:10 PM   #85
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So...what is everyone planning for Nassau?

I'm not interested in shopping. DD is not interested in sightseeing. I strongly dislike feeling pressured into buying stuff I don't want, and I'm a little worried about being mugged if we go off on our own somewhere. DD would like to go to Atlantis, but I feel that the excursion is too expensive for what you get. In addition, I'm just not crazy over water parks... so I guess I just don't really want to go to Atlantis lol.

Are there any beaches that are clean, easy to get to, and where I won't be bugged to buy stuff or have our hair braided?

For now, I'm kind of leaning towards just staying on the ship since it's our first cruise and I don't feel like four days is enough time to do all we'd like to do. Then again, it seems crazy to visit a new place and then just look at it from onboard and not actually GO anywhere lol.
I'm undecided as well. We've done Atlantis before they have diff packages w & w/out water park still exp tho. It was nice to do once we did enjoy the aquarium. We didn't do the beach bfor since the water was too rough even for us avid beach Floridians. Im researching free beaches, they say u can take a water taxi over to Atlantis side & theres a beach over there (?). The other one they say is free has several reviews of being dirty & broken glass so thats a def no for us. It'll b just myself & my 2 teens so I'm not venturing off on our own. Would like to get off boat (can never get enough of the beach) but just unsure of where & how to get there safely. If u come across any info let me know.

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Old 04-09-2013, 02:14 PM   #86
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Welcome aboard GirlTideFan! Yes there is a FE group. I know that mmackeymouse is organizing the FE. I would assume you should be getting a PM from her with the information that is being requested for the FE.
Thanks! I haven't received one yet but I'm sure it will come shortly.
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Old 04-22-2013, 05:57 PM   #87
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So, we took a kid free cruise on the Wonder(kids didn't know) in March and while debating what to bring them for a souvenir we decided there was no better one than the cruise on the Dream that they have been dreaming of! I ended up using the complimentary post cards (2) in the room to write "We are ALL going on a Disney Dream Cruise on September 15!" I put them in envelopes and handed them to the girls when we returned.
Our younger girl took the card out and was waving it around chirping, "Micky and Minnie". The older girl opened hers carefully and examined the picture of the ship closely and then read the back. She was shocked into silence, which NEVER happens. She had to read it a second time, at which point she began crying because she was so happy!
That's an AWESOME way to surprise them! How cute!!


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That is great information to know. We have already filled out applications for the passport card. But, thanks to that info, we won't be doing those. I didn't realize that they were only good for cruising.

Thanks so much!
You're welcome! My cousin went on a cruise last October. I told her she should get passports. She called the Post Office and said "We are going on a cruise, do we need passports or the passport cards?" And the ding-bat lady told her "Passport cards are fine". So, then I got all excited because then it would be cheaper for us when we renew ours. Then my gut instinct told me to check into it. So, I did....and that's when I found out the lady at the Post Office told her wrong!! Well....she didn't exactly tell her wrong....she just didn't tell her that if she would need to return via air, she would have problems. *sigh* Sometimes it's all how you ask the question....and I'm so glad I researched it more to find out the correct answer!
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Old 04-23-2013, 12:41 PM   #88
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HI RALPH here right outside port is park and cruise place not expensive and very friendly people secure lot goggle park and cruise near port canaveral
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We plan on driving down the day before our cruise from South Carolina. I'm researching some different park and cruise hotels. Anyone have any good suggestions or tips about parking and getting to the terminal? Thanks!
We have stayed at the Country Inn and Suites. They have a nice cruise package or if you find a discounted rate they will add the cruise package for $40. Their main driver Dwayne won the employee of the year award he is so great. Last time we ate at a nice little Italian Restaurant that was in walking distance too.
This time we are doing Beach Club Villas before and Bay Lake Towers the night after.
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Old 05-09-2013, 10:05 AM   #90
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Hey Everyone..

Can't wait till September!! This will be my second Disney Cruise - my first was on the Magic almost 13 years ago.

Booked this cruise well over a year ago using DVC points - had them for years first time using them for a cruise..

Me and my Mom are counting down the days till we board.. Glad I found this trend - learned about FE (sad to say I actually had to google it) but now that I know about it we both are interested in participating.. How do we sign up/get information on it?? As being newbies to the whole FE we will need the 411 on it.

Thanks!!!!!
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