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Old 07-26-2013, 11:07 PM   #331
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That sounds so fun!!!!!!! I definently want to do that!
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We were able to check-in and book excursions last night. We got everything we wanted whoa hoo.
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Old 07-29-2013, 11:39 AM   #333
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Yaay! I checked in last night as well and was pleased to get all we wanted (cabana, Tulum ruins, 11:00am check-in). Also, a parasailing venture for Grammy who chickened out and then regretted it last year.

QUESTION: Does anyone else give gifts to their cast members? We brought stuff last year and decided against it, leaving a heftier tip. Though this year I would like to do some sort of Halloween-themed goodie bag for those exceptional CMs (as well as our servers, etc.). Any ideas?
I know in the past phone cards were popular, but it seems to be outdated now since they all have international phones and/or email to communicate with their loved ones...
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If by some crazy chance someone decides they do not want their cabana, please let me know! I had a blonde moment and didn't realize today was the 29th and by the time I logged in they were all gone
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Old 07-29-2013, 08:58 PM   #335
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We were lucky enough to get a cabana. I wonder if they save a couple to be booked on board or when you get to Castaway Cay. The reason I say that is if you look at the list of cabanas it doesn't show 16 and 21 being sold out.
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Old 07-30-2013, 09:39 AM   #336
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If by some crazy chance someone decides they do not want their cabana, please let me know! I had a blonde moment and didn't realize today was the 29th and by the time I logged in they were all gone
Sorry to hear this...

Last year I was a first time cruiser and all the cabanas were booked (I checked every day until the cruise). I called DCL ahead of time to put my name down on the waiting list; however, when I checked-in on the ship (had a 12:00 check-in time) they said there was no waiting list and I was able to put my name on the list (was third on the list). The day before our day at CC we received a VM on our room phone offering us the room!

Just a little faith, trust + pixie dust sent your way! Good luck!
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QUESTION: Does anyone else give gifts to their cast members? We brought stuff last year and decided against it, leaving a heftier tip. Though this year I would like to do some sort of Halloween-themed goodie bag for those exceptional CMs (as well as our servers, etc.). Any ideas?
I know in the past phone cards were popular, but it seems to be outdated now since they all have international phones and/or email to communicate with their loved ones...

Honestly, I have debated this in the past and ultimately I keep just coming back to just cash. I know it sounds so ordinary, but the way someone described it to me was like going out to a restaurant and telling the waiter that 2/3 of the tip is in cash, the rest is in treats.

I just feel like cash can acquire all that other stuff or be used to pay bills. Then again, maybe I am wrong and they do like the bonus gift too.
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Old 07-30-2013, 09:54 AM   #338
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Thought this might be fun:

What things have you signed up for? It would be interesting to know if we have unknowingly signed to do excursions or other things together. Also, it may give ideas for things we haven't thought about doing.

Here is what we have so far:

Palo Brunch on 10/28
Cozumel - nothing yet
Palo Dinner on 10/30
Castaway Cay - Cabanna #4


Cozumel is proving to be tricky, we are trying to think of something we can take all of our kids (10, 7, 5, 2) to do that isn't going to cost a fortune.
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Old 07-30-2013, 12:57 PM   #339
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Thought this might be fun:

What things have you signed up for? It would be interesting to know if we have unknowingly signed to do excursions or other things together. Also, it may give ideas for things we haven't thought about doing.

Here is what we have so far:

Palo Brunch on 10/28
Cozumel - nothing yet
Palo Dinner on 10/30
Castaway Cay - Cabanna #4


Cozumel is proving to be tricky, we are trying to think of something we can take all of our kids (10, 7, 5, 2) to do that isn't going to cost a fortune.
Castaway Cay - Cabana #6
Cozumel - Tulum ruins
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Old 07-30-2013, 01:07 PM   #340
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Cozumel - Tulum ruins
For a few days we had booked cabana 4 and 6. This was when we thought a bunch of our other family was coming. We gave up #6 a few weeks ago. When i saw that you had it it gave me a little smile.
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Old 07-30-2013, 01:12 PM   #341
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For a few days we had booked cabana 4 and 6. This was when we thought a bunch of our other family was coming. We gave up #6 a few weeks ago. When i saw that you had it it gave me a little smile.
Awww! Thanks - now we're all smiling now

Sorry to hear some of your family will not be able to make it but we will gladly take their place for the day - definitely swing by and say hello!!
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Awww! Thanks - now we're all smiling now

Sorry to hear some of your family will not be able to make it but we will gladly take their place for the day - definitely swing by and say hello!!
I wrote about the whole thing a few pages back... but it was a last minute "we want to go too" that fizzled out when the reality of money was introduced.

In hindsight we are kind of glad that it didn't happen. Sometimes a large family trip is great. Other times you need to go on a vacation afterwords to get over a large family trip. All things considering, it probably would have been more stress then it would have been worth.

Something else that is ironic - Spiify, who posted about 8 pages back, is in cabanna #5. So there is three of us in a row.

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Cozumel is proving to be tricky, we are trying to think of something we can take all of our kids (10, 7, 5, 2) to do that isn't going to cost a fortune.
We've been to Cozumel a bunch of times and sometimes just stay and enjoy the less-crowded boat. Last time we grabbed a driver and had a private tour around the island. Wasn't too expensive, and we got to stay as long as we wanted at each stop, do what we wanted, etc. I enjoyed it more than I expected. Afterwards we met up with friends at Carlos & Charlie's for the free wifi and tasty frozen drinks The kids surprisingly had a great time - they got to dance, sing, drink giant smoothies out of yard glasses. They want to go back!
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Old 07-30-2013, 03:27 PM   #344
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We've been to Cozumel a bunch of times and sometimes just stay and enjoy the less-crowded boat. Last time we grabbed a driver and had a private tour around the island. Wasn't too expensive, and we got to stay as long as we wanted at each stop, do what we wanted, etc. I enjoyed it more than I expected. Afterwards we met up with friends at Carlos & Charlie's for the free wifi and tasty frozen drinks The kids surprisingly had a great time - they got to dance, sing, drink giant smoothies out of yard glasses. They want to go back!

We went a few years ago (when we only had 2 kids). we did a DIY excursion going to San Gervasio ruins and then Mr Sanchos. Really enjoyed it, though SG can be a lot of walking.

We are thinking about a few of the DCL excursions (Cozumel Highlights and Beach Tour or Mayan Ruins & Discover Mexico Culture Park). My wife really likes the idea of the culture that you can see.... though with young kids it is always a mixed bag.

Today I started looking at Nachi Cocom, which looks very interesting. My wife started reading a bit and was concerned that the beach has a drop off. My response was to do my best Marlin impression "THE DROP OFF?!?!?"
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Old 07-30-2013, 04:02 PM   #345
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Thought this might be fun:

What things have you signed up for? It would be interesting to know if we have unknowingly signed to do excursions or other things together. Also, it may give ideas for things we haven't thought about doing.

Here is what we have so far:

Palo Brunch on 10/28
Cozumel - nothing yet
Palo Dinner on 10/30
Castaway Cay - Cabanna #4


Cozumel is proving to be tricky, we are trying to think of something we can take all of our kids (10, 7, 5, 2) to do that isn't going to cost a fortune.
10/28 palo brunch
Cozumel Tulun ruins ( may change sound cool to see but sounds like a long trip to get there)
Castaway Cay Cabana #20 Palo dinner
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