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Old 12-08-2012, 09:45 PM   #1
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Birthdays while on board

We are cruising on the Fantasy in May with our twin daughters. Their 5th birthday falls during our trip. Just wondering if Disney has offers anything special for birthdays.
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Old 12-08-2012, 09:49 PM   #2
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For free, they will get a special birthday dessert in the dining room (it is no longer cake, it is an individual mousse thing), singing HB by the servers, and a button.

For purchase, there is a birthday decoration package for the stateroom. My opinion--bring your own decorations and save your money. You can also choose to purchase a cake (why? there is cake all over the ship.)
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Old 12-08-2012, 09:51 PM   #3
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not free but get a gift basket or in room gift for them
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Old 12-08-2012, 09:52 PM   #4
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Good question. My son will turn fourteen while on our cruise next month. I know about the various things that I could order, but I would like to know if there are any tips besides that also.
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If the birthday is during the cruise, the kids club use to give a photo signed by the characters and a birthday card to the kids. Don't know if they still do it though. You could ask about it at the checkin desk at the club.

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Old 12-09-2012, 03:40 AM   #6
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My son turned 3 on board the Fantasy. He wore a birthday button.

Guest services sent him a stuffed Nemo. I'm assuming that is how our room steward knew it was his birthday (we were chatting with him in the hallway when Nemo arrived) because later that evening he'd left a stuffed Dog (from Up) for him as well.

Oceaneers didn't do anything special.

We loved our room steward and thought that was a step above. We tipped him quite a bit extra and made sure to fill out a comment card with our accolades.
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Old 12-09-2012, 01:14 PM   #7
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You can modify your reservation online to add a special request for birthdays, anniversaries or a honeymoon. You can also add specific dietary requests in the same place.

Just be aware if you put the event on your reservation, they won't know what day it falls on. We got a rousing rendition of "happy anniversary" sung to us at dinner the first night of the cruise, even though the actual anniversary wasn't for several days. The reservation system doesn't allow you to put in a specific date.

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Old 12-09-2012, 01:51 PM   #8
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Please do not count on a birthday gift of a stuffed animal from DCL. This is not the norm.

DD was given a gift from GS once when we had dressed up in full costumes for the tree lighting (reindeer antlers, noses, etc). A CM called her over and.....SO it looks like they have some of these things available for whatever a CM deems to be a "special" situation, but they are not a normal part of a DCL birthday celebration for a child or an adult.
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Old 12-09-2012, 07:21 PM   #9
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My son turned 12 when we were just on the Fantasy for Thanksgiving. I had brought a few decorations for our stateroom and door which tipped off our room steward. He made a large tiered birthday cake out of towels and tied it with ribbon and then hung birthday decorations from the ceiling. Such a nice suprise. My husband and I were also at Palo the night before my son's birthday and mentioned it to our server in passing. Before we left dinner, our Palo server had a plate decorated with "Happy Birthday Jack" in chocolate and packaged it so we could bring it back to our room. It was very thoughtful. Jack also had the free dessert in the dining room with everyone singing happy birthday which was fun on Pirate Night.
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