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Old 03-04-2013, 10:07 AM   #1
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I just booked my first Disney Cruise for next year and I also booked the first time using Dreams Unlimited.

I am surprising my partner for his 40th birthday/our ten years together/our one year civil union anniversary. I have until August 4th to give this to him.

Our sail date is Sept 28 for a 4 night cruise aboard the Dream. I booked a cat 5E stateroom on the aft end of the ship on deck 10.

Our cruise experience is limted. The only cruise we have been on was in April of 2012 on the Celebrity Millennium. It was lacking to say the least. We were on the last cruise before the ship went into an extensive dry dock. They were also working on the ship the entire time we were on it. They blocked off parts of the ship for some of the work they were doing prior to dry dock. It almost felt like they gave up on the ship since they knew it was going into dry dock.

My partner said he would never cruise again unless we gave DCL a try. So I'm hoping this will be a much better experience.

Long story short, I'm super excited to surprise my partner with the cruise for next year. I hope he is as excited to go as I am.
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Old 03-04-2013, 10:25 AM   #2
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I just booked my first Disney Cruise for next year and I also booked the first time using Dreams Unlimited.

I am surprising my partner for his 40th birthday/our ten years together/our one year civil union anniversary. I have until August 4th to give this to him.

Our sail date is Sept 28 for a 4 night cruise aboard the Dream. I booked a cat 5E stateroom on the aft end of the ship on deck 10.

Our cruise experience is limted. The only cruise we have been on was in April of 2012 on the Celebrity Millennium. It was lacking to say the least. We were on the last cruise before the ship went into an extensive dry dock. They were also working on the ship the entire time we were on it. They blocked off parts of the ship for some of the work they were doing prior to dry dock. It almost felt like they gave up on the ship since they knew it was going into dry dock.

My partner said he would never cruise again unless we gave DCL a try. So I'm hoping this will be a much better experience.

Long story short, I'm super excited to surprise my partner with the cruise for next year. I hope he is as excited to go as I am.
We love DCL and I'm sure you and your partner will also.
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Old 03-04-2013, 10:35 AM   #3
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Congrats!!!

What a lovely way to celebrate your years of commitment to each other

Have only sailed twice, both DCL, both on lower decks and found NO reason to complain. Have read that there is "some" noise from Cabanas,(deck 11) when they clean. Tables and chairs being moved and such. Hope this doesn't interfere with your trip.

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Also, if the captain backs in the ship (typically in CC and Nassau), then you'll hear the rumbling of the thrusters.
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So, your only problem is the same one I have! It's too far away! I booked my first DCL on the Dream for my 70th birthday Nov. 2014 and am already trying to figure out a way to take one sooner! He will be so excited! You will have a super wonderful time. I know a gay couple about your age who have been on a few DCL trips and they absolutely love them. My last cruise was on Celebrity; it was great, but a little on the dull/quiet side.

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Also, if the captain backs in the ship (typically in CC and Nassau), then you'll hear the rumbling of the thrusters.
Yes I have read that on the boards about the room being loud when the ship backs into port. I'm not that worried about it since when we are on vacation we tend to not sleep in. I am also not worried about the noise from the buffet above our room, again, we are get up early anyway.
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So, your only problem is the same one I have! It's too far away! I booked my first DCL on the Dream for my 70th birthday Nov. 2014 and am already trying to figure out a way to take one sooner! He will be so excited! You will have a super wonderful time. I know a gay couple about your age who have been on a few DCL trips and they absolutely love them. My last cruise was on Celebrity; it was great, but a little on the dull/quiet side.

Congratulations!
Happy early Birthday!!

Thanks for your kind words!!

My biggest issue is going keep this a secret until August when I tell him for his b-day.
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Has anyone ever booked their cruise via Dreams Unlimited Travel? This is my first time using them. I normally book my own trips to WDW but since I never cruised on Disney I wanted to use them. Plus I got a shipboard credit for booking with them.
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Has anyone ever booked their cruise via Dreams Unlimited Travel? This is my first time using them. I normally book my own trips to WDW but since I never cruised on Disney I wanted to use them. Plus I got a shipboard credit for booking with them.
We booked our 2nd and 3rd cruises with DU because of the OBC and just named them as TA when we rebooked onboard. We have not booked our pre-cruise WDW stay with them yet as we have been able to get a better deal for this part through the UK Disney site for some reason. However have always got quotes from them to compare and no pressure when we said we had found it cheaper elsewhere. Also DU has always booked our cruise transfers for us on the DCL bus. We have always found them very helpful and prompt when we had requests / questions.
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Has anyone ever booked their cruise via Dreams Unlimited Travel? This is my first time using them. I normally book my own trips to WDW but since I never cruised on Disney I wanted to use them. Plus I got a shipboard credit for booking with them.
I booked my last two cruises through Dreams and they are awesome! Hope you have a great trip!
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SOoooooo how are you going to tell him? You can have mickey call him it is part of the cruise, you will get that option when you do your 45 day check in online,
We have 2 cruises booked back to back in April one with Dreams and one on our own, just to compare the 2, so far the only big difference is we want to pre pay our gratuities and direct with disney I can pay it to them, the one with dreams I have to use them to do it, other then that so far there has been no difference between the 2
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SOoooooo how are you going to tell him? You can have mickey call him it is part of the cruise, you will get that option when you do your 45 day check in online,
Check-in is 75 days prior, not 45. And the call can be scheduled anytime prior to the cruise, not just after check-in.
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SOoooooo how are you going to tell him? You can have mickey call him it is part of the cruise, you will get that option when you do your 45 day check in online,
We have 2 cruises booked back to back in April one with Dreams and one on our own, just to compare the 2, so far the only big difference is we want to pre pay our gratuities and direct with disney I can pay it to them, the one with dreams I have to use them to do it, other then that so far there has been no difference between the 2
Here is my plan:
I found a miniature Disney Dream cruise ship on Disneystore.com. I plan to wrap it up in a box along with a special note. I might also buy DCL tote bag on that same website.
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Here is my plan:
I found a miniature Disney Dream cruise ship on Disneystore.com. I plan to wrap it up in a box along with a special note. I might also buy DCL tote bag on that same website.
That is so cool. I wish I could surprise my partner for our first cruise on May 19th, but it was his idea. I will sneak attack him with the next one?
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Here is my plan:
I found a miniature Disney Dream cruise ship on Disneystore.com. I plan to wrap it up in a box along with a special note. I might also buy DCL tote bag on that same website.
Fun plan, sounds perfect. You have way more patience than I do, waiting til August for such a great surprise!!!


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