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Old 01-10-2013, 05:11 PM   #1
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Back 2 Back on Dream - Same Cabin

I am off on Dream for a Back 2 Back on 27th Jan. First the 4 night, then the 3 night. I specifically booked the same cabin for both.

I see people have different experiences on Back 2 Back but what do you think my most likely process will be? Will I have to get off, or is there a chance I can stay onboard? Do I need to notify anyone or will they 'automagically' know I am on a back 2 back?

Does anyone have any recent experience?

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Old 01-10-2013, 05:14 PM   #2
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I am off on Dream for a Back 2 Back on 27th Jan. First the 4 night, then the 3 night. I specifically booked the same cabin for both.

I see people have different experiences on Back 2 Back but what do you think my most likely process will be? Will I have to get off, or is there a chance I can stay onboard? Do I need to notify anyone or will they 'automagically' know I am on a back 2 back?

Does anyone have any recent experience?

Paul
They will know you are B2B. At the end of your first cruise you will get a letter telling you what to do on the turnaround day. While the exact procedures varies, my best guess is, yes, you will have to disembark for a brief time, and to re-checkin. Usually you're only off the ship abut 15 minutes tops.

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Old 01-10-2013, 05:43 PM   #3
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We did a B2B on the Dream last year. US Customs regulations require you disembark. You will be off the ship anywhere from 30min to an hour. It depends on how quickly they are ready to check in the next cruise.

The good news is that since you are staying in the cabin, all you have to do on the final morning of the first leg is take your docs for the next cruise and walk off. Don't even have to pack.
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Old 01-10-2013, 05:51 PM   #4
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Yes, you will get a letter towards the end of the first cruise explaining everything. We didn't have to put our luggage out the night before with everyone else. We actually changed cabins and our room was ready very early since they new we were re-boarding.

You will have to disembark but you will go right back up the escalator after you leave customs. It is a fabulous feeling knowing you are getting right back on the boat! It is so nice knowing you don't have to go back to reality just quite yet at that point!

During our back to back on the Dream we checked back in and they placed us in a waiting area near where you enter the ship. There was nobody else in the port except for a few people and what looked like a new-hire orientation. Those waiting with us were also back to back'ers or family/friends of Crew. After about 30 minutes we were able to re-board. There is no big welcome party this early - you simply walk on and go on your way.

This was the best part for us - you literally have the pool deck to yourselves! The workers are there cleaning and preparing, and nothing is really open, so we headed straight to the pool deck. I will also add that it is a neat experience and you get to see what really goes on in-between guests leaving and re-boarding. It truly is amazing how quickly they turn over the ship. It is a great opportunity for photos as well because the boat is all set for the new guests, but there will be nobody in the background of your - a rarity!

Enjoy the time when you re-board. It goes by quickly and then the boat is packed again with all new faces. Also, it is a lot of fun when the Crew recognize you for the second round. I got that a lot and it was great to fun to be recognized once again. They all went out of there way for us - an unforgettable experience!
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Old 01-10-2013, 06:39 PM   #5
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At Port Canaveral, you will have to disembark.

You will be instructed to depart the ship by 9 or 9:15 (varies). Depending on the number of people doing B2B, you may or may not have an escort. Either way, you take just your documents for the next cruise and for Customs. Get off ship, immediately into Customs line. Thru Customs and back up the stairs (elevator is available if needed) and into the terminal. As soon as the first leg is "closed out," a CM will appear to check you in for the second leg and you'll reboard the ship. This is typically about 10-10:15.

If you CHOOSE to leave the terminal for any reason, you have to wait and re-board with the newbies.
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Thanks for your replies - I have quite a number of pics of an empty boat but these are all at night as I tend to get up around 4am and wonder the ship (not naturally I might add, I force myself to do it for the pics), so an empty ship in daylight will be great.

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Old 01-11-2013, 10:33 AM   #7
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Thanks for your replies - I have quite a number of pics of an empty boat but these are all at night as I tend to get up around 4am and wonder the ship (not naturally I might add, I force myself to do it for the pics), so an empty ship in daylight will be great.

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Ah, yes! You must have been on the May sailing of the Fantasy. I was on that one and followed the meet/picture thread. I recall seeing quite a few of an empty ship that looked beautiful. Great photos!

Have fun on your back to back! It is an amazing experience. And 4 days on the ship just isn't enough.
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Old 01-11-2013, 10:57 AM   #8
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As others have said, you will most likely have to leave the ship for some period of time (I've done many b2b's and time off has ranged anywhere from 15 minutes to 45 minutes in Port Canaveral -- longer in other ports like Vancouver and NY).

My advice to you - plan to go to breakfast in the morning (if you have late seating, that works out great; if you have early seating, talk to the head server about going to the later one). Every time we planned on "sleeping in" a bit then just getting off and worrying about grabbing food when we are back on, it hasn't worked out -- we've had mysterious wake-up calls we've never set; announcements in the room; generally just enough noise that we aren't sleeping in. We've found if we plan to be up, it gets our day off to a better start.

Second, unless they are going to escort you off the ship in a group (you'll know because your letter will tell you a time and place to meet); don't hurry to get off at the time they put in the letter. We hang out until just about everyone is off the ship. I'd rather find a place with comfy chairs on the ship and people watch or read my book than hurry off and stand in line in customs then sit in those hard chairs in the terminal. They can't start up the computers for the next cruise (and check you in) until EVERYONE is off the ship. So if you head off while there is still a bunch of people milling about, you're just setting yourself up for a longer wait time in the terminal.

Have fun and take advantage of the empty pools/hot tubs!
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We did a b2b last month on the Fantasy. It was great. We left the ship around 9 and went through customs then right back upstairs. After about 20 minutes we got checked in on the next one. We got to wait in the Platium wait area. We reboarded before anyone else. We got great treatment all around. Would love to do it again.

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We were off for over 90 minutes. Barely boarded before everyone else. Turned out the Coast Guard performed a surprise inspection and no passengers were allowed on. It varies so just be prepared.
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We were off for over 90 minutes. Barely boarded before everyone else. Turned out the Coast Guard performed a surprise inspection and no passengers were allowed on. It varies so just be prepared.
Be prepared is the best advice. We've done 3 B2Bs, and every one was different.
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Old 01-11-2013, 03:04 PM   #12
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I'd love to hear your experience when you get back. We head out for a B2B on the Dream on 2/24/13.
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Old 01-11-2013, 05:03 PM   #13
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Don't forget to talk to your head server the night before your first cruise ends. If you like your current servers, they'll see if they can place you back with them. We did this in December because they already knew our preferences and we really liked them. Even better bonus was that they ended up seating us at a table with two other couples one of whom we sat with the previous year. If we hadn't spoken to the head server, we would have ended up sitting somewhere else completely and at a table for just the two of us. While it's nice to sit together just the two of us, one of the things we particularly like on cruises is to meet others and we had really enjoyed this other couple's company the previous year.
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Great advice still coming in.

I will update you on how this went for me, but yes I will be prepared.

Unless our servers are awful (which is unlikely) I will ask for the same servers on the second stint, which reminds me, assuming I do this, should I tip at the end of each cruise, or just once at the very end?

I also generally taking a good stash of various items to 'bribe' our cabin attendant - It's always paid off if for nothing else that a bit of 'leniency' at critical points in the stay. Hopefully this might lead to me being able to stay in my cabin a little longer. But again I will let you know.

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Great advice still coming in.

I will update you on how this went for me, but yes I will be prepared.

Unless our servers are awful (which is unlikely) I will ask for the same servers on the second stint, which reminds me, assuming I do this, should I tip at the end of each cruise, or just once at the very end?

I also generally taking a good stash of various items to 'bribe' our cabin attendant - It's always paid off if for nothing else that a bit of 'leniency' at critical points in the stay. Hopefully this might lead to me being able to stay in my cabin a little longer. But again I will let you know.

NWDAD - Wow B2B on Fantasy - How lucky! Now that's a nice B2B to do.
You tip at the end of each segment of your B2B. It's possible the same host/servers will not be on the second leg.

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