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Old 02-23-2013, 04:08 PM   #916
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I'm not following the logic for this. Just how does fewer children on the ship translate to more adults in the adult area? Generally aren't there two adults in a cabin along with any children on regular cruises? So, on a cruise without as many children wouldn't there still be the same number of adults?
Adults with kids tend to spend more time with their kids at the kids pools, kids activities in the open times in the clubs and famiy activities offered around the ship. Adults without kids won't be at mickey or goofy pool but at the adult pool, Cove Cafe and adult bars.
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Not anything like DL/WDW. The only place/time we noticed any crowds on the PC cruise we did was on canal day at the front of the ship. For some reason people think they have to be there to get a "good spot" to see the locks. Our advise is to move around the deck that day and you will see lots and not feel the crowds so much.
We have a Verandah, is it genuinely possible that we wouldn't need to spend that much time on deck to see the locks? Or is it a better view on deck?

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In general, there is so much space on the ship and so many different things going on that we do not feel crowds anywhere. Well, maybe when the Captain is having a reception in the atrium with free drinks.
....you had me at free drinks.
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I'm not following the logic for this. Just how does fewer children on the ship translate to more adults in the adult area? Generally aren't there two adults in a cabin along with any children on regular cruises? So, on a cruise without as many children wouldn't there still be the same number of adults?
Same number of adults, maybe, but not as many with children. So more adults at Quiet Cove instead of being spread out with their kids at the Goofy or Mickey Pools, or other activities with their kids. Not everyone's kids go in to the clubs at 9am and stay until 12am, not even mine (although she does shut them down at midnight, LOL).

We are actually looking forward to the population reversal on this cruise and will be taking full advantage of less crowded family and kids' pools.
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Old 02-23-2013, 04:18 PM   #919
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We have a Verandah, is it genuinely possible that we wouldn't need to spend that much time on deck to see the locks? Or is it a better view on deck?



....you had me at free drinks.
We had a verandah on the starboard side. We were on deck in the am for views and the party feel as we went throught the locks. As it got warmer we retreated to the verandah. The starboard side was in the shade in the am and until early afternoon.

We would travel back and forth all day long. Be sure to go to deck three at some point going throught the locks you really get a feel,for how far we drop or rise.
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Old 02-23-2013, 04:21 PM   #920
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Not anything like DL/WDW. The only place/time we noticed any crowds on the PC cruise we did was on canal day at the front of the ship. For some reason people think they have to be there to get a "good spot" to see the locks. Our advise is to move around the deck that day and you will see lots and not feel the crowds so much.
We totally had a similar situation when we were in Alaska on the Glacier Day. People spent hours on their feet in the bow of the ship, probably 5 people deep to take pictures of the Glacier. When the ship turned we followed along and watched the Glacier for several minutes. We got all the pictures we wanted while the ship was moving away from the Glacier, there wasn't anyone else there.

I know this situation isn't the same, but there are lots of good views to be had!
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Old 02-23-2013, 04:26 PM   #921
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I'm not following the logic for this. Just how does fewer children on the ship translate to more adults in the adult area? Generally aren't there two adults in a cabin along with any children on regular cruises? So, on a cruise without as many children wouldn't there still be the same number of adults?
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Same number of adults, maybe, but not as many with children. So more adults at Quiet Cove instead of being spread out with their kids at the Goofy or Mickey Pools, or other activities with their kids. Not everyone's kids go in to the clubs at 9am and stay until 12am, not even mine (although she does shut them down at midnight, LOL).

We are actually looking forward to the population reversal on this cruise and will be taking full advantage of less crowded family and kids' pools.
Yes, my experiences echo what Meghatron is saying. Because there are far fewer kids the cove seems more crowded than usual. Same with the adult only shows at night. On Hawaii they did a lot of these in the Walt Disney Theater because Wavebands was just way to small. When people don't have to worry about the kids I guess they show up to these things.

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Old 02-23-2013, 04:38 PM   #922
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I'm not following the logic for this. Just how does fewer children on the ship translate to more adults in the adult area? Generally aren't there two adults in a cabin along with any children on regular cruises? So, on a cruise without as many children wouldn't there still be the same number of adults?
Well, when I traveled the last two times with my kids, I never went to the adult areas (except the Rainforest). Didn't eat in Palos, didn't go to the Cove pool or cafe. Just didn't want to spend time away from my kids (and a lot of the adult areas were crowded because the ship was crowded)

This cruise kids have to go to school, so taking my mother and cousin. It is more likely I'd want to go to the cove pool/cafe, and we're eating brunch at Palos. I will probably do a tasting or two and otherwise use the adult areas. I think a lot more adults cruising without kids will want to work out in the spa, take the classes, hang out in the public areas.

So there are 3 adults in our cabin, no kids. But I do think that these longer cruises have fewer than 1500 people, and our Christmas cruise was 2500+, sold out and maxed out on kids.

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Old 02-23-2013, 05:42 PM   #923
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I wonder how full this sailing will be. This will be our second PC cruise. Looking forward to seeing it from our verandah but also from deck.
Definitely going down lower deck to get a different look-see ie looking at the walls of the canal hopefully!
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Happy Birthday, Mary! (Yet another birthday twin - I was born on the birthday of the little girl for whom my mother babysat. Then my cousins daughter and HER daughter were all born on the same day too!)
Thank you! Really wish I was back at Kidani today, missing my birthday/Valentines trip and it was just over a week ago. Today has been busy taking care of a new knee!
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Old 02-23-2013, 06:08 PM   #925
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I wonder how full this sailing will be. This will be our second PC cruise. Looking forward to seeing it from our verandah but also from deck.
Definitely going down lower deck to get a different look-see ie looking at the walls of the canal hopefully!
I spend entirely too much of my time 'dummy booking' this cruise to try and figure out how full it is. In late Jan., there were several days when it said it was sold out or that only the $14,600 suites were available (either 1 or 6, it varied every day). Then a few more cabins became available, usually a Cat. 9A or 9D, or 11C. Then more. For the last two weeks, usually there is availability in all levels of 11, 10, 9, and a few 4A and even fewer 4Bs, plus the 6 suites. I figure there are more than 100 cabins left (most of the categories present 8 cabins when selecting, and 8 is the max that will show so there could be 8 cabins in a cat. remaining or 40; can't tell).

So it looks like we're going to be very top-heavy with much of deck 2 available.

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Old 02-23-2013, 07:33 PM   #926
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Yes, my experiences echo what Meghatron is saying. Because there are far fewer kids the cove seems more crowded than usual. Same with the adult only shows at night. On Hawaii they did a lot of these in the Walt Disney Theater because Wavebands was just way to small. When people don't have to worry about the kids I guess they show up to these things.

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For those of you that have taken the Tasting classes: do they fill up quick? how much are they (nominal fee)? are they worth it?
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For those of you that have taken the Tasting classes: do they fill up quick? how much are they (nominal fee)? are they worth it?
Check out the private mixology in the first post of this thread. :

Tastings tend it fill up fast. The usually run about $15 per person. On the longer cruises they may offer more of them. They are a lot of fun.
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Be sure to go to deck three at some point going throught the locks you really get a feel,for how far we drop or rise.
That's what I've heard. On the Promenade Deck (3) you'll be able to face the concrete wall of the lock (kind of like the start/finish of the submarines at Disneyland) and then experience the ship rising as the lock is flooded. Looking forward to our first PC cruise.
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That's what I've heard. On the Promenade Deck (3) you'll be able to face the concrete wall of the lock (kind of like the start/finish of the submarines at Disneyland) and then experience the ship rising as the lock is flooded. Looking forward to our first PC cruise.
There is a great YouTube video of the Magic going through. Just search Disney Magic Panama Canal. It's close to ten min long. It's a good representation of what to expect.

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